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What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird Out of the Nest June 12, 2014

Filed under: Baby Birds,Bird-Watching,Birding — Paula B @ 9:26 AM
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A hand selected article from Paula’s Garden Patch News about what to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest. We recently found a robin fledgling out of the nest too early. I’m glad to see from the graphic below that we did the right thing by putting him/her in a safe place and continued to watch as the parents fed it for the next several days.

Great infographic on the subject from Audubon Magazine


VIDEO: Tree Swallow Fledglings June 24, 2011

On the first sunny day in weeks I hurried myself outdoors, coffee cup in hand, to see what was happening in my yard. We’ve had so much driving rain for over a week, I haven’t been able to even go outside.

Despite the weather, the flowers are thriving and blooming even without sun! And the fledglings are everywhere.

I have a narrow side yard, probably about 12′ wide. I set up my cast iron table and chairs in the side garden across from a nestbox and feeders. I sat down with my camera and was only about 6′ away to capture these tree swallows being fed.

This is the 3rd year running that this couple has nested in our box and produced 2 babies a season. Once the little ones begin “hanging out of the entrance”, it won’t be long before they’ll fly away until next year.

What baby birds have you seen in your backyard? Aren’t they fun to watch?


Eagles’ Nest Live Stream April 7, 2011

I’m completely glued to this Web site that streams an eagles’ nest live. It’s in Decorah, Iowa at a fish hatchery. Two eggs have hatched and one remains unhatched. It’s awesome to watch the male and female take turns getting food and bringing it back to the nest. Amazing, majestic creatures!

Check it out here: Eagles’ Nest


Second Round of Baby Robins July 7, 2010

Early on this spring, we saw robin’s eggs smashed on the grass in our lawn. I’m not sure what got to them, but I figure that late nester in the pine out front was from the pair that lost their embryos to some egg stealer!

We’ve been keeping our eye on the nest for a couple of weeks as storms rolled in and high winds blew through. The robin never left her nest except to stand up and stretch her legs occasionally.

The babies – 3 of them – are finally out and about. I was putting some plants in a container out front when I spotted this baby hanging out on my red metal lawn chair. She seemed unafraid of me and let me walk right up to her and snap a couple of pictures. I also have some video of when they were still in the nest! Check it out…


Baby Tree Swallow June 23, 2010

We’ve known there are babies in our tree swallow house, but haven’t seen them yet. The male and female have been busy bringing food to the noisy babies.

This morning while I was having my coffee and routine stroll through my garden, I saw this little one peeping his head out. I walked right up to the feeder to capture this curious little one.

Too cute – just makes me smile! Click to enlarge the photo – you’ve got to see his/her cute little face.

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tree swallow juvenile

I know there is more than one baby in there…do you remember this pic from last year?

2 baby tree swallows

2 baby tree swallows 2009


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