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9634 150708  "Premature Fledging"
Here are photos of that cliff swallow baby, about which we talked in 9618  150706.
Cliff Swallow Baby (premature fledging) Photos
1  Cliff Swallow Baby  |  2  Cliff Swallow Baby with Parent  |  3  Mom or Dad feeds the baby  |  4  Mom or Dad takes off  5  Baby sometimes makes a call

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.

Cliff Swallow, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

an Eastern Kingbird, a Great Crested Flycatcher (calls), a House Sparrow's nest, Song Sparrows (calls), Crows, Blue Herons, Egrets, Cliff Swallows (colony), a Cliff Swallow fledgling,
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9632 150708  Nature Notes  July 8, 2015, Minneapolis/St. Paul  an Egret, Blue Herons, House Sparrows, House Finch nests (feeding nestlings, 2nd brood, new nest materials put on the old nest), Goldfinches, Bird calls (species ?), Red-eyed Vireo calls, Robins, Catbird calls, a Wood Duck family, a Mallard Duck family, Crows, Cliff Swallows (colony), a Barn Swallow nest
"The breeding season is almost over. Birds become quieter."
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