Saving Baby Birds
Robin before turnover to wildlife rehabilitator.
Just want to call your attention to the blog post on my blogroll below by Julie Zickefoose--
. Part of her discussion has to do with the harsh realities of adult birds having to choose between saving their young and saving themselves when it comes to food. (
Photo at right: had fallen from nest unable to be reached with ladder.
This is one of the reasons I support feeding birds. Adult birds can frequently eat seeds or nuts that they can't feed to their young, who must be fed insects or worms. Access to a reliable food source, however, means they don't have to search for their own nutrition, freeing up that time and energy to hunt down what they need for their young. My essentials are black sunflower seed, safflower seed, peanuts--and my new essential, suet.
Suet has been one of those frustrating foods for me, since starlings love it as much as the Downy Woodpeckers and Carolina Chickadees. [I have a surprise for them though--new caged suet feeder will discourage the invasive scoundrels.] It is now worth the trouble--since I got to witness the chickadees taking suet directly from the feeder to the nest box. What an endorsement!
Obviously, I'm not sourcing food for as large a property as Julie Zickefoose. But go take a gander at her blog post and discover a new culinary delight for baby birds.