Helping is for the birds! ; )

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I was doing my walking today, and I saw a dove in the ditch. This is quite common this time of year, as the oats and other grasses and grains are dropping seed. Normally, I walk by, and WHOOSH, any birds nearby fly up and away.

This one didn't.

It limped, fluttered, and limped some more. I slowed, and watched... The bird was most definitely not flying.

Uh, oh.

I walked on, and checked when I came back. Yep, still there. Not good. I ruminated on it for a bit, and when I came home, told Husband. He knows I have a HUMONGOUS soft spot for animals, and it would drive me bonkers if I didn't do something. So, we hatched a plan, so to speak. I took the (CLEAN!!!) cat carrier, and drove out to where I'd seen it last. I found it, and managed to get down into the ditch.

It fluttered, but still just limped away from me. I was able to shoo it into the carrier, and then take it back to the house. Giving it a quick once over, I told husband all I could figure out is that it must have a broken wing, it didn't look injured, and it was trying to fly, just not getting airborne. He agreed, and made up a little water pan for it. I washed my hands, and headed into town for the weekly shopping 'stuff', which now included some bird feed, as the smallest food I had was for large chickens, and was not suitable for little ground feeders...

After some time in town, and getting my keys locked in the truck... emoticon Husband and I went for a quick lunch, as it was getting well past time, and went home. I had the feed, and Husband went out to put some in for the dove. I heard a commotion, and Husband came in looking highly annoyed. "So much for that", he snorted.

Oh, no... "What happened?"

"Your silly bird jumped on my hand, and flew off!" I laughed, and clapped my hands...

"Honey, that's the whole point of the deal, he's okay!"

So, now I have a bird out there, probably telling his bird buddies about the crazy chick locking him in a cat carrier, and the guy that let him out. (We suspect that it might have hit a car windshield and been stunned...)

And, I have some bird feed for the locals. Maybe he'll come by and have a nosh... emoticon
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    Lol! Well, it was the thought that counted! You probably saved him from being dinner for a passing critter and he's probably at least grateful for that! I'm constantly having to "shelter" stunned birds who either fly into our sun room windows or that I just saved from one of our cats.

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    2256 days ago
    Awesome! I am so glad he is ok!
    That was so sweet of you to go get him some food but at least you know that you can still use it anyways.
    2256 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    LOL- nice outcome. I have several feeders and watering stations for the critters. Livinng in NV up against open space allows me to enjoy a lot of the wildlife;
    2256 days ago
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