May 30th, 2008, 06:47 AM
Found this bird (about the size of a blackbird) perched awkwardly in a low tree top. Can anyone help please?
Location Southmoor, Havant. Date taken 29th May.
Last edited by PeterD; May 30th, 2008 at 12:34 PM.
Reason: Photo missing from original post
May 30th, 2008, 11:27 AM
Is there supposed to be a photo here Peter?
May 30th, 2008, 12:37 PM
May 30th, 2008, 02:19 PM
May 30th, 2008, 05:24 PM
Agree, juvenile Common Starling. It doesn't look very comfortable - did you see it fly off?
May 30th, 2008, 05:50 PM
No Colin. Those were precisely my thoughts and I was trying to decide what to do. I came to the conlusion that it was in its first flight and had landed badly in the tree. Checking around it, the wings seem to have closed properly albeit one of the branches was digging into the wing. I decided the best course of action was to leave it and check again when I returned to the spot after walking the dog on the beach. Came back 30 minutes later and it had gone. Checked the undergrowth around the trees/bushes and no sign. I hope it had got away safely. Where it was, was out of reach of anything other than another bird.
Originally Posted by Colin Key
It must be such a traumatic experience for fledglings, most get it right first time but some find it very difficult. Fortunately for this bird, he still had a chance as he was about 20' from the ground.
Oh, by the way, cheers to both of you for the ID