Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!


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Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Hardship of A Coastal Birder in Summer!

The title sounds like a total contradiction, yet I wish it wasn’t. And although I was complaining perhaps how difficult it was to get out during winter, I always kept looking forward to summer, in the hope I’d have less problems in finding a little window in the weather where weather and winds would be favourable to the local conditions, and to my pain giving me the opportunity to put my wheels into, and pack my, gear, for a couple hours on the road. Living at the coast of SW Eire, this means that finding a gap of dry weather, a Light to Moderate breeze, and a reasonable temperature is often hard to find in winter, even though I do not mind cold weather so much.

Since I got my camera in December, I’ve been more on the road I feel during the winter and spring than I have in this summer. In spring I was able to get out on the road either every day or every other day during the first week of May.
Of course it is not only the weather which plays its part, the tides have to be to my liking too. I prefer to get on the road about midway High and Low, which then gives me an hour to get on the road to the little strand where I used to walk our dog, Whitey, a mix between English and Irish Sheepdog; an Irish Collie with a mass of hair.

On the way to this little spot, I will most likely take a detour via the little back road, which is one of the Wildflower hotspots for me, other than inaccessible fields, which I can just glimpse via gaps in the hedgerows. Along the sides of this little road, grow Blue Bells, Ragged Robins, Honeysuckle, Wild Garlic, Little Robins, and many other beauties. Insects you find here too, of course; these flowers all have their preferred pollinators, and Bees, Wasps and Flies buzz around from side to side, and hovering above the sea of alluring colours, smells and shapes. Getting a picture of one, sitting still long enough is another one of those challenges which nature photography brings with it. More often than not it is a question of luck, rather than anything else. Well in my case anyway. I often wish I had a nice macro lens for better detailed shots of these little creatures though. Same with photos of my dear {Micro} Moths. My Lumix does do good pictures but as in the case with most beginners of digital photography, you start wishing for More & Better Shots on those subjects which you favour!

I’m only just back from the shop down in the village, and on my way back along the hedgerows of the back road I stopped suddenly when I noticed some little flowers peeking through. I was unable to discover if they were actually wild ones, or if these had been growing in the garden behind the hedgerow. Still I took their pictures so I can try and look for an ID later.
The Brambles are already underway in the forming of their berries, whose progress is perhaps closely monitored by the House Sparrows living in the dense vegetation of the hedgerow.
The relative new houses which were built behind the hedgerow on a steep slope, have managed to do so while keeping most of these hedgerows intact, a great contribution to the local wildlife. In contrast, Cork County Council destroyed all hedgerows before building the houses on the other site of the road!

Sparrow Fluffers in the Garden,Jackdaw, Head of the Family,Swallow above the backroadJuvenile Great TitChaffinch femaleA bit of colour, Dandelion Berries for the birds Wild Greater Bird'sfoot in the garden

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