Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rob Runchey–Animal Rescuer

Last night the kids and I slept in the tent in the backyard.  Did you  know that birds start waking up around 3:30 in the morning?  Also we have an owl in our neighborhood.  Riley has been telling me she is “scared of the owl” sometimes at night but I had previously just written it off as a ploy to not go to sleep.  Now I’m wondering if she truly is hearing an owl.  There was also an unidentified critter making noises between a bull frog and a very large bird.  Safe to say, little sleep was had by me.

This morning as we were packing up the tent Austin came running in the house announcing that the baby robins hatched and were hanging upside down from their nest.  Rob confirmed he saw it too but thought maybe the parent birds would take care of the situation.  About a half hour later the birds were still hanging there.


I’m not sure you can really tell from the picture, but there are two baby birds there, and their feet are tangled up together in some twine their parents used to build the nest. 

So, while I’ll flapped my arms around like a maniac to dissuade the constant attempts from “Mom and Dad Bird” to take Rob’s head off, Rob donned his winter gloves bird saving gloves and put both of the birdies back in their nest.  I’ve always heard not to touch birds nest because the mom will never come back because they will smell you….but letting them hang to their death didn’t seem like the right thing to do either.


Twenty minutes later we went back out to take the tent down and one of the birds had fallen down to the rocks (but seemed okay) and the other one was hanging upside down again; still tangled.  He put it in one more time while the other baby hopped to safety.  I went back there later in the day to make sure the baby who hopped away wasn’t hiding near Austin’s sand box (since him and a friend were going to be playing there) and it was no where to be seen.  The tangled bird was still in the nest.

As a side note, I hung up those shiny streamers early this spring because I heard it would deter birds from building nests in the area.  I’m a bit of a bird scrooge when it comes to them living under our deck and pooping all over it (and waking up at 3:30).  The streamers obviously do not work.


The Pats said...

We also hung plastic streamers around the canopy of our pontoon to discourage swallows from building nests - that didn't work either. We tried Pine Sol now - supposedly birds don't like that strong smell. Haven't checked yet to see if it's working. Will keep you posted.

The Pats said...

P.S. Pine Sol didn't work. We had a new nest today - darn!