I had a post here about the baby bird who left the nest too early, perhaps because he fell or was accidentally pushed. And who I saved from the lawnmower’s blade. However, he was very traumatized by the lawnmower – he was very agitated when I found him. I’m pretty sure he died. I noticed that the parents were no longer coming his way to feed him.
I also heard my roommate (who just arrived yesterday and lives downstairs) go outside, walk to the woods, and then come back. I think he saw that the bird had died and removed it so I wouldn’t be upset.
Anyway, I feel sad. I did what I could. If I hadn’t moved him, he would have died from a lawnmower blade. Perhaps I should have put him back in the nest when I first saw him on the deck. But the Mom was there and I didn’t think I should interfere. And he took off too quickly for me to make a move.
I took the other post down. It doesn’t seem right, somehow.
By the way, the old idea that a human’s touch will keep a mother away from a baby bird is untrue. It’s an old wive’s tale. Birds don’t have a strong sense of smell. And right after I moved the baby bird, the father came over and fed it. No, I believe this baby bird injured itself in the fall. It couldn’t move around very well. Another baby just fledged this morning and it is hopping all over the place.