So, if you find a baby bird with feathers on the ground, chances are good that its parents are nearby and looking after it. “As long as the baby is not in danger from cats, dogs or traffic, leaving it alone and observing from a distance is generally the best course of action,” says Adam Betuel of the Atlanta Audubon Society.
Eastern bluebirds provide an example of fledgling care. Young bluebirds, which fledge 16-20 days after hatching, are nearly adult size when they leave the nest. When they do, the entire brood may depart within two hours. On their first flight, they may fly 50 feet or more and try to land in a bush or low branch to avoid predators.