As my mother’s yard used to be a bird sancutary of of feeders, houses, and bird baths, I was able to find an injured bird here or there to nuture and grew to love doing it.
If you find a bird?
Does it have downy feathers, eyes open?- Leave it on the ground. This is a fledgling. Once birds get bigger they fall from the nest and the mother is still feeding them. This is not injured and does not need help. It is completely natural for the baby bird to be on the ground and unfortunately this is the way of life. By taking care of it you are doing it more harm by taking it from its mother on the last few days it is learning the most important lesson on learning to fly. Please put your dog/cats inside!
If however, your bird is naked, no feathers, eyes closed, or a nest has fallen on the ground- please contact a wild bird group! Keep it warm, away from direct sunlight. I put it in a box with cloth, covered and closed with a warm light on the outside careful not to have light on the bird. It cant move so it wont be able to get away from the direct heat.
Please find a baby bird key to help identify, some birds have different diets!
I plan to make my own but this one will suffice http://www.2ndchance.info/babybirdphotos.htm
PS- “The mother wont come back if you touch it” Is a complete lie! It is not true for birds. They actually have a weak sense of smell!