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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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Not one but two sick Jackdaws?

Yesterday I posted pictures of my "red-eye/feather-mite" Jackdaw. Wondering if he was suffering from an infection.
Today, however, when searching for the pictures on my laptop to send to Niall at Birdwatch, I spotted other ones I had taken at the earlier that day.
As you can see here, the right eye has not turned red yet. In the second, and third photos the change of colour is clearly visible.
In the
Jackdaw, Corvus monedula, on 12/04/09,at 10am

Same Jackdaw, on 12/04, at 6pm.

And a closer view:

So, apparently, whatever it is, which causes the loss of feathers, it is working quite rapid.
I presume that this bird's immune system was affected also.
What I am concerned about mostly, is what are the risks to the other Jackdaws?

Because Jackdaws are social birds

Because Jackdaws are social birds


  1. Wondered if you could have a look at my blog and let me know if your Jackdaws got over their baldness? We have a bald one at the moment - just a very clean strip. Isn't acting sick at all - far from it, and the feathers seem to be growing back (very fine down) http://urbanextension.wordpress.com/2011/06/16/binoculars-in-the-bathroom/ Thanks! Jane

  2. I've seen it a lot in our Jackdaws, Jane. I'll be calling into your post as soon as possible.


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