Friday Fledglings

It is “that” time of year again in the garden. The time of year when the Blackbird fledglings are bumbling and stumbling out of their nests and are in various places around the garden.

I am so familiar with the “alarm” tweets of the parent birds warning of wandering cats or other dangers. But I am also now very familiar with the soft but gradually insistent “whistlely chirrups” of the fledglings.

Nature has dictated that baby blackbirds fledge with their tail feathers still to grow long and strong and their ability or skill to take shelter in high branches poorly formed. They do not look at all aware of the big bad world they have fluttered into.
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I feel for the hard working parents who have devotedly fed several babies and fattened them up beautifully only to then have to find them and feed them in the most obscure and often dangerous places.
Two days ago when the sun shone and the sky was intensely spring blue I could hear two fledglings calling. I found this one here in the Kowhai tree on the reserve on the other side of our fence.
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The other was amongst the maidenhair ferns beneath the old Magnolia tree. One quick photo here and I departed very quickly to avoid further stress to the birds.
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I scattered food for the hungry parent birds and wished them and their young very well.
I can hear more chirrups already this morning on a blustery spring day. The rain that is forecast for later in the day may help the dedicated parents find better supplies of worms and insects to nourish the family. . Meanwhile I will see what I can find to supplement the food supplies.


8 thoughts on “Friday Fledglings

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks. They are far too trusting. They sharpen up to be great adults despite their bumbling and naivety as newbies! We no longer have our cats so the garden is a little safer for the fledglings now.

  1. Gallivanta

    Although we had many courting blackbird couples earlier in the season, I have yet to see any fledglings. Possibly the couples decided our place was too dangerous with two cats in the vicinity. In the second photo the little one looks as though it is hoping for an instant rescue. They are cute to watch.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I was very tempted to lift the wee puff ball of feathers out of the fern patch and pop it in the Magnolia tree but opted to let the very attentive mother bird tend to it. I wonder if I saw the wee one take flight off the nearby fence yesterday. Thankfully a day of growth and development for a blackbird fledgling can make a big difference. I am astounded at just how much a parent Blackbird or Thrush can carry gather in its beak to feed the young ‘uns.


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