ItвЂ™s not unusual to find baby birds in your backyard this time of the year.
Ron Stewart, regional conservation outreach manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says young birds often leave their nests before theyвЂ™re able to fly. вЂњThey usually spread out along the branch of a tree and call for their parents to bring food to them,вЂќ he says.
While the birds are spread along the branch, itвЂ™s not uncommon for a strong wind to blow the birds off the branch and for people to find them on the ground.
If you find a baby bird on the ground, what should you do with it?
Stewart says getting the bird out of the reach of house cats and dogs by placing it on a safe branch is the best thing to do. вЂњThe baby will squawk,вЂќ he says, вЂњand the parents will find it.
вЂњMost birds do not have a good sense of smell, so picking the baby bird up and placing it back on a branch wonвЂ™t harm it.вЂќ
DonвЂ™t feed the bird
Stewart also says you shouldnвЂ™t feed the bird before you place it back in the tree. вЂњTrying to hand feed a baby bird is not a good idea,вЂќ he says.
Stewart says birds have a specific diet. вЂњFeeding them something thatвЂ™s not part of their diet could kill them,вЂќ he says. вЂњFor example, you might be surprised to learn that robins are one of just a few birds that can safely eat worms. Most birds canвЂ™t.вЂќ
Stewart says the best thing to do is let the birdвЂ™s parents feed it. вЂњThey know what the baby bird can and cannot eat,вЂќ he says.
What if I find an entire nest?
In addition to receiving calls about individual birds, DWR offices also receive calls from people who have found a nest with baby birds in it. The caller wants to know what they should do with the nest.
Stewart says the best thing to do is leave the nest where it is. But if you canвЂ™t, then relocate it in a nearby tree or another safe place. вЂњBirds are extremely good parents,вЂќ he says. вЂњTheyвЂ™ll almost always find the spot where the nest is placed by following the sounds of their young.вЂќ