Audubon’s tips for “Baby Bird” season

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Over the next few months, baby birds may be found outside of their nests. Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania recommends these tips to help the birds remain with their parents:

  • Birds grow very quickly and sometimes leave the nest before their feathers fully grow out.
  • When possible, please leave the baby bird alone. That first flight doesn’t always go smoothly—and a bird doesn’t know how to fly until it gives it a try. A bird may flutter to the ground during its first flight. Parents are usually in the area and ready to help them if needed.
  • Most birds have multiple chicks and the parents will split their time looking after their brood.
  • If a baby bird looks to be at risk—if it is out in the direct sun or otherwise exposed to predators or danger—move the bird into a nearby bush or shrub. Try to use a bush near where you found the chick so that its parents may easily find it.
  • It’s not true that a mother bird will abandon a chick that has been handled by humans. If you need to move a bird into a bush or shrub, the parents will continue to help it.

Should you find a bird—or any wildlife—with visible injuries, please contact a licensed rehabilitator in your area. There is no need to contact a rehab center for a bird that’s simply fallen out of a nest.

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By Rachel Handel,