So many people seemed to enjoy watching the video of the fledgling flycatchers in my garden, that I thought I would stick with the theme and introduce you to a couple of other young birds that I’ve had the pleasure of videoing this year.
First up is the Troglodytes troglodytes, the Northern Wren, also known as the Winter Wren or, most commonly, the Wren. This footage below was taken in Brittany, France in June this year.
On this particular day I was walking next to one of the lakes, in the grounds of the cottage we were renting, looking for grass snakes. I had seen and filmed several snakes over the previous days, so I had quite a good idea where they liked to sunbathe. I’d just spotted one slithering through the reeds when I heard the chatter of alarmed wrens very close by.
The adult wrens seemed to have made their nest in the reeds, and as their fledglings made their first foray into the big bad world they were very close to being eaten by hissing-syd. With much chirping, cheeping and squawking the adults guided the young away from danger. However, their little wings were still very small and, unable to fly very far, one flew straight into my legs. It’s little claws grabbed my cotton trousers and there it sat until it found the strength to continue it’s flight to the relative safety of a nearby hawthorn bush.
This clip shows a couple of the fledglings still in the reeds. Look out for their punk-like hairstyles and bobbing action!
The Green Woodpecker
Second up are a very noisy family of Green Woodpeckers (Latin name Picus viridis sometimes known as Yaffle). This time Andrew and I had gone to a lake in Dorset (to do a bit of fishing). As soon as we arrived at the lake all you could hear in the nearby trees was the sound of VERY loud chirping. On closer inspection I discovered a recently fledged family of green woodpeckers. Four in total. All very vocal, very cheeky and wanting to be fed – NOW!
As I sat and watched them they practised their flying techniques from tree trunk to tree trunk. However, one wayward character (soon to be named “lucky”) decided it would be a good idea to venture onto the lawn of a bordering garden. When I saw a golden labrador bounding down the garden towards “lucky”, I really thought this little birds time was up. However, being a labrador he was more curious than vicious and followed the now panicking bird as it flapped and jumped around the garden squawking.
I was still worried that he might pick it up in his mouth so I sprung into action scaling the fence, charging over the lawn, picking up the woodpecker and legged it back to the wood. I don’t know who was more surprised me, the labrador or the woodpecker! Anyway, it’s always nice to have a happy ending and “lucky” was carefully deposited back into a tree to wait for his next adventure.
This footage shows a couple of the fledglings in the trees (prior to the fence jumping episode). Just listen to the racket they are making!
All photographs above are from Wikipedia. All videos are taken by me…