The seasonally warm weather earlier is now producing young of many species. Many birds are starting to appear. I spotted this young sparrow chirping on the patio.
Please refrain from the tempation to help, nature must take it’s course – but eliminating hazards like bringing the cat in will help!
If you find a fledgling that seems to be struggling…, they can really chirp VERY loud and are agonizing to listen to, rest assured the mother is probably close by and teaching the skills neccesary for survival.
Amazing how they leave the nest without being able to fly!!
|Hatchling||0-3||wisps of natal down on body, eyes closed|
|Nestling||4||primary feathers (also called pin feathers) pierce skin, they look like blue tubes sticking out of the skin|
|6||nestling responds to alarm call of parent|
|7||primary feathers unsheath|
|10||bird is alert, stretches wings and legs|
|13-14||able to flutter and hop from branch to branch, fully feathered, but has short tail and wings, leaves the nest|
|Fledgling||14-28||they do not return to the nest, but are still fed by the adults in nearby trees or on the ground if the young have not yet mastered flying|