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As I stepped outside my house one June day, I saw a baby bird fly into the side of a trash can then begin flying in circles, appearing dazed. I went over to help and he was surprisingly calm as I picked him up. The other bird in the photo, presumably his parent, began to call out as I held him. While I was checking to see if the bird was OK, the parent flew over to feed their young. Afterward, I placed the baby bird on a branch and waited with my camera—and sure enough, the parent came back to feed him again. After taking the photo, I waited at a distance to make sure that the baby could fly in a straight line. He flew off with the other bird about 10 minutes later! It was a pretty exhilarating experience.
—Emma Dampier, Hampton, Georgia
John Griffin, HSUS senior director of urban wildlife programs, told us he thinks the larger bird in the photo is a male blue-gray gnatcatcher. These male birds help feed their young. Griffin also reminded us that it’s a myth that birds will abandon their young if they are touched by humans.
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