A fledgling robin appeared in the back of the garden, and--after gardeners kept a distant watch on it for a few hours--it appeared to have been abandoned. Fearing for the bird’s safety, several surrogate parents stepped forward, chiefly Monica Skovron and Julia Ferguson. They took the fledgling under their wings (metaphorically) and began fattening him up with worms. This proved to be no small task, as our new friend was insatiable. With additional worm-finding help from Anthony Longo, Karen Lee, and Rossana Ceruzzi, the baby robin grew quickly, and many of us became quite attached to him in only a short time.
On Memorial Day, garden club members Anthony Longo, Robert Ostergaard and Monica Skovron packed the baby robin into a dry, comfy box for a trip though the rain to The Wild Bird Fund on the Upper West Side. This organization cares for and rehabilitates abandoned, injured, and sick wild birds. The Wild Bird Fund is caring for the fledgling and will release him back into the wild when he is ready to fly.
Because spring is a time when nestlings and fledglings abound, it’s worth taking a moment to review what to do—and what not to do—if you find a baby bird.