Working from home isn’t all unicorns and rainbows. Recently a baby winter wren fledged right outside my window. Cute? Sure. But also, with the cheeping OH GOD THE CHEEPING. At a pitch that drills right into my brain. The remorseless, inescapable cheeping, from dawn (4AM) until dusk (9:30PM).
I decided if I was going to be tortured by this little thing until it grew up and flew away, I could at least get some blog action out of it. Here’s some video I shot of the little fellow.
If you find a fully-feathered baby bird on the ground, just leave it be. This is a normal stage for many birds: they lumber out of the nest before they can really fly. They remain partially-grounded for a few days, but their parents continue to feed them. It’s just how it works.
The only exception is if the baby is in harm’s way. Don’t get too caught up in trying to get it back in the nest – it will probably flop out again, and you probably can’t reach it anyway. Just set it down somewhere safe nearby. Its INSANELY LOUD AND PERSISTENT CHEEPING will alert the parents to its new location.
Incidentally, that thing about birds not wanting a baby back if it has the smell of humans on it? That’s bunk. For one thing, 99% of birds have barely any sense of smell at all. (Exception: vultures.) For another thing, the parental instinct is far too strong to be overcome by something as minor as an unpleasant smell. (And good thing, too.)
In this case, while maneuvering my camera to film the baby, I spooked it out onto the driveway. It hunkered down and sat there out in the open, clearly terrified and confused.
Since this was entirely my fault, even though the damned thing had been driving me mad for several days, I had to ferry it back to safety.
Funny thing about baby birds: too dumb to get scared of stuff. I just walked over, reached down, and scooped it up.
Disapproving Bird disapproves!