How To Rescue An Injured Bird
If you find a bird – particularly a young bird – that appears to be deserted and lost, don’t try to rescue it immediately. Wait anything from 10 minutes up to half an hour to watch it and see if its parent returns. Often, young birds are left alone by their parents whilst they go hunting – its part of their learning experience. However if you find a bird that appears to be seriously injured, the first thing you should do is call the RSPB. Handling injured birds is something best left to the experts, as you could do further damage in trying to help. On the other hand, if waiting for the RSPB isn’t practical, then wear safety equipment (gloves etc) and try to place the bird in a covered box with air holes. Try not to lift the lid again as this could cause further stress to the bird. Now, drive it to the nearest RSPB centre where it can be looked after properly, and congratulate yourself on having helped to rescue a bird in need!