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The saved bird – POTD

By 14 Apr ’11April 30th, 20113 Comments

This morning i went down to 216 with Ruth to sort out some more of the ongoing stuff that needs sorting. There was a playgroup happening in the creche and one of the mothers spotted this lil guy caught up in the anti pigeon netting.

He’d got himself into a right state. He was in a bit of a mangled mess. We decided to call the RSPCA who said that they would pass the info on to one of their officers but no call came. By 2:30 I decided to do something myself and armed myself with some rubber gloves, a pair of scissors some water some seeds and a box lined with soft paper.

At first the poor lil guy was flapping all over the place but i gently got a hold of him and calmed him down, waiting till he was used to me holding him. It took about 5 mins to cut him out of the main netting then a futher 20 minutes to then carefully cut the neting that he was tangled in. Once free he broke free of me and went stratight for the water which showed that he must have been there for a while.

Another ten mins had him com[letly free and then i set him down.

I’d like to say he had a burst of flight and flew into the great blue sky but it was cloudy and he went straight into the netting again! I grabbed him and stopped him from getting tangled. It was clear from this burst that he was not in a good way so i popped him in the box with some food and water and then laid a tea towel over the top. I was thinking that he needed the rest.

The RSPCA guy never showed so at 4:30 we went back up to check on him and under the tea-towel we found a much perkier bird. I popped him out and he was much more responsive but he did fly straight into the window but after about 10 mins of getting his bearings he launched himself onto the roof and then within 5 mins he was gone.

He flew out of my life just as quickly as he had appeared. I’d be fibbing if I said I didn’t feel a little like Grizzly Adams! And Yes! I was a little disappointed when i got to our front door and there was no sign of him. No, he didn’t land on the railing outside and coo at me in appreciation looking to start of a lifelong friendship.

The cretin!!!!…no, no, the cute lil thing. It felt good to do this today!


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