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To Oblivion and Beyond

June 12, 2020

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 for both young and adult birds is a twofold test of survival as predators will be watching in anticipation. Young birds are highly attractive to many creatures such as the Sparrowhawk that rely on a constant source to feed their own hungry chicks. Also, magpies pose a threat too and can seriously reduce wild bird populations of their own. Cats are a well-known threat to many, and if you live out in the country weasels may take advantage of this rare meal.

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.

It is paramount that young fledglings are left alone unless you believe they are in immediate danger of predators or a moving vehicle. In those cases, you can move it to safety, but not too far away so the parent bird can easily find it.

You may begin to see your lawn littered with youngster looking fluffy and unkempt with garden tree’s playing host to young species of tits with yellow colouring - clumsily flying from ground to perch. This new generation of birds will be unfamiliar with household windows which can be a fatal invisible obstacle. It’s a good idea to add some UV Window Alerts opposite your garden feeders to avoid them crashing into them. These decals contain a component which reflects ultraviolet sunlight – undetectable to humans, it glows brightly for birds to spell out danger ahead.

How come younger birds look so different from adult birds?

Chicks whilst in the nest concentrate most of their energy on growing in order to fledge the nest quickly, rather than achieving a colourful plumage. The chicks weight gain will develop rapidly, up to 10 times from emerging from the egg. You will see that a fledglings’ feathers will only display pastel tones to provide the young bird with camouflage to avoid exposure to lurking predators. During the next few weeks once accustomed with life outside the nest, they will begin to evolve and moult their juvenile feathers revealing a more recognisable appearance to their parents. Hence the reason why young birds often look ragged and helpless. Though, every fledgling that leaves the nest will be a comparable size to the adult.

Spots usually an unpleasant sign of adolescence are typically seen on 'teenage' birds’ feathers, depending on the species these will disappear over the course of the year. The juvenile blackbird will display a warm, speckled plumage that looks very different to both female and male adults and can be confused with thrushes or even robins. It will be another year before his plumage is entirely black. The nations favourite Robin will have its own particular tones of brown and rather than the traditional red breast it will only have a touch of ochre.

You can help support the nest generation of birds by added some recommended foods such as peanut granules, chopped pieces of peanuts kernels that are safer for young birds as whole peanuts can be a choking hazard. Also, Sunflower Seed Heart Chips make it easier for birds to feed upon, plus they bring the added bonus that they are less likely to germinate. Another perfect food for fledglings is dried mealworms - ideally soaked overnight in water for an extra delicious treat.

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