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  • First determine whether the bird is a nestling or a fledgling. If it is fully feathered and hopping around, it is a fledgling and should be left alone. It can take a day or two for fledglings to develop musculature required for flight after leaving the nest, so this period of awkward hopping is a natural part of a bird’s lifecycle. Parents will continue to feed them in this phase.
  • If the bird is covered with down and not hopping, it is a nestling and needs help. Try to locate the nest and put the bird back in it, gently covering the nestling with a towel to transport it. Birds will not reject their young because a human has touched them. If the nest is too high to reach, or may have fallen and broken apart, you can create a makeshift nest for the chicks and secure it to the nest tree as high off the ground as you can safely reach.

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