Grey Wagtail chick.
I was in a building yesterday and I could hear what sounded like a squeak, almost like a random squeak of a wheel that needed oiling. On closer inspection I came across a fledgling chick, just sitting on a balcony. I could see the distinctive stub of a tail, like a Wagtail and then thinking of a pond nearby where I’d seen Grey Wagtails darting around, I deduced it was a Grey Wagtail chick. It also had a little yellow on its downy feathers and a grey back so yeah, I was sure.
How did it get in here?!
Anyway, I knew I needed to release it outside, and I guessed the pond would be the best place. I carefully approached it with small box in hand but as predicted, it flew off the balcony and glided, unwieldly to the floor. I managed to scoop it up into the box and I took it out to the pond. Fearful of rats or crows getting it, I perched the box in a safe place, but outside, it seemed so vulnerable. I guessed that if it made that same squeak noise, the parent birds would find it but I couldn’t see them around anywhere. Many anxious moments later I spotted the adult birds darting around, agitated, in the vicinity of the open box so I was relieved that the chick would be looked after until it was a little stronger to fly off on its own, phew!
Adult Grey Wagtail
Humanity points scored
Loads of good karma created!
(images from Google as I didn’t have a camera or phone at the time!)