Found a drowning bird today. Flipped him upside down and massaged his little bird chest. Water bubbled out, and then he rested for a while. Then he pooped on me and flew away. =\ you are welcome, birdy. Posted via Mobile Device
One day this summer at the barn I heard a ton of crows making a big ruccus in one of the paddocks. I finally figured that I should go see waht it was about. I walked toward the few that were gathered around a watertrough (worried that I'd be dive bombed by them) and saw an adolescent crow stuck in the trough. He was exhausting himself trying to get out and his parents were frantic. I reached down and gently grabbed him (ne never pecked me) and put him on the ground. The other crows were nearly exploding with upset. I backed away and waited for the parents to come back. While I was waiting, I had this thought< "I've always wanted a pet crow. This is how you get one, young and ready to bond to you". Then I looked up in the tree and saw this young crow's extended family (a mob or a murder of crows) all calling to him and I thought< "how could you take this individual from his family, where he is important enough for all of these relatives to be this upset about".
I hung out for a bit watching and eventually he dried off enough to make a short flight up to the tree.
He didn't poop on me, or thank me.
And they are notorious for climbing into the horses' water tubs for a bath and then getting stuck. The amount of dead pukekos I've pulled out of my tubs/troughs over the years, well it hasn't been a pleasant thing to do in the slightest. Thankfully I've had to save an equal amount of very exhausted birds and they have hopefully lived.
In particular, I arrived one day to find one struggling pukeko in my horse's tub... probably the closest to death I've ever experienced. Poor wee thing had been fighting so much that it didn't have the energy to move. I'm not exactly the bravest around birds but I felt compelled to help this poor bird. After grabbing a towel from my shed I picked it up and placed it on one of my puffer pad's in the sun. It was freezing and shaking so then I sat there rubbing it down and taking the time to help it recover. Even blocked it from the wind. I left it to sunbathe for 10 mins and then returned, approaching it slowly and then just as I reached out to feel if it was warmer, it seemed to recover some strength, flapped it's wings at me defiantly and took off across the field a little wobbly, but off all the same got away quickly!
Pretty sure it was happy for my help, though a better thank you would have been nicer!!
I, too, haven't had much luck trying to help birds.
When I was young, an owlet had fallen out of its tree. It just lied under a tree, and I saw it. I didn't know what to do- I thought my mom would forbid me from helping it if I said anything, and I knew it was alive. I picked it up, and carried it around the yard for a bit, thinking about what to do. The school bus was about to come, so as a sane young person, I put it in my backpack edit: (zipper was open so that it could breathe, but not wide enough to make the owl obvious). I showed it to one of my friends on the bus and she told my teacher when we got to school. My teacher asked if it was stuffed and I said yes- my friend said no, it's a REAL OWL YOU SHOULD LOOK AT IT IT'S SO CUTE!!! Well, she made me take it to the nurse and I later got made fun of in front of most of my grade when we had a nature day. No good deed goes unpunished . Years later my nurse sent me a letter and a picture of the owl when the people released it.
Here is said picture- the owl was young when I got it, this must've been when it was an adult or close. It's a picture of the picture, so sorry about the flash:
And slightly closer:
Also, once I was at my cousin's barn. A baby bird fell out of its nest. I looked at it and sure enough, it was alive. However, one of the cats got to it before I could decide what to do with it. ANOTHER bird fell out of the same nest and I took that one. We figured its nest was up in the hay loft so I went up there (my cousin is afraid of birds) and there was this HUGE bird in the corner. It was chirping at me angrily. I set the bird down in several places and waited to see if any birds went up to it, but to no avail. I realized that its nest was really a hole above a stall, so I grabbed a box and precariously climbed up enough to push the baby bird back. Job done, right? Wrong. Its parents chirped angrily. It looked like THEY were the ones pushing it out of its nest. Oops...
This happened later. A kid at the barn loves the chickens. Well, one day, he left the door to the coop open. The chickens were all over the place- in with the goats, sheep, and cows. Well, we didn't want any of the chickens to get crushed or get out of one of the doors (it's possible). Well, as said, my cousin doesn't like birds. So, I got tasked with herding them. Chickens are so, so dumb. I had to go in with the cows and the first time, they RAN AFTER ME. I banged my knee on the gate from jumping on it trying to escape.
We (I) got all the chickens in their coop. Except for one PARTICULARLY stupid one. It went outside- I chased it through thorns and brambles. Once the door was wide open, and I herded him in a DIRECT path to the door. I swear to God he stared at it for a minute, then walked away.
I think someone's trying to tell me something about birds...hmmm...perhaps it's "You'll never win."
I, too, haven't had much luck trying to help birds.
...teacher asked if it was stuffed and I said yes- my friend said no, it's a REAL OWL YOU SHOULD LOOK AT IT IT'S SO CUTE!!! Well, she made me take it to the nurse and I later got made fun of in front of most of my grade when we had a nature day. No good deed goes unpunished . Years later my nurse
Is it sad I read that line like it's sang in the musical?
Well, that was sweet...the little poopsie. I once carried water to a severely dehydrated road runner in the desert, it looked weak and on its last legs...but it wasn't to weak to put its beak right through the back of my hand just after I set the container of water down near it...blood went everywhere. It took the water, and ... "your welcome" wasn't exactly what immediately popped into my mind. :)