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 Photo-a-Day      (Thursday, 21st June, 2012) Views: 3,296 
Baby Goldfinch
 Baby Goldfinch   by John Burns  (Sony Alpha A55 SLT 18-55 Lens)
Baby Goldfinch found on our patio this morning (Monday) 2 inches in size.

Comment by Ellen on 21st June 2012 at 00:03
Aaahhhwww! Poor little guy! Where's his Mom?


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 21st June 2012 at 03:33
This goldfinch does not
fly yet -
though she has
taken time to
develop wings,
build muscles,
grow feathers -
all she needs now is
confidence to
lift her in the air.


Comment by Bill oddie on 21st June 2012 at 09:32
Should leave it where you found it and let nature take its course


Comment by wigan3r on 21st June 2012 at 10:12
agreed with Bill Oddie, its illegal to try and help. Any wildlife association including the RSCPA will advise you to place it as close back to where you found it ( if safe to do so ) and let nature do whats intended. If you try to hand rear this bird you will be doing it more harm than good, giving it an unhealthy trust of humans and no natural instincts. I rescue birds on behalf of the birdline charity and wildlife should be left exactly that wild.


Comment by Mick on 21st June 2012 at 10:39
It shouldnt have been disturbed it will smell of humans now and could be abandoned by its mother.


Comment by dirty harry on 21st June 2012 at 11:07
yes i agree what bill oddie says its a good bit of grub for the local cat. all you have done is taken food out of another animals mouth ur upsetting the food chain balance now . the cat that could of had the bird will make itsay into my house now and end up chewing on my face as i take a kip its not very nice at all .


Comment by Dave Marsh on 21st June 2012 at 12:23
It's extremely difficult to walk away from an injured animal especially a very young one.


Comment by mw on 21st June 2012 at 14:54
ah , i,m welling up just looking at the poor little thing , i,me sure its mamma must be not far away


Comment by Harry C. on 21st June 2012 at 16:01
Regarding leaving them alone, I was in Skiathos a few weeks ago and one of the guests rescued a sparrow chick from the swimming pool, placed it on the side where it's mother fussed about it untill it was dry, and then carried on feedig it. However they do seem to be quite tame and will take food from your hand, `don't leave your breakfast unattended'


Comment by David on 21st June 2012 at 16:56
Is Dirty Harry a real person?


Comment by john on 21st June 2012 at 16:58
oh dear , for all the bill oddies on here i checked it over and put it back didnt touch it with my hands, and mum and dad went straight to it .
THE REASON I CHECKED IT OVER WAS WE HAVE, MAGPIES
JAYS
AND A MONSTER SPARROW HAWK WHO LIKE EATING THESE LITTLE FELLOWS . and it all ends well .


Comment by Ellen on 21st June 2012 at 17:23
A pox on all of you nay-sayers! I was just enjoying the sight of the picture but now I must concede that you're probably right! However,it's still a lovely picture.
--- a coincidental thought, I'm remembering the movie about a "gaggle of baby geese" who were hatched and raised by a young girl, after their nest was disturbed and then abandoned during land clearance prior to building. They adopted her as their mother; ultimately being taught to migrate south for the winter, using ultra-light aircraft. This was an actual true story.


Comment by Ellen on 21st June 2012 at 17:30
Just read john's note, which appeared whilst I was writing my last comment! Bravo! to you, john.

....to you,David,I sometimes wonder that as well! However,I not long ago refused to make any actual comment about D.H's remarks, on the basis of trying not to encourage him!!


Comment by irene roberts on 21st June 2012 at 18:34
Agreed, Ellen; I too would have posted an answer to DH's comment if it had been worth one. Hope the little bird is okay.


Comment by dirty harry on 21st June 2012 at 19:10
im real dont worry about me (not that you will)its like fishing for perch a bite a chuck .


Comment by irene roberts on 21st June 2012 at 20:50
So you're REAL? And here's me thinking you were a cardboard cut-out, with your inane remarks and lack of punctuation. I may be a perch, easy to hurt like the little bird, but at least I don't hide behind a pseudonym, and am not afraid to put my name where my mouth is.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 21st June 2012 at 22:10
I`d like to know why dirty harry hasn`t said "another bird photo - shouldn`t be on wiganworld".


Comment by Ellen on 22nd June 2012 at 04:32
True,Ernest; t'was ever thus!


Comment by Anthony T Bates on 22nd June 2012 at 13:05
I am glad John did what he did.If the little birds parents are now taking care of it was,nt that the best thing to do?,obviously not according to some.However after watching a programme on,t tele about hawks eggs being taken from the nest by some unscrupulous ba****d with the intention of them being shipped to arabia. on being apprehended by the authorities the eggs where successfully incubated and subsequently reintroduced to other hawks nest the young birds were eventually reared with great success in spite of having the smell of humanity on them.Something to do with birds having no sense of smell.Correct me if I am wrong.


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