The alley between Brighton and Cape May is frequented by birds of many feathers: pigeons, parrots, sparrows, crows, and then some.

Today, as we walked in the alley, our camera noticed an agitated adult bird on a wire. The bird's squawks and twitches were focused on a nearby patch of ground, where - sure enough - a young bird seemed to be stranded.

The young bird - let's call it BabyBird - was fairly large but unable to fly. Soon, the adult bird - let's call it MamaBird - swooped down and attempted to feed BabyBird. Later, MamaBird flew away, only to quickly return and attempt to feed BabyBird again.

Later in the day, BabyBird was hiding in a dense cluster of bushes. MamaBird appeared to be gone.

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JulieParrots June 24, 2009 @ 12:27 a.m.

Love the footage you shot! I hope baby bird is doing well.


shizzyfinn June 24, 2009 @ 11:17 p.m.

Thanks for the shout, JulieParrots.

Unfortunately, I can't vouch for the well-being of BabyBird, who I didn't see in the area today. The area is home to a posse of cats, most of whom fancy themselves hunters. So the perils of flightlessness would be tough enough for a full-grown bird, and could be overwhelming for little BabyBird.

But who knows? With a little luck, perhaps BabyBird will manage to dodge trouble on the ground until those wings can fly to safety.


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