She’s Number 1!

Oh my, the first baby bird of 2010 has arrived at the VINS Wildlife Services department!

Come to VINS now and see this baby bird in our

This baby mourning dove was found by a couple while they were clearing brush out of their yard. They accidentally destroyed the dove’s nest, and unfortunately one baby was killed. But the couple saw one baby on the ground, and kept her nice and toasty until they could bring her here to VINS. (Note: It’s always a great idea to check out the brush and trees for nests before clearing them. It’s illegal to disrupt a nest, per the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.)

Now she is tucked safely in our incubator — set at 85 degrees — where we feed her a special liquid diet for seed- and grain-eaters. When she’s a bit bigger, she’ll be moved onto a diet of seed and fruit. We will keep her with us until she is flying and strong enough to strike it out on her own in the wilds of Vermont.

Welcome to the world, baby bird!


  1. Gillian on April 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    your stories always make my day happy – i've sent her story and picture to friends and family and it's put a smile on everyone's face.

  2. Meghan on April 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Gillian. It's always nice to know there are people out there who care about our birds' stories.

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