It’s common to encounter baby birds in the spring and summer. As they learn to fly, they spend a lot of time on the ground.
Is the bird fully feathered?
- If YES, any fully feathered baby bird found on the ground, seemingly unable to fly, is probably just fledging (learning to fly). If it appears to be uninjured, leave the area, and do your best to keep pets and children away from the bird. The parent(s) will not feed the youngster while people are around but will return to give care when safe.
- If NO, attempt to find the nest. An uninjured bird found on the ground with few or no feathers needs to be returned to the nest. Look around in trees and bushes to see if you can locate the nest. Feel free to call us for guidance on where to look.
Depending on the species, baby birds can spend days to weeks in the nest, where they are cared for by their parents. When it’s time for babies to leave the nest, they are almost fully feathered and they do spend a lot of time on the ground, not able to get back to their nest. This is perfectly normal, it is how they learn. If you see a baby bird on the ground, who appears in need of help, unless it is in immediate
danger of being killed by a predator, stay back and check on it from
time to time to be sure mom is coming back to help it along.
Please give baby birds the best possible chance for survival and leave them in the wild where they belong! All babies have a better chance of survival if the parents give the care.
NOTE : Each animal’s nutritional, housing, and handling requirements are very specific and must be met if the animal has any chance of survival. Cow’s milk and human milk replacers will make wild animals sick. Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a state permit.