Please don’t kidnap healthy baby birds. It is very common for young birds to fall from their nest or be unable to fly when they leave their nest. The only time you should intervene is when the baby bird has been injured or orphaned and the parents are unable or unwilling to feed their chicks. TIPS FOR RETURNING BABY BIRDS TO THEIR NEST
Tip 1. If it’s fully feathered, leave it! Full feathered young birds are known as “Fledglings”. These birds are more than capable of looking after themselves and require little support from their parents. Most fledglings when they leave the nest are unable to fly but are adept at hiding under bushes and climbing small trees with their sharp talons. If a fledgling bird is removed from its parent’s influence its long term chances of survival are poor as it will not gain the necessary skills to survive in the wild. “So if you see a fledgling… put in a tree or under a bush with dense foliage…and leave it.”
Tip 2. If it should be in a nest, put it in a nest! It is very common for “Nestlings” to fall out of their nest. The easiest way to return these chicks to their parents is to try and put them back in their nest. Touching the baby bird will not cause the parents to abandon it. If the nest is too high or you can’t see it, you can make an artificial nest as outlined below. The parents will still feed the baby even if it is in another tree.
HOW TO MAKE AN ARTIFICIAL NEST? An artificial nest can be made using an ice cream container (or similar). The container can be lined with sticks and leaves. Ensure a few small holes are drilled into the bottom for drainage. The container can then be secured onto a branch using cable ties or wire. Look after the environment! Be sure to remove the cable ties and plastic container when the bird leaves the nest to prevent the plastic causing long term damage to the environment.