South Hill Connection, Issue 27, June 2012 – out now

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Contents of Newsletter number 27:

Editorial
Make a Contribution
Announcements & Small Ads
Parish Hall
From our Cornwall Representative
Events
Gardening
Competition for under—15s

Floral days
W.I
Parish Council News
Merlin Project
Linda Scott’s Photographs
East Cornwall Bach Choir
Update Children’s Play Area

Fledglings

The seasonally warm weather earlier is now producing young of many species. Many birds are starting to appear. I spotted this young sparrow chirping on the patio.
baby bird
Please refrain from the tempation to help, nature must take it’s course – but eliminating hazards like bringing the cat in will help!
If you find a fledgling that seems to be struggling…, they can really chirp VERY loud and are agonizing to listen to, rest assured the mother is probably close by and teaching the skills neccesary for survival.
Amazing how they leave the nest without being able to fly!!
Age
Days Description
Hatchling 0-3 wisps of natal down on body, eyes closed
3 eyes open
Nestling 4 primary feathers (also called pin feathers) pierce skin, they look like blue  tubes sticking out of the skin
6 nestling responds to alarm call of parent
7 primary feathers unsheath
10 bird is alert, stretches wings and legs
13-14 able to flutter and hop from branch to branch, fully feathered, but has  short tail and wings, leaves the nest
Fledgling 14-28 they do not return to the nest, but are still fed by the adults in nearby  trees or on the ground if the young have not yet mastered flying