A pair of adult Eurasian Tree-sparrows (Passer montanus), together with a trailing fledgling, attracted my attention by latter’s soft begging cries. The fledgling must have just left the nest as the pair of white oral flanges is still conspicuous.
Oral flanges are the pair of fleshy white swellings lining the oral cavity. These are seen when the chick is hatched and remains for some time after fledging – see HERE.
The fledgling moved around the branches of a shrub begging to be fed. The adults were foraging for grass seeds on the ground below (below). They take turns flying the short distance up to feed the fledgling.
26th September 2018