Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Bird in the Hand...


This beautiful young gold finch knocked itself into a stupor when it crashed into our cottage window last summer.  Fearing that it may die of shock (or become an interest to our dog), I picked it up and held it in my hands to keep it warm.  After a little while it was strong enough that it wanted to sit up in my hand but it continued to rest with it's eyes closed as you see here.  Finally, after about 30 minutes it started to look around and when I put it closer to a tree limb it flew up into the tree.  

This post has been linked to Texture TuesdaySweet Shot TuesdaysPhoto Art Friday (book connection: A Bird in the Hand, by Ann Cleeves), and Photo Friday Link Party.  You might be interested in taking a look at some of the other photography that is being shared on these sites.

31 comments:

  1. Oh how sweet!! Great picture too.

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    1. Thanks Susan. Glad you dropped by today.

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  2. Lucky little goldfinch to have you there to save it, they're so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Lori. It really is a wonderful experience to hold a little bird and know that in time it will be well enough to fly off again. Very rewarding.

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  3. How nice. My husband found a little bird about 3 weeks ago & it took him a couple of hours to finally find a vet that would take it in. We were so glad it wouldn't have to die. I love the pictures.

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    1. Thanks. Good for your husband to find a vet. In my case, the little fellow just needed a safe, warm place to recover from the shock of the crash. The key is keeping them warm. I've actually had the opportunity to do this a few times over the years. Always seems like a bit of a miracle.

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  4. Precious picture! Also, my, don't you keep your nails nice!

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    1. Thanks Jean. The key to the nice clean nails is a lot of swimming. Remember this photo was taken at the cottage so I'm in the lake a fair bit. :o)

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  5. What a lovely experience it must have been to hold it while it recovered and then watch it fly off. So cute!

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    1. Thanks. Yes, it was a wonderful experience. It's so rewarding to know that the little fellow recovered and I may have been partly to thank for that.

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  6. Oh poor little one!
    Thank goodness you were there to help him.
    Your image is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. Fortunately he was just fine in the end.

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  7. beautiful image glad you could save it.

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    1. Thank you Kaylene. I am too. It really was a wonderful experience.

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  8. Oh so sweet! It seems to have just nestled into the hand to recuperate. So happy you shared this with PAF Linda.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. Sadly I've had the experience more than once. We have so many birds around our cottage that they do sometimes hit the windows. Fortunately they usually recover, sometimes with a little TLC from me.

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  9. A beautiful image, they do take a bit of time to get the hang of their wings don't they? Lovely work on your blog :)

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    1. Thank you so much Ruth. Have a great weekend!

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  10. What a lovely little bird, and so glad you were there to save it's life. Great processing!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. Beautiful photo, such a lovely little bird. I like goldfinches, we have many of them and yes, sometimes they fly into the big window. I also pick them up so that the cat doesn't get them, and usually after 30 or 40 minutes they're ready to fly away.

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    1. Thanks Carola. It's a wonderful experience to hold them until they're well enough to fly off again isn't it.

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  12. Wonderfull story and picture.

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    1. Thank you Anki. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Great PAF entry! I'm glad the little Goldfinch recovered.

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    1. Thanks so much Pat. I hope to see him and his young around the cottage this summer. :o)

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  14. Wow...what a wonderful experience!

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    1. Thanks Dina. Yes, although you don't want them getting hurt in the first place, it is truly amazing to hold a wild bird in your hand like that and have it seem trusting and relaxed as it begins to recover. At no time did it seem stressed about being with me and when it was ready it just flew off.

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  15. Wonderful photo. The little bird just looks so peaceful in your hand. I am so happy that the outcome for the little bird was a happy ending.

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    1. Thanks Ida. It is interesting to realize that it seemed totally relaxed as it recovered in my hand.

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  16. Great picture. There is a Very warm feeling in it. I like your processing, too!

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