Sunday, 10 June 2007


Out in the garden the birds are fleeing their nests. Unfortunately one young mistlethrush decided to take advantage of the sunshine and lie down in the middle of the drive in total view of every passing cat and crow. Outdoor Man intervened and had me digging up worms to feed it, before attempting to chase it into the undergrowth and safety. What had happened to the parents that to date have been fastidious in perching in the nearby oak tree and frightening away every passing threat? We spotted only the male later. It prompted me to speculate that a life changing event had occured and the young had been left to fend for themselves whilst the only remaining parent had gone off to scavenge for food or to take a well earned rest. Nature can be cruel too.

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