Sunday, September 16, 2012
Helping is for the birds, so to speak...
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.
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... 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...
(For anyone that is a member of SparkPeople, this is a blog I wrote for them, as well... I will try and get some pics of faire, soon, I still haven't put them on my computer!)