Friday, May 4, 2012

Life-saving help

A hawfinch nestling. The straight-running, peaky,
at the stem thick beak indicates it
to be a seed-eating bird

Because of the extremely dry spring and the sudden heat, the Ornithological Society asks us to assist birds with water vessels placed wherever just possible. On their site they provide with detailed advices those interested.
Their other article, very current from early May to as late as August, tells us what to do when we find a young bird or a very small nestling. In most cases it is the best to leave them alone, as far as they are youngs which have left the nest somewhat earlier. The article also helps us in the care of young nestlings and gives clues to determine their species. You’re definitely recommended to read it here.
(The photos and their captions are also from the OS article.)

The lonely rambling young birds (a blackbird chick in the picture)
are almost never orphans, but they are fulfilling the biological command

of “fan out and survive”, important for the survival of the species

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