Hi, I've had jack daws nesting in the side of my building and a couple days go (08/06/22) i noticed a wee fledgling. It's in a perfectly safe flat roof section and theres some shelter from the rain. It's parents were around lots when it first appeared but are only there sometimes now. I was just wondering when it should start to fly? Should I start training it myself? I fed it some apple and cat food although I read it might discourage them from flying. I'm not too worried about it at the moment as it seems healthy and in energetic spirits.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
In reply to Suli:
Suli said:Day 3 now and its still not flying but is looking healthy and is trying.
Fingers crossed it will fledge properly very soon; what type of bird did you find dead in the gutter, was it another jackdaw? Sounds like they fell or tumbled out of the nest too early.
In reply to HAZY:
I'm really sorry to hear that the birds died Suli and understand how upsetting it can be and it is human instinct to want to pick a bird up and bring it inside to look after but it is not always in the birds best interest and nature sometimes has to take its course however harsh that appears. Yesterday I found a juvenile blue tit on its back, feet in the air which looked like it might have been suffering from severe concussion; I gently picked it up and placed it in a planter box on the patio area and retreated immediately indoors to give the bird every chance to recover without stressing it; it would have been tempting to bring it inside but I followed the general guidance rule and let nature take its course; they don't always make it but that's nature but after over one hour it began to open its eyes and get its bearings and it then flew off to the nearby trees. Unless severely injured, wild birds should always be left outside as we don't know for certain if parent birds are still tending to these young birds and if you have to intervene then it is always advisable to find a rehabber who has the knowledge and experience to care for and rehabilitate the bird so it doesn't imprint and is able to be released back into the wild. I know you had the best of intentions but the advice given would not have changed,
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