Great Advice re Fledgling Birds

Our feathered friends are featured in this article, with advice on what to do if you ding a fledgling bird.

It’s that time of the year again where we get inundated with baby birds.

If you see a young bird on the ground for a prolonged period of time that is uninjured, please do not be tempted to pick them up. The parent bird will be near by, keeping a watchful eye during this short period of time where the fledgling bird is vulnerable, grounded and unable to fly. This is a dangerous time for fledgling birds but an essential lesson for them also… it is a time where they develop a fear of predators and people which will keep them safe in adult life.

If they seem unharmed (even though they are unable to fly) it is really important that you leave them alone as picking them up and overly handling them causes a lot of stress to the bird and this stress often proves fatal to them.

If you believe they could be injured, please take them to your local veterinary centre for assessment with the possibility for immediate re release if they are unharmed.

The parents will stay around for quite some time after the fledgling has been taken, so as long as they are released back to the same spot they will be there waiting for them.