I’ve been watching the birds in our garden which I am glad to say are quite plentiful now that we have the feeders up and a dish containing water for them.
I noticed a dove the other day which was enjoying a good nosh on the seed that had fallen out of the feeder but was limping.
From what I could see, he only had one foot but he was obviously adapting as he flew off with no problem. I saw him again this morning, and although the absentee spot is still tender, he was doing OK. It reminded me of a Canada goose in Poole Park that we nicknamed Limpy Joe who only had one foot. He went on for years!
My blackbird chick is funny though, and thus my post title.
The little one, which is almost as big as Dad, was dutifully following the adult in the hope of getting something shoved in its face. Dad wasn’t having any of it though and was trying to encourage the youngster to scratch the ground for seed.
No photos yet, but if there was a running commentary, this would certainly fit the bill (or beak).
Dad: Come on. Watch and learn.
Dad: The way to do it is scratch with your feet and scoop with your beak.
Chick: So feed me.
Dad. No. Now’s the time to learn to fend for yourself. Dig in!
Chick. Do I have to?
Dad: The seed is free, easy and plentiful.
Chick. But I don’t want to be a vegetarian!
and with that, the chick hopped over to one of our veg patches and attacked what looked like a worm!Previously used google image