Waxeye and Sparrow
This little waxeye (or silvereye) was found slightly dazed, sunburnt, dehydrated, and distraught. We popped it into a little dark box to give it some quiet and rest while we went about and found the food it needed to survive. We mushed up a little apple, and pear as it has a great source of moisture to revive any little waxeye that has been sitting out in the heat too long. New fledglings normally hide in undergrowth while the parent bird goes about finding food. If the parent bird dies along the way, or loses the whereabouts of the fledgling the juvenile will mostly come out and sit in the open, which makes them easy prey.
Quite a bit earlier we had rescued a tiny sparrow (we have lost the photos from the beginning for the sparrow) after falling from its nest from high up a pine tree. The sparrow had only started to develop pin feathers. Right from the start it thought we were going to eat it, but we persevered and managed to get the sparrow to fledgling stage and into the aviary for flight training and food sourcing. This is also to get it to fly to us for food top-ups once free in the wild.
Once the waxeye had gained a bit of weight and could fly up to the perches it could then join the sparrow in the aviary full-time. And they, overtime, became very good friends. Lovely to see. In the end they had free access to the aviary and flew back for meals, mostly together, when they couldn't find enough themselves. Their visits stopped over time as they steadily became expert food finders.
Posted: Tuesday 15 February 2022