Birds are falling out of the sky at a Natomas apartment complex.
They are egrets and herons that roost in the trees here. It's unclear why they are having so much trouble and why they are falling in such large numbers.
"We just got here and we did a little walk around the perimeter and we found three more on the ground," said Brianna Abeyta, with the Wildlife Care Association.
But a baby bird, found Saturday with a stick shoved two inches deep in it's back, leaves a dark impression in the minds of rescuers that it may be people knocking them down.
"I just can't walk by. I just can't keep walking. It breaks my heart," said Mary Ford, a citizen rescuer.
There were more birds on the ground Sunday.
Some have survived, and some hadn't.
"So now we are going to take them back to the wildlife care center," Abeyta said.
The task at hand is to round the living up and get them into rehabilitation.
"They'll get raised up to where they become self-sufficient. And they'll eventually get raised up to where they can be released back into the wild. Far away from here," Abeyta said.
It's likely that not all the birds they saved here will survive.
But some will and will go on to have babies of their own. Ford says that's why she does it.
"This is the world I'm leaving for my child. And I want it to be a good world. I want it to be full of birds," Ford said.