This is Spirit, who nearly did not make an appearance as her parents nested in a tree about to be cut down. Happily, the tree was spared. Spirit and a sibling we called Hope hatched successfully.
We think a hungry fox took Hope. This a continual hazard in the Wonga world, because the birds spend so much time on the ground. But Spirit moved from the nest to a well hidden ‘nursery’ and has been growing up in our Blackheath garden. She is still receiving supplementary ‘milk’ from her parents a couple of times a day, but quietly forages for solids on her own. There are plenty of seeds at this time of year.
WINTER IS NIGH
It’s now mid May, and the weather is becoming really chilly. The best plan is to find a little ‘sun trap’ and let the warmth seep in. I do the same thing myself.
Now here is an unexpected irritation. A crimson rosella has assumed the role of personal trainer, and takes great glee in urging Spirit to ‘step it out’! Unfortunately she is too young and naïve to realize she can tell him to buzz off.
She does hide from her tormentor sometimes, when she feels a bit tired;
Come dusk it’s time to seek a roost off the ground, though the handle of a spade is probably not the greatest choice.
Oh yes a maple branch is far more sensible. Goodnight Spirit.
Another day dawns in Wonga world. We humans are in lock-down, but Spirit is off down the drive on an adventure. The world is at her feet and of course she can spread her wings and fly high whenever she wants to. Farewell chickee, I have been sharing your story since February, and you have brought joy to thousands of people.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ HOW SPIRIT ENTERED THE WONGA WORLD AGAINST THE ODDS, CLICK HERE.