Have you found a baby bird in Hampden and not sure what to do? This time of year it is common to find baby birds out of their nest or on the ground. Your urge to rescue the bird is overwhelming. You feel the poor little thing is unable defend itself and you worry animals will come along and make it a meal.
Before doing anything, you need to identify whether the bird is a nestling or a fledgling. A nestling will be pink, featherless, or fuzzy, and will likely not have opened its eyes. A fledgling will have adult feathers and move around or try to hop away. This important distinction will help you decide how to proceed.
Fledgling – A fledgling is still being cared for by their parents and need to be left alone. Jays, crows, owls, robins, and many more species, leave their nest and can spend up to 5 days on the ground before they can fly. This is vital to a bird’s development. While the babies are on the ground, the parents are still protecting them at the same time teaching the baby birds life skills, such as identifying predators and what they should do. Finding food and learning to fly are also part of this training.
Nestling – A nestling, may have fallen out of its nest. Attempt to return the bird to its home. Don’t worry about picking up the bird, it is a myth that your smell will make the mother abandon it. If you cannot locate the nest, carefully pick up the bird and place it in a safe place. Then, contact your local wildlife organization.
For more information about what to do if you found a baby bird in Hampden go to the Bird Store and More in Sturbridge where experts have information on what to do. The Bird Store and More also carries many educational sources for you to learn about birds and other wildlife. The Bird Store and More in Sturbridge area near: Agawam, Feeding Hills, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Thorndike, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Tolland, Wales, West Springfield, Westfield, Wilbraham area.