swordwhale’s nature moment… attack of the robin fledgie!!!!

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I did not take this pic….

the fledgie who flew into my garage and repeatedly tried to flutter through a glass window did not want to pose…

I got a butterfly net, but it turned out to be easier to place hand over birb and wrestle with it…

birb responded by biting me with its pointy little beak…

sort of like attack of the nerf tweezers…

it squawked and protested and I carried out out and lofted it gently into the air whereupon it flew off (it was a fairly advanced flying fledgie)…

The idea that it would still bite something that to it was the size of a skyscraper is hilarious, but shows the determination of these little critters to carry on.

If you find a younger fledgie, it will often be on the ground, or in a bush or other low area.

It will either not really fly, or sort of fly, or sort of flutter vaguely (because it is still learning).

DO NOT rescue it, other than perhaps to place it in a higher branch.

It is being watched and cared for by parents.

Do keep your cats and dogs away from these little birbs. Cats are best indoors anyway, safer for cats, safer for wildlife.

I will admit to my dogs reducing the population of the invasive European Starling…

If birb flies into window, watch it, guard it, and wait for it to fly off. If it doesn’t, that’s when you find your local wildlife rehabber (call the game commission, google it, or call a local park).

If birb is alive but not moving much or flying, you can place it in a cardboard box or a paper bag (both breathe), put in a dark, cool, quiet place until you can transport it to said rehabber.

You can catch wayward birbs with a fine net (big nets like those for fishing can tangle birds, especially taloned birds like raptors), a sheet, or towel. I once rescued a hummingbird with a hat…


A bit exhausted, he chilled on my hand for a few minutes, then flew off and slurped down half the hummingbird feeder. This is a male ruby throat, you can only see the red when the light hits at certain angles.

I did take that pic…


tiny nestlings that fall out of nests can be returned to nests, or create a new nest you can reach (mom and dad will find it, those nesties are loud)… make sure your nest has drainage holes


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