Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Baby Bunting in Hand

At the end of August, we had about ten young Painted Buntings zipping between feeders and bird baths. One smacked into the sliding glass doors and knocked himself silly. I picked him up to keep him from the dogs and snapped some photos with my cell phone. He was very woozy at first.

 Poor little curled up toes.
  He'd momentarily open his eyes...
 but it wouldn't last long.
 Such a beautiful little bird, even before they get their bright adult plumage.
 
  Starting to straighten out those feet, again.

 I set him on the deck railing so he could rest without my interference.

 I watched him for a while from inside.
 

Something finally startled him and he flew away. Hooray for recovery!

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

Thanks, Hilary!

159 comments:

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Aww that is such a noble thing to do. That little birdie is so lucky you've found him. So fragile, so delicate.

magnoliasntea said...

Wow, what a nifty close-encounter with the little guy. I'm so glad you were there to keep the dogs away. Our dogs "play" with baby birds if we don't catch them. Argh.

Stewart M said...

Tough little chap - hope he (she?) was OK.

I think the bird v glass things is very common.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

YAY! I was holding my breath while reading this...so glad it was a happy ending. We have the same problem with our dogs wanting to "play" with baby or injured birds.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oooooooh! Holding a little piece of heavenly beauty in your hand!! Oh, he is so sweet! So glad you were there to swoop him up long enough for him to recover. Such a beautiful little creature! blessings ~ tanna

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

What a little cutie!! I'm glad he was ok. Such fine details in the feathers.

DJan said...

I had this happen so many times with chickadees and goldfinch when I was feeding the birds. Occasionally one would die. You are such a good mama to all your creatures, Tex. Makes me so happy to see this pretty little guy in your hand. :-)

Debbie said...

what a WONDERFUL experience, so happy the little guy made it!!

awesome, awesome close ups....you are right, they are gorgeous, right from the beginning!!!

i don't think you are in my feed today??

Rose said...

Oh, the poor little birdie! But you are so lucky to get to have helped him survive!

Halcyon said...

Wow! He is supremely cute! Glad you were able to help him on the road to recovery. ;-)

Ruth Hiebert said...

Awwww! He is so cute. It's always a relief when these birds fly away after taking a hit.

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

So happy the little one recovered. We have been lucky this year and not had too many strikes.

nookworm said...

I wish they wouldn't do that! It happens too often. Lucky little thing wasn't hurt too bad, thankfully!

georgettesullins said...

Precious story. Oh dear...he does look a little crooked in the first and his eye does look woozy in the second. And then, he looks to be recovered. So glad you were there to save him from curious critters.

joeh said...

nice story. Can you do something to change the reflection of that glass?

William Kendall said...

What a pretty bird. They do need time to get their bearings when they do that, and if they happen to end up on a porch where nothing is going to bother them, that's fine, but if there are cats or dogs about, they'd be in trouble.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi TWG .. so pleased he/she recovered .. and what amazing shots you were able to take and notice what was happening as he recovered .. lovely ...

Cheers Hilary

Bethany Carson said...

Poor little bird! Glad he survived with your help!

Irma said...

What a beautiful little cute bird.
Many details in the feathers.
Good that you helped to survive this.
Well done.

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Hi Tex,
What a lovely little bird. How amazing that you could help him.. get to recovery and fly away again. He really was dazed. His little feet and his eyes. I do hope he found his family.
great photos..
val x

Kate said...

Extraordinary photos of this little chick. You are a very good bird doctor!!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a pretty little creature! And lucky you to have him in hand. I do think it is the same kind of bird as in my photo a couple days ago, as you said. And I had thought it was a goldfinch that had lost its bright yellow feathers. Sweet!

Sandra said...

this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside just like the big cat did hugging the woman. same feeling. he is so darn cute and as i scrolled i could see him slowly regaining his senses. precious baby, so glad he flew away

S. J. Qualls said...

Sweet! I have birds knocking themselves out often, it's amazing how they recover. You got some very nice shots while he was getting over however he felt.

EG CameraGirl said...

So cute! I'm glad it was able to fly away!

DeniseinVA said...

You are an angel to this sweet little bird.

Catherine said...

Simply beautiful and adorable too. Blessings, Catherine

Brk Trt said...

What an awesome set of photos.
He owes his life to you.

countryfiedurbanliving.com said...

Awww....how very cute!

Beth said...

I love those photos! Such a beautiful bird. I am so glad that you rescued him.

Blackberry Lane said...

So thankful the sweet little thing recovered.

Leovi said...

Very nice those pictures, delicious bird!

Amy Burzese said...

What a sweetie. Thank you Ms. Tex.

Marit Sønstebø said...

How cute! Lucky you :)

Sylvia K said...

Oh, such a beautiful, colorful little bird!! I'm so glad you were able to give him another chance!! Wonderful captures!

Marissa said...

LOVE this post..
They are the sweetest and those curled up toes melted my heart.

messymimi said...

So pretty, and hooray for the happy ending!

Mary Hone said...

What a cutie. When we had a house we had birds run into the windows. Some made it, some didn't. I was always so sad about that.

Paula said...

How exciting to be able to pick him up and save him from the curious dogs.

don said...

It was fun to see the color scheme of the youngster. The recovery series was very interesting and I liked the positive outcome!

Lynne said...

BEAUTIFUL Theresa . . .
Bird and Your Touch and Care . . .

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

An all too familiar rehab process for me, yet I never thought about taking any pictures. Well I guess I did the first few times. Maybe next time I'll do something different. Always nice to see them flutter away after all the birdies quit circling around their little heads.

SweetMarie said...

He is adorable! So glad you were there to help him. Awesome!!

holdingmoments said...

Hope his headache didn't last too long.

Barb Brookbank said...

Oh, how cute he is! It was a great opportunity to see him up close, especially since he recovered and all was well.

Justin Carfagnini said...

That is awesome!!!! Good for you, helping out that little one.

Icy BC said...

Oh he is so precious and so pretty! Love all your shots!

Lynn said...

totally amazing photos, and what an incredible experience, a bird in the hand :-)

amanda | wildly simple said...

Sweet photos!
I had a little sparrow do exactly that - run into to our patio door the day before yesterday, and stun itself. It stayed perched in the threshold of the doorway and I wanted badly to open the door & scoop it up, but I feared that when the door opened the odds were pretty good that if if could move, it would fly straight into my kitchen & then we would have a situation! So I watched carefully, through the close distance of the glass door that separated us. And with time, it flew away. :)
So glad you little bunting did, too!

Farm Girl said...

So glad he got better. I agree that he is a beautiful guy, Nice photos.

Felicia said...

yippeee. sort of like my butterfly story. isn't it wonderful when you can hold nature in the palm of your hand.

Karen S. said...

Oh good heavens yes! What an amazing and priceless thing to experience. You are lucky, as is this precious wee one. Thanks for sharing this.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cute little birdie. Glad he/she/bunting was o.k.

A female Downy Woodpecker got startled off the suet feeder up by our deck and flew into the basement sliding door so hard that she never moved again.
~

Chris Rohrer said...

Thank you for helping this little cutie out. That plumage is so beautiful....even when they are in their "plain" green color.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Poor guy. Must've been quite the knock on the head :(

MarkD60 said...

Great save! You're a hero!

Terry and Linda said...

You could tell he was terrible pain! I'm so glad he was able to fly again and to recover!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Arija said...

You certainly are the fasted gun in Texas! You had already commented before I had finished linking my post - wow!
What a cutie that youngster is and I am so glad it finally managed to recover.
I have taken to shutting the drapes on one side of my house so the birds don't think they can fly through and kill themselves. Bit of a nuisance as it also cuts out half the light but still better than regularly having dead or injured birds.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Yes, hooray indeed for recovery. It is so hard to see birds fly into windows and sliding glass doors. I had that occasionally happen at the lake home we once had in TN. Have a great day today!

ellen abbott said...

a juvenile cardinal smacked into my top half glass bottom half screen door and stunned itself. wing all wonky, couldn't really sit upright. I gathered it up and smoothed it's wing back, set it down, fetched the cat indoors. eventually it flew away but I didn't think to take a single picture.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Poor little thing! I'm so happy he recovered.

bailey-road.com said...

What a wonderful feeling to be able to hold that sweet little bird in your hand. Glad he was able to flutter off, hopefully to a full recovery.

Justyna Kierat said...

Pretty littlew creature. Good that it recovered and flew away.
I'm not sure it's a painted bunting - I googled the species, and they seem to have thicker bills. Plumage can change considerably with age but bill should look rather the same.
Regardless what it is, you are lucky to have such guests in garden :)

Mama Zen said...

Awww! So glad he's okay!

Jeevan said...

Oh! How cute and heartwarming? Spellbind series with the little bunting :) Love it

Flat Creek Farm said...

Bless his little heart.. so sweet! And bless you for assisting in time of need. This is always a mixed blessing, when a birdie hits the glass.. I rush to help and keep the dogs/cats at bay. 99% of the time we have a happy ending, and it's always up close and personal time with precious beautiful creatures! -Tammy

dinascitywildlife.com said...

What a beautiful little bird even that young. Great story. So glad he was okay.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh.. such a very happy post! This one really went straight to my heart. Such delicate beauty!

Midmarsh John said...

A lovely episode with a happy ending.

DIMI said...

What a preety little bird Tex!I'm so glad he fly again!Wonderful shots!
Dimi...

Nancy J said...

Happiness in a bird recovery, lovely close-ups, and even our feathered friends must know when we care, Cheers,Jean.

Marie said...

How sweet! The poor little thing! I am so glad it recovered fully but what a great opportunity you had! Bye baby bunting, Daddy's gone a hunting....made me think of that! :-0

Gosia k said...

what a small lovely creature

Andrew Fulton said...

It's wonderful to know it recovered...

Camila Rafaela Felippi said...

What a nice guy. And what beautiful feathers, such a different color!


I've also helped many sparrows. But most who hit head on window died ):

Optimistic Existentialist said...

As I was scrolling through these I was praying for a happy ending!! So relieved that he flew away. Poor feller :)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Such a beautiful little bird!

barbara l. hale said...

I hate hearing a bird smack into the slider. But they seem to be able to shake it off more times than not. Beautiful little birdie you had there. Thanks for helping him out and I hope he's flying free right now.

RedPat said...

Probably had a bit of a concussion! You are a good nurse, Tex!

Andee said...

Hooray for a quick recovery!!!

Łucja-Maria said...

The charming bird.
Well, nothing has happened to him.
Rested and flew away.
Greetings from Polish.
Lucia

Hilary said...

Oh good on you for looking out for this little sweetie. I know you couldn't do otherwise. It looks VERY much like a little one that crashed into our window about 10 days ago... though it couldn't be the same breed up here. Unfortunately, this one died on impact. Such a delicate, precious package. We also heard a huge thud a few days later and I went outside to find a very stunned Kingfisher on the deck. He was awake and alert but woozy. He flew off after about five minutes.

mick said...

Great story with a happy ending!

Deanna said...

How precious and what a delight that you were able to hold her for awhile and witness beauty so close!! Good save!!

Robin Lamb said...

T, such a pretty little thing! Glad it was alright! Glad you helped it out! Isn't it something to hold that little life in your hand!

Tanya Breese said...

oh he's adorable! so glad you were there to help him out!

Christian Weiß said...

A great story and beautiful photos.

Betty Manousos said...

aww! so sweet!!
excellent photos my friend! xo

Betty Manousos said...

what a darling!

Ms. A said...

Poor baby! So glad you were there to help and glad it was okay, eventually. BEAUTIFUL SHOTS!

Andrea Priebe said...

I have been through this scenario many times as I have big windows at the back of my house. Most survive, some do not and it always makes me sad. But, I will tell you that we have a wildlife rehab facility close to us and they recommend that we bring the birds in that have had head trauma, even if they seem to be recovering. They have a shot that they give them that minimizes swelling in the brain and gives them a much better chance of normal survival ... so I don't know it that is an option for you, but you might want to look into it. Your little Painted Bunting is so sweet and was truly appreciating the warmth and protection of your hand ... good job Theresa. I sure hope he/she does all right :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Ela said...

What a poor little bird! I am glad that you were able to save this little bird!
Greetings

Chandra said...

Good deed, Theresa. Bless your heart!

Peace :)

Adam Jones said...

What a smashing little bird and so happy that it recovered from its concusion.

Patty Woodland said...

Poor little thing. We have birds hit windows and it makes me sad

Brian King said...

He looks like he has a hangover! LOL! Glad he recovered! I think Adam should have added "no pun intended" to his comment. :-)

Inger said...

Poor little thing, but he was lucky to have you to help him. A remarkable photo journal of bird recovery.

Lois said...

What a little cutie and I'm so glad he recovered! I had a hummingbird crash into my sliding glass door a few years ago and I took him to a wildlife rescue group. They tried their best to save him, but sadly he didn't survive.

Linda Kay said...

How much fun was that to get to watch the little guy come around! He looked like his eyes were a little glazed over at first, but I've got a headache right now, so know how he was feeling!

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, lovely start to life.

Grandma C said...

Story with a happy ending, I love that. He is such a cute little thing. Your a Bunting Hero now.

eileeninmd said...

What a cutie, Tex! I am so happy he was Ok.. Wonderful photos!

Julia said...

Aww, so glad the little bunting is OK. Nice set of photos. Thanks for sharing this special moment.
Hugs,
JB

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm so glad this story has a happy ending. The photos tugged at my heart!

Stephen Hayes said...

I love stories with happy endings.

Munir said...

How adorable.

Our photos said...

Wow, he is small ! Very adorable !

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Aw, I'm glad the little guy flew away... I hoping for happily ever after:@)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I was on pins and needles there for a bit. I'm glad that it was able to fly away and be free once again.

Bud and I bought some translucent decals for our windows on our doors [the glass that has no hurricane shutters] after so many birds kept flying into them....YOU can't see them but the birds can. It works like a charm and very inexpensive.

Sweet. adorable bird. GREAT photos with your cell phone too.

Sally Crowe said...

Glad you were able to save the sweet little bird. :)

Pom Pom said...

Aw! What a darling little baby!

Kerri Farley said...

So glad he survived!!!

Gert said...

Oh, that poor little baby... We have a few birds that hit our big window but so far they all fly off. (Thank goodness) Bless you for being such a caring person.

Gert

Red said...

I wonder if birds get concussions?

A Quiet Corner said...

Awwwww...thank goodness for your kindness!...:)JP

Muffy's Marks said...

Bet he had one helluva headache!!! So glad you were there to help him recover. Such a sweet little bird!!!

Revrunner said...

Needs one of those NFL concussion helmets. :-)

Mary Kirkland said...

That was an awesome set of pictures! So glad to read that he made a full recovery.

Pamela Gordon said...

Aw, that is such a sweet story in pictures. What a pretty baby. I've had that happen many times too, except for the holding one in my hand part. Thanks for sharing this happy ending.

Michael Manning said...

I have used blue painters tape to create an "X" on my sliding glass door--for my benefit, funny enough!

Cloudia said...

God Bless You!





ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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Randy said...

That goodness that you were there.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Poor sweet little baby; how lucky he was that you were there. Charming pictures. Yes-- definitely a bird that is beautiful in all stages.

Karen said...

Oh, what a precious little darling! I'm so glad he recovered.

Jeanne said...

So glad that you were there for the rescue!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Great rescue and even though it seemed to take a longer time for fully regain consciousness; he did! It is amazing for holding such a fluffy bundle in ones hands, I too have at times acted swiftly for saving them from our furbabies. Always a victory when they fly off!
Hugs,
Mariette

Paul said...

And that's why it's good to leave your windows dirty, at that's my excuse when my wife asks me to clean them... :)

Lucky little fellow, lucky you found him!

Angela said...

That poor little baby! I'm so glad you found him and was able to help him. He is so beautiful. You got some really great pictures of him.

Rita said...

I've done that with stunned birds, too! They need some protected time to recover. They are the lucky ones who didn't break their little necks! So glad you were there for that little feathered soul. Sweet!! :)

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; what a pretty baby Painted Buntings♡♡♡ I really enjoyed your cute pictures of him and Lucky being saved by you♬♬♬

ps. So sorry for my absence and balated comment. So tied up and pc trouble took my time(^^;)
Hope you are having a wonderful week! And visit you soon, my friend.

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Margaret Adamson said...

Wonderful series of shots of this baby bird.

Fjällripan said...

Oh so sweet!!

José Mendonça said...

Poor little guy. Glad you took good care of him.

Kerry said...

Love love love! Congrats on your well deserved POTW.

Stephanie said...

That was a great thing you did, to help him on his way to recovery. You got some great closeup shots of this bird.

Wally Jones said...

What a great opportunity to see their beauty up close!
Happy he recovered.

Ida said...

Wow that was cool. I bet it was awesome holding that little guy. He is adorable and I'm so happy he recovered and flew off. You got some fabulous photos of him.

BumbleVee said...

Such beautiful shots and, a great heart warming story ...I love happy endings....I'm such a sap.....

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

And all in the crowd said in unison, AWWWW.

karmnik54 said...

Ale maleństwo:)

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Adorable! What an experience to hold that sweet little bird. You are pretty good with the one handed phone camera, T.
He's beautiful.

Gail Dixon said...

This is an incredible series of photos!!! And the happy ending made it even sweeter. Bless his heart and bless you for caring for him until he could gather his wits. This has to be one of my favorite posts from you!! And congrats on POTW!

michaelswoodcraft said...

aw, glad you where there to help him along and glad he was able to fly away! :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How sweet!! Glad that he survived!!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is incredible. I love this story. You are quite the birder, T.

Donna said...

What a pretty little one! How sweet of you to make sure it was safe.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Simply precious!!
Love the shot of you holding this sweetie in your hand.

pattisjarrett said...

What a unique opportunity! And some great shots, I might add. So glad it recovered and flew. Beautiful bird.

Linda said...

Aww, poor thing says "What just happened?"

Dianna said...

Amazing photos, Theresa! Doesn't it warm your heart to help something so innocent and sweet?? Good for you!

Roan said...

I can't believe I missed this! He is so cute! Glad he recovered.

Daniel LaFrance said...

A tiny miracle. :)

Furry Bottoms said...

It is so cool how you can get so close and personal with some of your critters. The detail is awesome to see.

Barbara said...

He's so cute! I'm glad you saved him!

Helma said...

Ohhhhhh ....... what a beautiful bird and what is good that you have helped to be so he could fly again. Better weather this Really beautiful pictures!

Leslie said...

Poor thing, but what a great photo op/close up inspection. Glad all is well.

Margieb said...

Dat wittle sweetie...awwww.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So glad you were able to help him....

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

What a treat to see his positive progress and recovery! Now I'm off to google what an adult Painted Bunting looks like...

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