A Lucky Chance Encounter

Tuesday, June 13th 2017

Another Tuesday and another day of progress on the many jobs involved in maintaining Foxglove with many thanks to the hard working volunteer team. The day started gently with cups of tea (or coffee).

Then we got stuck in: Bird feeders were filled, the back garden weeded and tidied, lawns mown, marker posts painted, paths strimmed/mown, seed bagged for sale, the tadpoles cleaned out, bracken bashed, paths weeded…and more! 

However, it was a lucky chance encounter which made my day: Taking a less-used path there was a squawk and flutter in the grass beside me and I looked down to see a young jackdaw struggling and failing to fly away. I picked it up and discovered it was attached to a substantial amount of nest-contents by a great tangle of wool – which must have been a part of the nest – around one of its legs, preventing it from flying.

We removed the wool (this was a small amount of it).

We then gave it a ring and let it go near where we found it…but that last bit took a while as it seemed to consider me a sort of strange tree: It wandered along my arm, had a look around, called for its parent…

…walked a bit further and gave itself a good shake (it’s got its left leg in the air here so you can see its new ring on the right leg)…

…before finally flying away! A beautiful bird helped along its way 😊

In other news – did you come to the coffee morning last Thursday? If so, please check your raffle tickets and get in touch if you have ‘green 520’ or ‘green 531’. Thanks.


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