So of course I had to pick it up. I know most people would have just left it to mother nature, and maybe I should have, but here I am. I live in a city so it would have certainly been eaten by a cat, possum or raccoon come nightfall, or just plain died. I tried looking for the nest above but it was hard to find, as well as out of reach.
I haven't really fed it because I was afraid of giving it the wrong food. I read that youngsters like these can survive off their crop for almost 24 hrs. But I have tried feeding it Carnation Instant Breakfast, lukewarm in a syringe. Wasn't very receptive to it. I didn't force feed it, just left it at the end of its mouth until it eventually swallowed some.
I'm certain it's going to die - it twitches a lot and seems quite frail. Very dark color. When I hold it near my ear to hear its breathing, I can hear a soft clicking noise - dunno if it's got breathing problems.
I've been keeping it under a warm lamp I have, as they need to be kept in 90F temperature - and during the night the best I can do is put it inside a cardboard tube inside another box under the same light. Not as dark as I'd like it to be, but it's the best I can do to imitate nighttime as well as keep it warm.
I also read they need a bit of TLC - a loving voice and touch every now and then. I try not to overdo it since too much handling is also bad. I'll try calling Wildlife Rescue or something in the day tomorrow, but I doubt I'll find anyone of use as my city has enough trouble dealing with stray cats and dogs as it is. Not a very animal-friendly place.
Poor little guy. I apologize if anything or everything I've done was well-intentioned but ultimately dooming for the bird. I tried the best I could with the resources I had. I will post a photo tomorrow.