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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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Dunnock. Prunella modularis; messy eater

Dunnock, Prunella modularis

As you can see, this Dunnock has crammed its beak full with seed, yet has a bit of a problem eating any of it, without dropping the lot.

Here, another Dunnock had a very large piece of peanutcake, yet lost more than half of it down the wall! (As you can see on the right side of the picture.)

having collected the lost piece, the Dunnock is enjoying eating it finally.

We've had 4 Dunnocks in the garden, then I found one killed by a cat on the path. One of the remaining birds was terrorised by a hungry House Sparrow fledgling. I think I also spotted a Dunnock fledgling, begging a parent for a bit of food.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sparrow Safari

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus.
Very young Juvenile.
Here are some pictures of the young House Sparrows. These are from a few days ago as I have not had much time to keep watch at my window.

Female/Mother. Right: Juvenile.

I'm still hungry..

Elsewhere in the garden:
Great Tit, Parus major

Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus

Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Dunnock, Prunella modularis

Jackdaw, Corvus monedula

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Meet the parents....

of this demanding House Sparrow Fluffer!

Here's Dad, trying to get some food in, himself.

and here's mum, trying if she can hear anything else than those demanding

Cries of her offspring.

I know this picture is mostly out of focus, but that is what I like about it: a fledgling is all movement at this stage. Fluttering of the wings and the screaming for more food.
Also, this photo shows why I call them Fluffer.

Friday, May 7, 2010


I observed one of my Robin feeding in the Fatsia black bin which houses my Fatsia. There were Jackdaw and Rooks about, which I assume were the cause of the Robin looking up. I am just waiting for the youngster, to appear soon. But so, here is one of the parents:

Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos

This Magpie has been quite annoying again.
Magpie, Corvus pica pica

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Great Tit, Parus major

Dunnock, Prunella motacilla

Rook, Corvus frugilega

Jackdaw, Corvus monedula