The second fledgling that we were observing last week had finally fledged. Unfortunately, it (being the last one to leave the nest) couldn't fly too well and landed in the Lotus Pond soon after. A worker in the garden saw it and rescued it immediately, so we were able to measure and leg-band this little fella.
I am not sure why, but this pretty little bird was extremely calm when we were measuring it and is such a good sport.
Besides the caught new fledgling, another nest (outside the botanical garden) also had new fledglings. And their fates seem much more dangerous than the one above, especially right beside a busy street. Yikes.
If you look closely (at the left photo), you can see the barbet near the base of the tree.
In the afternoon, it was my shift again at observing the nests (currently feeding one chick). While barbet-watching, a group of Eurasian Tree Sparrows came close to us and was feeding on the little insects in the grasses.
Besides eating, an interesting individual took a dirt bath right in front of us, and it was a delightful sight to see!
You never seen a bird bathing in the dirt before?
Lastly, while maintaining the botanical garden, a worker found a unknown nestling on the ground and gave it to us to care. It was such a small creature, about the size of a cookie only.