Cute baby cardinal fledgling being fed a wild blackberry.
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It’s been one of those days.
I was sitting in the bay window and kind of watching a Cardinal outside, pecking around. Apparently my bedroom window was open (it’s on the basement level with a shelf along the wall, and my cats sunbathe there as well as use it as a door during the day), and my Siamese pounced the poor thing.
Seeing it happen, naturally, I had a mild panic and ran out and saved the thing. His wings seem alright, he’s hopping around, but he lost some feathers and on the whole seems like he needs to recuperate for a day or ten.
I’ve already called my local rehabilitation centre, but it’s past 7PM on a Sunday- no one’s around. I figure I’ll have better luck tomorrow, but I’m worried about how to keep him comfortable through the night. I know nothing about this other than keeping wild birds is illegal and a trained professional would have more success than me in any case.
Any advice would be great– I’m feeling really guilty about the whole ordeal! ):
He passed away around a half hour ago, probably from external injuries. I feel pretty bad about it, but given that it was thundering outside and raining and he was probably a bit more comfortable in a quiet part of the house than he would’ve been out there, it isn’t so bad.
Thanks for your advice, guys. (: I don’t think there was anything I could’ve done that I did not do.
I birdwatch but could not identify these. I live in Maryland in a small suburb. In the backyard this morning was a small flock of gray birds feeding off the ground. They were about the height of a cardinal but plump and round. Basically all I can say is that they were gray with a hint of white in the wings. The beak was a kind of yellow underneath. They weren’t catbirds or dark-eyed junkos and were way too big to be sparrows of any kind.
Thanks for your help.
There are light brown streaks on the chest.
No, they are not flycatchers but thanks anyway.
They might be juvenile starlings….
About two hours ago I found a baby bird in the back yard. It’s a fledgling, meaning it has its feathers and it’s hopping around. I did some research and it said that the mother probably pushed it out of its nest to teach it to fly.
I put it into a pot and took it inside while I did some more research. It said to return it to the spot in which you found it and the mother would return. I did that and both cardinal parents have returned to it. They keep coming down and feeding it and they’re chirping at each other. I think the baby has some holes in its wings, but I don’t know if that’s just because they’re not fully developed? So I’ve been sitting outside for nearly two hours in triple digit heat, gaurding the bird (I have cats and had to put them in a cage for now, but I can’t leave them there).
My local wildlife rehabillitation center (waaay across down) has already closed for the day. I don’t know what else to do. The baby can’t fly.
What can I do?
Cardinal “Cushing” started to come to my backyard deck only four days ago. Just yesterday he started letting me do still photographs of him. Today he decided he wanted to have his worldwide film debut. I didn’t plan on shooting anything just before sunset. But I just happened to have some very top heavy long lens gear that was unsupported. Being only 40 feet away from him – shooting inside through the glass on my backdoor. The audio however is provided by my family of seven Zebra Finches yakking away getting all excited about my new film footage. Shortly afterwards “Cushing” brought his wife(life partner) “Maxine” to dine at sunset on my deck…..
I found a baby bird by my house, it has a red head and grey wings and body, and a red chest. I don’t know what it is! I thought maybe a female cardinal, but it’s not. It also has a broken wing so I’m trying to figure out what I can do for it. I already got some wild bird seed and some meal worms, and it’s eating fine. It’s warmed up to me in a matter of an hour and it lets me hold it. It’s maybe 5 inches long. I don’t know if I should try to help it, or just let nature take its course…
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When we came home this afternoon, there was a beautiful- it stopped the entire family in our tracks!- blue bird in our lawn eating with other birds near the feeder. There was a female cardinal nearby, and this blue bird looked like a blue cardinal. He was a dark ultramarine / indigo with greyish wings and he had a small crest on his head. Solid, rich dark blue all over. We kept watching him until he flew away…he’s about the size of a cardinal, also. I thought it could be a purple martin, but looking them up online I see that wasn’t even close. I didn’t see anything that was even remotely like it.
I’m in the deep coastal south, maybe that can help pinpoint it. I hope he comes back so I can get a photo. Sorry to go on and on but this was such a beautiful , beautiful bird! Please if you can give me a clue I’d appreciate it!
Hi all, thanks for the wonderful answers so far, but it is NOT a blue jay. I know blue jays, and this bird is a much, much DARKER blue and is smaller than a blue jay. The blue is a dark, jewel like blue rather than the dusty grey blue of the blue jay.
These birds are similar in size to cardinal. It is grey and has white stripes on the underside of it’s wings. These stripes are only visible when their wings are spread. They make a variety of noises. These noises range from typical chirping to a squawking noise. The squawking noise is only made when they see a threat. Very territorial. I’ve seen them chase and attack crows and are brave enough to swoop down and peck my dog even when I am within feet of him. I live in Georgia.
Please help. I’m very interested in knowing.