Nine days ago we got side tracked on the way down the driveway. An afternoon of errand running got waylaid by a small bird hopping and trying to quickly flap her way off the road in front of the car.
All errands cancelled…bird in new birdcage, we realized that our plan to singlehandedly help her back to health was probably a bad one since she kept trying to fly, but instead would land on her back and have a hard time flipping over. If I was going to prevent her from dying in the night, flat on her back…I was going to get no sleep….and then what?
So after some quick recon with friends and vets, we headed to Tufts Wildlife Clinic where we dropped her off. She is making progress after spending a couple days in wing wraps but they report that she still has a shoulder droop that they are watching. We are waiting to hear about her progress….fingers crossed. But we did find out that she is a fledgling bluebird and that ‘she’ is actually a ‘he’. So we have a boy named Betsy.
Did you know that bluebirds are one of the best bird friends a gardener can ask for? She (err, I mean he) and his little family can keep my garden seriously pest free. Until I found him, I didn’t realize I had bluebirds and given their status as a ‘declining species’ (but coming back) I am desperate to get him back and help him to thrive.
Do you have bluebirds where you live?
I’ve noticed something about blue colored birds. They really like to eat off my blueberry bush. In fact when I chase birds off my berries….it is almost exclusively a flutter of blue wings. Concidence? Or some sort of wild kingdom Veruca Salt sort of story. Hmmm…
When these things happen, I figure it is summer’s way of teaching. While wait to hear about how Betsy is progressing, and hoping that we will get to release him back into our garden soon, we’ve got our eye on all things bluebirds. I thought you might enjoy some of our inspiration too.
Top – Our Besty – by rochelle greayer on instagram.
Full grown male Blue bird from National Geographic.
Blue bird art by Valentina Ramos