Here's a bit of an update on the loud screeching youngster. Jackdaws usually cackle among each other. They have this wonderful habit of chatting. Their offspring however has none of this ability (yet.) this year's Junior sounds more like an annoying Gull, than a Jackdaw. on top of that we have screaming by young Rooks and Magpies, not the most musical sounds in the avian world. yet unfortunately the wind is too strong for me to escape for a little tour around my local patch.
Insects? Is that all I'm supposed to eat?
I am hungry and very Cross! not happy at all, Dad/Mum has flown off, while their task is to feed me.
young Jackdaw, Corvus monedula,
he or she, kept demanding more from the parent. And this while the parent would fill up its own beak, and start "calling" for help desperately. A strange sound would come forth from the bird with its beak stuffed completely, including its crop. So how did it produce the call? Beats me. I think the parent was glad to get some food for itself
, as all of it disappeared soon, without a crumb to Junior.
Yesterday I noticed that Junior would fly against the fence from the schoolyard, with regular intervals. the youngster clearly had trouble with flying, and I assume that it had been foraging on the empty school yard, and would then 'remember' that its parent would be in my garden, at the other side of the fence. Reaching the top of the fence however, is another matter entirely.
Then, once it had found the parent in my garden, it needed to be able to take off with the others, parent(s) included. And this time it was stuck between fence and our shed, which where taking off would be considered impossible by any Corvus. (Hooded Crow, Rook, Magpie or Jackdaw) Adults of these species would hop onto the shed from there. Our brave young Jackdaw however made the mistake of walking too far back. Something it will learn in due time.
This picture shows the eager Junior and the stern parent.
Jackdaws, juvenile left and adult right. Corvus monedula.
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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