• Nestlings and Fledglings

    23 days ago - By Ornithology

    I received another email yesterday about birds falling out of their nests. The emailer didn't say where he lived but indicated that he was picking up several young birds that he assumed fell from their nests. Well, as I have said so many times in so many places, young birds rarely fall from their nests; it just wouldn't be very adaptive and evolution would put severe restrictions on such behavior. Now, certainly, if a branch on which the nest sits falls or there is a heavy rain or windstorm, it certainly is possible for birds to be ejected from their nest. Most frequently, though, when...
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