During every autumn migration, the Chintimini Wildlife Center admits numerous birds that have suffered injuries from colliding with windows. Click here to learn what you can do to minimize these human impacts.
Drunk and Disorderly
Every fall, fruit eating birds like the Cedar Waxwing ingest decomposing fruit and are admitted to CWC for being “drunk and disorderly.” They become inebriated from the fermented fruit and become disoriented enough that they crash into windows, become susceptible to predation from house cats, or are simply found on the ground unable to fly properly. For these latter birds, we just hold onto them until they sober up, then send them on their way again!