Lucky Youngster

Jan Richardson

Grenfell, Australia

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I know this photo is not the best composition-wise, but it best illustrates this young magpie’s luck.

The mother bird here is a young female we have fed ever since she left the nest, and this youngster is one of two from her second brood. She brooded these very early this spring and brought them down to show us the day they fledged.

The next day, there was only one, and Young Muma kept it well away from humans. The days passed, and still only one baby, so we came to the conclusion that the other youngster had died due to misadventure, as so many very young fledglings do.

A couple more weeks passed, and then, in our backyard, were Young Muma, Young Dad, and two youngsters!!!! Young Muma was favouring the new arrival a little, offering it the choicest bits of food, but it was doing fine! Its right wing had obviously been damaged , but had healed well enough that it could fly without problems.

We have a very active WIRES group locally, and we can only assume that the injured bird was cared for by them and then released back into its home territory. If you look at the right wing in the pic, you can see where there are some dark feathers missing, and others growing back in. There is also some slight damage visible to the baby feathers across the chest, probably caused by the bandage usually used to hold a broken wing in place until it heals.

‘Lucky’ has very little fear of humans, so has obviously had close and kind contact with them. Young Muma is again quite happy to ‘park’ both youngsters in our yard while she has a bit of time to herself, and young Dad is prouder than ever of his family!

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