A Hard Won Yard Bird

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Still no internet but this deserves a cell phone post. I woke up to find this beautiful strange bird immobile on the deck and panting hard. It was a window strike. I didn’t know what kind of bird it was, just that it was much bigger than the siskins and goldfinches that frequent my feeders.

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I couldn’t bring myself to euthanize it and the Scrub Jays were hanging out like little blue vultures so I gathered it up and put it in a small bird cage. I provided some water and set the bird on my kitchen table where it would be warm and peaceful. I didn’t hold out much hope. My friends helped me ID it as a juvenile male Western Tanager, a first for my yard. I was thinking about it all day.

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When I got home later that day I was shocked and delighted to see the Tanager comfortably sitting up on a perch like a pet bird. It had recovered and taken some water and food, and deposited some berry-laden droppings in the cage. As the sun threatened to set I walked the bird outside and released it from my deck. It exploded from my hand with strength I never imagined would return to the panting, shocked bird I had held earlier in the day. I am so happy he survived.

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6 responses

  1. ml

    She is beautiful. I’m so happy it worked out : )

    September 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

  2. Great that you saved the bird!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:26 am

  3. Well done!

    September 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

  4. John

    She’s outta there! Good reason to keep a birdcage handy.

    September 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

  5. Cute! Great that you saved the bird!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm

  6. Great story! Before you released him, I hope you told him to stay away from Great Blue Herons and all their cousins.

    September 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm

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