There’s no use denying it: Baby birds are adorable. Everything about their little feathers and tiny chirps makes our ♥s melt.
This time of year, there are tons of baby birds out and about, so before you spot one of these cuties on the ground and swoop in to help, check out the deets below to figure out whether or not your help is actually needed:
Fledglings are juvenile birds who have “fledged” from their nests and are learning to fly.
If healthy, they can stand upright and will tuck their wings tightly to their bodies.
They have a mix of fuzzy down and adult feathers, with typically very short tail feathers.
They are typically found on the ground near bushes or trees and will hop around, appear generally awkward, and remain very still if approached.
They can find their own food but will get assistance from parents in a pinch.
IMPORTANT: Fledgling birds are often “rescued” when they don’t need to be. But sometimes birds found on the ground DO need our help!
If the answer to all these questions is “No,” the fledgling should be left alone.
If the answer to any of the above questions is “Yes,” or if the grounded bird is a nestling (a baby bird who is too young to leave the nest), YOUR help is needed!