Well, hell. This time he wasn’t dead yet.
Again I was at at work, but this time out the front of the building – right outside the main doors, actually. Which is a large glass-fronted lobby. I’m still doubtful that Mr Redpoll was injured from flying into the glass, as it was dark out.
Still, it was wonderful that the girls in the office came to get me, as I’m the “one who is good with birds and whatnot.” So, I went out, and there he was. Alive, but not for long. Gasping and having spasms. I scooped him up – so tiny – and held him close, hoping the warmth of me would help, as it was so very cold on the stones outside.
It didn’t help. He didn’t last more than 20 minutes, and was gone. I expected it, of course.
In any case, I brought him home for identification and photographs. As I do.
Ah, sad. A short little life made needlessly shorter. Redpolls are pretty things, I think finches are among my favourites.
Where the heck were my pictures?!? And all the other stuff I wrote? Updated half way now… Maybe…
First they weren’t there, and now they are. All good.
I’m pulling my hair out over the last post, too – the video WAS embedded, now it isn’t.
Aaargh…. Not techy enough to suggest anything useful.
What is causing this, do you have a guess?
Nope. Just old age? These aren’t the kind of birds that hang around people and eat poison by accident.
So sorry, but your guess about old age is a good one. Plus it is probably cold there.
Oh, the little face. Is there any spraying going on in the region? Terrible puzzlement
Ah the poor thing. You need to put a health warning outside your work for all birds passing!
Aw, poor redheaded boid.
Thank you for noting his passing. (Her? I am not an ornithologist.)
Beautiful winged creatures. We need to pay them more attention, aside from the fascination our cats have for them.
Sorry to see such a beauty lifeless – shame he didn’t make it.
Such a pretty guy! Still wondering what happened. But some things we’ll never know.