Originally Posted by glitch
The baby bird has your scent on it and the mother will not accept it back, I have tried several time to raise birds from that age, and can tell you that its fighting a losing battle most of the time... Its very young, and will definatly die out there alone in the cold! Im sorry!
That is not true. Birds do not have a good sense of smell except for scavengers most notably turkey vultures. A mother will always take a baby back if it is the nest. If the baby is injured, another little one in the nest may eat it, but that is another story.
Here is the link to our local wildlife rescue museum:http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospi.../songbirds.php
If you kitty brings in a bird, you may have to assess the damage. If there is blood or a significant loss of feathers, chances are the bird will die. The cat's saliva has a great deal to do with that.http://sg.answers.yahoo.com/question...3102922AALoxBO
At 2:30 am, the bird should be sleeping. Like the expert links say, keep it in a box or a paper bag, (easier) give it a towel to make it softer and for warmth, and DO NOT give it food or water.
I hope this helps. I am currently waiting to call the Lindsay museum hospital to find out if the CA Towhee that Butzie brought in to me will survive.