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Here’s my new favorite entry to the #valleynewsthrowback hashtag on the @vnewsuv Instagram. (For anyone keeping track, this was my previous favorite.)

Known simply as Bird, a wounded robin has been adopted by the Dartmouth Photo Bureau staff in Hanover, N.H., on June 27, 1968. Bureau secretary Irna Assura made an improvised wing sling to help it heal. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

A wounded robin adopted by the Dartmouth Photo Bureau staff in Hanover, N.H., on June 27, 1968, has taken to making noises like a sparrow due to the excessing number of sparrows that surround her new environment. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

At feeding time, a healing robin adopted by the Dartmouth Photo Bureau staff in Hanover, N.H., on June 27, 1968, will flit on the bellows of the studio camera for an afternoon nap and even become indignant when asked to move by photographer Al Olson. (Valley News – Larry McDonald) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Separate but kinda somewhat related …

I’ve been having an issue at my house this fall where sparrows are flying headfirst into my windows. One died, one flew away and one survived but was injured, so I brought that little buddy to VINS in Quechee.

While I was there, a VINS staff person told me about these mostly-transparent decals you can stick onto your windows to deter birds from crashing into them.

Apparently they are much more visible to birds than they are to us because of some kind of ultraviolet technology.

And they’re not necessarily needed year-round. The VINS staff person told me that they are particularly needed/effective at this time of year because it’s migration season.

Anyway, if you’re having a similar problem and you wanna try to save some birds, the stickers are available for sale at VINS and I have seen them at local businesses, as well. Brands include WindowAlert and Whispering Windows.

Wondering what it looks like? This is my window that has the stickers on it: