I found this Hooded Crow on my daily early morning ride to the bay, checking out the Little Egrets. There were none, but I was handed this beautiful Hooded Crow, looking as if he had just hopped out of the washing machine. He must have finished his moult very recently, and I hope I will get a chance to see him a few more times before he start looking like those in Bantry.
With the Little Egrets I had always seen one of the Grey Herons
I seem to have a 'thing' for Sea Gulls too. I don't know what it is, or why I would even like them. After all they are rowdy and very noisy birds. And aggressive too. A bit like those Hooded Crows, Jackdaws, and Rooks, perhaps? Here's a few Blackheaded Gulls, a bit restless.
And another social species, like the Crows and Gulls; here are the House Sparrows at home, having breakfast. Juvenile has to wait for dad though, before Juvenile can come down from the Fennel.
The Hawthorn behind us, and home to our House Sparrow colony, is another food source, well worth fighting for.
Fighting.. me? You must be joking! I'm a pacifist. Love and Peace to the Passer Domesticus!
A few more pictures of our star, J.J.,
Female Chaffinch in my garden
Juvenile Blackheaded Gull, Hooded Crows and an Oystercatcher in Bantry's harbour
Coal Tit feeding on Insects in the Fennel's seedhead, making many people believe these Tits actually eat the Fennel seeds. We now have four Coal Tits, finally back to our original total, years ago. I don't think they were successful in breeding this year. Which is a real pity.
Blue Tit and female House Sparrow
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
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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