I have what appears to be a juvenile Moorhen that appeared in our back garden yesterday during terrible weather, its a bit of a surprise as although we're not that far from water (with me walking), I suspect it's been quite the journey for this little bird. I was after some advice on what to do for the best, should I leave it be? It seems healthy enough, I was just worried it had got lost, and with the surrounding area being full of cats/dogs, and local wildlife, I was worried about its survival away from water.Having read a bit more about them, they seem to be able to travel further than I thought, but I just wanted to put my my mind at rest really that it would be ok, any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.
It's not really young, it's just not at full maturity yet as the beak is still dark, I haven't attempted to go near it or try to catch it, I've just kept watch and made sure there was food down. I feel much better about it today, the weather isn't as bad now and yesterday he seemed far more lively and went for a roam around the garden had a bit of a feed then flew up into the neighbours conifers. This morning there's no sign of it, so hopefully it will continue in that direction and find the woods.
I suspect it was blown a bit off course or was tired and has taken shelter in our garden, either way I'm happy it was a lot perkier. Thanks for your reply
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