This morning I left for work a little earlier as I wanted to get to the patch garden with enough time to watch the feeders for a while. Over the last couple of days both rook and starling fledgling’s have been seen earlier in the morning; I wanted to try and see them. The rooks still haven’t got used to people being in the garden with them so I positioned myself in an upstairs window and waited…
I didn’t see any of the rooks or starlings but I was treated to the house sparrows fledging. I haven’t seen them in the garden before so I think they fledged this morning as the parents were still collecting food and heading up to the roof where they had nested yesterday. There were 4 or 5 balls of fluffy feathers that were bumbling their way through the hazel and white beam tree calling for food. I kept losing them in the leaves as they were continually on the move. It was good to see them using the trees as cover as the amount of corvids that visit the garden does seem to be steadily increasing now the rooks have fledged!
As far as I know it is only the jackdaws that are now left to fledge. I know they are still in the chimney as they can be heard calling from within the house. The home owners will be glad when they have fledged – who needs an alarm clock when you have jackdaws!
In other fledgling news, while I was at work walking back to the office a small bird caught my eye very close to me in a pine tree. I stopped and watched until I could see it clearly; a fledgling chaffinch! I continued watching and one of the parents came back to feed them; I wish I had a camera with me, they were only a few feet away!
When I was leaving the car park a male pheasant chased a female to mate with her and bowled over the chick she had next to her! Thankfully it got back up on its feet and found Mum again and went back to feeding. I need to start taking my camera to work!