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Found a baby bird?

What do you do if you find a Baby Bird?
The best chance for a baby bird is to leave it with its parents. Found a Baby Bird  If it has all its feathers, and is not injured, put it in a nearby tree. Wait and watch quietly and out of sight to see if the parent birds come back to it before removing it from the area.  If it is in imminent danger or injured (droopy wing, open wound,  limping etc), then call the Hunter Wildlife Rescue.  For young chicks, see how to reunite them with their parents using an artificial nest   Baby Bird Pamphlet

Spring is the time for baby birds and many fledglings leave the nest to try out their new wings only to find themselves on the ground. They just need a few days to exercise those muscles before they are as free as a bird.

Unless sick or injured

Step 1: Pick up the bird and put it as high as possible in a nearby tree for safety. The parents are nearby and will find it. Try popping it onto a broom head to give that little extra reach!

Step 2: Keep an eye on the young bird and if it flutters to the ground again, repeat Step 1.

It is always best for a bird to be raised by its natural parents, rather than a human carer.

4 steps to make a new home

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Take an ice-cream container or similar item and put some holes in the bottom for drainage. Put some more holes at the top to make a handle.



Put some leaves or grass in the bottom. Use the original nesting material if the nest has fallen from the tree. Place baby bird in its new home. Mum and dad won’t mind that baby has been handled by humans.



Secure the container at about head height or higher in a leafy protected area, away from direct sunlight, as close to where you found the baby bird. It does not even have to be the original tree.

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Watch from a distance to make sure the parents return to feed baby. This may take several hours so be patient. If the parents have not returned by dark, call the NATFInc Hunter Wildlife Rescue.