Molly Allen Niederberger is the owner/trainer at Costa Rica Equestrian Vacation. She provides both guided tours and lessons in the Nandamojo Valley.

I was walking through the woods to one of my back paddocks when I noticed a very small bird flopping around on the ground. I got down to check it out and realized it was a baby- but probably big enough to be out of the nest. As a matter of fact, the more I looked I was convinced he was obese; his body was supper fluffy and fat and his little wings were having problems propelling his mass. If I had to guess, it was his time to go and he was just practicing flying around the low brush.

In the video you can tell at first he is not doing so well, but then he gets it; with little hops and pumping his wings he could jump from twig to twig.

It was time to get back to the horse business, so I got up and started back to the barn… but I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am to have my own private “National Geographic” moment right in my back yard. Of course, I wish there would have been David Attenborough’s voice telling me the species and age of the little guy, but you can’t have everything. I just hope one of the barn cats doesn’t find him before he gets out of flight school.

Baby Bird Photo

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