Grey Heron parents attending grounded nestlings. In my monograph on the Grey Heron Ardea cinerea (1954, The Heron), I stated of young blown from the treetops that 'If in crashing the bird breaks a leg or wing it will not survive long, but if uninjured it may live in the undergrowth for some time before starving. Once a young heron is grounded and unable to fly back to its nest, it will be abandoned


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