bird in hand…

I’ve had the random honor of having some wild birds in hand…

 

yeah, matching red..eh…tails…

and this…

…is why you don’t want the big ones in your living room…

the little bitty ones are crazy powerful.

 

 

Volunteering with wildlife rehabbers I wrangled owls, hawks and vultures (both kinds) on lectures and driving out to pick up an injured or orphaned bird.

Note to self: take goggles when picking up herons… they hunt with their beaks and are very accurate…

There were at least two literal wild goose chases.

Note to self: never wear jeans and hiking boots when wading into the Susquehanna River…

Earlier in the year we would do the Put the ________ Back Lecture. Fill in the blank with baby bunny, baby birdie, baby bambi, whatever. It’s fine. It’s being watched by it’s parents (freaking out now that it’s been kidnapped by aliens). Put…it…back.

This time of year we see fledglings, young birds who are fluttering about on the ground learning to fly (cats and dogs contained, just leave it… leave it… I said LEAVE IT!!!).

Sometimes they end up in odd places, like the garage that I left open. They do not understand the concept of glass. This is why you use curtains, decals or other means of showing birds that there is something there other than the sky they see reflected in it. I neglected to put pretty curtains in my garage window…

Bebe birb can’t find big open door, keeps fluttering against window…

(This is a robin fledgling.)

Grab butterfly net (or sheet, towel etc) and corral…

Birb is annoyed… also ferocious…

(birb still annoyed…)

Holding it gently while controlling the wings keeps it safe while you make sure it isn’t damaged…

then you open your hand and…

hphphphpbpbppbpbpbpbpttthththhthththt… flew off at warp 11…

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