Nature in Hoboken: Lost baby bird!
In one of today’s Hoboken411 reader mail segments, we have a woman who encountered a rare element of “Nature at Work” in the mile square:
Found baby bird – what to do?
“I was walking my two little dogs along Sinatra Drive about a hundred yards south of Elysian park when I noticed a baby bird on the ground hopping around, but unable to fly. I sat there wondering if I should try to find the nest and put it back, etc, and I started feeling really horrible thinking that this bird is gonna die if it just stays here on the sidwalk!
The mother bird soon came over and tried to scare me and my dogs off, so I know its not orphaned, probably just fell out of the nest. It had feathers but still some of that baby fuzz and did not appear injured because it was hopping around just fine. Anyways, I went home to put my dogs away and immediately searched on the internet for what to do in this situation.
From what I read, this bird is a fledgling and it is completely normal for them to hop/fall out of the nest at this stage. It is just flight training, and if they are unable to fly, the mother will continue to feed the baby until he/she is able to fly, typically a few days to a week. I was so close to going back and trying to find the nest, and some way put the baby back so he wouldn’t die, but I’m glad I researched first because it is completely normal and it should be just fine. I just wanted to make mention of this because I’m sure there are other Hobokenites that are animal lovers like myself who would wonder if the bird was going to die and if they should do anything.
I figured it might be good to save people who cared the guilt of wondering if they didn’t do anything, would the bird die. Also, to save them the energy and time in case anybody was to actually go back and try to put it back in the nest. As long as it doesn’t hop into the middle of the street and get run over by a car, I think it should be okay.