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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Saved One

There were two birds, actually.  They must have been sitting side by side on the low hanging branch of the liquidambar tree as I came by with my reel mower. They startled out of their low perch, but they could not fly away very far, because they ran into the glass door to my room, and beside that was our eight foot tall fence.


The first bird did not make it, because just as I was planning to take its picture, Leo caught it in his mouth, and by the time I could get him to release it, its neck was broken. But I was able to save the second bird.


I found it in the middle of the yard, and it flew off to the corner by the fence. So I went and got a towel and used it to pick the bird up, and I carried it out to the front yard, where I released it, and the bird flew off.

We cannot save everybody. That is impossible. But sometimes we can help a little.

6 comments:

  1. I am glad you helped the other bird.

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  2. Leo must be quite fast! Glad the second one was able to fly - looks like a mourning dove.

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    1. Leo is fast! But when he realized I was upset and did not want him killing birds, he left the second bird alone and gave me plenty of time to save it.

      I thought it looked a little like a mourning dove, too, but the picture of one in the Wikipedia did not seem to match. It seemed more brownish and sleek of feather.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourning_dove

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  3. I think the 'squabs' usually look rougher...check these out: https://images.fineartamerica.com/images/artworkimages/mediumlarge/1/young-mourning-dove-squab-jay-milo.jpg

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    1. I think you are right! This morning I discovered a mourning dove nest in the liquidambar tree from which the two young ones must have emanated.

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