On a wing & a prayer
One bright sunny Friday morning towards the end of January I was sitting crossed legged in my yoga studio planning my lessons for the forthcoming week...when something hit the French Windows...I crawled across to see what had hit the window and fallen to the patio outside...finding myself in an appropriate yoga pose...Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana (one legged king pigeon).
I was to remain in this position for quite some time as an amazing scene unfolded before me.... It was indeed a little bluetit who had hit the window and lay on one side, beak open, breathing heavily.as I hoped he might make a recovery, another bluetit landed on the patio nearby and hopped over to the injured bird...what happened next was so surprising, even though I was already thinking these two probably belong to the family of bluetits we observed from eggs to hatching in our webcam bird box last summer and who seem to have stayed in our garden ever since...
Bird number two then seemed to peck and nudge the injured bird until it was back on its feet but still stunned... The second bird stayed with the injured bird for about 10 minutes (meanwhile my king pigeon yoga pose was getting more and more challenging!) four other birds flew in to see what was going on and then all 6 birds flew off together.....
Was this, I wonder, a sibling group taking care of one another - not anything I had seen on TV wildlife programmes.
3CG member from Ellisfield
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