What should you really do if you find a baby bird on the ground? According to wildlife experts, you almost always do NOT want to move the bird. According to the RSPCA, well-meaning people bring in baby birds all the time that would have a much better chance for survival if they’d been left as they were. And no, not because the smell of you will repulse the bird’s mother and lead to his abandonment. Maybe you’ve heard this in the past, I know I have, but it’s not true; birds don’t even have the greatest sense of smell.
Just because a baby bird is on the ground doesn’t mean the bird is injured or in any trouble. Some birds nest on the ground. Furthermore, at a certain stage baby birds start to wander around on their own with mom or dad somewhere nearby. That’s why experts recommend watching the bird from afar for 30 minutes or so. More than likely during this time you’ll see mom or dad come by to feed their babe.
For the overall wellbeing of the bird, raising birds in captivity should always be considered a last resort. Birds raised in captivity don’t have the same skills to survive in the wild because they lack one-on-one instruction from mom and dad.
The only times you should ever move a baby bird is if:
-The bird is badly injured and will not survive without treatment.
-You know for a fact that the bird’s parents abandoned it.
-If it is a hatchling (0-3 days old) or nestling (4-13 days old) it may need your help getting back in its nest. Find the nest and set the baby back inside.
-If the entire nest was knocked down in a storm, you could place it back up in the tree.