From June, parent birds will encourage chicks to leave the safety of the nest, giving them a crash course in flying which normally happens early morning. This harrowing experience is a twofold test of survival as predators will be watching in anticipation. Young birds are highly attractive to many creatures (including the Sparrowhawk) that rely on a constant source to feed their own hungry chicks. Magpies also pose a threat and can seriously reduce wild bird populations of their own. Cats are a well-known threat to many, alongside country weasels.
Once departing the nest, they will be stationed on the ground hiding amongst bedding plants and bushes looking somewhat startled and making begging calls. However, don’t be alarmed they haven’t been abandoned, the adult birds will be close by, occasionally dropping in with food and support.