After having seen this feather loss infection/disease get a nasty grip some of the flock's young adults, it is great to see that there is new life again. In the shape of a lovely (and very demanding!) fledgling. In my last post you had were able to see some of my pictures.
It is obvious that h/she is a lot younger than JJ was when he first came down to us, and into the planter. By then, JJ had lost all its down already, while this youngster has got a lot of it, still. And also, he/she is a lot noisier than JJ! Probably because it is so much younger.
For example: It has left the nest (involuntarily, perhaps?) not to long ago.
I have not seen it feed for itself. (yet) I see it on my wall, or fence, but it still has not been down to the planter where the food is.
It is not the only Corvid being fed down here. In the early morning I am welcomed by a very loud magpie fledgling, which cries its way through the morning. Then there is a Rook fluffer too. An very unusual event. Usually, late spring, the adult Rooks would start 'disappearing to the Rookery down at the Church of Ireland, at the bay and at Riverside. (where we used to live. )
The Rooks would then stay away till late summer/early autumn. Around September, they would return.
Sometimes adults started moving their belongings to the nursery in March/April already.
This Rook youngster with its dad/mum is the only Rook family around at this moment, plus a few juveniles from last year.
Here is our newest addition:
jackdaw, Corvus monedula. (fledgling)
And other birds in the garden:
Dunnock, Prunella modularis
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
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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