Thursday, April 29, 2010

Unsolved Mysteries


Yesterday I came home to find one of my white zebra finches thrashing around on the bottom of the cage. The poor thing looked like it was having a stroke or something. When I looked in the nest with the babies in it the mother bird was still sitting in it (she is such an awesome mother) but the father bird was not in the nest. He was the sick bird on the bottom of the cage.

After a couple of minutes he stopped moving but I could tell he was still alive. I scooped hum up and held him in my hand. He just layed there and barely moved. That is not normal at all for a finch. He should have been squirming and trying to get away for all he was worth. I sat on the couch and held him for a while while I warmed him with my breath. I've heard that warmth is supposed to be good for sick birds. I said a prayer for him, gave him a little kiss, and then carefully put him into one of the empty nests. That's really all I could do. Damn this sucked. Especially with me going away to San Francisco for a week. I really didn't want to leave this sick bird alone and have him die while I'm away. I'm thinking a dead bird in a cage with so many other birds for a while week is NOT a good thing.

This morning I looked in the next and he was not there. Huh? Did the same unexplained vortex that sucked the baby bird from the cage a few months back open up and take him? Nope! He was back in the nest with the mother bird and their babies. As I watched he flew from the nest and landed on one of the branches. He is completely fine. Thank God.

By the way, someone had asked how many babies are in there and I honestly have no idea. There were about 4 eggs when I last looked in there but I think a couple of them were old invalid ones. I finally saw a baby poke it's head up in front of the mother this morning so I know there is at least one. I've learned it's better to stay away from the nest as much as possible while the babies are developing.

I'm getting ready for my trip to San Francisco now. Sean used his new boot blacking skills to clean up all of my leather yesterday and now I have to pack it for the trip, along with all of my clothes for a week... in one carry-on luggage! I've gotten pretty good at it. Don't want to pay the extra money to check a bag. Gonna head out and buy another camera after the gym. I really need one. I want to take some photos with my friends in San Francisco and also some photos from the set of my two Bound Gods shoots to share with you guys. Hope I find one on sale because I really should not be spending the money right now.

7 comments:

Stan said...

I'm so glad the bird is better now.
I hope they are fine when you get back from SF. Lucky Sean gets to clean up your leathers!
I hope you don't buy an Olympus D-425 camera. It's a piece of crap! Every pic is blurry.

alleen said...

I hope the little bird will be staying alive and when you come back you will have two or three little ones. Now you are going to shoot for bound gods, I have to subscribe again.

fairviewsue said...

You obviously gave him the kiss of life and that is why he is all better now.

wdavi said...

Your going to need a bigger Aviary. Good Luck!

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Thonnibg said...

It was your breath that brought the birdie back to life.I`m glad it is better now!