After a big storm, it’s expected to find a lot of debris in your yard like branches and leaves, but what if you awaken to find two baby birds? An Imgur user found just that recently when the overnight storm destroyed their nest in a nearby tree and knocked the poor babies to the ground. Though it’s not always necessary to intervene if you see a baby bird on the ground, these two were obviously too young to care from themselves and had no nest to be returned to.
Bringing them inside, this compassionate person began the long and arduous process of rehabilitating them. He obviously had the know how, time and dedication to nurse these two sweethearts back to health for a life in the wild, but not everyone does. If you find an animal that is very obviously abandoned or orphaned, taking them to a wildlife rehabilitation center in your area is often the best course of action. For these two though, if they had to experience such a trauma so young, they couldn’t have found themselves in a better yard.
Fearing they worst upon spotting them, he went to pick them up only to realize they were moving.
After drying them off he transformed a cat carrier into their new home and proceeded to name his new charges ‘Grounder’ and ‘Foul.’
Foul, the smaller of the two, sitting pretty on day three.
Day three for Grounder as well, looking a little camera shy.
He fed his fosters every day using a blend of whole wheat flour, oats, cornmeal and a calcium and vitamin supplement specifically for birds. “Early feeding sessions were tremendously messy and tedious.” The birds don’t seem to mind that, it’s chow time!
By gradually adding more birdseed to their mix, he was able to get them to start feeding themselves in a little over a week. Nom nom nom!
They got so good at it that by week three, food could just be left in their cage for them to eat as they needed it instead of at a structured meal time. All-you-can-eat seed buffet anyone?
Learning to fly! At first he would toss them gently into the air and then catch them, but over time he could toss them lightly forward and they’d fly for a bit.
Feeling that a more rural setting was preferable to his city address, he took them over to his parents’ home a week before release. They set up shop on the screened porch there, making themselves right at home.
Ready to go back to the wild! Foul (right) and Grounder (left) on the big day. They’d been flying around the screen porch and perching on the fan or rafters, indicating that they were ready hit the open road!
With multiple bird feeders and a water source on the property, the birds were placed in a feeder before release so they would know where the food supply was.
It didn’t take long for them to take flight. Foul immediately perched in one of the yard’s many pine trees, exploring his new world. Sweet freedom!
Several days later, Grounder still likes to fly down and follow their rescuer’s mother around her yard. Both birds are doing well, remaining in the area at this point near the kind humans who saved their lives.
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