I was in Donabate with my sister this evening, collecting salad and radishes and chard, and watering the polytunnel. We were just leaving when my neighbour Sean from a few plots up called out to me. He came running up, with his son, holding a small, scared bird entangled in green netting.
The chick was knackered now, and too weak to fly. I have a robin nesting box on the shed which has never been occupied, so I lined it with some grass and dropped the chick in, where it promptly snuggled in.
So now it's wait and see - I'll next be out on Wednesday morning. It wasn't looking very chipper I have to say, but hopefully the chick will sleep off the trauma and recover in the morning, otherwise I'll be finding a dead body on Wednesday. We think it might be a blackbird chick - there have been blackbirds frantically collecting worms at the allotment for the last couple of weeks. They tend to be good parents - hopefully they will find their chick and all ends well.