A Story About A Baby Robin

A few days ago a neighbor was walking nearby and saw a baby robin being attacked by two crows in the middle of the road. He rescued the bird, brought it home and put it in a bucket outside. The neighborhood kids were pretty surprised when the man chewed up a worm and fed it to the robin! He said he didn’t know where the nest was, and couldn’t care for the bird. Kid decided to bring it to our place and made a nest with his felting wool. He researched how to feed a baby bird and fed him with a syringe for the next 24 hours. He bathed his wing and eye (which had minor wounds) and got up in the middle of the night to tend to its needs. The bird was pretty shaken up but showed very fast signs of recovery.

Sage and bird copy

By the next day, “Ruffles”(Kid named him) was squawking and fluttering his wings so we put him in an open bin and went for a walk to where he was found. We saw a robin sitting on some wires above a house, so we put the bin down on the lawn and watched. Within minutes the mother began tending to Ruffles by jumping into the bin and feeding him! Ruffles was so excited that he flew out of the bin and chased after her. He still couldn’t fly further than a couple of feet, but she kept her eye on him and kept coming back to give him food.

Bird and mom copy

The owner of the house said the area wasn’t safe due to crows and cats, in fact the other babies didn’t live. We tried luring the mother to a safer place by putting Ruffles back in the bin and slowly walking. The mother followed us and kept bringing food for him. When we put the bin down, Ruffles flew out again but couldn’t make it into a tree with his mom. He rested in the grass in between two stumps and Sage watched him for hours (from a distance) to make sure he stayed safe. The mom kept feeding him and later coaxed him up into a lower smaller tree. I have to admit I didn’t sleep much that night.. We became attached to the little guy so quickly, and were unsure of what would happen throughout the night. I got up at 5 am the next day and went outside and saw that they were still in the tree, so that was a relief!

It has been three days, and the birds have remained in the same tree. Early this morning Boy saw the two parents flying around with the baby! We are so happy with this news.. what a happy ending!

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The long way

We decided to walk to town to do our errands instead of taking the bus. It is a long walk, but the trip along the way is usually an interesting one.

arriving birds

There is a sign placed here in the park that tells us about the ducks and why it is best to not feed them bread.

duck sign

chillin with the geese 2

Visiting his feathered friends makes Kid so happy.

When we got home, we looked up information about the geese and ducks and found out that it is best not to feed them, which makes sense.  Though it is a lot of fun to give them oats, it is also fun to just sit and watch them.

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 Further down the road, we encountered  a dandelion that was so huge! The seeds flew for a very long time and were lifted into the wind very easily.

big dandelion

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 We decided to walk through a garden centre and their Gerberas were wilting, and their soil felt totally dried out.

drooping gerberas

My eldest son ‘Boy’ knows how much I love Gerbera daisies so he found a hose, hooked it up, and dragged it over to water them. He is such a kind-hearted young man.

drooping gerbera 2

.. He helped out a few other plants too.

helping the flowers

It’s no surprise that someone thought he worked there. Boy was able to help the man anyway. This store could use someone like him working there. 🙂

helping the customer

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Kid discovered that Sumac trees have a flower that bees LOVE. It was fun to watch them up close.

sumac flower

bee on sumac

Pileated Woodpecker

On our walk home, we spotted this beautiful woodpecker. This was the closest we have ever gotten to one, so we watched him hunt insects for quite awhile. It was amazing how far he swung his head back and forth.. It was comical.

Afterwards, we came home and read about them. We liked this informative page, it is clear and outlines everything easily. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pileated_Woodpecker/lifehistory

This is a much better video we found online where you can actually see the grubs this woodpecker is eating.