I know the title gives the game away entirely but I was really taken with the boldness of this baby bird standing on the grass at the back of my tenement building. Nothing was protecting it an it must have wandered away from its new nest in the bush behind where it stood.
I always find the way animals – birds in particular – do things by instinct without too much fuss. A few weeks ago I had seen the parent birds flying to and from the tallest tree in the row of gardens to build a nest. That was only after rushing at and and eventually warning off, the squirrel which lives in the row of gardens. These same parent magpies have been seen to run after and chase away cats (I thought it would be the other way around) in order to protect their nest and general territory. This morning I saw these parent magpies feeding their open mouthed baby bird on the grass in the garden without too much concern about other animals, let alone humans. THey were lucky to be alone with their baby. After a few short flights away from the baby I noticed they must have coerced their baby into the bushes behind the washing line where maybe they could feed their baby with the protection and privacy of a bush. Quite lucky no kids or cats were about this morning but I still imagine the parent magpies would stand up to any threats.