Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Stop! Does That Baby Bird Really Need ‘Rescuing’?

Published on May 11, 2015 by   ·   91 Comments Pin It
SUBSCRIBE NOW FOR OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

It’s springtime, which means that in the coming weeks, baby birds will inevitably be appearing in our backyards. Most of the babies seen hopping on the ground at this time of year are fledglings, juvenile birds who have “fledged” from their nests and are learning to fly (which generally takes about five to 10 days). These birds can be identified by their mix of fuzzy down and adult feathers as well as by their very short tail feathers (typically, 1 to 3 inches long).

Fledglings are usually found on the ground near bushes or trees and will hop around, try to fly awkwardly, and, if approached, become very still. Healthy fledglings can stand upright and will tuck their wings tightly to their bodies.

Purple Martin fledgling Credit OakleyOriginals cc by 2.0

Credit: OakleyOriginals | cc by 2.0

Fledgling birds are often “rescued” when they don’t have to be. Although they’re vulnerable to cats and other predators while learning to fly, they’re able to find their own food, and their parents are usually hovering nearby, ready to provide assistance when necessary.

But sometimes baby birds do need our help. How can you tell if it’s time to step in?

Here’s a checklist:

  • Does the bird have bloody wounds, wet feathers, legs that aren’t bearing weight, drooping wings, or matted or highly ruffled feathers?
  • Is the bird unable to stand upright, lying on his or her side or back, or scooting along the ground on his or her belly?
  • Is the bird’s body or head tilting to one side? Is there blood around the bird’s nostrils?
  • Is the bird cold to the touch and/or noticeably shivering?
  • Is the bird in the wide open, nowhere near trees or bushes?
  • Are there other animals, such as dogs or cats, stalking the bird?
  • Is the bird very young, with few feathers and/or eyes still closed?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” intervention is necessary. This is especially vital for birds who have been attacked by cats: Such birds need immediate veterinary care and antibiotic treatment, since cats’ saliva contains bacteria that can be fatal to birds and small animals.

Injured young fledgling Credit PETA

Credit: PETA

If the grounded bird is a nestling (a baby bird who is too young to leave the nest), you can try to locate the nest and put the bird back in. (Contrary to myth, parents will not reject a baby simply because he or she has been handled by humans, although they may reject a sick or injured baby.) If you can’t locate or reach the nest, you can make a new one out of a small box, basket, or margarine tub (be sure to poke drainage holes in the bottom) lined with dry grass clippings or plant stalks, twigs, bark, pine needles, and shredded dead leaves and nail it to a sturdy branch at least 8 feet off the ground in a nearby tree. Retreat some distance away and watch to see if the parents start to feed the baby.

Baby Robins nestlings Credit Bill and Vicki T cc by 2.0(1)

Credit: Bill & Vicki T | cc by 2.0  

Stop! Does That Baby Bird Really Need ‘Rescuing’?

If the parents don’t return within a couple of hours or if the bird is injured, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for assistance (PETA has a state-by-state directory).

Alisa Mullins is a senior editor for the PETA Foundation and regularly contributes to PETA’s Animal Times magazine. Her writing has also been published in The New York Times, The Charlotte Observer, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, and many other newspapers and magazines. Her proudest achievement was participating in a sit-in at Calvin Klein’s office that led the designer to swear off fur. Alisa is an avid gardener and HGTV addict who is never happier than when she has a shovel or paintbrush in her hand.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Pin It

Readers Comments (91)

  1. Hello, blame you looking for information! I repost in Facebook

  2. EverettKeere says:

    Hello, blame you looking for tidings! generic viagra without subscription walmart http://viapwronline.com I repost in Facebook.
    viagra effects

  3. Peterrof says:

    Hello, row-boat thanks you http://cialisxtl.com quest of tidings! canada price on cialis
    sildenafil 20 mg vs viagra

  4. Rupa Pablod says:

    This is a to a great extent weighty post. Thanks as a service to posting this.

    What do you over almost my website: https://crearesitedeprezentarebucuresti.blogspot.com/

  5. Maria Escobarba says:

    This is a same respected post. Thanks as a service to posting this.

    What do you think close by my website: https://realizarewebsitex.blogspot.com/

  6. Johnny Andycp says:

    This is a very respected post. Thanks as a service to posting this.

    What do you over nearby my website: creare site web bucuresti

  7. WayneVex says:

    Cialis generic cialis tadalafil generic cialis at walmart

  8. WayneVex says:

    Cialis canadian viagra cialis interactions for cialis

  9. WayneVex says:

    Cialis generic cialis available cost of cialis 20mg tablets

  10. Roberttes says:

    viagra sale scotland cheap viagra 150 mg buy generic viagra professional

  11. Roberttes says:

    how to cut cialis pills cialis canada order ok split cialis pills

  12. Roberttes says:

    buy cialis levitra discount cialis no prescription best buy for levitra

  13. Roberttes says:

    buy viagra online cheap uk viagra buy boots can you order viagra online in canada

  14. indibPap says:

    cheap cialis pills how does cialis work where can i buy cialis or viagra on line

  15. indibPap says:

    cialis online best place buy cialis lowest price buy viagra usa online

  16. indibPap says:

    best place buy cialis is generic cialis safe cheap-generic-viagra erfahrung

  17. indibPap says:

    cheap viagra cialis buy viagra levitra online cutting cialis pills half

  18. indibPap says:

    levitra by mail order buy cialis with mastercard original cialis pills

  19. indibPap says:

    order viagra safely online cialis sale london homepage

  20. como ganhar na lotofacil acertar na lotofacil ganhar na lotofacil como ganhar na lotofacil de verdade como ganhar na lotofacil sempre como ganhar na lotofacil 2020 como ganhar na lotofacil 100 garantido dicas lotofacil como acertar na lotofacil dicas para ganhar na lotofacil

  21. indibPap says:

    buy viagra cheap in canada buy cialis no prescription needed viagra sale vancouver bc

  22. indibPap says:

    cialis at discount price ed drugs online can i buy cialis over the counter in canada

  23. indibPap says:

    cheapest cialis online viagra can you buy viagra in thailand

  24. indibPap says:

    cheap cialis canadian pharmacy cialis canada – buy viagra europe

  25. indibPap says:

    viagra sale cape town cialis coupon – cheap viagra in australia

  26. indibPap says:

    order viagra super active+ levitra coupon – buy cialis online uk no prescription

  27. indibPap says:

    cheap viagra women buy levitra online – cheap cialis overnight

  28. indibPap says:

    cialis tadalafil tablets generic cialis – can you really order viagra online

  29. indibPap says:

    buy viagra mexico http://zithazi.com – zithromax buy cialis dapoxetine

  30. indibPap says:

    generic cialis buy uk http://kaletra24.com – Lopinavir viagra cheap online

  31. indibPap says:

    viagra sale calgary
    https://vclph24.com female viagra sale uk

  32. Thank you.

    Youseful blog. Good post.

  33. indibPap says:

    viagra dapoxetine sale
    http://onlinepharmacyero.com how to buy viagra canada

  34. ventolin inhaler

    Stop! Does That Baby Bird Really Need ‘Rescuing’? | GirlieGirl Army

  35. online viagra

    Stop! Does That Baby Bird Really Need ‘Rescuing’? | GirlieGirl Army

  36. chloroquine cancer

    Stop! Does That Baby Bird Really Need ‘Rescuing’? | GirlieGirl Army

  37. I simply want to tell you that I am new to blogging and site-building and really enjoyed you’re web blog. Most likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You amazingly come with very good articles. Thanks for sharing your blog.

  38. Judson Alvia says:

    internet money is always good if you know how to earn them. earning it is another story though**

  39. Yet another issue is that video games can be serious anyway with the major focus on understanding rather than leisure. Although, we have an entertainment feature to keep your children engaged, each one game is normally designed to work with a specific set of skills or course, such as mathmatical or technology. Thanks for your article.

  40. You produced some decent points there. I looked online for that problem and located most people may go in conjunction with with your internet site.

  41. Jamesfrusy says:

    Знаете ли вы?
    17 бойцов остановили под Старым Осколом более 500 оккупантов.
    Картина парада Победы, где руководство страны смещено на задний план, получила Сталинскую премию.
    В игре про выгорание отражён печальный личный опыт главного разработчика.
    Водитель ледового комбайна стал звездой единственного матча НХЛ, в котором принял участие.
    Иракский физрук получил мировую известность под псевдонимом «ангел смерти».

    0PB8hX

  42. Jamesfrusy says:

    Знаете ли вы?
    Член Зала хоккейной славы готов был играть где угодно, лишь бы не переходить в тренеры.
    Вместо Плещеева озера Пётр I мог построить потешный флот на озере Неро.
    Ливийский диктатор пытался спасти от казни премьер-министра Пакистана.
    На идеологию национал-социализма оказали влияние русские эмигранты.
    В Чехословакии и СССР был свой «поцелуй победы».

    http://www.0pb8hx.com/

  43. Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it ;) I am going to come back once again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  44. After exploring a number of the articles on your web page, I really like your way of writing a blog. I book marked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future. Please visit my web site too and tell me what you think.

  45. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to create a top notch article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  46. This is a topic which is near to my heart… Take care! Exactly where can I find the contact details for questions?

  47. Excellent site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find good quality writing like yours nowadays. I seriously appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  48. Do you believe in your past lives? Do you think past lives regression is real?

  49. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a great article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  50. Pretty! This was a really wonderful article. Many thanks for providing this information.

  51. Jamesfrusy says:

    Знаете ли вы?
    Советский разведчик-нелегал создал в Европе разведгруппу, успешно проработавшую всю войну.
    Залётная птаха занесена в перечень птиц России спустя более полувека после открытия вида.
    Предок вождя революции участвовал в управлении долгами Российской империи.
    Планета — глазное яблоко может быть пригодна для жизни в одних районах и непригодна в других.
    17 бойцов остановили под Старым Осколом более 500 оккупантов.

    0PB8hX

  52. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I’ll forward this article to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  53. I used to be able to find good info from your content.

  54. Jamesfrusy says:

    Знаете ли вы?
    «Бикини» для лица помогает китаянкам уберечь кожу от медуз и загара.
    Молнию можно не только увидеть, но и съесть.
    Англичане купили заказанную португальцами рукопись голландца и бельгийца с изображениями монархов десяти королевств.
    Министр социального обеспечения Израиля однажды назвала почти всех выходцев из СССР своими клиентами.
    Американская энциклопедия включила в себя десятки статей о вымышленных людях, якобы связанных с Латинской Америкой.

    http://0pb8hx.com/

  55. Everything is very open with a really clear explanation of the issues. It was really informative. Your site is very useful. Many thanks for sharing.

  56. Wonderful post! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our website. Keep up the great writing.

  57. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick in NYC at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888.

  58. Can I simply say what a comfort to find somebody who actually knows what they are talking about over the internet. You actually understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people should check this out and understand this side of the story. It’s surprising you’re not more popular since you surely have the gift.

  59. Hi, I do believe this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it ;) I’m going to return once again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  60. happiness says:

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent website. I stumbledupon it ;) I’m going to revisit once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

  61. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I will send this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a great read. Many thanks for sharing!

  62. Right here is the perfect webpage for anybody who really wants to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually would want to…HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject that’s been written about for decades. Excellent stuff, just excellent.

  63. FreeSpinner can assist you to attract the audience to your site.

  64. Next time I read a blog, I hope that it does not disappoint me just as much as this one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, nonetheless I genuinely believed you would probably have something helpful to say. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you could possibly fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.

  65. Everyone loves it when individuals come together and share thoughts. Great website, keep it up.

  66. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick in NYC at http://www.metroclick.com/ or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888.

  67. Everything is very open with a really clear description of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  68. I love reading an article that can make men and women think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment.

  69. sellefied says:

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thank you.

  70. This is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article!

  71. You ought to take part in a contest for one of the most useful websites on the internet. I am going to recommend this website!

  72. I simply wish to share it with you that I am new to posting and certainly admired your post. Quite possibly I am most likely to store your blog post . You definitely have impressive article material. Value it for expressing with us your main blog article

  73. Hiya here, just turned out to be familiar with your web page through Google, and discovered that it’s really informational. I will be grateful in the event you keep up such.

  74. With the need for men and women these days to remain lovely and youthful always, they have been asked to use the diverse Hgh products in the market right now. Human growth hormone products have been shown to be capable in lessening or avoiding the signs of aging from developing. But with the numerous products sold these days, it’s wise that you study Human growth hormone reviews to assist you determine which best suits your need.

  75. JerryJilia says:

    Знаете ли вы?
    Кустурица пропустил получение «Золотой ветви» в Каннах, так как любит друзей больше, чем церемонии награждения.
    Иракский физрук получил мировую известность под псевдонимом «ангел смерти».
    Один из старейших музеев Амстердама находится в церкви на чердаке.
    Перечень имён может быть самостоятельным поэтическим жанром.
    Член Зала хоккейной славы готов был играть где угодно, лишь бы не переходить в тренеры.

    arbeca

  76. order viagra online

    Stop! Does That Baby Bird Really Need ‘Rescuing’? | GirlieGirl Army

  77. EllisOWalema says:

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t
    loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same
    results.

    my web page EllisOWalema




Shop GGA

Sharing Buttons by Linksku
  • Contributors
  • Disclaimer
  • Press
  • Cheapskates
  • Sign Up
  • About
  • Advertisers
  • Contact Us
  • Style & Beauty
  • Lifestyle
  • Mamazon
  • Nosh
  • Wellness
  • Exclusive
  • Default
  • Get This
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009