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, July 21, 2010

Dusting the feathers

House Sparrows, Passer domesticus

The male;

On my way home, I spotted a family of House Sparrows, Passer domesticus, busily trying to rid themself of parasites, and get a good clean.
Providing Birds with food is part of the way how we can help them. Water is just as important. Flight, and therefore clean feathers, is vital to them. It is how they can take flight to escape danger as well as, finding food, finding a mate and find the best breeding spot.
Also Birds need water to drink. Young birds in the nest get their liquid from the food brought in by their parents. Mostly in the shape of Insect larvae, which as well as fluid, contains bags of protein.
People still ask me about feeding birds in summer. The "But Birds will get lazy" idea is still doing the rounds, apparently. Instinctively, Birds, (and many other animals) will search high and low to find live food for the chicks. The comprehension that with this protein-packed the chicks will grow faster than by feeding on protein-rich seeds.
The reason I feed them in summer, is so that the parents, after foraging from Sunrise, to provide for their brood, they can get a quick feed for themselves. They are ravished at the end of the day, and would have no energy left at all to get some food for themselves.

With the Birds moving about constantly, getting real sharp pictures wasn't easy. But my, Fun they were having definitely. They'd fly up and settle elsewhere, in a different formation. When I was about 3 metres from them, a car arrived on the scene to spoil the fun. For them as well as me.

Both the Sparrows and I were being observed from above by one of my friends, the Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Searching for a Gull: a flying visit to Bantry harbour.

Juvenile Gull.
I was looking for a Great Black backed Gull, Larus rudibundus, for a photo, this week, and while it has been raining most days for 2 weeks now, I managed to find a few spare minutes between getting my fresh veggies and fruit at Organico, and leaving with the bus, which needed to be back in town in time to collect the rest of the group from the cinema. there was not a Great Black-back to be seen, however. A first for me! Being the largest Gull on the mud, it would be hard to miss, or so I thought. The harbour wall is too high for a quick and proper look. Behind the board, showing off the different birds found Bantry Bay, there is a small opening leading to a set of stone steps into the harbour itself. Looking down, I spotted this immature Gull. the size of either Herring Gull, lesser Black back or the Great Black backed Gull. Identifying juvenile Gulls is very tricky. Apart from a need to ID them, the patterns often remind me of those found in the human world. Many markings, colourings around me make me think of fabrics, or other materials which had similar ones. After taking a few shots, I spotted John the driver, and I started making my way round the parking lot to the dip in the pavement to allow my wheels to get of the pavement without me breaking my back.
As I moved about in a hurry, I did manage to capture this lovely Pied Wagtail juvenile. .
Pied Wagtail, Motacilla alba.

This House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, was moving about in front of me, and apparently not interested in having its picture taken.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stripping of the grains

juvenile Jackdaw, Corvus monedula

harvested Oats.

The Birds have been "sowing" the seeds, and the Jackdaws are now stripping the Oats, and it is not unsual to see one with a beak full of the seeds, and lots more it looks like.

With three youngsters to feed, I cannot blame them for sowing seeds all over the garden.
It has been raining here now for 10 days, more or less. I know the plants need it, but can we get it at night please?
As you can see below. the little Jacks are fully alert!

Rook, Corvus frugilegus.

I love how this position of a bird feeding looks like it making a curtsy.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Juvenile House Sparrows, again.

Juvenile House Sparrows, Passer domesticus

The Sparrows's young have been coming in and out of the garden, but there was never a good opportunity for photos. Most of the time they would come late evening, sitting on the fence and against the setting Sun, so that photos are out of the question. The quality and contrast is very bad on this occasion.; my apologies!

One of the three young Jackdaws, Corvus monedula

Finally.. Food!!!

Who are you?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

More juvenile Corvids

juvenile Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix
I am not sure how many yong Hoodies there are, but one has taken over the sentry post of the adults, when one will sit on top of the community hall next door inside the school playground. It was anxiously trembling the wings as soon as any adult flew past.

Fledgling Rook, Corvus frugilegus
I am not sure if there are more than 2 juvenile Rooks.

We have (at least) 3 Jackdaw, Corvus monedula youngsters.
I love their curiosity; they are so eager to discover the area around them; where they need to find any nook and cranny in which anything edible can be hidden.

And with Sea Bindweed crawling over and about the shelving on the wall, there are lots of those hiding places for any sort of Invertebrates.

Sweet, isn't it?
Note the light blue of the eyes. These will stay light blue for the 1st year; brown in year two, until they turn to that typical light grey of the adult Jackdaw.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Jackdaw fledgling

Jackdaw, Corvus monedula.

First week of July has a special meaning on my seasonal calendar; The Jackdaws, nesting in the chimneys of the school next door. will come here and show off their offspring. These are a lot noisier than the young House Sparrows too.
I think there are 2 of them,

The Rooks, Corvus frugilega too, have been starting to introduce the little one.

Jackdaws, Corvus monedula, adult (left) and fledgling right.
That red gape looks awfully big to (ful)fill!

Feeding together
(adult left)