I hear twilight zone music playing.
Sunday (4/02) I got a call from my boys while I was at the gym. A small finch had hit the sliding glass door. I asked if it was okay, and they said he was eating. I returned home 45 min later, to find this little thing hopping around, eating like a pig. I walked up to him (I guess we all do this, Alix) and spoke to him. He looked at me and peeped. He began to follow me around, hopping. My younger boy came outside, and laid on the ground, chatting with the bird.
After another hour of watching him, it was getting dark. I tried to get him to fly away, but he was only able to go about 1' into the air, and about 20" at a time. 2 days earlier, the resident hawk had completely plucked one of the mockingbirds and devoured it next door. I wasn't going to let this little nestling to the same fate. There was also a terrible storm on the way. So, my husband reminds me we have the old hamster cage in the garage (do we ALL have one of these, Alix?) and we put him in. (I'm glad we'd raised many parakeets, so we knew what to do)
I figured we'd keep him a day or so till he was better. The bump on his head from the window had taken out some feathers, but the wound began healing the next day. With each day of horrific rain, hail and wind (the neighbor's 15' willow tree came down with the force of the storm!) the birdie kept safe and sound in our kitchen window seat area. Finally, last Thursday, he was able to bask in the sun (in his cage) outside. It was then that I realized his secondary flight feathers had been perfectly clipped. Someone had let this baby go. I couldn't release him, but I really was done having birds!
Today little "fuzzy" is doing fine. His wound is nearly gone, and I'm thinking feathers will soon cover his little bald head. He peeps one little note, and occasionally two. He is a happy little thing.