Dec 26, 2013

Warbler in Malibu CVS

By Rebecca Dmytryk

Duane and I had driven to Malibu to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. We'd spent the day doing some shopping in the Valley and had just sat down for a meal when we received a message from Jo at the California Wildlife Center. She had a report of a bird stuck in the CVS drugstore in Malibu and though we might be interested in responding.

You bet!

I called CVS and spoke with Kare, the store supervisor. She said the bird had been trapped in the building since yesterday, Christmas, and during the night it kept setting off the security alarm system. 

I had Kare describe the bird's behavior. It seemed to be attracted to the windows at the front of the store, landing on signs and hanging wires, but not for long - it kept circling the store, looking for a way out. 

This rescue could not wait - we needed to act quickly.

We grabbed some supplies at a Home Depot - 10' lengths of PVC pipe, packages of 45' X 14' garden netting and some electrical tape, then headed for our hometown, Malibu.

We were on scene just before 7:00 PM. Kare greeted us enthusiastically and pointed out the bird. 

There it was, flitting the perimeter of the drugstore - a yellow-rumped warbler, likely the 'Audubon's race' (so I'm told by my birder-friend).

Warblers eat insects and seeds and in fall and winter they consume the ripened fruit of a variety of plants including juniper, wax myrtle, and poison oak. 

We watched the bird for a few minutes, looking for a pattern. It circled the store in a particular direction, counterclockwise (from North). It landed on the windowsills at the front of the store, and was most interested in the window above the store entrance. Good.

Jonsie Ross, one of the wildlife center's responders joined us for the rescue. Together, we brought in the equipment and began assembling large panels of netting that we would use to confine the bird to a smaller space where it could be netted by hand.

Positions were assigned - Kare, Jonsie and I would work the paneling and Duane would be on the long handled net. 

Just as we'd gotten set up, the bird flew in. We raised the wall of netting and it was trapped! Duane encouraged it to fly into the netting until he was able to get it contained. 

After untangling it from the lightweight mesh, Duane took the little bird outside and set it free.

Check out the video:

Excellent job everyone!!!! 

Thank you Jo for alerting us of the emergency and THANK YOU! Jonsie for your assistance!

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Anonymous said...

You guys are awesome!

Anonymous said...

Hey, WES. Everyone doesn't have Google, LiveJournal, Wordpress, Typepad, AIM, OpenId, or Name/URL. Heck, I dont' know what most of them are. How about adding Facbook, which I do have? Otherwise, I'm forced to use Anonymous. Jean Thompson, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Jonsie said...

Thank you Rebecca & Duane for donating the equipment to the Wildlife and letting me help with the rescue...I learned so much and always watch your videos for the same reason...another life saved...thanks for not letting your vacation "interfere" with your rescue work :) That's dedication!!!

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Lindsay said...

Yes! So nice to have a good outcome for this bird on Christmas day! You two are such amazing professionals.

Rebecca Dmytryk/Blog Admin said...

For the most part, Blogger has proven to be secure and user friendly, but we do have a Facebook page. If you want to sign with your name, try using the Name/URL selection, or, do like you did and sign in the body of the comment field. Thanks, Jean!