Timely advice about baby birds

As a birder, I see too many people looking with worried faces at baby robins peeping on the ground. They want to help. But the baby robins are perfectly safe! Please read the following from the Birds Guide blog…

Baby Birds Advice:
Baby BirdIt is current in spring and summer to find a young bird sitting on the ground or hopping about without any parents visible. This is perfectly normal. The parents are doubtless away collecting food, or they may be watching nearby.

The young of most familiar garden birds fledge once they are fully feathered, but earlier they are able to fly, and spend a day or two on the ground before their feather development is complete.

Tawny owl chicks are mobile at a very advanced age, and can be seen climbing in and around their nest tree before they are even half grown. If you find a fledgling or a adolescent owl, the best thing is to leave it where it is.

What if the bird is in danger?
If the bird is on a busy path or other dangerous or bare location, it makes sense to pick it up and move it a short distance to a safer place. The bird must remain within audition reach of where it was found so its parents can find it.

Handling a young bird does not cause its parents to abandon it. UK birds have a poor sense of aroma and do not respond to human smell in the same way as mammals.

Fledglings should be left where they are, in the care of their individual parents. Removal of a fledgling from the wild will cut its chances of long-term survival to a small fraction, and should only be done as a endure resort.

Can I put it back in its nest?
If the young bird is unfeathered or covered in fluffy down (a nestling) and has obviously fallen gone of the nest by accident, it may be possible to put it back. If this cannot be done, the chick is defenceless on humans for survival, and it should be passed on to an expert rehabilitator.

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