And I have a fledgling question. I fed it boiled eggs forcefully for the first day with a few drops of water rubbed at its beak. Birds will re-use nesting spots that have been successful. P.S. It’s a good sign that she’s acting more like an adult and is interested in things! She’ll almost certainly find other crows quickly and she can watch what they do. I almost stepped on it twice and she comes out all startled. just reading your post now deanna. So my cats can somehow jump up 5 feet high– My only hope to save the birds is to move the nest about 5 feet away to a higher spot my cats can’t reach (~ 9 feet high). People even don’t know what they are. Disease is a possibility, but I don’t know enough about that to guess how likely it is. I am lucky enough not to have any cats (been there, done that phase) and now have dogs. ), but also think about the challenges it and its parents face. When should I trybto releade him. I marveled at the parents constant work and patience and wondered how long thy could keep it up because these babies were still so very helpless and vulnerable to other predators, including larger birds. I feel guilty about not letting it go all the time; but then, I do not even know if it’d survive outside on its own. Not all species do this, and I’m not sure if starlings do. They are cats. Monitor from a distance to see if the parents are coming down to feed it — watching from inside is even better. It is in the situation of half-falls and half-flies. I peaked in and they aren’t old enough to leave th nest, but aren’t pink. (The opposite is true for mammals, interestingly: male mammals tend to explore while females stay where they were born.) Lyn. Hi. He may not have been ready to live entirely on fruit. My husband had to bring his diskbine home to prepare for haying. Thanks in advance. So do I wait until she can fly up from the ground to the cupboard (2.5m), or not, and since I have decided to release her on ground(I live on the 6th floor), should I release her somewhere where there are a lot of crows(there’s a place nearby that has a lot of crows and a lot of youngs and fledglings ), or somewhere where there aren’t that many of them (basically my neighbourhood). Should I try to make a nest of sorts out of grasses, or better yet, can I take the house finch nest and put it off the trail and gently lay the eggs in it????? There were tons and tons of Oregon Juncos. However, it does seem ominous that both siblings were killed right in that area. Please I need your help. Some people have hypothesized that having the staggered sizes of chicks spreads out the feeding demands on the parents, which is a similar idea to what you’ve proposed; we don’t really know if that’s true. It is a joy and a privilege that they come back every year….despite me, my swing and my rather noisy dogs. I’m gauging about 12-14 days old based on what I’ve read. The fledgling died within 24 hours, so you followed the recommended advice and sadly it just didn’t work out this time. But more often, you will see a fledgling on the ground when it is in the “training stage” – it is still learning to fly, but the parents are taking care of it. Thank you for this article. Birds that nest in cavities generally don’t leave the nest until they are capable of at least a sort of fluttering-falling version of “flight.” (This is in comparison to birds with open-cup nests or ground nests, which often leave the nest as soon as they can run but before they can do much of anything with their wings.) Only then should you move the bird. (And the sparrows don’t get harassed because, being another species, they aren’t part of the blackbird dominance hierarchy.). 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