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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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wagging Wings

When the cold snap moved into these islands and the west of the European continent, a pair of Blackbirds settled here also. More of the Tits arrived too, and I was delighted to see my little Coal Tits again, which had been away from my garden for a bit.
Feeding in the planter has become more challinging for most of the birds. Despite a female Blackbird generally bigger in size than the male, this one is very small for a female.
it is himself who calls the shots here most of the time and at that moment the female is downgraded to the level of Chaffinches, Dunnocks, and Robins. I cannot remember when we had this severe frost in December. Here in the SW of Ireland cold weather would usually be restricted to the first two months of the year. So not only for us, but for the wildlife also, this cold weather feels very odd. And although I do not mind the frosty weather as such, it does restrict me in my movements and independence related as such.

Apart from the bossy Blackbirds, the other ones which make themselves heard and seen, are the Wagtail whichwas also forced to feed here in the garden, and its loud shrill call can be irritant to say the least.

Blackbird, (female), Turdus merula.

Introductions start fine and without violence;

But soon tempers flared, and the Wagtail was trying to look bigger than it felt.
(Note the tail which has gone limp suddenly, and compare to the picture above. Fear?)

Blackbird, {male), Turdus merula.

The Dunnock too is being bossed about, and it approaches carefully therefore. I counted 3 of these delightful little birds the other day.

Dunnock, Prunella modularis

Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba

Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Another bossy specie:
Chaffinch, (female) Frinilla coelebs


Bue Tit, (female), Parus caeruleus

And then the rains and Galeforce winds returned and feathers start flying about again, as this Pied Wagtail shows here:

The only birds not to be phased by the arrival of the Blackbirds are the Corvids. Both Rook and J|ackdaws do not hesitate to show the newcomers the door.

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