Posted by: digibirder | May 18, 2011

A little visitor

A few nights ago, our neighbours came round with a container holding a young bird. He had picked it up whilst on his travels back to his home town and brought it home (on the train, no less!), as it was supposedly “abandoned”. They didn’t appear to know what to do, so Keith volunteered to take it.

It had been placed into a washing powder carton with some twigs and other leafy matter, so we fed it a few mealworms and then left it to settle overnight. The following morning Keith rang a wildlife rescue centre, but they weren’t able to take it in, but they did give us some advice and even managed to get hold of a cage for us. When Keith went to pick it up, they also gave him a bag of maggots… LIVE!!!

Anyway, we are not able to keep it here as we are out and about quite a bit over the next week or so, so we have passed it back to our neighbours. I hope it’s OK, as they have a very boisterous daughter, who seems to think it’s a pet. And they make a lot of noise so I hope it’s not going to be disturbed too much. Hopefully it will still be alive in a couple of weeks, which the rescue centre says will be the length of time it will take for it to be ready to fledge.

We think it’s a Wren, but I wondered whether it might be a young Robin. Never having seen either bird so young, I’m not sure. Perhaps someone can enlighten us. Either way, it’s so cute!!

Update: I have it on good authority that it’s a Robin.



  1. My guess is, based on the stripes on its head that it is some kind of a sparrow but that is a guess. Wrens have long pointy beaks while sparrows have regular looking beaks and his doesn’t look long and pointy in the photos.
    So cute! It’s hard to raise a wild bird- it’s amazing it’s made it this far! What fun!

    • Hi Starr, Certainly the adult wrens have pointed beaks, but I wasn’t sure whether the young develop that over time. However, I have consulted a very experienced birding friend, and he states it is a Robin. That is, our UK species. I know the US species are larger.

  2. Aw – that’s cute overload šŸ˜€

    Well done the two of you… and fingers crossed the neighbours will do be excellent surrogate parents!

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