This is a baby sparrow that fell out of a very tall tree in our front yard a couple of years ago. The nest was far too high for us to return it (and no mother birds do not abandon babies just because they’ve been touched by a person) so we took the little fellow in. I have to tell you caring for a baby bird is a lot of work! I had to take him to work with me in a box every day because he needed to be fed throughout the day (with a concoction of kitten food, hard boiled egg whites and vitamin C) with a straw and I had to make sure he was warm enough. When he finally got all of his feathers we had to teach him to fly and built a large enclosure so he could spend time outside during the day and still be safe while he was learning. Then we would let him out on his for for small flights and he would always come back, until one day he flew away and didn’t come back.
These two pictures were taken 4 days apart. It’s amazing how quickly they develop. I have to say when we first found him he was the ugliest little birdie I had ever seen. One day I will have to dig through my pictures and find one that I snapped when he was a little older. Because he got pretty cute!
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