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, May 17, 2009

Internet debut for presidential Blue Tits

That the 13th is always a lucky day for some, showed again when the Radio 1 show'Mooney Goes Wild' launched the Blue Tit nestbox webcam on the 13th of May. Ornithologists with the show, had installed a nestbox with camera, in the garden of Aras an Uchtarain. the residence of Ireland's president, Mary McAleese.

The nation will be able to follow the mother Blue Tit, sitting on her six eggs, via the Internet and I am sure these will get a lot of fans among the people of Ireland.

President Mary McAleese, who is patron of Ireland's main conservation organisation, Birdwatch Ireland, gave this address on the birds' new home:

"These Small creatures have chosen to make their home here at Aras an Uchtarain in a man-made nestbox. Given that human beings have pushed a great many species to the brink through the destruction of their habitat. It is heartening to see how we can restore that habitat, create safe nesting places and make our gardens a lot more fascinating at the same time.
Much of our landscape has changed a lot in a very short time, and has made life very difficult for wildlife. Their natural habitat is our cultural heritage. It is a huge part of what makes Ireland so beautiful and so attractive. We all have a vested interest in nurturing and cherishing it.

These little feathered ambassadors from Aras an Uchtarain will, I hope, bring that message out around the country, helping us to appreciate and understand the importance of wildlife to al of us and to our country.
Their lives will beam into classrooms, and living rooms around the country. We will get to know them well, and they will have a lot to teach us, as we see their world open up to us through their eyes.

Apart from talking Blue Tits, the president and Derek Mooney also talked about disability in Ireland , a transcript of this you can find on the Mooney goes Wild website.

and that they don't suffer from lack of fame. And I think fame or not, the rain will be hammering down on the presidential suite as well as it is here.
I hope our own Blue Tits don't get bored with us. here is one, feeding at the planter, looking for a few seeds, no doubt.
Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus


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