Barn Swallows, Hirundo rustica
I love the stern expression of this fledgling.
I took these photos next to the house where the nest was, and I counted 4 of them. All equally hungry for Flies, Moths, or anything else like this.
Here you can still see some of its down feathers on the back.
The parents kept flying to and fro, with any of the Insects they can find here.
Also waiting for a meal at this location near us, was this juvenile Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba.
one of the parents forages down at the village shop, usually; and the other parent, up here at the council estate and the school playground, where we live. The youngster had itself positioned right in the centre of this t
The nest is nearby, at the back of a house I pass as I go down to the village shop for the Irish Times, and a few other bits and bobs.
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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