Springtime in Spain
Springtime on our Finca in the South of Spain does not mean a nice gentle dawn chorus, oh no… it is the equivalent of living in an Avery!
Every year the sparrows descend on us and make as many nests as possible, usually under the window lintels. This year we had a cheeky pair that made their nest in my basket I was storing the gazebo curtains in, on top of the shelving unit under the terrace.
The breeding season was well underway, eggs were laid, birds were getting noisy and then one morning I came out to find 2 chicks had fallen or been pushed out of 2 different nests…
Dilemma! There was no way I could get the Sparrow chicks back in the nest as I could not get to them, and I could not leave them on the floor the sun was coming up and they would have roasted.
I must admit looking at Sparrow chicks at that age with no feathers does somewhat remind you of a plucked turkey, but on a small size…
So there I stood with the Sparrow chicks in my hand trying to think of the best way to deal with this situation, without them becoming tasty nibbles for my dogs.
I then thought of the cheeky pair that had nested in my curtain basket… Well, the basket was big and that meant it would not be a squash adding 2 more chicks. The question was would this pair of sparrows realise they had 2 more mouths to feed?
Well, there was no harm in trying, I lifted the basket down and carefully put the chicks in and replaced the basket.
We then felt really guilty that this pair would be working overtime feeding more chicks, so we put some seed out near the basket to help out.
Next morning I come out to find yet another chick had fallen out of a nest, at this point I thought I might be pushing my luck adding yet another chick, but oh well in for a penny in for a pound as they say.
So I placed this one in, at this point there were about 7 chicks in the basket, I am sure that is not a normal nest size, but they were all there.
Foster parent Sparrows
Over the next few days I kept an eye on the situation, I did not find any chicks on the ground, so appeared they had not been rejected, but oh boy! Were the parents working hard to feed them!
Well, a week later the chicks have now become fledgelings and appear to be all there I think they may have lost one.
So pleased to say the foster plan went well and we now have some very inquisitive fledgelings, who are about to fly the nest.
My husband and I are looking forward to the peace that comes after they have flown the nest, we no longer will wake to baby birds screaming for food, but to a peaceful dawn chorus. I wish I had some better videos, but they are at a stage where they do not want to be filmed and hide when I approach, they are funny and we will miss them
This Fab story was written by Wendy Thornby. Thank you for engaging with us. More information on Sparrow chicks here.
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