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Old 19.05.2021, 08:15
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Young sparrow out of nest

Need the advice/wisdom of fellow EF animal lovers here. Just opened the shutter for the day and there's a young sparrow fluttering around on our balcony. It's obviously not able to fly well enough to get back to the nest wherever it is so what's the best thing to do? Not going to bother it during the day in hopes that the parents will come and help it with food, though I've put out my usual small helping of seeds for my birdie friends anyway so it may eat some of those. But rain is due later and it'll get soaked. Do I try and move it to the ground, where a cat might find and eat it, where the parents may not be able to do anything? Put it in a box overnight and back out on the balcony tomorrow in hopes it'll survive? Take it to a wildlife shelter? I'm sorta lost here. Help!
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Old 19.05.2021, 08:42
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Re: Young sparrow out of nest

It's life. Leave it alone, the parents will feed it or not.
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Old 19.05.2021, 09:17
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Re: Young sparrow out of nest

Leave it where it is.
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Old 19.05.2021, 09:18
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Re: Young sparrow out of nest

Many young birds have this stage of leaving the nest and strengthening their wings by scrambling around on the ground for a few days.

It's obviously a crap design, evolution needs to get its act together, but nothing you can do about it.

ps. you can still give it a helping hand by providing some shelter from the rain on the balcony, a plastic box propped up or similar, but natural selection will still control whether it's bright enough to use it.
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Old 19.05.2021, 09:19
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Re: Young sparrow out of nest

Well, dilemma solved, it's gone. Don't know what happened, but it's no longer on the balcony and no sign of it on the ground anywhere either.
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Old 19.05.2021, 09:24
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Well, dilemma solved, it's gone. Don't know what happened, but it's no longer on the balcony and no sign of it on the ground anywhere either.
Best to think of it successfully stretching its wings and flying off, or at least gliding as far as a sheltering hedge or bush.
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Old 19.05.2021, 09:40
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Best to think of it successfully stretching its wings and flying off, or at least gliding as far as a sheltering hedge or bush.
Yep. And not to think of neighbour's cat.

PS young birds which are not supposed to be out of the nest can't eat seeds and stuff. Parents need to "pre-chew" the food.
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Best to think of it successfully stretching its wings and flying off, or at least gliding as far as a sheltering hedge or bush.
Yes, we're hoping that for whatever reason, it just needed some time to recover and was able to fly off to the nest again or somewhere else. No idea when it fell down to the balcony. It wasn't there last night when I closed the shutters, but was when I opened them again this morning. Could have been there just a few minutes or for hours.

We've found a few dead babies on the balcony over the years, but this is the first time we'd have a live one.
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Old 19.05.2021, 14:14
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Re: Young sparrow out of nest

More than a billion sparrows in the world, study finds

and I think they have all decided to build nests in my roof!
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