Unfortunately, baby birds sometimes fall out of their nest. If you find a young bird on the ground, your best bet is to try and leave the rescue efforts to the adult birds. When that is not practical, find the nearest wildlife rescue center. Wildlife rescue centers have expertise in meeting the needs of different birds, needs which could vary considerably. Do not attempt to keep the bird for a pet – that is just not legal.
When leaving the rescue efforts to the adult birds, usually your best option is to simply leave the bird where it is. Remember there are two types of birds you may encounter. If the bird lacks feathers, it is going to require lots of feedings, possibly as often as every 20 minutes.
In the case of locating a baby bird that lacks feathers, if you can locate and reach its nest, then put it back. Otherwise, create a make shift nest from grasses in a small box of sorts that you can put in a secure tree in the vicinity of where you found the bird. Do not give into the myth that the adult birds will abandon a baby bird managed by humans. This is not correct. In most cases, the adults are just waiting for you to go away so they could take over where they left off. There is an excellent possibility it didn’t fall out of its nest, but is still working on creating its flying skills. Again, the best option is to just leave the bird where it is.
In some instances, this fuzzy feathered bird is simply not in a secure place – like on a road, in a place where cats and dogs come through, or just where there is heavy foot traffic. You might place the bird in a tree or in addition to a bush. A fledgling testing out its wings can cling to branches with its toes (the naked youngsters won’t have the ability to cling).
In either case, if you see that the adult birds are not returning to the baby, then it is time to look into a wildlife rescue center or Port St Lucie Wildlife Control