I am a rescuer!


I feel sappy happy!  I rescued a wee purple finch today (or it may be a house finch).

Okay, I may have contributed to his injury in the first place since I coax him and kin into my yard to eat, and I have a light on by my desk by the window that he . . . accidentally hit.  But he may not have been going t-o-w-a-r-d–the–l-i-g-httttttttttttttttt . . . he may have been disoriented trying to escape a hawk.  I’m thinking semi-positively here.

But he lay there on the concrete being watched over by my vegan collie.  I gently scooped him onto a brown paper bag and he flew-floundered up and clung to the stucco wall.  I put the paper bag under him because he looked like he was going to fall.  Poor panting thing!

Carefully, I lifted him down on the bag and set him on the barbecue–no heat.

He just lay there panting, eyes opening and shutting every so often.  I set a container of water by him and talked sweet bird nothings to him.  What should I do?

He was out there for almost an hour.  I searched for an animal rescue type place that is local, but when I went out to check again, he was gone.  One tiny feather floating in the air. Yay!  He will have a huge headache I’m sure, but he gets to live another day.

Now I am fantasizing of getting lost in the desert coming home from the market.  It could happen.  And as I am despairing of life, needing that one drop of water to cool a parched tongue, there he comes, dragging a bucket.  Rescuing the rescuer!  And we are lifelong friends.


About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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14 Responses to I am a rescuer!

  1. jmgoyder says:

    I hope you see him again!

  2. SR says:

    I will pray he will come to you again. One time I had a cat lost and I prayed for three months she would come home. I was in my pasture and three months later there she was sitting in a tree. So it does happen! Lucky bird to have you. God Bless, SR

  3. Joe Dallas says:

    It was your nature to do it, no matter the outcome, and I think God smiled. I know we all did. Sweet sweet story.

  4. dorannrule says:

    What a wonderful feeling to save a little life like that. You are noble even if you did contribute to the lil guy with a headache. A great story! 🙂

    • It is a warm fuzzy. 🙂 We typically don’t get them hitting that window because it is under the patio cover; that’s what makes me think he was startled in some way. (That gives me a happier thought than being complicit!)

  5. nutsfortreasure says:

    I am so glad your story ended nicely sadly our little downy woodpeckers fate was not so good. A huge Red Tailed Hawk swooped in caused a ruckus this wee one hit the window hard and Ron scooped it up and kept it in his warm hands hoping for life to take over but sadly it was gone hard lessons learned by extending a helping hand your light, my window, appear as an escape route so glad you had a happy ending.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Hooray … I love happy endings!

  7. Now he’s probably circling your house, making sure you’re safe and well.

  8. House Finch… I am happy he flew away and I will be happy to send you some bird tape if you will use it. Seriously. 🙂

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