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, January 12, 2010

Redwing, Turdus pilaris

Francis came into the kitchen to tell me that he had a Redwing underneath his workroom window. This was great news; we had just had a Redwing fatality on the path, the other day. I etched outside very carefully, hoping that I could get a glimpse with my camera of this small Thrush.
Eventually I caught it in one of the two ornamental trees at the other side of the wall.

Redwing, Turdus pilaris

The weather soon got worse again, and I didn't think I was getting another chance to see it. Yet I was wrong: I'd been washing up, and as I returned to the laptop on the kitchentable, I suddenly spotted a Redwing, just as it was going to fly onto the ground.
Redwing, Turdus pilaris

Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Jackdaw, Corvus monedula
Coal Tit, Parus ater

Great Tit, Parus major, rooting for invertebrates, which might be hidden among the wood of the support or among the dead growth of the Bindweed.

This Blue Tit, however, was looking among the cold steel/iron of the large fence which separates us from the school yard. Was it looking for Insects at this time of year, or was it looking for a drop of moisture perhaps?
Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus

And at last, two of my Song Thrushes, Turdus merula

Today, the weather has returned to normal: Rains and Galeforce winds. That's how the winter here is supposed to be.


  1. That last photo of the songthrush is crystal clear yoke. Lovely pics of the redwing too - they're seriously in nearly every tree around dublin - along with the fieldfares.

  2. You caught them right, especially the last two. Well done Yoke.

  3. Great pictures Yoke. I do like the one of the Jackdaw.

  4. Thanks, guys;

    Siobhan, I'm glad you like the photos. I still have not seen any Fieldfares around the village yet.
    Bob, sometimes lady luck is on our side.

    Carol, the Jackdaw was for you specially. The Corvids have been left out a little recently, on the blogs, anyway.


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