Abandoned Baby Birds

I have a birds nest just outside my back door in the carport. She made the nest in my artificial ivy plant.

The nest is about 3.5 inches across and about 1 inch deep, with sloping sides. I believe it is of long pine needles, maybe some lint, a little mud and she put a little fringe around the top of some springeri I had cut back.

The bird is/was dark gray with a hint of crimson on the front of the neck. Size, smaller than a sparrow, maybe the size of a wild canary. There were four pale blue eggs about jelly bean size, only more oval than long. she would fly off every time I would come and go. It has been 111 to 112 degrees the last few days.

One bird, pink and featherless, dead- somehow got on my carport floor about four feet from the nest. Surely it didn't fly(?) I have not seen the mother fly away for two days now. I got a mirror and held it up above the nest & there were three birds asleep. Two have some kind of fluff covering & the other one was still rather pink. This afternoon, two of them had their necks all stretched out and their mouths open. I am afraid they are going to die. It's been dark for over an hour & still no sign of mom. What am I supposed to do. I have no experience feeding baby birds. Can somebody tell me what I am supposed to do?

Inside my walled patio, I discover today I have a family of Gambel Quail including 10 babies. This is not real exciting because as long as they are there I can't use my patio and they do get smelly. Two years ago, I had a family of 10 of the same. If I remember, it took six weeks or so for them to flap about and leave......................

I would really appreciate an answer to help me out.

Thanks in advance


Sadly, it sounds like something may have killed the mother. I have a couple of articles on my site on feeding abandoned baby birds. It is not an easy task. Mother birds feed their babies all day - from 4:30 am to 7 pm.
You can read more here;
Feeding Wild Baby Birds and Feeding Abandoned Baby birds.


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Jun 29, 2013
by: nicole :)

the color says other wise go on this link it might shed some light on what it is http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1327

Jun 29, 2013
i think i know
by: nicole :)

sounds like a black phoebe to me they're just like sparrows but smaller and the dog food eating explains it water down dog food and crush a tums in the mix because baby birds especially black phoebes need calcium.

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