If you find a baby bird that is not covered with feathers out of its nest:
- If the baby is warm, alert, and uninjured, try to return it to its nest. Note: Handling by humans will not discourage parental care.
- Make sure all the nestlings look the same if there are others still in the nest.
- If you can’t find the nest, create one using a small box or margarine tub with holes for drainage.
If you find a fully-feathered baby bird out of its nest:
- Observe it to see if it actually needs help.
- If it is hopping around and is alert, it has probably reached fledgling age when it is practicing its flying and foraging skills.
- Confine any cats or dogs, and, if necessary, place the baby bird in a safer area such as on a branch or a shrub.
If you find a bird that is dazed from colliding with a window:
- Place it in a dark container with a lid, such as a shoe box, and place it where it is warm, quiet and out of reach of predators.
- If it is extremely cold, take it inside.
- As much as possible, resist handling.
- Don’t attempt to give it food or water.
- As soon as it is awake and alert, release it.
If you find a bird that is seriously injured:
- Gently pick it up with a cloth or towel.
- Place it in a box with a lid to keep it dark.
- Keep it in a very warm and quiet place.
- Do not attempt to give it food or water.
- Contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Local Wildlife Rehabilitators
- WRI Wildlife Rescue Center….530 468-5287
- Shasta Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation…530 365-9453
- Susan Thomas…530 235-4783