In the gar­den

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At this time of year, fledglings can be seen hop­ping around the gar­den or hid­ing un­der bushes, of­ten look­ing a lit­tle di­shev­elled. Most gar­den birds leave the nest once they are fully feath­ered but not yet able to fly. They will spend a few days on the ground, un­der the watch­ful eye of their par­ents, re­ceiv­ing food while their flight feathers de­velop. Swal­lows, swifts and house martins are the ex­cep­tion and are gen­er­ally able to fly as soon as they leave the nest, though not al­ways very strongly. They will re­main in the area, beg­ging for food from the adults and gath­er­ing in small flocks un­til they reach full ju­ve­nile stage. It is rec­om­mended that any fledglings found on the ground are left where they are. Al­though they may ap­pear aban­doned, their par­ents are very likely close by.

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