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A Bird in the Hand

May 27, 2008

Chers Amis,

Isn't this "bird in the hand" brilliant!  We drove up to visit my dh's family in Indiana over the long holiday weekend and I noticed a Scarlet Tanager flitting about the top branches of a Tulip Poplar in my mil's backyard. (Funny, no one else seems to get so excited about birds, hmm. . . ) Later that afternoon a neighbor knocked on the back door holding this magnificent creature.  She explained that she had found him/her beneath her picture window and now he would not move but appeared to be breathing.  "Could you  take him?" she wondered, afraid that her cat would find and finish him off.  "Gladly," I answered.  Not that I have any experience nursing Scarlet Tanagers or any other winged denizen and all the local vets that help with such cases were out at the lake boating. or grilling, or just enjoying the weekend off.

What to do? What to do?  Luckily my sil, Joan, has worked in wildlife rehab and she instructed us to place him in a covered box with good ventilation, in a quiet dark area for a few hours. Tanager
She explained that often birds who are merely stunned by hitting a window will die of shock if they are handled too much after being found.  So, we careful followed her advice and placed this jewel in the shed away from hot little curious hands.   That evening, my bil  carried the box to the corner of the property, opened it and scattered bread crumbs around a nearby birdbath.  Startled by the movement, the tanager flew a short way and perched in a redbud for several hours.  We were thrilled  the next morning to see an empty branch and no signs of our visitor – or his plumage .  Some may prefer a bird in the hand , but I will take  one safely in a bush any time!


5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2008 4:26 pm

    Gorgeous!!!! So glad he recovered!

  2. May 27, 2008 10:41 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL bird!!! And, I’m glad it sounds like a happy ending to your story!

  3. hélène permalink
    May 28, 2008 11:32 am

    Je suis complètement d’accord avec les autres commentaires : quel oiseau magnifique !

  4. May 29, 2008 9:06 pm

    Incredible! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Scarlett Tanager before and it is a gorgeous bird. I’m so glad you were able to help it out.

  5. May 30, 2008 3:49 pm

    Such an intense color! Thanks for sharing that lovely afternoon with us.

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