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When Birds Land In Parking Lots

Daniella Theoret

  A grebe, a bird that you'd normally see on a lake, sits on a parking lot. The grebe struggles and flaps, but cannot fly. At the same time, on the island of Kauai, a resident finds a Newell's Shearwater, another water bird, stranded on a tennis court. Seabirds (like this Pied-billed Grebe ) cannot take flight from land. They must first patter and splash across the surface of the water to build up enough speed to become airborne. If you find such a bird stranded on land, call a wildlife rehabilitator who knows how to handle the bird.