We were sure the little one had been without food and water for at least 12 hours. (Unless he found something in the garage to eat.) So we sat bird seed and a tiny puddle of water in front of him. He didn't eat, but we felt better knowing it was there.
Next, we decided we needed to help the fledgling's parents find their baby. It's very important because parents continue feeding their little ones and teaching them things they need to know for a while after leaving the nest. So, C8 came up with a plan. She began to chirp like a sparrow. Soon, we heard her chirps returned! (She's an excellent imitator.) We then opened up an app on the iPhone, iBird Yard Plus (which by the way is on sale for .99!) I found a few Song Sparrow calls and began to play them. Within a minute a Song Sparrow landed within 15 feet of the baby, but the grown-up didn't see him!
We then moved the baby to the grass and placed the birdseed in front of him once again. This time, he hopped a few steps and began to nibble at the seeds! A few minutes later, the baby began chirping and an amazing thing happened! The mother found its baby! It was such a beautiful moment to witness! They hoped around the yard together and then disappeared into the hedges. It was such a wonderful feeling to know the fledgling would be taken care of...
Once inside, C8 decided to journal the experience. She devoted three pages in her nature notebook to tell the wonderful story of how the fledgling was reunited with its parent! The kids couldn't stop talking about their experience!
~ And just before bedtime, R6 lost his third tooth! All three that he's lost have been on the bottom. He's such a cutie!!
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[b] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV)