Ground Control to Fledgling: Prepare for Lift-off! – what to do if your garden is used for an emergency landing.

Well people, it is fledgling time again, so I thought I’d reblog my post from last year to give everyone a heads-up. How do I know, you ask? Well, this morning, in my early morning barefoot stumble on the cool soil, I stepped on one. Granted, it was already dissected, presumably by my cat, but trust me – that delicate crunch will stay with me for a while. Yish! In other words, it is time to keep your eyes open for these little temporary ground dwellers when you’re out in your garden. Also, if you, like me, have a cat that likes to spend time outdoors, be sure to keep its claws trimmed (as in blunt) and preferably make it stay inside at night to give the fledglings a better chance of survival. As long as they are on the ground, these little guys are easy targets – even for a cat with modified weaponry.

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Fledgling bird perched on someone's hand. Photo courtesy of Fledgling bird perched on someone’s hand. Photo courtesy of

Earlier this week as I walked outside to go run some errands, I caught sight of Manneman – my furry garden companion – batting a fuzzy, round little thing back and forth. He seemed to thoroughly be enjoying himself, which is almost always a bad sign. I took a closer look. To my dismay, I saw that the new toy was a tiny, fledgling bird. I scooped it up, and got it out of reach of my incorrigible feline. The poor bird looked as if it was expecting to die, and it probably would have, had I been a few minutes later. But, upon closer examination, it didn’t seem injured, and I found no blood. Encouraged, I made it a temporary nest out of a lantern, put it up high – hopefully safely out of reach –  and left.


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About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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