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July 13, 2013

Often, it's best to leave baby birds alone

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Again, an injured bird requires the skills of a licensed rehabilitator. The sad statistics are that less than 30 percent of all hatched birds survive their first year.

Cats are certainly a major danger, but that is a subject for a whole other column. Grackles and jays are notorious for raiding nests, and I watched many a robin and catbird chase blue jays from their nest areas the past few weeks. Last week, I twice saw crows with hatchlings in their beaks as they were being pursued by scolding parent birds. It is nature’s way of controlling the populations to levels the environment can sustain. And although it isn’t always what we like, it is the way it is.

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Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift at the Route 1 traffic circle in Newburyport and the Nature Shop at Joppa Flats.

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