Thursday, 2 June 2016

Thursday Thirteen feat. a blackbird

  1. We are still staying in the woods, in the Scottish lodge for the rest of this week.
  2. It's one of those buildings that is kind of upside down, with the bedrooms downstairs and the living space upstairs
  3. This works well affording a much better vantage point to spot red squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife from the balcony.
  4. Local wildlife appears curious of visitors and when on nearby paths, woodland creatures will never be more than a few strides away.
  5. Even the balcony gets its share of visitors. One was the blackbird shown at the top of this post.
  6. Indeed, so excited was the blackbird at the prospect of getting some crumbs of shortbread, that it returned with one of its young.
  7. The younger bird looked about the same size as the adult, but didn't have such a great sense of flight.
  8. It took off and promptly flew into the glass of the balcony, with a gentle plink sound.
  9. It was a low speed flying accident and the bird reverted to a nest-type chirping as it waited for the adult to either rescue it or feed it.
  10. A few minutes later it took off again, this time getting itself caught in a space on the balcony between a corner wall and a chair. It could see through the chair, but couldn't work out how to fly/climb out of the space. Instead there as a great flurry of wings and feathers as it oscillated up and down in the space.
  11. I rescued it by moving the chair and it promptly flew into the glass again - another low speed plink.
  12. This time it flopped to a gap underneath the glass and I managed to persuade it to hop underneath and then to flutter down to the freedom of the grass below.
  13. Undeterred, it immediately set about pecking the grass like a true professional, with no hint of its recent adventure.


mittens said...

Oh that poor bird. Somehow you just know it's going to be getting some extra training, or at least a stiff talking-to later. Young birds are a bit like young humans, arent they--they have to learn the hard way about glass, and speeding, and watching where you fly, and accepting help when necessary.

Actually his final behavior sounds more like embarrassment ("I meant to do that, you know. I was testing him.")than anything else.

CountryDew said...

I hate it when birds hit the glass of the house. It doesn't happen often, but it does sometimes.

As for bears, I have no idea if a bell would keep them away. We live on a farm in Virginia and in the last 20 years they have become more adapted to humans. We used to never see them.

Mia Celeste said...

What a cute baby bird. I'm glad you were able to rescue it.

Heather said...

Sounds like a nice place to vacation! My T13

colleen said...

A Scottish lodge sounds nice. And now my mind is playing The Beatles Black Birds.