Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bird Dilemma

Yesterday as I was driving the lawn tractor through the apple orchard, my eyes caught a glimpse of something moving in the grass. As I turned off the mower and approached it, its little mouth opened, revealing a bright yellow orange throat...hungrily searching for its breakfast. There in the grass, all by itself was a baby bird, feathered, but unable to fly on its own; no mother in sight.Now here is the dilemma....should I leave it alone and risk the probability that some hungry predator would find it, or pick it up and place it back in its nest? For about 5 minutes I stood there talking to it...trying to decide the best course of action. I knew that I could not adequately care for this bird, so it seemed that placing it back in its nest was the best option. I scooped up my little charge and headed back to the house in search of a ladder.

With ladder in hand, we headed back to the orchard. Luckily, I had found the bird on the ground directly beneath a nest in the apple tree above. So, to that nest I returned my feathered friend.

I am hoping that I did the right thing....and that its mother will return and care for it until it is big enough to survive on its own.

8 comments:

  1. Good morning,
    Sometimes thats all we can do is just exactly what you did. I also add a little prayer to God to keep this little baby safe....
    God bless your efforts... Dawn

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  2. you did the right thing..hope it all ends well

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  3. Looks like a baby robin. I think you did the right thing. Hopefully Momma is not too far away and will help her little one until it can survive on it's own. Bless you for helping out. Joyce

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  4. Glad to know I'm not the only one with this kind of dilema!!!!
    Remember our little squirrel???

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  5. Oh Bev, what a darling little birdie! I think you did the right thing also. The love of nature is in your heart! I once found a baby bird on the ground so new that it didn't have feathers! I put it back in the nest and it finally grow feathers and flew away!

    I LOVE your pantry screen door Bev!!!!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  6. I hope the baby bird is ok, it's a dilema alright, but I think you did the right thing.

    Your house is really coming along and looks wonderful :)

    Kim x

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  7. Hey Bev,

    Time will tell....

    Have a great day and come by for a visit sometimes.

    Steph

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  8. what a cutie. Either way you did fine...mama birds usually hover closely and feed babes that have fallen from the nest.

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