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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do I do if I find a baby bird?

A. A large percentage of young animals rescued by well-intentioned people actually do not need help. Knowing the difference between a nestling and a fledgling is a key factor in determining whether or not to intervene. A fledgling is no longer a baby. It is a young bird in the process of learning to fly. These birds give it a go, but don't quite get into the air on their first try. Instead, they end up on the ground, hopping and fluttering about. Nestlings, on the other hand, do not yet have their flight feathers. They may be un-feathered or partially feathered with some skin visible.

Fledgling - If you see a baby bird on the ground that seems to have all of its feathers, but still looks a little downy, it is a fledgling. Unless you know of an immediate threat such as

a dog, cat, children, or a busy road, you should not approach the bird, but instead, watch

it from a distance. Watch and wait. Make sure the parents are checking on it every few

hours. If the fledgling is otherwise healthy but there is an immediate threat, move the

fledgling to the safety of a nearby dense shrub or tree. If the fledgling is wet or listless, or if

it is still where you placed it after several hours, call Wildlife Works for further advice.

Nestling - If you find a nestling, examine it carefully. If the bird is not injured, is alert, dry

and warm, carefully pick it up and return it to the nest. Touching a baby bird will not keep

the parents away, but do not handle the baby a lot. Remember, their bones are fragile. If

you cannot re-nest the bird, or if you are sure the parent is dead, or if the bird is cold, wet,

and/or listless, place the bird in a small container lined with tissue, keeping the legs and

wings snug to the body. Cover a heating pad (set on low) with a folded towel, then place

the substitute nest on the towel and pad. Again, do not attempt to feed or water this bird

as it could be fatal. Call Wildlife Works as soon as possible.

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