When To Help Fallen Nesting Birds

It's tempting to want to help a baby bird on the ground, but nesting birds usually are fine on their own.

Jill Staake

Nesting season is underway in many places, or will be soon. Nesting birds are a lot of fun to observe, and even give you the chance to help provide scientists with valuable information right from your own neighborhood. But as nesting begins, there are a few factors to remember when it comes to whether or not these birds actually need help from humans. I could get into lots of details, but this wonderful graphic from the talented Rosemary Mosco at birdandmoon.com really sums up all you need to know!

Nesting Birds by Rosemary Mosco

Created by Rosemary Mosco, birdandmoon.com

And really, it’s that simple. Resist the urge to bring the baby bird into your home or to try to care for an injured bird on your own. (In fact, there are laws prohibiting the average citizen from possessing wild birds, even if your intent is only to help.) Oh, and if you run into that dinosaur… well, sorry, you’re on your own!

Rosemary has made a printable PDF of this chart available for wildlife rehab centers and other educational organizations. You’ll find it here (and you can get a version without the dinosaur, if you prefer).

There are plenty of ways you can help nesting birds, by creating the right environment for their nest attempts to be successful. Learn how to help nesting birds by clicking here.


    The people next door had a nest on one of their gutters last yr and he knocked it down and we seen it and found 2 babies. We told him and his wife and she said to put it back. The about a week later we had a big storm with alot of winds and we looked out and it was down again so we got out in the rain and put it back but only 1 baby lived. We got to see it fly out of the nest then we were afraid a cat was going to get it. I’m hoping it made it.

  2. Kate Snider says

    A coule of years ago, I saved a baby robin, it didn’t even have all it’s feathers yet, I put the little bird in a shoe box and took it the vet to see how I should care for it! She told me to grind up dog kibble mix with water hand fed it with the end of plastic spoon, as she started to get bigger, I started feeding her worms from the bait shop it didn’t take long for her to learn how to pick the worms out of dirt all by her self, she learn how to fly and soon was staying outside at night, but would be waiting on the roof of the house every morning and would fly right down to me, and soon after that she was a big bird on her own! When ever I see a robin in my yard, I always wonder if it is squeaky!


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