An alternative to old nests for baby birds: a brown paper sack
For those of you who come across baby birds that have fallen from their nests and fear for the baby's life, I have an answer. We all know it's best to leave fledglings alone (as their parents will tend to them on the ground, eventually), but if you have cats or other predatory or curious pets around, the baby birds will be in danger. The answer? Save old birds' nests that you've found and place the fledgling in the nest out of harm's way. It's best if you can find the tree you think the baby fell out of. If you don't have an old nest, try a brown paper sack, sandwich-sized, filled with dry material. Then sit back and wait for the parents to return knowing you've done the most you could with the least interference your heart and conscience would allow.
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