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What should I do? Should I worry that my small, five-pound dog might get attacked by a hawk or owl? How do I keep herons from eating the fish in my pond? There's a huge starling roost near my house and they're driving us nuts! What can we do? Why do woodpeckers like to hammer on houses? How can I get woodpeckers to keep visiting my feeders but leave my house alone? A woodpecker is putting rows of holes in my tree.

Will it hurt the tree? What can I do about a bird that sings all night long outside my window? I found a pigeon or dove that seems tame and has colored bands on its legs. How can I share my bird photos with the Lab? How can I keep birds from hitting my windows? Why do some birds mimic the sounds of other species? Do parent and baby birds recognize each other's songs or calls? Do bird songs have frequencies higher than humans can hear? What is the most beautiful bird song in North America?

Why are Blue Jays far more noisy in fall than earlier in the summer? How does a tiny bird like a Winter Wren manage to sing so many sounds so quickly, and so loudly? I've been hearing beautiful bird songs every morning since spring, but suddenly I'm not hearing birds at all! What happened to them? Do vultures find dead animals by smell or by tracking predators or scavengers on the ground?

On a visit to Ithaca, New York, I saw a crow with large, red tags on each shoulder. Is this one of your projects? I believe that the same blue heron has been perching on my dock for 28 years. What is their life span? How can Bald Eagles survive in northern areas after all the lakes have frozen? Is drinking shade-grown coffee good for birds? What's the difference between shade-grown, organic, fair-trade, and Bird-Friendly coffee?

How can an owl catch a mouse underneath a foot of snow in total darkness? Are Whip-poor-will populations declining? What can we do about it? What is the Migratory Bird Treaty Act? There's a bird nesting near my house. I found a songbird nest with two different types of eggs in it.

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What is going on? How can I protect the baby birds in a nest from predatory birds and other predators like snakes and cats? I found a nest near my house and want to observe it but I am worried about disturbing it. Can you give me any advice? I found a nest with eggs in it and no adult birds seem to be attending to it. I think it's abandoned, or I scared the parents away. After birds leave a nest, can I clean out the nest for future use?

I have wasps in my birdhouse. How do birds survive in very cold temperatures? Will birds use nest boxes to roost in for warmth during the winter? I saw a little bird feeding a much larger bird. Is it rare to see two different species feeding each other? A bird keeps flying into my window or car mirror, on purpose.

Why do hummingbirds fight so much? If Brown-headed Cowbirds are reared by other species, how do they know they are cowbirds when they grow up? Sometimes I see little birds going after a big bird. Why do they do this? Why do birds have such elaborate and varied courtship rituals?

How do you pronounce a scientific name? What's the proper pronunciation for this bird species, Tympanuchus phasianellus? Where can I find a list of all the birds in the world? And how do I find out a bird's "official" name? For instance, is it "Canada Goose" or "Canadian Goose"? What is the difference between a beak and a bill? Where did the domestic turkey come from? What can you tell us about the habitat associations of partridges and in particular whether pear trees are ever involved?

Who is the "Lincoln" that the Lincoln's Sparrow is named for? The time for incubation varies widely from species to species. You can get this information for any species you're interested in by going to its page in our All About Birds species guide. Once you've found the species you're interested in, click on "Life History" and then scroll down to "Nesting. I found a baby bird. What do I do? Nestlings left are mostly featherless and helpless birds that should be returned to their nests, if possible. Fledglings right are mobile and well-feathered. Their parents are likely nearby and they rarely need help.

At some point, nearly everyone who spends time outdoors finds a baby bird—one that is unable to fly well and seems lost or abandoned. Your first impulse may be to help the young bird, but in the great majority of cases the young bird doesn't need help. In fact, intervening often makes the situation worse.

Most of the baby birds people find are fledglings. These are young birds that have just left the nest, are still under the care of their parents, and do not need our help. Fledglings are feathered and capable of hopping or flitting, with toes that can tightly grip your finger or a twig. These youngsters are generally adorable and fluffy, with a tiny stub of a tail. When fledglings leave their nest they rarely return, so even if you see the nest it's not a good idea to put the bird back in—it will hop right back out.

Usually there is no reason to intervene at all beyond putting the bird on a nearby perch out of harm's way and keeping pets indoors. The parents may be attending to four or five young scattered in different directions, but they will return to care for the one you have found. You can watch from a distance to make sure the parents are returning to care for the fledgling.

If the baby bird is sparsely feathered and not capable of hopping, walking, flitting, or gripping tightly to your finger, it's a nestling. If so, the nest is almost certainly nearby. If you can find the nest it may be well hidden , put the bird back as quickly as possible. Don't worry—parent birds do not recognize their young by smell. They will not abandon a baby if it has been touched by humans. If you have found both parents dead, the young bird is injured, you can't find the nest, or are absolutely certain that the bird was orphaned , then your best course of action is to bring it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

A sick, injured or orphaned baby bird may need emergency care until you can get it to a wildlife rehabilitator. It might if it gets the chance. The best thing to do is to keep your pet inside, or leashed well away from the fledgling until the bird is gone. This helpless stage lasts at most a few days, and if you leave the young bird under the care of its parents, it will have a far greater chance of thriving over a lifetime.

Can I raise a baby bird I found? We strongly advise you not to, for two reasons. First, it violates federal and state laws, such as the Migratory Bird Act, to possess any wild native American bird for any length of time without proper permits. Second, even with expert care and feeding, people simply cannot provide baby birds with most of the skills they need to negotiate the natural world. For excellent, well-reasoned information about the pros and cons of raising baby birds in captivity, visit Dr.

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If you want to give your children wonderful experiences with wild birds, encourage them to spend time helping a local rehabber, bird bander, or researcher. It's a myth that parent birds will abandon young that have been touched by humans—most birds have a poor sense of smell, and birds in general identify their young using the same cues we humans do—appearance and sound.

It's perfectly safe to pick up a fallen nestling and put it back in the nest, or to carry a fledgling out of danger and place it in a tree or shrub. Rehabbers almost never incubate eggs. If the eggs have fallen from the nest or been handled by people, the chances are just too great that the growing embryo has been shaken. If the egg eventually hatches, the hatchling is likely to suffer from grave deformities.

It's to some young birds' advantage to leave the nest as soon as they can. People tend to think of nests as safe, cozy little homes. But predators have a pretty easy time finding a nest full of loud baby birds, and nests can be hotbeds of parasites. Parent birds work from sunrise to sunset every day to get their young grown and out of the nest as quickly as possible.

After fledging, the young birds are more spread out, and the parents can lead them to different spots every night, enhancing each one's chances of survival. During this vulnerable time, you can help young birds by making sure your pets are indoors, or closely monitored when outside.

Other young birds may stay in their nests until they are capable of flight. Species such as swallows, woodpeckers, and other cavity nesters nest where there are no nearby branches for young to awkwardly grab onto when they first leave the nest. Unless startled by a predator, young of these species tend to remain in the nest until they are strong fliers.

If you think that a baby bird may have left the nest prematurely, check out our FAQ I found a baby bird. Most birds do not recognize their family members after their first year. There are exceptions to this, especially among social birds such as cranes, crows, and jays. Canada Geese also remember their parents, and may even rejoin their parents and siblings during winter and on migration. On the other hand, Black-capped Chickadee fledglings scatter in autumn, and each one joins a different winter flock from its siblings and parents. Mallards and grouse do imprint on their parents, but there is no evidence that they recognize their parents or family members after their first year.

If you find a sick or injured bird , contact a wildlife rehabilitator or local veterinarian to see if they are able to care for it. Make sure you call first as some clinics don't have the facilities to isolate sick birds, and can't take the risk of spreading a communicable disease among their other birds. To protect yourself, your family, and your pets, don't handle any potentially sick bird without disposable gloves, and make sure you have a box prepared for it, and a place to bring it, before you put it through the trauma of capture.

If you notice sick birds around your feeders, make sure you clean your bird feeding area. In fact, it is a good idea to regularly clean your feeders even when there are no signs of sick birds: If a sick bird does come to your feeder, minimize the risk of infecting other birds by cleaning your feeder area thoroughly. If you see several diseased birds, take down all your feeders for at least a week to give the birds a chance to disperse. And make sure to keep your birdbaths clean. Water allowed to sit for more than a few days can provide perfect breeding habitat for the very mosquitoes most likely to spread West Nile Virus.

If your area is possibly having an outbreak of West Nile Virus or other disease, you may need to report it to your county health department or department of natural resources. To find out, call your nearest game warden or conservation office. Take a look at our West Nile Virus FAQ for more information about what to do if you think you find a bird infected with the virus. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch web site has additional information on sick birds, including a review of several of the more common diseases that might show up in backyard birds.

If you find a dead bird and are aware of a disease outbreak or you are concerned about health issues, contact your local or county health department or the National Wildlife Health Center. With their permission, you may proceed in collecting or disposing of the dead bird as they direct you to. Do not pick up the bird without permission, because this is illegal. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of protects birds and bird parts feathers, eggs, and nests of almost all bird species.

In many cases health departments will not be able to analyze a bird that has already started to decay, so you may be asked to double-bag it and put it in your freezer, or to take it to them immediately. If you do pick up the bird be sure to wear disposable gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly afterward. It's hard to know without conducting laboratory tests. West Nile virus does affect birds, but several other diseases can be common in birds, too. West Nile virus arrived in North America in It was first found in New York City and in a few years had spread across the continent.

It was extremely damaging to some bird populations, especially members of the crow family crows, ravens, jays, and magpies. The disease is spread by mosquitoes, and can affect not only birds but humans as well, usually causing flu-like symptoms. Birds with visible symptoms of West Nile virus often die within a few days. Affected birds will often be fluffed out and stay low to the ground, or seem off balance and unable to stand. Because West Nile virus affects birds, public health officials look for cases of sick and dead birds as an early warning that an outbreak may begin.

Monitoring the disease in bird populations is an important way of tracking the disease. According to the CDC, West Nile virus cases in humans peaked in , declined through the rest of the decade, and then peaked again in If you have found one or more dead birds especially if they are in the crow family , or observed birds that have symptoms consistent with WNV, it may be a good idea to contact your state health department. APHIS has a link to help you find the contact information to report a dead bird in your state.

You can also report them to your regional office of the National Wildlife Health Center. In many cases, health departments can't analyze a bird that has already started to decay, so you may be asked to double-bag a dead bird and put it in your freezer, or to take it to them immediately. House Finches with weird-looking eyes are probably afflicted with mycoplasmal conjunctivitis, also known as House Finch Eye Disease. In early fall, the prevalence of this infection increases dramatically, and sick birds may appear at feeders.

From — we conducted a citizen-science study of House Finch Eye Disease, and you can still read our FAQ about the disease , its symptoms, and its causes. You can also participate in Project Feeder Watch to help track sick finches; take a look at their page on House Finch Eye Disease for more information and useful links. There is little evidence that feeders play a direct role in disease transmission, because House Finches are highly gregarious and stay close together near or away from feeders.

But to be safe, if you notice sick birds, we recommend that you take down your feeders and clean them with a 10 percent bleach solution 1 part bleach and 9 parts water. Let them dry completely and then re-hang them. Also, rake the ground beneath your feeders to remove old seed and bird droppings. If more than one bird gets sick from this or any other illness, it's not a bad idea to close down your feeding station for a couple of weeks to at least encourage the flock to disperse, to minimize the risk of other birds catching it. In fall, we receive many inquiries about bald birds, especially Blue Jays and Northern Cardinals.

In late summer and fall, when a bird molts, it usually grows and replaces its feathers gradually, but occasionally a bird loses all the feathers on its head at once. This is particularly true of Blue Jays, many of which molt the feathers of the head, or "capital tract," in synchrony. The result is a very strange looking bald bird!

This bald appearance lasts for about a week before new feathers replace the molted ones.

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It is possible that in rare cases baldness might be caused by environmental or nutritional factors, feather mites, or lice. To read more and see photos of bald birds , visit the Bald Birds page on the Project FeederWatch web site. Nestwatch , a citizen-science project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has a wealth of information for people who have nest boxes.

For features of a good nest box, check out the page, " Resources for Nest-Box Monitoring. Sometimes birders observe birds with odd-looking beaks. For example, numerous Black-capped Chickadees with greatly elongated and down-curved upper beaks have been reported since in southern Alaska. The phenomenon has now spread to some 30 species, but seems largely confined at present to southern Alaska. Scientists studying this phenomenon have yet to determine a specific cause. Bird beaks are much like human fingernails—soft structures that grow at a constant rate all the time. Many factors have been implicated in causing beaks to grow abnormally, including disease, parasites, nutritional deficiencies, genetic defects, exposure to extreme heat, exposure to environmental contaminants, and structural damage caused by a collision or other trauma.

A slight malformation may not affect a bird's survival, but an extreme deformity may make normal feeding difficult if not impossible. Sometimes it happens gradually enough that the bird learns to compensate, but if the excessive growth doesn't stop, eventually the bird is likely to starve. Read about progress in understanding the deformed-beak outbreak in this Living Bird article.

No matter where you live, if you see a bird with an overgrown bill, it is important to report your sighting so that scientists can track the spread of the phenomenon. Some people prefer not to feed birds in the spring and summer when there is abundant food. However, leaving your feeders up year-round is not a problem as long as you keep a few things in mind:. In general, birds are hardy, resourceful animals that would no more swallow rancid suet than you or I would make a sandwich with green turkey. Here at the Cornell Lab, we keep our feeders filled year-round in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden for the benefit of the birds and the pleasure of our visitors.

Whether or not you do is up to you. Deterring some species of birds while attracting others is a perennial challenge for backyard bird lovers. We encourage people to enjoy all the birds that come to their feeders, but sometimes one or more types of birds will wear out their welcome through their insatiable appetites, aggression toward smaller birds, messiness, etc. With the right information and a bit of patience, you can keep frustration and extra expense to a minimum.

For more information, visit Project FeederWatch. They offer excellent information on common feeder birds , types of feeders and types of food to help you make sense of the available options. If you have invasive species nesting in or around your home or out-buildings and they are becoming a nuisance, you may want to evict them from these areas. Try hanging mylar balloons filled with helium so they're floating about wherever the starlings get access.

The unpredictable movements of helium balloons and the shininess of mylar often drive birds away. You can close off all access with hardware cloth or other mesh, but mylar balloons are much quicker and easier and work surprisingly often. The sugar content of natural flower nectar varies, and is roughly comparable to sugar water mixtures ranging from a quarter to a third cup of sugar per cup of water. During hot, dry weather, when hummingbirds risk dehydration, it's best to make your mixture no stronger than a quarter cup of sugar per cup of water.

But during cold, rainy spells, making the mixture a bit stronger, up to about a third cup of sugar per cup of water, will not hurt your birds and may help them. There is absolutely no reason to add any red dyes to hummingbird sugar water. After all, natural flower nectar is clear, and hummingbird feeders have colorful parts that attract hummingbird regardless of the color of the sugar water. Adult male hummingbirds aggressively defend their territory, and if your yard is within the territory of one, he may drive all other male hummingbirds away during the nesting season.

If you have a nesting female nearby, she will visit your feeder only periodically, spending most of her time incubating her eggs. After the eggs hatch, she usually concentrates her feeding at flowers that supply tiny insects as well as nectar—insects contain the protein that her nestlings need in order to grow. Once the young have fledged, she continues feeding them for several days until the fledglings have mastered getting their own food.

At this time, she may bring them to your feeders to teach them how to take advantage of this easy food supply, too. This is also when males begin migrating, with adult females soon following. So many of the hummingbirds that suddenly appear are actually migrants from farther north, just passing through. Keeping your feeders up has no influence on whether a bird will start its journey south. A number of factors trigger the urge for birds to migrate, and the most significant one is day length.

As days grow shorter in late summer, birds get restless and start to head south, taking advantage of abundant natural food, and feeders where available, to fuel their flight. Hummingbirds are no different from others and will migrate regardless of whether feeders are kept up. However, we encourage people to keep feeders up for several weeks after the last hummingbird leaves the area, just in case a straggler shows up in need of additional energy before completing the long journey south.

Hawks that feed on birds apparently take the term bird feeder at face value. If you want to discourage the hawk, you'll have to take your feeders down for a few days, until the smaller birds disperse. In the wild, birds face constantly fluctuating food supplies, so songbirds, doves, and hawks alike will know to search for food elsewhere. Put your feeders up again in a week or two. If you're lucky, the songbirds and doves will quickly return but the hawk will have found hunting grounds somewhere else.

You can learn more about feeder problems and solutions at our Project FeederWatch web site. Scrub your birdbath immediately if algae start to grow. Use very hot water and a good scouring brush. Water in birdbaths should be changed at least every three days, and in warm weather even more often. Algal growth is one issue, but even more urgent and potentially dangerous is the possibility of mosquitoes breeding. The mosquitoes that breed in small stagnant pools, such as rain gutters and birdbaths, are the ones most likely to harbor West Nile Virus, which is dangerous for both humans and birds.

The importance of keeping water in birdbaths clean cannot be overemphasized. Also, providing an aerator or a slow drip from an overhanging bottle will attract a wider variety of birds to your birdbath. Bird populations fluctuate seasonally and from one year to the next for a range of reasons.

Often when someone reports that birds have gone missing from their yard, they are just seeing normal variation. Causes for these regular changes include:. On the other hand, we know that many populations of bird species are in fact declining consistently from year to year.

You can also refer to their full database on conservation status of North American landbirds. Since it is difficult for scientists to monitor birds on a continent-wide scale, science has turned to bird watchers for help via the emerging field of citizen science, which brings together thousands upon thousands of individual observations into centralized databases. Projects such as NestWatch and FeederWatch focus on gathering information on birds during breeding and winter feeding times respectively.

A new project, YardMap , seeks to add another layer of data to bird observations by allowing people to map the habitat in their yards. And one of the biggest citizen science efforts ever undertaken, eBird , allows people anywhere in the world to enter bird observations anywhere, anytime, into a worldwide database. Through these efforts, we are learning more than ever before about many basic questions: Where does a given species live?

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How abundant is it? How are these patterns changing with time? With a clearer understanding of these baselines, we are in a better position to analyze the underlying factors that are acting on bird populations, and chart courses of action for their benefit. Your first step will be to set up feeders. To begin with, use small feeders so your seed doesn't spoil before you get any "takers.

We recommend suction cup feeders that can be set right on the glass—you dramatically reduce the likelihood of local birds colliding with glass when the feeders are on the glass or set up within just 3 feet of the window. Once the feeders are in place, try playing recordings of cardinal and House Finch calls and songs at a normal volume, so that nearby birds may think there's a well-fed bird up there and go join it.

You may keep playing recordings through spring and summer, until birds figure out that your terrace is a good place to feed. In May, you can try hummingbird feeders—the color red may draw some birds in to your feeders. Again, use fairly small feeders at first, and change sugar water at least every couple of days in hot weather or if feeders are in direct sunlight, and every days when it's cooler and feeders are shaded.

Depending on what the habitat below you is like, it may take some time for birds to discover your balcony. Bird feeders in high-rises along lakes and rivers are fairly likely to be discovered during migration. Feeders in any neighborhood are more likely to attract birds if there are trees and other vegetation at ground level, and the more plants on your balcony, the more likely curious birds will check it out. Providing food and nectar-producing plants may lure birds in, and will make your balcony more pleasant for you whether or not they ever arrive.

Putting up a hanging plant or two will improve your chances of a pair of House Finches nesting. Make sure baskets are set close to the window rather than on the outer edge to reduce the chances that a nestling's first venture out of the nest won't be its last. Explore more of our tips about attracting birds to your yard, what to feed them when they get there, and check out our Celebrate Urban Birds project for information on attracting birds to city yards and urban balconies.

Chickadees, nuthatches, some woodpeckers, jays, and crows store, or "cache," food. Many other feeder birds—doves, sparrows, blackbirds, finches, etc. Do you report your birds to Project FeederWatch? It can be really fun, sharpen your observation and identification skills, and give you a chance to provide valuable data for scientists.

Project FeederWatch runs from November through early April. Check it out and sign up! Owls swallow their prey whole or in large pieces, but they cannot digest fur, teeth, bones, or feathers. Like other birds, owls have two chambers in their stomachs. In the first chamber, the glandular stomach or proventriculus, all the digestible parts of an owl's meal are liquefied.

Then the meal passes into the second chamber, the muscular stomach or gizzard, which grinds down hard structures and squeezes the digestible food into the intestines. The remaining, indigestible fur, bones, and teeth are compacted into a pellet which the owl spits out. Owls typically cast one pellet per day, often from the same roosting spot, so you may find large numbers of owl pellets on the ground in a single place. Browse through owls —and listen to their hoots—in our bird guide.

How do I keep ants out of my hummingbird feeder? Many hummingbird feeders—especially the saucer variety—have a center "moat" separate from where the sugar water is placed. These feeders are easy to keep ants out of by filling that moat with water. The ants that do get down into it drown, but usually just don't even try.

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If you have another kind of feeder, make sure it's hanging by a simple rod rather than string, and coat a center spot all around, about an inch wide, with petroleum jelly. The ants won't cross that. We've got more tips about how to get the most out of bird feeders in our Attract Birds section. We'd like to tell you that there's a foolproof way to defeat squirrels, but the truth is that it's very hard to make a feeder completely safe from these voracious little critters.

Plenty of strategies have been tried—and many of them do offer some relief in some situations. A while ago we asked our Facebook visitors to tell us what works for them and we boiled down the result into our Top Nine Squirrel Intervention Suggestions: Other approaches include making it hard for squirrels to climb up to your feeder, putting additives such as capsaicin hot pepper that birds can't taste into your bird seed mix, and—what may turn out to the best suggestion—trying to enjoy the sight of squirrels in your yard!

For more details and caveats on each of these suggestions , check out the Attract Birds section of All About Birds. And for a glimpse at just how resourceful squirrels can be—even as they interfere with one of our research projects—read this former student's account of her battle with squirrels. The "best" bird identification book is often a matter of choice, so different people will give you different answers.

You may want to start by browsing field guides at a library or bookstore to get a sense of which one works the best for you. Chose a few that are appealing and look up four or five familiar birds. Which guide portrays these birds closest to the way you see them? Is the book comfortable to use? Are the birds easy to find in its pages? Most experienced birders prefer a field guide with drawings by an expert rather than with photographs. Good bird artists portray birds in similar poses, using their experience and knowledge to make it easier for you to key in on the important field marks.

With photographs, lighting conditions and differences in bird postures can obscure important features or highlight unimportant ones, although the photos in some well-done guides are digitally manipulated to make color comparisons among different species more accurate. You may also want to consider size when buying a field guide: Other than that, small-geographic area or state-focused guides do not include all the birds found in a given area.

These are more minimalist types of guides that should be used in conjunction with a more thorough guide to avoid misidentifications and frustration. Once you become more familiar with the birds you're seeing, you'll find the All About Birds Online Bird Guide a wonderful reference for more information about each species as well as for photos and sounds of the birds.

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We always know spring is here when we get this question. It means the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is migrating north. We follow its migration as emails arrive, first from Florida and then a few days later from South Carolina or Tennessee. That depends on what they looked like! They could have been blackbirds, grackles, cowbirds, crows, nighthawks, robins, or any other number of species that flock. At the end of summer, when birds finish breeding, many species become more social and join flocks.

In the evening, hundreds of them may travel toward roosts and spend the night together. There are four key features for visual identification. While looking at an unfamiliar bird, observe:. Birders try to take notes about these four features, and some sketch or photograph the bird as well to help make an ID.

How does this tell us what the bird is? By looking at the bird's shape, we can get an idea of what family it belongs to. Might it be a duck? How is the bill shaped? Long or short, stout or thin, straight or curved? If another bird is nearby, we look at relative sizes. Is our bird sparrow-sized? Smaller than a robin? Larger than a crow? And we look at the shape and size of various features, compared to other features on the bird itself.

Are the wings long? Do they extend to the tip of the tail? Is the beak long compared to the bird's head size? You see, the skeletons of seagulls and other birds are so delicate and small that they decay quickly and leave no trace of their bodies. All the body parts of a bird are fairly easy to consume and digest, so not much is left behind.

Feathers stick around more easily, showing that a bird has died much more often than bones will. The cycle of life continues in this way. Ask an adult to send your question to us. Please tell us your name, age, and which city you live in. You can send an audio recording of your question too, if you want. Send as many questions as you like! Being Well Together — Manchester, Manchester. Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concerts: Oriental Breeze — Manchester, Manchester. Available editions United Kingdom.

Seagulls travel together in groups, but prefer to be alone when they feel sick. Grainne Cleary , Deakin University. I would say there are a few things happening that stop you from finding many dead gulls. Found this article useful? Anything I can do? My little girl found a Hatchling 2days old i think. There is 2 nests under my garage eaves the nests r so close side by side and dried grass all in the middle i tried to find a opening for the nests and could not!

So i left the baby bird in the middle… Will the momma bird move it back in the right nest???? I put a towle down for if the hatchling was to fall out again. That was at 5: I have watched these doves lay 4 times. This pair has gotten big enough to fledge…then one died unexpectedly. The other baby fledged shortly after his sibling fell from the nest. A couple years ago a couple baby ducks were hanging out in my yard.

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Does the same thing apply to ducks as well? Good info, we just found a fledgling in the back yard and were wanting to help it but we keep an eye out instead and keep dogs from backyard. Literally same exact situation for me. Found 2 fledglings, 1 flew away with Mom. Keeping dogs out of backyard as well! Found a fledgling hopping around, learning to fly, but it was starting to snow. It was soaked so I dried it off and let it go. I know letting nature take its course is preferable, but I think I will keep it indoors overnight next time. Man, I really need think before I act,rather than acting first and thinking later..

I immediately swooped it up and put it in a bird cage I had sitting outside that I just finished cleaning for my tiels, when 2 birds dive bombed me.. Well anyways, I still brought it in for the night and syringe fed it water and specialty formula for birds. But then I read this,and immediately let it go back in the yard. I really hope so! I just took one in because 2 starlings were pecking and attacking him, trying to pick him up, and I guess kill it.

I feed it with tweezers with some suet on it. I just had to take him in because I did not want anything to happen to him. I get wildlife is wildlife, but nothing is getting eaten alive under my watch!! He really is the cutest thing ever!!! Me and my fiance found a fledgling stuck down below in a window well, so we scooped it out and let it go. But it ran near another window well just so I covered that well up with some cardboard to keep the fledgling from falling in again.

His parents are nearby, hopefully keeping an eye on him. And I left that basement window open, so hopefully he also gets a bit of heat from the house. May 24ish July 18, Branches too high for me to return or make nest for hatchling-nestling thrown from nest during high wind so took home. Stools were purplish and watery, eating only berries?? A little shade, food, water and protection from neighboring hawk might have been called for but I left.

I fear she may have tried to follow me to location she had not been before. She was a beauty and funny! Hopefully, she made it despite my poor last decision. I miss her antics. Thank you for your patience and expertise, Cornell. It has been an education! Have a birdhouse in my yard, keeping an eye on them because twigs and bedding might have been too much for them as one appeared too close to falling out of opening. Come home, and two baby birds fell in grass under house. Placed them back inside gently, can I remove some twigs? Mom and Dad are very attentive bringing bugs for feeding, babies as big as my thumb, feathered eyes closed not hopping yet…HELP?

Also saw sparrow peering in house, babies are not sparrows…. Good to know this information We have baby blue birds being fed by mom and dad. We love watching them so much. Should be flying out soon. I was trimming my tall spiral bush late yesterday and noticed some plastic wire mesh hanging off the top and pulled it. Well to my surprise, a whole nest came out with 2 hatchlings. One rolled onto the grass.

I put on gloves and put it back in the nest. I put the nest back. I kept worrying that the intervention may cause them to be abandoned. What do you think? I checked on them this morning and they are still alive. Like how long can they live without mom or dad? If they are only a couple days old then in reading here they should need food every 20 min.

I watched here and there and there was no mom. I had to leave during the day and got home around 4pm. Only one was alive. But to my surprise there was actually 3 birds in there and it must have been dead before I found the nest. I suspect that the nest was abandoned prior. I brought it into the humane society to give to the wildlife rescue and they suggested wet cat food in the interim so thats what we gave it. Hope its doing well in their care. I found a little fledgling on the ground in my backyard. It was flying at my feet chirping.

I left it alone then came outside again right before dark and it was flying at my feet again. Seemed it was asking for help. It lookd healthy so I put it in a shoe box with some tissue. I am going to release it first thing in the morning. I figured the cats in the neighbourhood were going to get it so just for tonight in the shoebox and hopefully it makes it tomorrow when released. There was not even any twilight when I grabbed it. We had a Robins nest on our porch for a while now and today when I got home the babies had left their nest.

I removed the empty nest because we are having work done to our porch.