Take a Deep Breath and Swallow

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A family of swallows made a nest under an overhang at work.

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They grow so fast! Last week all four babies took their first flights.

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Some were better at landing than others. The flying seemed easy for them – just not the landings.

One crashed into a box inside and knocked itself silly. Little birdie was handed to me, so I could make a rescue attempt. He was scared, but not shivering, so I thought there was a chance still. I took him outside and set him on a quiet curbstone to recover.

After about 10 minutes, I could see he had perked up but was still dangerously close to the ground. I went back out to check on him…

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He let me stoke the back of his neck, where birds like being petted best. But he still didn’t fly away, so I took the chance to get pictures with my iPhone.

I got one of the best shots I ever have taken!

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  1. Good shots! I had a little bird die in my backyard. He fell out of the nest and then couldn’t follow mom and his/her sibling over our back wall. Mom just left him I guess because if he couldn’t keep up, what could she do? Natural selection sucks. Hope your birdy was able to fly.

    • Aww. Found one dead in my back garden too, but think it was from old age. He could fly, but was rubbish at landings. When he was airborne, mom & dad came swooping around to help guide him but it didn’t work very well!

  2. 2-3 years ago, a bird entered our store. The cashier was panicked, she feared birds. How could you be afraid of a small bird? I don’t know. Fortunately, I knew exactly what to do. Sometimes, it pays to read and learn useless stuff, sometimes it turns out to be useful after all.

    I knew I had to use a blanket, sheet, towel or something similar. So I picked my own coat and followed the bird around the store. You need to understand than the bird wants the same thing as you: to get out. But you can’t force a bird to fly toward the door or one particular spot. I followed it hoping to be able to get it stuck in a corner or a smaller area. Eventually, it tried for an open fridge with the dairy products. That was my chance. I came slowly and thrown my coat over it. It was stuck. So I wrapped the bird in my coat and brought it outside.

    It was tempting to try to touch it, but it was scarred and I didn’t want to scare it more. It took it a few seconds to realize it was free, and eventually just flew away.

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