Couple Found Two Orphan Baby Birds In Their Yard, They Raised Them And Even Gave Them Flying Lessons
The couple who posted these pics found the pair in his yard in the fallout of a massive storm. At first, they thought that they were already dead, but noticed them twitching.
In short order, they dried them up, gave them a warm shelter, fed them, and transitioned them into learning to fly. They gave them cute names too, Grounder and Foul, which might be marked references to baseball.
When they finally had to let them go, they didn’t go too far away, as he brought the two to his parents’ house. His parents already had bird feeders and trees to take care of a small cadre of birds, and eventually Grounder would choose to stick around, while Foul ran off to find its way in the world.
This was the day he found them. They had been in a tree in my front yard that suffered storm damage overnight. He initially picked them up with a plastic bag assuming them dead, but they started squirming.
Early feeding was tremendously messy and tedious. He mixed a porridge for them after reading online recipes. It was basically whole wheat flour, cormeal, oats, and a calcium and vitamin supplement for birds. Over time he also added progressively more birdseed.
About a week before release he took them over to his parent’s house to live on their screen porch. His parents have several bird feeders and a fresh water source, as well as a large dove population. He figured it would be better for them than my place which is a little more in the city.
The day of release. Foul (right) still has a little bit of down. Grounder (left) was always bigger. Both had taken to flying around the screen porch and perching on the fan or rafters, so they figured they were ready.
Several days after release, his mother sent me this. Apparently grounder still comes down from the trees to follow her around the yard when she’s out there. Both birds are still currently doing well. They’re guessing they will stay in the area indefinitely since the other doves don’t migrate.