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9618 150706  Nature Notes  July 5-6, 2016  We think "We've helped a cliff swallow baby fledge this morning!"

Yesterday around 6 p.m. we found a kinda cliff swallow - fledgling in a parking lot in front of a colony. This baby was able to glide down, but not to fly up from the ground. Obviously this baby unfortunately fell from a nest. The parents kept feeding the baby on the ground. However, when night fell, all the cliff swallows including the parents disappeared. We were afraid that leaving this baby in the parking lot alone during the night would be dangerous for the baby because of predators, cars, etc. So we decided to take the baby to the house of one of our staff members to take care of it until tomorrow morning. At home, we tried to give the baby water and food, but it refused to take anything. We just gave the baby a warm place to sleep. We believe our decision was good for the baby because during the night it rained very hard. Around 3 a.m. there was a flood warning in our area. Some people may disagree with us.

This morning the baby was still alive, which is good news. If the baby is able to fly, we'd love to release back to the colony. Otherwise, we were going to take the baby to
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota | WRCMN. First, we took the baby to the nesting site (colony). The baby kept watching cliff swallows flying overhead, while sometimes making calls. One of the parents seemed to hear the baby's calls, it flew down while making calls, which was really amazing. We took the baby out of the box and put it on the palm of one of our staff members. Then the baby immediately flied up from the palm and followed its parent. Yeah, the baby was able to reunite with the parent! The baby is now able to fly quite well!
Since around 6 pm yesterday, we've been taking care of the cliff swallow baby until 30 minute ago or so. But we're so glad that the baby has successfully fledged. Hope the baby will be ready to migrate to South America with the parents and siblings by mid-August.

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9614 150705  Nature Notes  July 5, 2015, Minneapolis/St. Paul    Blue Herons (rookery), Robins, an Osprey Nest: Two babies may fledge in a few weeks (Paula, thank you for the info), Cliff Swallows (colony): Around 6 p.m., we found a kinda cliff swallow fledgling in a parking lot in front of a colony. This one was able to glide down, but couldn't fly up from the ground. We thought the baby unfortunately fell from the nest. The parents still kept feeding this one on the ground. But when night fell, it looked like all the cliff swallows including the parents disappeared. This baby may not be safe if it stays in the parking lot during the night because of things such as predators and cars. One of our staff members took the baby to his house to take care of the baby until tomorrow morning. If the baby is able to fly well, we'll release back into the colony tomorrow morning. Otherwise, we'll take the baby to The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota | WRCMN. For raptors, you can take them to the Raptor Center - University of Minnesota.
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