WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FIND A BABY BIRD
Spring is coming! That means adorable squeakers, as shown above, and lots of other baby birds are on their way!
If you find a baby bird on the ground- it doesn’t necessarily need assistance! Be sure to check this handy guide, (courtesy of Emily) before you decide to intervene. Many baby birds go on walkabouts with their parents before they learn to fly and this is a normal part of the bird’s development!
Also, (as Emily mentioned!) birds do not smell HUMAN on their babies and reject them, this is a myth! As per the guide, if a nestling has fallen out of the nest and you need to put it back, you can totally do this! And remember, a baby bird’s best chance of survival is to stay with it’s parents, so be careful with the little ones and be sure to consult your trusty guide!♥
(Photo from the Wild Bird Fund)
Thank you for the boost! We are nearing chick season for many species, and this is vital information to keep in mind.
I’ll also add that if the bird is a raptor (bird of prey), it is very important to get them to a vet/rehabber that has someone who specializes in raptor care (e.g., raptorsva.org, wildbirdfund.com, and others). Not everyone’s experience/permits are the same.
Most states/regions in the U.S. have a person or group that will take raptors; it’s usually just a matter of finding out who they are!