Injured Bird Helped by Mountain Man

| 4/7/2010 10:10:51 AM

ImageLast night, there was a storm raging outside our house. Rain fell incessantly and the wind howled. Khrysta was dry in her stall, the dogs were in their beds and Mountain Man and I were snuggled under layers of quilts. But what about the birds? Do you ever wonder what happens to them in a storm? The next morning, when I went to feed Khrysta I discovered that sometimes bad weather means trouble for birds.

I found a small bird clinging to a stump in our yard. At first, I thought it was resting but when it didn’t fly away as I approached, I decided to investigate further. I discovered it was actually stuck to the stump. I thought one of its claws was stuck and I easily removed the bird from the stump but then he just fell over on the ground and couldn’t move. I called for Mountain Man. He discovered that some sticky, wet debris had become enmeshed in the birds claws basically binding its feet and wings together. And then, the hands that so skillfully turn logs into art, gently unwound and removed the debris from the bird’s feet and wings.

Poor bird. His two feet were stuck together.

Mountain Man begins to remove debris from bird’s feet.

It was a time consuming process and for the most part, the bird was very patient as if he realized Mountain Man was helping him.

Mountain Man continues to work on removing debris from bird’s feet.

Mountain Woman
4/18/2010 1:57:40 PM

Oz Girl, It's wonderful you saved the owl!! Yes, it's always so good to know you've helped a creature in need. They are just so vulnerable.

Oz Girl
4/17/2010 5:10:39 PM

Oh I LOVE your pictures, and I'm so happy that Mountain Man was able to save this sweet lil bird. Reminds me of the barn owl we saved a year ago... he had somehow gotten into our shop and become entangled in fly tape. He couldn't fly away because one wing was so tangled up with the tape. After calling several wildlife centers for help, it became clear to me from the advice they were giving me that WE were going to have to save this owl as they were not going to come out to do it! It was a scary thing, but once we threw a blanket over him he was very still and I managed to get almost all of the tape off him and he finally flew away! It feels so good to save a wild animal's life, doesn't it?! :)

Mountain Woman
4/13/2010 10:04:32 AM

Nebraska Dave, How wonderful it must be to have a bird serenading you each morning and each year too, that's really remarkable. MM and I met through Eharmony and the first thing that attracted me to him was the photo of him with his arms wrapped around his elderly Mastiff. I agree with your cousin wholeheartedly. Thanks for visiting me!!!

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