Monday, 2 June 2008

A Wee Little Birdie

After my daughter and I returned from our shopping trip, I heard a big thump on our front window. It was a little bird. We peeked downward and it was resting in the grass below the window.

Ten minutes later, it hadn't moved, so Beth and I went outside to check. When I approached and rearranged the grass blades around it, the bird was completely still. I thought it was dead, but it blinked.




I gently picked it up and took it to our apple tree so it could recover while off the ground. Beth ran inside and took a picture of it while it was in my hand. I checked whether it was able to grip my fingers and it was okay.





We let it rest in the crotch between the apple tree branches and took another shot because it was so pretty. It's a Cedar Waxwing.

Back inside, we checked online how to care for birds who have smacked into windows. A few sites suggested putting the bird in a shoebox and into a quiet place for an hour until it recovers. So I grabbed the box from Beth's new shoes and we lined it with paper towels.

When we went back outside to get the bird, it took one look at us and flew away.

We applauded.

10 comments:

Stephen Parrish said...

Well done.

laughingwolf said...

way to go, bird and ladies...

ChrisEldin said...

Very nice. We took care of a bird once. It's the nicest feeling....

What a beatiful bird also!!!
:-)

Whirlochre said...

You're lucky. The one time this happened to me, I walked back into the house to review my cutesy birdy photos only to discover the contents of my house had been stolen.

Darn those Distraction Burglary Jackdaws...

Seriously though, the trick with temporary home-birds is not to overfeed them — or keep peeking.

McKoala said...

We rescued a baby bird once, but it died. It was really tiny.

My book and shark tooth arrived this week! The shark tooth is exactly like the one on the cover; I've no idea how you did it, you are very handy! I haven't read the book yet, but it's next on my list. However, it already has an authentically island-water damaged look about it, because it was bucketing the day the package arrived. Our idiot postman shoved it in the letterbox with the end sticking out and when I got inside and opened the envelope, water poured out along with the book! So it looks the part.

McKoala said...

I forgot to say thank you!

Bernita said...

Such a relief!

Chumplet said...

Darn! I thought bubble wrap would protect it from wet as well as banging around. Oh well, lesson learned.

I hope the ink isn't smudged!

wordtryst said...

Ooh, lovely. Just look at that vibrant yellow on the tail!

I love happy endings.

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