Baby Bird Saved by Good Samaritan
by Tony Alexander
I noticed a birds nest several weeks ago above my front porch. Last week, as I was going to clean up the bird droppings on my patio, I noticed that one of the babies was on the ground, huddled in a corner. I wasn't sure how she got there but she looked distressed and wasn't moving much. When I looked up, I could see 3 babies still in the nest, staring at me. I didn't know much about birds but I was told that if I touched the baby by hand, the mother might reject it. Since I didn't own a ladder tall enough to get her back in the nest, I decided to create a small nest in a plant hanger that I had. I then picked up the baby with a garden glove, and moved it into the nest I created and hung the nest about 10 feet below the original nest. My thinking was that the mother would notice her and still continue to feed her from there. About 2 hours later (about 8:30pm EST), a rain shower came through and the temperature began dropping after that. I then went back out to check on the baby about 9pm, after the rain stopped and it looked weaker than it was earlier, and my thoughts were that if I could get it back into the original nest, that would be its best chance of survival. I then called my neighbor across the street, who had a ladder tall enough to get up to the roof. We both hoisted the ladder up to the roof, I then picked up the baby with my garden glove and placed it back in the nest and hoped for the best. The next day when I looked up, I could see 4 heads sticking out of the nest and that's when I knew the baby had survived its demise. That made me feel good to know that I probably saved her life. But now I still don't know what type of birds these are, so can someone please tell me? Thanks.
Nice work, Tony! They are swallows. Their nests are made out of mud. Enjoy!