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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Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Hunchback of Notre Jardin

With the coming of two beautiful Jackdaw fledglings, quite some time ago, I started to notice some strange behaviour yet could not pinpoint what it was exactly. Until recently after observing for a few more days.
With the young ones becoming bolder by the day, and more often than not, would come and feed on their own, with the parents and the rest of their family elsewhere or perhaps on the roof of the house. When feeding independently from mum, dad or aunties and uncles {and Granddad with the big hairdo, to show his patriarch status of this family of 12 or more.} the Juvenile Jackdaws would often behave as boisterous Jackdaws do, more often than not, their crop with everything they can possibly discover around the feeding area.

As soon as an adult arrives, the youngster will stoop, almost doing a curtsy while bowing to the elder. As long as the elder is on the wall with junior, he will keep up this hunched stand, and slowly start to eat what he has assembled in his crop. Any spills are eaten by older Jackdaw. I’m not sure if this spill is intentionally or not. Pecks at junior are a common sight too. Mostly resulting in junior jumping up high before landing a good distance away from Elder. Still, junior will keep his hunched stance toward the Elder, with head bend low.

It is a pity we do not get to see junior as he flies off towards an uncertain future, searching for a new land, an territory he will at last be able to call his own, and where he can stand up to others, stretch his neck and start his own long line of family and will start his own row of juniors..

Left is other, older Juvenile JackdawAnd when nobody is looking, Junior tries out another attitude,

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