Yesterday morning I was sitting on the couch with Forrest, watching some TV, when I heard a bird hit the sliding glass door beside us. We’re blessed to have a home with lots of windows and lots of natural light, but I know that can be tough on the birdies. In this case I jumped up to see if he was still there – yes, a little dark-eyed junco, lying on his side, but his legs were moving. I went out to pick him up, to make sure he was still breathing and he was, but clearly he was stunned. In he came, cradled in my hand – they’re so light! Little piles of soft fluff. My standard operating procedure in these cases is to find a spot to leave the bird, up high enough the dog won’t find it, and if it’s cold outside to try to keep it warm so it can hopefully recover (I’m not ready to have a bird flying around my home, perching on my 15-foot high rafters, so I have to find a place outside). In the past I rigged a shoebox with a dishtowel but yesterday we were blessed by sun so I gathered up a plastic tub and paper towel – all while holding this little guy in my hand in the kitchen, his body trembling so fast he felt like he was buzzing – and gently lay him inside, then up he went on top of the BBQ on the back porch in a patch of morning sun. I’m so very happy to say when I checked a short while later he was gone.
There’s no picture today because I felt like that would be a disservice to my little Junco friend – taking the time to snap a picture of his misery, rather than find a safe and comfortable place as quickly as possible, just wasn’t right. Since starting the blog, and especially since I’ve come to enjoy Instagram so much, taking pictures is at the top of my brain most of the time so the thought did cross my mind but no, no pictures this time.
Happy Monday, little Junco! I’m so sorry about the windows, but so glad you survived.
(I held a hummingbird in the palm of my hand once after he hit the window. He was less stunned, sitting there like a puff of air, his eyes blinking. Then he *was* a puff of air before Matt could grab the camera. Yes, I would have taken a picture of that one! = )