Baby Birds

On Tuesday afternoon Sue and I discovered a big birds nest that had fallen from the rafters of a building. On closer inspection we saw one baby crawling away, almost like a baby turtle trying to get to the sea.

100_3153We then found another 2 babies – with no sign of mommy or daddy, we put the whole nest into a box and took it home with us.

Two of the babies are roughly the same size, one with its eyes open. The third much smaller. I never expected them to live through the first night and still think we could loose them.

I checked the internet for info on how to feed them. The author of one site, said that bird development and food differs from species to species, but “suck of thumb rule” is that birds open their eyes at about 7 days, and stay in the nest for 20-22 days. As one has its eyes open I have aged them at about a week – so two weeks to go.

100_3148The website said that they need to be fed every 20 minutes from dawn to dusk – I just got much more respectful of bird parents.

I can’t ID them yet; the only distinguishable markings are bright yellow lips – not sure if these will stay or this is just a target for feeding. When its feeding time you look into the nest and these bright yellow lips are open, pointing straight up. Actually rather cute.

100_3152They are chirping, but so quietly they are hard to hear.

Well I guess its back to feeding…

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8 Responses to Baby Birds

  1. Bridgette & Geoffrey Flint says:

    Good luck bro – they are hard work!! I know!!

    Hope they don’t end up being indian mynahs

    Love B x

  2. Bridgette & Geoffrey Flint says:

    Hi Pete

    Geoff said that these birds are the lesser spotted sucker cuckoo. The parents watch for unsuspecting humans to pass by under their nests, whereupon they quickly dislodge the nest from its roost, so that the gullible sucker humans acquire the responsibility for bringing up their chicks. How clever is that!! Good luck! Let us know how it goes Luv Bxx

    • PeteMorrie says:

      I don’t think Geoff is too far wrong. I do think God puts all sick or abandoned animals where Sue can find them, knowing only too well – she can’t just leave them.

      All 3 still alive this morning

      • PeteMorrie says:

        Unfortunately the middle one died on Sat afternoon, the baby died overnight on Sat. The biggest I found dead this morning. 😦

        I never thought they would make it, and was very surprised day by day that they where alive. I had hope for the last one as it really seemed to be going fine.

      • Suki says:

        I applaud both your efforts in keeping them alive and I am sure they knew they were being cared for. So sad when these little beings do not make it.

  3. Suki says:

    Good luck with your 24 hour caring schedule. Looking forward to the pictures as they grow. Think you need to rename your house….. 🙂

    • PeteMorrie says:

      Unfortunately the middle one died on Sat afternoon, the baby died overnight on Sat. The biggest I found dead this morning. 😦

      I never thought they would make it, and was very surprised day by day that they where alive. I had hope for the last one as it really seemed to be going fine.

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