Originally posted at 7:02 p.m. April 30, 2014. Edited to add photo.
Fierce Santa Ana winds are knocking fledgling birds out of nests in the Santa Monica Mountains, wildlife rescuers said today.
Several baby crows and other birds have been brought over the past few days to the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas, where winds have gusted up to 43 miles per hour.
"Some of them have broken legs, broken wings, which make them more of a victim to other birds or other animals that could be predators," said Bruna Valentine, a CWC animal care coordinator who noted that nesting season is in full swing.
One of the babies, a three-week-old fledgling, was found in Agoura Hills next to a dead sibling and requires feedings every half-hour, according to Valentine.
She said crows and ravens nest high up in trees and the birds have been found on the ground.
Once the birds are healed of any injuries, they will be released back into the wild, she said.
Anyone who sees a baby bird on the ground should call the California Wildlife Center at (310) 458-9453. The California Wildlife Center is a nonprofit supported solely by donations.
--City News Service