Welcome to another week's Mailbag Monday, when a reader's question takes center stage! This week, Josie from Michigan asks...
"We have a robin nest in our yard, and last week, one of the babies fell out and is hopping all over the yard. We keep our cats and dog indoors, but I'm afraid of something else harming the baby, but I don't want to keep scaring it to chase it and catch it. What can we do to help?"
It can be nerve-wracking to watch a baby bird that might seem helpless, but the best thing to do is just leave the bird alone. Baby birds often leave the nest several days before they can fly (siblings might not all leave on the same day), and the time they spend hopping around strengthens their wings and legs so they can learn. The parents are undoubtedly nearby, and keeping your pets indoors is a great way to help the young birds get a good start in life.
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American Robin Fledgling
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