In the garden
At this time of year, fledglings can be seen hopping around the garden or hiding under bushes, often looking a little dishevelled. Most garden birds leave the nest once they are fully feathered but not yet able to fly. They will spend a few days on the ground, under the watchful eye of their parents, receiving food while their flight feathers develop. Swallows, swifts and house martins are the exception and are generally able to fly as soon as they leave the nest, though not always very strongly. They will remain in the area, begging for food from the adults and gathering in small flocks until they reach full juvenile stage. It is recommended that any fledglings found on the ground are left where they are. Although they may appear abandoned, their parents are very likely close by.