What to do if you find a baby bird

by Matthew Cobb

Summer has officially begun in the northern hemisphere (you could have fooled me), so many of our birds will have finished rearing their young, but you still might find a baby bird on the ground.

This handy cut-out-and-keep piece of advice from birdandmoon.com tells you what to do:

h/t HPS_Vanessa

While we’re about it, here’s another piece of bird lore from birdandmoon – while evolution is most certainly true, it can also suck:






  1. Alexandra M
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Our Baltimore Orioles left the nest today. I was worried what I’d do if one of them fell out. The nest is one of those hanging basket affairs, out on the thinnest twigs of an oak branch 30 feet up.

    Last years nest hung on through Sandy when thousands of trees blew down.

  2. Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Also, make sure that it’s not a bird that nests on the ground, like many terns do.

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I love the second cartoon with the little horses running away saying “neigh”.

  4. marksolock
    Posted June 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

  5. JBlilie
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    We have already seen fledgling finches out hopping around. Wow, they must have gotten started early — when the snow was still falling!

  6. Kelton Barnsley
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Hahaha I did not see the dromeosaur coming. I thought it was just a serious guide on what to do with a baby bird.

    My family used to have a pair of lovebirds. Our dog (which we still have) is part terrier and therefore has strong hunting instincts toward any kind of small animal. She clearly wanted at the birds, but we trained her well, so she would always stop when told and she never harmed the birds. Eventually she must have generalized “don’t eat the birds” to “don’t eat birds”, because one time she found a baby bird on the ground, but just sniffed it instead of nomming it, which she had ample time to do. Instead my mother put the bird back in its nest. Apparently training can overcome instinct!

    • Diane G.
      Posted June 22, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      All our dogs over the years have been brought up around small animals and birds, and all have mastered their prey instinct response. It’s very helpful in that I can call them off of anything they find, which is often sick wildlife.

      We once had a budgie that liked to play with our Labrador’s tail.

      I get a little tired of those who let their dogs kill indiscriminately and claim it is inevitable.

      (Now if only one could train cats out of it…)

  7. Diane G.
    Posted June 22, 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Ha, ha, those are great! And what a great site; thanks, HPS_Vanessa!

  8. Posted June 23, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink


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