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Baby birds hatching around Atlanta

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Green leaves and budding flowers, signs of spring are in bloom for Atlanta. Chirping birds and tiny hatchlings are also a sign that spring is here.

We've all watched in wonder as adults train their young for the real world. You may even find some in your backyard.

Here in Georgia, we are looking at breeding season from as early as February to as late as August. A species like the eastern bluebird or even a northern cardinal, they started to pair up all the way in February, and we have been seeing baby birds ever since.

The Atlanta Audubon Society says there are two types of baby birds to watch for if you find some in your own yard. The first is the attricial or featherless baby.

Those birds need a little help. So we suggest you find a box or crate and collect the bird off the ground, put it inside a crate and put it in a covered area outside.

The second is the fledgling baby. They do not need our help. They are learning how to be adult birds at that point. Mom and dad are nearby, so the best thing to do is to give them some space.

It is OK to touch a baby bird you find on the ground, but make that option your very last resort.

The best thing to do is to leave the bird alone. We're humans and they are birds. Birds will have their best chance of survival if people let the birds do their job.

To find out more about helping baby hatchlings, visit the Atlanta Audubon website at http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/

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