Emily's mother did not seem thrilled when her daughter plopped a baby bird onto the kitchen table. "Emmie, it's perfectly normal for babies to jump out of the nest a few days before they can fly. Nests are dangerous places. They're easy for hunters like squirrels and snakes to find, and after a couple of weeks a nest full of chicks can get pretty dirty. Most songbird chicks leave as soon as they're old enough to hop and climb, but before their feathers have grown enough to fly."