Monday, October 26, 2009

Are you my Mother?

image from Harpers Collins
On the weekend my neighbour cut down some foliage and down fell a tiny nest with 2 baby birds inside. My heart stopped. We put the nest back in the remaining foliage hoping the mother would come back. During my sleepless night I heard a rustle in the bush. I ran outside to find the nest on the ground, 1 bird missing, the other sitting on the concrete stunned. I searched and searched for the second baby in my underwear and torch for an hour. Nothing. A predator for sure. I took the remaining baby inside and kept it warm all night. I have been syringe feeding it every few hours now since Saturday evening. It is still alive. I think its only a week old. It's a dove/crested pigeon. Not many people really like these birds. They are considered pests. But then again, so are some humans as far as I am concerned. I will be looking after it until I can release it, or find it's mother.
For those of you who don't know me, I am an animal lover. I cannot leave an animal in need no matter what. I have saved numerous cats, dogs birds and whatever else comes my way. It brings tears to my eyes to even say that because I am so passionate about it. So this week my posts maybe sparse as I have a little bird looking at me saying "Are you my Mother"? This to me is more important than any other thing in the universe at the moment.

36 comments:

  1. Hi Simone, Okay so now I am tearing up. I hope your little bird will be fine. Only selfish, horrid people could consider these little birds pests, but don't get me started on that topic. Will be thinking of you this week, good luck mother bird, cheers Katherine

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  2. I might send my teen son to stay with you . Last week he cared for a hawk this week it's a blue tongue . All the best I hope your bird does well .

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  3. You are so wonderful, Simone....I am an animal lover too and I would absolutely do the same. Here's lots of love and hugs sent your way! XXOO

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  4. thanks God you found him and he found you! I also love animals sooooo much. Will be thinking of you guys and hoping everuthing works out. xo

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  5. So well said! If only more people felt this way the world would be a much better place for us and all the beautiful creatures in it. Good luck with your dear little bird. Leigh

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  6. I totally understand. I brought home at few injured birds as a kid..., it's tough though, none of them survived. My last rescue try was a baby rabbit which my then cat had attacked (a few years ago). It died in my hands. I was upset, and then we gave away the cat.
    Wish you and your baby bird the best!

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  7. Simone, you are a saint! Fingers crossed it all has a very happy ending for mummy bird and both babies.
    I too, can't handle seeing any animal in distress - they are all beautiful creatures with pure souls!!
    Happy mothering!!

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  8. I knew you were a good mommy! Thank you for caring for this bird baby. I'd do the same.

    Marjorie

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  9. i love that story!!! i once cried all night listening to a baby bat cry for it's mom. i wanted to save it, but i knew the mother would hopefully come down to get it. the baby was covered with mites, so i didn't want to touch it, but i was sooooooo worried. i get it...i do.
    you did a good thing!!
    btw...the baby bat was missing the next morning, so i just imagined the mom got it....here's to a happy ending i hope.
    good luck with the birdie. i'm keeping my fingers crossed....oh and i love are you my mother. always cried when my mom read that book to me when i was little. such a sweet book.
    take care. i have rambled enough.
    sue

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  10. I am exactly the same, Simone. We attempted to nurse a hurt dove when we found it in the street. Sadly, we had to end up putting it down at the vets. I think it is so important to show compassion for all animals. Birds are also one of my passions too. I will keep your bird in my prayers and thoughts. xx

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  11. I hope your little bird pulls through Simone xxx

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  12. You and I are the same in these situations. I happily moved to the country, but had no idea what was waiting for me. Lost abandoned kittens, injured dogs, orphaned bunnies and also, a miriad of baby birds under attack. I've spent hours and days saving and caring for all of these animals. So, I understand.

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  13. Oh you sweet angel. Look after the little darling. A-M xx

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  14. Good for you!!!
    I am sending good energy up to your little bird so that it grows strong and healthy
    <*****^^^^^^*******^^^^^^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~>
    Good luck.
    Irene x

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  15. Oh how sad! The poor little thing. I hope you manage to look after him until he can be released.

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  16. OH my goodeness, lovely lovely xx

    This was the first book I remember at the age of 3! You've taken me back a bit there.

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  17. I had a similar situation to you when i was in my early teens, I nursed a baby bird(who I named Angel) for a month and we were going on holidays so my dad made me leave her with the neighbours, when we got back they told me she had died, I seriously cried for months!
    Hope it all goes well for you x

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  18. Oh that poor little birdie! But how lucky it fell from its nest near someone who cared. Good luck with it, I hope it is ok. I love that book too by the way, and we also have The Best Nest, which is a family fave xo

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  19. Bonjour! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for following my blog! I've enjoyed looking through all your posts. How lucky that little bird was that you came by.

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  20. You are very kind Simone! There needs to be more people like yourself who show animals the love and respect they absolutely deserve! x

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  21. How sweet... you are a kind soul!!
    Tend your little flock and see you soon!! x Julie

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  22. Oh dear. We're all channeling good wishes to you and the poor little bird. You're right, it's much more important than cushions and blogs.

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  23. Awwww. I'm glad you were there to save them! I share your love for animals, it's a good quality to have : )
    XXX Kate

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  24. Oh That poor baby bird! I know you'll do the best for it.. I'm not sure if Forster is a Favourite town of yours or not, but if you get a chance between feeds to get on to ebay there is a fab vintage 'greetings from Forster' tea towel - complete with seafood!

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  25. Keep us updated on this! I'm an animal lover too so I know this must be heart wrenching for you!

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  26. Oh my I am just like that...I am always crying about sweet little animals...hope your wee little bird makes it...sending you and the baby much love!

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  27. ahh this was my favorite book growing up. My dad made the best sound effects!

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  28. It makes me so happy that there are kind-hearted people in the world such as yourself! That little bird-baby is one lucky creature. Good luck playing bird-momma - I'll keep you and the little one in my thoughts.

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  29. I hope your little bird is doing well. Poor little love. xx

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  30. Baby bird still alive and going well. Feeding well. Maybe he/she will survive this and I can release it as soon as it can fly.

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  31. I'm in tears, thats so sweet of you. Your karma must be good, deep and wide. I love that book too. I read it to my son countless times and every time he would say "out came a baby birrrrd". His r's were so pronounced and I melted every time he said that. Thanks for conjuring up that memory for me.

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  32. I read your post out loud to my eight year old daughter who LIVES for animals.....we both hope little birdie makes it.x

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  33. You are my HERO!! This book was one of my childhood favourites, and at 52, I still have a copy and still love it....God bless you both!! Tata, Valerie in Manitoba, Canada xo

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  34. Aww poor birdie, thankgod he/she found you :)

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  35. That baby bird has found it's mother...you.
    What a nurturer you are!

    This post reminded me of my favorite elementary school teacher...and neighbor, across the lake. Mrs. D was always saving strays. She taught me how to feed baby birds, too. What a wonderfully compassionate woman...and a greatly encouraging teacher. (The only teacher I ever had who encouraged my art. If I could only find her now to tell her what I am doing. She'd be so happy!)

    Hugs to you...and the little bird.
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

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