A robin built a nest on one of our rain gutters. She had 3 babies. Yesterday,...

Asked July 18, 2016, 11:42 AM EDT

A robin built a nest on one of our rain gutters. She had 3 babies. Yesterday, she and two of her babies flew away, leaving one. We found the one remaining one on the ground, unable to fly. Is there anything we can do?

Franklin County Ohio robins

1 Response

All young birds in a nest don't learn to fly at the same time. Sometimes there is a straggler that is a little less anxious to soar away. If possible, place the bird back in the nest. Odds are the mother robin is not far away. New birds that are learning to fly tend to stick around the nest for a few weeks, including the parents as they are helping their young learn to fly and forage for food. If you can not safely get the young bird back in the original nest, you could construct a nest (place leaves and grass in a Tupperware container) and suspend the container in a secure location (in a tree or shrub). Hopefully the mother will come back to encourage the bird to fly. If the young bird is still there after a day or two with no visit by the mother, you could call a wildlife rehabilitator. Here is a list: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/species%20and%20habitats/Ohio%20DOW%20Wildlife%20R...
Good luck!