We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
425 Quill Dr.,
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 429-0077
Fax: (706) 429-0078
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We are located on GA400 South of the Outlets next to the Outside World.
Most baby birds do not need rescuing, so it is important to determine if the bird is truly orphaned. Fledglings might be on the ground because they are learning to fly. By "rescuing them" you might interfere with the course of nature. Keep yourself out of view and watch for at least two to three hours for the return of the mother or father bird. If no parent returns during that time, you might have found an orphaned bird.
If the bird is not in danger from predators, you should leave it on the ground. If you can locate the nest, you can return the baby bird to the nest. Birds cannot smell a human scent so the parent birds will not reject the baby bird if you touch it. Predators, however, can detect your scent and it can make it easier for cats, raccoons and other predators to find the baby bird.
DO NOT try to feed them anything, including water. By feeding baby birds the wrong thing you can actually end up hurting them. Birds get water through appropriate food sources so by directly putting water in their mouth it may end up in their airway and cause death.
If you are pretty sure you have found an orphaned bird, call a professional wildlife rehabilitator. It is illegal under federal wildlife law for you to have a wild bird – even an orphan – in your possession unless you are a licensed rehabilitator. Unfortunately in our area, there are not a lot of songbird rehibilitators. If you have a good reputation with you veterinary, sometimes they can help. You can also check out this list here; Aware Wildlife.
If you must care temporarily for the orphaned bird, it's important to keep the baby bird warm. You can do this by using a heating pad set on low heat, a hot water bottle or even hot water in a glass jar wrapped in a towel. In addition, create a nest-like environment for the bird so the baby bird can rest its head. Use paper towels for your nest. Other material, such as cotton, cloth and paper can catch easily in the bird's toenails. Do not use grass clippings because they could be damp and cold. Do not attempt to feed the bird.
For more information about what to do with injured wildlife you can call Aware Wildlife and they can help you further.