Found a fledgeling?
From February onwards we are likely to come across the odd fledgeling that appears to be homeless and unwanted and our instincts tell us to pick it up and take it somewhere warm and them provide food and water - right?
Nature has a way of dealing with most situations, without us humans, it is really important that we step back and check out what is happening around the bird. It could be that the parents are helping it on it's first flight and they are watching from a safe distance, if we touch the bird they may reject it, if we take it away, they certainly will not find it again.
Unfortunately, sometime the bird is too young (a chick) and has been ejected from the nest by a predator or dropped in transit. These chick are vulnerable and are most likely not to survive very long out of the nest, but they do need constant warmth and food from their parents. Depending on the age of the chick, you may be able to help it or not, if it is too young then you probably ought to let nature take it's course.
If you think the bird is old enough to help, check out the surroundings for parents, watch the bird for an hour or so and see if it can help itself, make sure you keep a good distance and are not interfering with remote parents bringing in food every hour or so. There should not be any need to take the bird inside, but it will need shelter depending on age. If feathered with down rather than feathers, then it may need somewhere to shelter and avoid predators. So start by offering a few mealworms or natural worms from the soil, if the bird is willing to accept them, then keep it going on feeding while you find something to provide shelter for it. If the bird can't fly then it will need to be sheltered in a small box (shoe box) with some bedding (shredded newspaper) with a small amount of drinking water and kept away from cats. If the bird can fly, then all you need to do is provide some food and water for it to take on board, it will probably just fly away, but it may return for more so keep an eye on your patch of ground to watch for the bird returning for food and water.
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, it has everything they need to see them from chick to adult.
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Exclusive wild bird food from British Bird Food. All you need to feed wild birds at British Bird Food.[/caption]