Baby Australian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen
Yesterday afternoon I heard a chirping noise just as I was about to launch into Flickr and try to catch up on my contacts' photos. I went out to investigate, and found this baby magpie in one of our garden beds. He couldn't fly or feed himself. We have no idea where he came from - unless he walked here across a not-too-busy road and along a footpath after falling out of the nearest nest which was on another suburban block, too far for him to have glided! The builders of that nest (our beautiful magpie family we've followed for many years) were supplanted 3 days ago by a gang of four. There must have been a territorial battle and the numbers won out, or they may have been killed.
I put him out in a hanging basket in a tree yesterday evening in case the parents came looking, but nobody turned up. I fed him a little mince mixed with calcium as emergency food. He spent the night safe in a little nest I made for him and placed in a secure room. This morning I fed him again and placed him out the front in his hanging nest. The gang of four turned up but didn't take the slightest notice of him.
In the end I had to take him to a registered carer who had a couple of other baby maggies of similar age, which was good for him! When he can fly and feed himself he will be released. The carer called him Basil - she's sure he's a male. He is in beautiful health, and absolutely adorable. I may get to release him myself!