Advice on what to do with baby birds found in the garden
Very young birds that ’fall’ from the nest often do so for a reason, parents can eject young that they feel are sickly. These birds can safely be handled and popped back into the nest although they may be ejected again. If you find a fledgling that can fly a short distance it will have ‘flown the nest’. Parents feed them on the ground and they will be gone in a day or so. Cats are a threat and all that you can do is to keep an eye out for them. Nests and fledgling birds may be abandoned if you pay them too much attention, so always observe from a distance. As a last resort you can take baby birds to a vet or animal rescue however ‘rescuing’ these birds is almost certainly condemning them to death as the majority taken from the wild do not survive. Some will appear to thrive for a short time only to die suddenly (never feed birds bread and milk). Vets will see wild animals free of charge.