Saturday morning, beautiful weather, I had my morning coffee on the balcony and Puffy, the neighbour cat, was snoozing on the chair next to me. While I was reading, I heard a little 'plop' from direction garage roof, which is near to my balcony. It's a flat roof and beside are several trees and bushes, where hunderts of birds (95% sparrows) are living. Puffy was wide awake immediately, jumped off the chair and on the roof. (I'm always amazed, how cats and dogs can be awake in a millisecond, if they hear special noises.) Than all hell broke loose... When I looked up, Puffy's head was surrounded by 5 or 6 upset sparrows, who scolded him angrily. I had to laugh out loud about his facial expression. It was an incredulous : WtF is happening here??
The 'plop' was the noise of a little sparrow fledgling, who made his first flight attempts. Unfortunately he had a bit rough landing on the roof, which can be easily reached by cats... But Puffy was totally irritaded by all the birds around his head and their nagging, he just sat there, doing nothing, except looking distraught. So luckily the little fledgling could escape. As soon as he was safe, the courageous sparrow-gang disappeared into the trees and the bushes nearby. I'm sure they were high-fiving each other...Puffy also disappeared somewhere into the bushes, I think, he had to reflect with a little nap, what just happend. Being outwitted by a nasty little sparrow-gang bruised his ego...This whole scene had a bit of a comic like Tweety and Sylvester. I wish I had my camera outside when the sparrows attacked Puffy, but unfortunately it was inside. The photos from Puffy in this post I made a few days before.
15 minutes later I again heard a 'plop'... and an excited 'chirp, chirp'. This time the little flight-student was hanging outside on my balcony textil-privacy fence. I only saw his shadow. The mother was sitting on the garage roof and yelled: "Fly to the tree on the left side!!" The little flight-student yelled back: "I can't mum. I'm too afraid! I will crash down!" Mum (a bit inspired by Obama): "Yes you can!!" (You know, sparrows are principally democrats.) 😀 After a long conversation between both, the little flight-student finally got it to the tree. But he landed on a branch which was only 1 1/2 meters from the ground. For cats no problem...I think that was, what mum tried to explain him. But he was too exhausted and too afraid, it seemed to me, he planned to stay there for the next few months. Mum was meanwhile sitting in a higher part of the tree and tried to motivate him, to fly up to her. After watching him a while, I carefully left my seat und went inside to grab my camera. When I came back he was still on the same place, discussing with his mum. I sat down again, I didn't want to worry them - and apart from that, I was sure somewhere in the bushes the 'nasty' sparrow-gang was lurking, ready to knock me down, if necessary. 😰 So all my movement was very very slow and carefull. Below are the cutest shots I got of him. (Fortunately, Puffy was not there at the time.)
I have no photos from the moment he was starting to fly up. I didn't want to frighten him even more than he already was. It was a kind of 'fly-jump-fly' procedure, he was still far away from being a virtuoso aviator, but finally he managed it up to his mum. I hope he makes it through this difficult phase of his life and that he, in the next years, is always pooping on the car of that special neighbour I don't like! 😈