A Colorado teenager was caught this week with 53 baby birds in his bedroom that he had apparently collected from neighborhood nests. The 15-year old boy was ticketed for cruelty to animals and interference with wild birds, and had no explanation for taking the bluebird, sparrow and barn swallow nestlings. The birds were turned over to wildlife rehabilitators. As of July 19th, 40 of the birds have died.
There are many myths and misunderstandings about wild bird nestlings and fledglings, but the bottom line is that they should be viewed at arms length and if they are found in distress, a local wildlife rehabilitation specialist should be contacted immediately. For more information about this, here’s a link to the Top 5 Myths of Rescuing Baby Birds.