Late yesterday Boris was on the lawn, paying much attention to a bird nest that had blown out of a tree. I wandered over, and it felt heavy, but sometimes nests do have a base of dirt and mud. Lots of white wool fleece inside, feathers and soft moss. I left him, then a minute later huge squawking, and a baby bird trying so hard to hide, as the nest was slowly being untangled. A rescue, and brought it inside. I couldn’t identify it, and rang our local bird rescue lady, Dawn.
She arrived, and was so excited. This was a Shining cuckoo chick, the first she had rescued. Altough there had been adult birds, not a baby. So after a photo shoot, off they went, and today she is taking it with her to Massey University in Palmerston North, where you can study with a 5 year course for a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. The wee chick will get the once-over to make sure all is well and Dawn will give it heaps of TLC, and round the clock feeding, until it is old enough to survive out in the open once again.
This is courtesy of the Internet , both the data and photo.
Shining cuckoos are brood parasites, laying their eggs singly in nests of grey warblers (mainland) and Chatham Island warblers. Eggs are laid mostly in November, after which the adult cuckoos take no further part in breeding. Young cuckoos are dependent on their foster-parents for several weeks after fledging.
The tiny Grey Warbler feeding the much larger Shining Cuckoo chick.
The 150 Canadian Women Blocks are progressing, I am a long way behind, but finding all the information about these amazing women so humbling, and interesting.
A few more are finished,some of the group have chosen to use blue fabrics, others a variety of colours, and when I reach the #75, might switch to blues and greens.
We have rain, it is cold, the fire is lit, and this is our summer time. The family finally arrived in Vancouver, after an almost 3 hour delay on the runway with an engineering fault on the plane!!! 5Celsius over there, and one more flight to Kelowna. A very long day or night!!!
Quotation of the day, author unknown
“ Electronic communication across
oceans and countries
gives us all that sense that
we are still so close to each other”
Greetings from Jean