Baby Bird Season

It's a wonderful time of year - the weather is improving, the flowers are beginning to bloom and baby birds are staring to make an appearance. 

But what happens if you come across a baby that appears to have fallen out of its nest? First, it's important to know whether it's a nestling or a fledgling (if it should still be in the nest or if it was due to leave).

Nestlings are baby birds that have no feathers, or only a few. Nestlings won't survive long outside the protection of the nest and where possible nestlings should be re-nested and left in the wild.

Fledglings have all or most of their feathers and leave the nest just before they can fly, so it's normal to see them on the ground. Keep pets away, leave the fledgling alone and monitor, as the parents are usually nearby and feeding the bird.

Once you've decided if it's a nestling or fledgling then follow the simple charts below that we've shared from the RSPCA, to ensure baby stands the best chance of survival:

During Spring and Summer, ensure you feed mindfully of baby birds. They require higher protein, size appropriate foods. 

Good quality seed mixessunflower hearts and dried mealworms/ calci-worms are all excellent choices. Peanuts are a brilliant food source, but especially over the next few of months only feed peanut granules, as whole peanuts can very easily choke young birds. 

Supplying a fresh water source and ensuring feeders are cleaned regularly to minimise the spread of diseases will help give those babies the best start in life.