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Fledglings

Baby birds like this robin are starting to fledge, and it’s the time of year when we see them on the ground, looking very vulnerable. Often we assume that such a bird has been abandoned, and with all good intentions attempt to “rescue” it and finish raising it ourselves. Young birds recently out of the nest are still cared for by their parents for several days, but the parents aren’t always in sight. Usually one parent is nearby, keeping an eye on its fledglings, feeding them and teaching them survival techniques such as where to find food and water and how to avoid predators – skills humans can’t provide. If a bird has feathers, is hopping around, and has a tail an inch or so long, it has probably fledged and not fallen from its nest accidentally. A good rule of thumb is to watch the bird for at least two hours to see if a parent comes to it before taking it to the nearest bird rehabilitator.

3 responses

  1. Susan in NH

    What a portrait! I love the fuzzy “eyebrow” feathers, so sweet!

    June 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    • I know,Susan, I love the bits of down that are still evident on young birds!

      June 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

  2. Would that more people knew and followed this rule!

    June 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

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