roaming the wilds of south west Surrey
I’ve been putting live mealworms out for the blackbirds, as they are feeding chicks yet again (third try this season – first one predated, second one fledged but youngster caught by neighbour’s cat, this nest exposed by neighbour cutting their hedge), but the sparrows are coming en masse for the mealworms as well. I’d love to feed them all, but there are so many sparrows, and I’ve been replenishing the mealworms so often that I’ve nearly run out and have to conserve the remaining ones for the bat until I’ve ordered and ‘gut-loaded’ (fed them food with certain nutrients in) some new ones. So this evening I put some out, but sat out there so that I could discourage the sparrows whilst letting the blackbird pair come and take their fill. The sparrows are very cheeky and very bright, though, and swiftly worked out that if they come down with the blackbirds, then I can’t shoo them away. I like this picture because it shows Mrs Blackbird with her beak full of mealies, with Mr Sparrow lurking at the edge of the pic.
Lots of people here today enjoying the beach (including an elderly nudist… wasn’t expecting to see that at close quarters!), but there was still a deserted view to be found. Gorgeous weather, gorgeous location.
The wild came to me today, in the form of a bat rescue call from a lady who had found this little Pipistrelle lying on her living room floor. She put him outside for the night in the hope that he’d fly off, but he was still there today so she called Surrey Bat Rescue. He’s very underweight – a terrifying 2.88g on arrival, which is by far the lightest bat I’ve had – and was desperately thirsty and weak. I put him on the towel to feed him and he just lay there like a little flat furry pancake! I’m taking things very slowly with him, as I don’t want to overload his system when he’s so underweight, but he was a lot more perky once I got him hydrated, and he’s increasingly enthusiastic about the mealworms: I’ve been squeezing out the insides for him, but the last few times he’s been grabbing the whole thing.
He has an infection on his wrist/finger joint, so I’m treating that and he’s on antibiotics. Time will tell with this one, but he seems like a fighter, so fingers crossed for him!