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The Arrival of the Baby Birds!

Now that we are fully into spring, the centre has received a number of baby birds, ranging from raptors to the far smaller seed eating birds, and of course the more common grain eating birds such as doves and pigeons.


However it is important to understand what action you should take if you ever find a young bird and wish to help it, as removing it from its initial location may actually be the incorrect action to take.


First, determine whether the bird is a nestling or a fledgling:




Few or no feathers, if found on the ground they need urgent help as they are too young to leave the nest and CANNOT FLY



How to help a nestling:


1.    Try to locate and return it back to its nest if it is clear where it has fallen from

2.    Watch for a period of time  to see whether a parent arrives in search of the nestling

3.    If no parent arrives in search of the bird then the first priority should be in keeping the nestling warm. This can be achieved by wrapping it in clean blankets or towels and placing it in a cardboard box, this will reduce the amount of direct create a quieter environment, making it less stressed.


Note: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CARE FOR THE BIRD YOURSELF or offer it any food or water.


Juvenile birds, mix of fuzzy feathers and adult feathers, are trying to learn to fly, so if found on the ground, under bushes or on low hanging branches with NO OBVIOUS INJURIES are best to be left as they are.




However if you do find a fledgling on the ground that fulfils any of these criteria then it will need your help and you should follow step 3 of 'How to help a nestling':


  • Bloody wounds, wet feathers, inability to stand, drooping feathers, matted feathers
  • The bird’s head or body is tilted to one side
  • Low body temperature or visibly shivering
  • Blood around the nostrils
  • It is far away from any bushes or trees