Spring means baby birds!
Spring has arrived and that means baby birds!
You will hear plenty of advice saying:
leave it where it is, the parents will look after it.Often this is not the right approach and can result in baby birds dying unnecessarily.
There are many things to consider when deciding whether to leave it where it is:
- can the baby fly?
- are the parents around and are they feeding it?
- is it injured/unwell?
- is the location safe?
- are there predators around?
Even if the parents are feeding it, if the baby bird remains on the ground when the parents fly off to roost at night, it will likely be taken by a predator or get cold and become unwell.
Sometimes it is possible to place the baby bird on a branch, but often they end up back on the ground.
For these reasons we often bring a baby bird into care to keep it safe. Usually, within a few days, but sometimes weeks, we are able to reunite the baby bird with its parents.
If you come across a baby bird, before you make a decision to leave it where it is, please call our 24/7 Wildcare Helpline 6299 1966, anytime of day or night. One of our experienced bird rescuers will be available for advice and we are more than happy to visit to check on the baby bird.