About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fledglings Find Their Way

I was watching a baby robin running around and now it's sitting on a short fence. It looks like it's way too young to be off the nest. Is there anything I should do?

"Good parents give their children Roots and Wings." --Jonas Salk

It sounds like your little robin is coming right along.
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When American Robins first leave the nest they can't fly. They are nurtured in their nest until they are about 2 weeks old. Then their parents begin a 2 week basic training course to teach their offspring to hop, sleep on sheltered branches at night, forage for food, and learn how to fly.

Baby robins are very vulnerable before they can fly. To help ensure that the baby robins in your yard are safe, keep cats indoors and don't use unnecessary pesticides in the lawn and garden.

It's a big world out there and it’s amazing how quickly these young birds learn to be independent.

If you're not sure call for help before you do anything. For a list of licensed rehabilitators click HERE.
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Or visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/