- Baby bird dilemma – advice please (Not a bloody Robin btw).
Our last blackbird group were totally unfussed about human interaction, I ended up getting right in beside the nest to take photos etc, they knew we were there but just carried on. If one of those chicks had escaped I’d have returned it, no qualms. But no idea if that’s typical behavior, do your lot seem skittish normally?Posted 4 years agoARTSubscriber
Yours are late! Our fledged at least 3 weeks ago… and did a similar thing hanging out on the decking and rummaging around (snuggling down!) between the plant pots. We have neighbours’ cats transiting our garden all the time and they survived … well at least the two that I saw did. Leave them to it, the mother will find them from the noise they make and you’ll only freak them out/ confuse her by trying to help!Posted 4 years ago
We have a nest of almost ready to fledge Blackbirds in a shoulder height nest in our fir tree.
One of them has somehow made it to our water butt at the other end of the garden. It is now hiding there making pitiful chirrups and the mother is feeding it.
The dilemma is, if I leave it there it WILL get killed, either by my dog or the neighbour’s cat. I know the advice is just to leave stranded fledglings but in this case, it’s certain death. It would take me ten seconds to scoop it up and replace it in its nest but I know this can lead to abandonment by the mother.
What would you do? I’m leaning towards giving it a 50/50 chance and replacing it but worry that the mother might abandon the whole lot of them.Posted 4 years agoRockape63Member
I was cutting the hedge the other day and was horrified to see a nest with three eggs in it AND the tiniest little hatchling that could only have been an hour old at most!
I beat a hasty retreat and was please to see the Mother Dunnock return to the nest and kept watch for a few days. Unfortunately we have a couple of Crows hanging around at the moment and I can only think that the fcukers got them a few days later…..gutted!
It was mostly my fault for exposing the nest by cutting back the hedge. 🙁Posted 4 years agokonagirlMember
Rockape63, yes that’s why the RSPB etc recommend you don’t cut hedgerows through spring and summer. We unfortunately had a similar incident being a bit late to cut this year and did the same, retreated and left it be. The blackbirds did fine, even though it was already quite an exposed nest.
Yours are late!
We think our blackbirds are onto their fourth brood this year (the female was collecting nest material again a few weeks ago and we haven’t seen much of her since, and we’ve already had three broods from March).Posted 4 years ago
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