Robert phoned me last night to give me an update on the Kestrel chick that was taken into care if you remember. John had emailed him to say that it was doing really well. In fact he sent Robert a short video of him feeding it and Robert said it looked in really good condition. It will be in captivity being fed for about 2 - 3 weeks before being returned to Robert's and released.
My concern is how it will fare once released and whether it will need some form of supplementary food putting out for a period of time. When Kestrel chicks fledge they stay in a family group for a while with their parents and are still fed out of the nest, and the adults teach the young how to hunt. This is something that this little fella won't have. I'll keep you posted on how it gets on.
Another Dull Day - *Heysham Nature Reserve* A low key ringing session by John this morning at the Hut feeding station caught just 21 birds: Blue tit - 4, no retraps was surpri...
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