Firstly, I hope I'm posting in the right place. I'm at work and having to look at the site very quickly!
I've been looking at the page detailing what to do if you have a baby bird in the garden. I appreciate bird experts must get a bit bored with endless queries on this, but I really want to do the right thing!
The bird is a baby seagull and I think it is a nestling. The advice says that if it can't be put back in the nest, it is "dependent on humans for survival and should be passed on to an expert rehabilitator".
Is it still dependent on humans for survival if the parents are present? They are clearly still around - they are actually swooping if someone goes outside! I've left it because I thought it quite likely it was being fed by them. Reading other advice led me to this conclusion, but I now wonder if the fact it is a nestling makes a difference.
It did seem to be walking around the garden fairly happily, though admittedly I've not seen it for a while.
Any help would be gratefully received - as I said, I want to get it right!
Hi and welcome to the forum.
If the bird is not injured, is not in a dangerous position such as on a road, and the parents are around and in attendance, the advice is to leave well alone. The parents will take care of it. All you can do is watch from a distance. Hope this helps!
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Hi Simon welcome to the forum.
I should say if the bird isn't injured and the parents are nearby i would leave it alone and let the parents feed it.
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Thanks so much for taking the time to reply and for the advice.
I'm reassured that we did the right thing in letting things take their course. That one sentence in the advice on this site made me think that I should step in and that ha me worried.
This is an interesting site and I hope to learn more about birds and wildlife. I've taken up bill walking quite seriously in the last 18 months and an interesting by-product has been a growing interest in the wonderful creatures I encounter.
Thanks once again for helping out.
Erm... That's "hill" walking. I don't walk all over birds' bills!
If you have a camera with you while out walking we would love to see some photos