Saturday, May 12, 2012

Reuniting a Fledgling and Mother

 This afternoon, C8 heard chirping sounds in our garage. The little sparrow above had somehow managed to wedge himself between a window and the blinds. We pulled the blinds to the top of the window and the little thing just hopped around on the ledge and kept flying into the glass. R6 came to the rescue and gently picked the baby up.

R6 sat him on the driveway. He attempted flight, but only managed a couple of feet. He didn't appear hurt, though. Some little fledglings may not be strong fliers we later learned. ~I called a local nature center and their advice was to place the little bird outside the garage because the mother would be looking for him near where he was last seen. We were amazed to learn this fact!

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)


  1. I love this. What a wonderful memory - and what nurturing and love you are teaching the kids, Hope!


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