Baby bird identification

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  1. Portisgrass

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    Hello all
    Yesterday morning I found a tiny baby bird in the garden. Think he'd been there all night. No movement and covered in leaves. No parent was coming to it for an hour or more. Decided to pop it in a box with hay, leaves etc. Googling up, it said feed it warm soaked dog kibble.
    And bit by bit it's come alive. I feed it ever half hour and he is now going mad for it. Insatiable apatite!!!
    Hopefully, we get lucky and he grows and will fledge the box.
    I wondered if I took a picture at some point , someone could try to identify him????
    And is that the best thing to feed him on.
     
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    Well done! Often little fledglings die of shock quickly. Please post a photo! Don't know if I could help, but I bet plenty there will. Also, what about giving your local vet a call to ask what to do - or the RSPB?
     
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    Wet cat food is good for small birds too - usually a bit easier on them size-wise. Plus any grubs/insects etc you can gather. Ideally feeding every hour or so through the day, depending on how old he is; it's not a light undertaking but well worth it when the pull through.

    Don't be disheartened if he doesn't do well - the parents often seem to sense if something is awry and leave them early. Equally if he's just wandered off and got lost he should continue to pick up and hopefully thrive!
     
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      • Portisgrass

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        A couple of pics taken quickly. Perhaps not much use at present?
         

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        @Portisgrass It is still a bit to small to properly identify and is just starting to get its pin feathers through by the looks of things.

        If you can get hold of some dry mealworms,which you can chop up into small pieces and soak in some cold water and then feed them to this little bird then that might help it.If it is a sparrow type bird then it will be a seed eater when it is adult size but if it is a blackbird or starling then it will eat soft food like worms as well as seeds.

        Hope you manage to keep him going and I am not sure if it gets imprinted on you you might have a friend for life:smile:
         
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          No idea what he is, but he looks in good shape. Great advice from people, so good luck! :fingers crossed:

          I found my cat standing guard over a young (fledged) sparrow last year. The bird was just lying on the ground and looked almost dead. I sat with it lying on my hand for about an hour, and to my surprise it revived. Put it in a corner of the garden with a bucket over it for protection and called the RSPCA for advice. I was amazed to find out they would come and collect it, which they did! Glad that little bird escaped my cat's clutches!
           
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          Well, he is certainly very enthusiastic on the hour when I lift off the covers. He rears up about 2 inches with eagerness :)
          I stick in 4 big meals and he's well satisfied.

          I'll chop up some meal worms tomorrow.
           
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          Looks like you're a daddy :snorky:
           
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          I think you might have to feed him a bit more than once an hour as in the wild his parents will be feeding him constantly until the day light fades.

          I don't think you need to cover him either now as usually if they are in an open nest the chicks sit tight and then as soon as there is movement it will sit up and open its mouth/gape wide ready for food.If you notice the inside of its mouth will probably be a yellow colour which is the target area where the food has to go.

          You do realise you will have to teach him to fly as well and also to talk to him about the ways of the world and what dangers to avoid.:biggrin:

          Do you work or are at home all day as he needs constant food all through the day,and also you will have to give it a name
           
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          Feeding time!!. Here is a video...

           
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            What a sweet video! He's a sturdy wee fellow, isn't he? Have you decided what to do with him yet? I'd worry about his development in terms of nature and learning from a parent and siblings.

            It's amazing that he is here, thanks to you!
             
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              I'll keep feeding him until he gets big enough to wander around and he starts to fly I guess then I'll put him in the tree? Seems like a good plan to me!
               
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                You might have to flap your arms a bit to show him what to do! :lunapic 130165696578242 5:
                 
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