It might be hard to tell, but here is a photo of the latest addition to the Parrot household, a swallow chick. It was found by my nephew having fallen from its nest in the roof of the shed at his dad’s allotment, cold and looking like a goner.

He took it under his wing, so to speak, warming it in his hands until began to move again. A site on hand-rearing swallows advised feeding it with live food if possible and a worm from the garden brought it back from the brink. They appear to eat pretty much anything, including dog food, scrambled eggs and ox hearts according to the site.

Meanwhile my nephew is playing the great white hunter, wandering the garden with a fishing net and attempting to catch flies.

That isn’t the easiest task, so in between times it is snacking on soaked dried mealworms fed by tweezers as you can see from the other photo which also gives an idea of scale. And it certainly has a good appetite.

The other reason it has its mouth wide open on the photos is because it reacts to light [hence ‘Chicklit’] and instinctively gets ready for a meal when the camera’s focussing light goes off. You can also see that it is very fond of the cuddly toy elephant keeping it company.

The website wasn’t quite as forthcoming about what to do when it fledges. The parents will normally keep feeding a chick for a week or so after it leaves the nest. The hope is that it can be returned to the allotment and that mum and dad will pick up their parental duties again.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

2 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 6th July 2010

    Regarding the fledging process, you will need a leather flying helmet and goggles. Standing on the roof of the Beetham Tower or the CIS Tower you must flap your arms to show the little swallow what to do. Then leap out and the fledgling will follow.

  • Polly 6th July 2010

    The Birdman of Bettham Tower has a certain ring to it. There would be an even bigger one at the bottom if I took your advice!


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