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.