We spotted this baby bird on the ground as we were about to head into a cafe this morning. Heavy rain and wind must have tossed it out of the nest. It was sitting at the base of a big tree looking up and cheeping. Andrew picked it up and put it in a raised garden bed so it would be safe from being stepped on or going onto the busy road. It was cold and looking quite wet and terrified.
It was still there when we were leaving, but looking less cold and wet. The sun came out while we were having breakfast. Sam tried to pick the bird up but it kept hopping away. Eventually Andrew got it and placed it on a branch. It kept looking up and tried hopping to the branch above. First hop was successful. Then it over reached and ended up down on the road. I tried to get it but it hopped under a car. When I reached for it, it gave me a little nip on my finger. Good fighting spirit! It was getting quite cross with me, and tried a few more nips as I tried to shoo it out from under the car and back up to the pavement. We eventually got there. Then the mother bird arrived and gave the baby a good feed. It was the sweetest thing to watch. The mother flew across the road and kept watch. We still had to get the baby up in the tree. Sam and I dragged Andrew out of the car so he could put the bird back on the branch. Hopefully the mother bird was able to help it get back in the nest from there. I am sure that cheeky little fighting spirit will help!