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Bird Rescues

Today began excitingly enough, with a bird rescue in the garden.

Having helped save small brown bird of unknown species from my two cats (who helped by on this occasion only applying themselves in a very half-assed fashion to the hunt), we set about attempting to keep it alive in the comforts of our home.

I sacrificed a shoebox, Matei ripped some grass from the garden (while I shouted Not by the roots! and I could feel Z's soul stir in alarm half a city away at the hazard to his beloved lawn), we gave the bird some water and seeds, evicted all felines and set it up on the kitchen table.

Matei immediately replaced his previous obsessions (chronologically snails, ladybirds and beetles) with a bright, shiny avian love. (A love that the object of its passion was less keen on, understadably; the poor thing looked on the verge of a heart attack while M gently brushed his fingertip over her head).

Having evicted the cats into the garden and the boy into the playgroup, I put the shoebox-with-bird into a quiet room and shut the door. A couple of hours later I heard chirping and singing, and went in to find the bird sitting on top of the computer monitor, posing with a photograph of my grandfather.*

rescued bird

I also discovered it had repaid my hospitality, by liberally pooing on the carpet (a poo so cannilly concealed in the intricate swirls and flowers of the carpet's design that I only discovered it when I stepped in it. With my naked foot. An event that would have had significantly more power to horrify me before I had children.

Now to face the meltdown that is sure to follow when I tell M that we cannot keep it....

*Does anyone know what type of bird it is?


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Jun. 17th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
It looks like a young thrush, and if it's flapping about. you had better let it go!

Perhaps you can tell M it escaped, or that it's mum came to get it?
Jun. 17th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
i too think it's some kind of thrush - but unsure because she's spotted/speckled all down the front. yes, let us know how the release goes!
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
I forgot to update on this in a timely manner, but everything turned out fine. We took it outside and it flew away. Matei clapped with the rest of us before bursting into tears about the buuuuuuuuuurdd
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Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
I have to say that the rescue was made possible by the half-assed attitude of the cats who were all "You wish to torment and eat this excellent bird yourself, Human Woman? Be our guest! We shall lie here and flick our tails in the sunlight instead!"
Jun. 17th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
How very cute! At least it crapped on the floor and not your monitor.

Yes, tell Matei that the birdie's mommy came to get him.
Jun. 17th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I don't know anything about birds. It's not a pigeon or a seagull; that much I can tell you.
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
We ended up toughing it out, and waiting for him to wake up before doing the catch-and-release. Happily the bird was able to fly away on its own, and his sadness at its loss "Come back buuuuuuuuurd!" was only temporary.
Jun. 17th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Awwww :)

I was fobbed off with 'it ran away' as child. Didn't stop the grief but no evil-mama blaming :)
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
I decided he'd be more upset if I let it go in his absence, so we took it outside and watched it fly away together.
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