If you find any bird that is visibly injured or sick, this is a bird that needs help. The presence of blood or flies around the animal is almost always a sign of injury. You can help by contacting your local wildlife rehabilitator.
If you find a baby bird that is naked (without feathers) or covered in fuzzy down feathers, this is a baby that should still be in the nest. If you do not see any injuries, often you can place the chick back into its nest. If you do not see the original nest, you can make a homemade nest yourself out of a basket or a container with holes in the bottom. Makeshift nests should be lined with paper towels—not dry grass, pine needles, or other vegetation (these can hold moisture and cause the babies to become chilled). You can then hang the nest in a nearby tree out of harm’s way, and place the chick inside. Watch for the parents to come back and care for the chick. Most birds will look for a missing baby bird for at least 4 days. If they do not visit the baby within a couple of hours, call a wildlife rehabilitator.
No. Caring for sick, injured, and abandoned wildlife requires extensive knowledge and skills. It can also expose you to harmful bacteria and diseases. The bird in need will have the best chance of survival in the care of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife rehabilitators have all of the tools, medicine, and training necessary to give their patients the highest chance of survival. Not only that, but it is illegal to possess wildlife without the correct permits. By getting your bird to a wildlife rehabber as quickly as possible, it will have the greatest chance to be released back into the wild.