Patients of the Week: Fledgling Birds

The wildlife hospital has admitted many fledgling birds this week.

A fledgling is a young bird that has left the nest. Fledglings have feathers but do not fly well, if at all, but can usually hop or jump to low branches. This period of being on the ground is a normal and necessary part of a bird developing the ability to fly.

Do not automatically pick up a fledgling bird. It probably doesn’t need your help. The parents are attentive and will not abandon their offspring. Only if a fledgling is in imminent danger from cats or other predators should it be brought into our wildlife hospital.

For more information on what to do if you find a baby bird, visit our webpage. The wildlife rehabilitation hospital is open 9 AM – 7 PM, seven days a week.

WEBL fledgling

This is a western bluebird fledgling.