Urgent Help - Baby bird abandoned, chirping and wont eat, what do we do?

Hi there,

My partner and I had a baby bird fall out a high nest in front of us whilst walking home, near a main road. we didn't want to leave it as it was clearly injured. we have popped him in a box with air holes, cosy bedding, water and some food. He is constantly chirping and we aren't sure whats wrong. Any advice? All RSPB and local wildlife rescues are closed as its bank holiday. Advice really appreciated!! 

  • Hi Yasmin,
    Is it feathered? do you know what it is? this will effect what it can eat and you will have to attempt to feed it. There is also the possibility that it has internal injuries or something wrong that made the parent bird eject it from the nest

    Cin J

  • helpwildlife.co.uk/.../
    just in case there is someone local that might be about

    Cin J

  • In reply to Germain:

    Its feathered, unsure of breed, its greyish with a yellow beak and yellowish chest. We have taken it into the garden (supervised) to see if it can fly but it seems not, he is hopping around but not flying
  • A number of species fledge prior to being able to fly properly. As Germain said, can't really suggest anything other than the link already provided until species (and probably age) is identified. Are you able to upload a photo?
  • Hard to say. If you have anything like mealworms soak a few of those and offer them. Are you far from where you found it? If there is somewhere safe to leave it close to where the nest is the parent bird will often attend them when it's quieter. If it is not feeding itself you can offer food from tweezers and water from a paint brush, don't try to force feed it and if it makes it through the night get it into rescue tomorrow.

    Cin J

  • In reply to Germain:

    We are about 15 mins from where we found it but its a main road with nowhere safe nearby, it has pecked at food and is very active at the moment. if it doesnt eat soon we will use tweezers and the paintbrush for water too. yes I have a number ready to call in the morning. Thanks so much for your help
  • Possibly a Blue or Great Tit?... live mealworms are best but very well soaked dried ones are OK!

     

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  • Thanks for the photo. It is a blue tit. It looks about the right development for it to be fledging, so it may well have chosen to leave the box. It will need insects (aphids, small flies etc), caterpillars or as Germain said, mini mealworms. Always best to leave young birds alone though. Many are very immobile when leaving their nest for the first time. That is why many are predated very quickly. As soon as humans get involved, their chances rapidly diminish.
  • p.s. don't give it water. It needs food like caterpillars or mealworms where it will get enough fluid from that. Birds that age don't drink.