Every year countless Georgia homeowners find helpless young birds on the ground beneath trees and shrubs. In some cases, the young birds and their nests are torn out of a tree by an intense storm. In other cases, a young bird simply accidentally falls from its nest. If you happen across such a bird, do you know what to do?
If you find a hatchling, look about and see if you can locate its nest. If you do locate it, simply place the young bird back in the nest. More than likely, parents are perched nearby and will resume raising the youngster.
On the other hand, if you find a whole or partial nest containing young, place the nest or its remains and young birds in something like a hanging basket. If the container is much larger than the nest, place the nest atop some mulch (choose mulch that will not get soggy when wet). Then hang it in the tree as close as you can to its original location.
After you have replaced the nest and young birds all you can do is wait. In the best-case scenario, the parents will return to the young. However, after a reasonable length of time, if the parents have not returned to claim their hatchlings, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
A list of Georgia’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found at www.gadnrle.org. Once you open the site scroll down the subject list to Wildlife rehabilitators. These dedicated, skilled individuals are listed by county and the types of wildlife they are qualified to treat.