On a leisure walk through my local Metropark, I stumbled upon a baby bird that had fallen out of its nest. When I say stumbled, I nearly stepped on it with my hiking boots. I wasn’t sure what to do. If only I had a bird carrier with me, but who hikes with one of those, anyway? So I picked it up and took it back with me. When arriving home, I called the local pet store and asked them what pet supplies I needed for the bird, since I was going to take on the challenge of nursing it back into the wild.
The young lady named Michelle at the pet store responded with a shocked voice. She proceeded to inform me that a baby bird needs to be fed at least five times per hour, every hour, for at least 10 hours each day. Holy cow! I decided very quickly that this task was not something I was willing to tackle.
She said, “In the future, the best thing to do with a baby bird is to leave it alone, or move it out of harm’s way.” In most cases, it is not injured. It may have left the nest on its own and hadn’t quite mastered flying yet. Only properly trained wildlife rehabilitation specialists should ever attempt to nurse and raise wild animals.
I quickly returned to the trail and placed the baby near a bush, under the nest, where it would be safer from predators. Michelle had reassured me that the parents would care for the baby bird once I was gone.