Smart chap that Aristotle, but he might be wrong on this one. Sid the Swallow who I told you about the other day is thriving and doing his best to make a summer in the Parrot household.
He or she is still scoffing mealworms, but not every ten minutes as it was a couple of days ago. It is eating more, but less frequently, whether because it is growing or because it has figured that it has no competition from other hungry mouths.
If you click to enlarge the photo, you can see that his/her wing feathers are really beginning to develop. We don’t really know when Sid will be ready to fledge or what we need to do then, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
It has been quite a summer for wildlife. Earlier we had a duck nesting at the bottom of the garden. The attraction was our neighbour’s large pond, but this particular duck had chosen to settle on the wrong side of the fence.
She was sitting on five eggs which take about three weeks to hatch, so we had to fence off that bit of the garden so she wouldn’t be disturbed by the dogs. Sadly, she and the eggs disappeared after two weeks or so and we can only assume that something had got them, probably a fox.
Then we had the blue tit fledglings perched in one of the conifers in June. They were followed by the nest that fell out of a hedge when it was being trimmed. My nephew was able to catch it and save all but one of the small, blue eggs and put it back in place. As far as we know, mum came back to hatch them.
Meanwhile, Sid is being spoilt rotten. He/she now has two cuddly toys and his box sits on an electric blanket to make sure he/she doesn’t get cold at night at my sister-in-law’s house.
My nephew has become a dab hand at catching flies with his fishing net to feed to Sid. In fact, he seems to be the common factor in all the above wildlife encounters. I’m beginning to wonder if he is the Francis of Assisi of Stockport.