We had a little robin fall out of his next two days ago. Actually it fell out of my neighbor’s tree onto my driveway. Luckily, it was unhurt. But, then the whole neighborhood of kids was all over it! I had them set it in the flower bed while I rushed to the interwebs for answers.
#1 The thing about the bird smelling you or the baby losing it’s scent is a myth. Birds don’t have a great sense of smell anyway. Good thing, since all the little girls carried it around for ten minutes.
#2 Get the baby off the ground. We put ours in a hanging basket that we hooked on the neighbor’s basketball goal. See?
#3 Birds don’t feed the babies at night, but they do it about every 20 minutes during the day. So, keep an eye out (from very far away or inside the house) and see if one of the parents is visiting. Our baby definitely had at least one parent that came and went all of the next day.
#4 If the parents have re-established contact and you mess with the baby and she yells, the parents will go BANANAS on you. Stupid bird kept jumping out, so we keep adding more stuff to the basket. The baby got MAD when we moved her and the parents dive bombed me and apparently had the relatives over for dinner because there were 4 robins screaming at me. YIKES. I can’t lie. I was a bit traumatized.
Now, if for some reason you think that BOTH bird parents are DEAD, you can go to the bait shop and get some worms. Feed baby every 20 minutes all day long.