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Our Interaction With Birds

Updated on July 16, 2012

Little Baby Bird Photo

The little baby bird I found in Texas
The little baby bird I found in Texas | Source

Some of Our Bird Experiences

Generally, we don't have that much interaction with birds that live around us. I am referring in particular, to birds that aren't pets. What has been interesting to observe in life, is that while that is true, the minute we encounter any kind of "bird situation", whatever that may be, we tend to get a little bit more involved and concerned. This may not be true across the board, but its my experience, and what I have observed in others.

Take for instance this memory. I was very young, and a fellow classmate came into school one day crying. The teacher tried to calm her, and we all finally found out that she was so concerned about a flying bird that her mother had hit with their car somehow. It was rather distressing. The mother had reassured her, that she would try to go and find the bird later and see if he was OK. I feel that way when I hit a butterfly sometimes, so I can't imagine a larger flying animal!

Our Baby Robin Experience

One day in Texas, I found this little baby bird outside my house. He was hiding among the plants and bushes, likely trying to learn to fly. I couldn't find his mother or nest or anything else, but I knew he was probably trying to learn to fly.

I recall feeling sorry for him, and knew that even if I could find his nest, it wouldn't be good to touch him as the mother wouldn't like to have the scent of a human on him/her. I wanted to get a picture though, to remember him by.

I am amazed at how sad he looks in this picture! He looks so serious and I guess life is pretty serious right about then for him. He needs to learn quickly, for there are cats about that would like to make him their lunch. The look on his face seems to almost say, "Man, life is tough outside the nest!" Granted, he wasn't thinking that, but we can imagine how quickly life does change to being rather easy, to very hard and dangerous for a baby bird!

Our Cardinal Story

We had a little shed in the backyard. One day to my boys horror, there was a little dead cardinal inside. It was so distressing, once we realize he had gotten in there somehow, and couldn't get out. Maybe I am just to much of a "feeling" person or something, but it was very sad to think about it! The boys and there neighborhood friend came to get me after a little while. They had made a little gravestone out of a large rock, found some red paint, and painted on these words, "RIP Cardinal." They then had a little "service" for this bird, and buried him properly with stone at the head of his little backyard grave. It actually was very sweet to treat him with a little proper burial somehow.

Another Cardinal Story

Sorry if this one is a bit sadder to read about. This is a testament to how some birds mate for life. Once, after a bad storm in Texas, we woke up one day to find a dead cardinal in the driveway. It was a female. That happens, and life goes on, but what I saw after was what got to me. The male cardinal, which likely was her mate, didn't want to leave her. He kept hopping around her, and flying up to the fences surrounding the driveway. It was as if he couldn't take the truth of what he was seeing. This will get to you if you ever see it! Oh my heart was saddened by what these beautiful birds were going through.

I know I can "over personalize" some of these things, and I know animals don't feel so much, but clearly it almost seems they do feel something. Surely you aren't that different from me, and have your own bird stories to tell or animal stories that vary a bit from my own that tugged at your heart strings.

One thing to take from it all, is that life is precious and we can try to enjoy the beauty around us as much as we can. It makes me smile to see people caring for birds with bird feeders and watering dishes and the like. I plant some flowers every year that the birds love to come and get the seeds from. They like the zinnias and the sunflowers a lot. Feeling thankful for the birds today that live around me.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you, Thumbi! He is a cute little bird, but he looks so serious too! I left him alone, and didn't bother him, but I was happy to get a quick photo of him.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Avian, thanks for your thoughtful comment there. I think its great that we can try to help a bird that is truly in need if that is the case, without fear of it then being rejected. I also was glad to hear they eventually seek another mate to propagate the species. It makes sense. But they sure do seem to feel so sad before they get to that point. I appreciate your comment.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Melissa, considering you hate robins, that sure was nice of you! I also heard it is not true, that if you touch a bird that their mother will reject it. It is an interesting stage for a robin to be in, that in between place where they are out of the nest, but still need care.

      I am coming around to liking robins more than before. We have a couple that are really friendly that are in our grass in the front or back yard wherever we are when outside. They seem to watch us and be curious. I wonder if they aren't diverting attention from wherever their baby is perhaps at times. Still, its been going on for so long, who knows? Thanks for your comment.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Rosie, so glad you enjoyed my bird stories! I love your bird story too, how wonderful. It is amazing more don't fall out of the nest, its really quite miraculous they go from where they are, developmentally, after hatching to when they begin to fly. Thanks for sharing your story with me and all of us!

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India


      Baby bird is very cute

      Enjoyed the stories

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Having the "scent of a human" on a baby bird is not a problem for a parent. That is a fallacy. Birds and other animals DO have feelings for one another. Some of them mate for life. However, to propagate the species is ingrained in them. They are wired up to seek another mate. Thanks for sharing your bird stories with us.

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      Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

      I actually found a fledgling robin today that flew into the pool I work at when I opened a lounge chair (which is funny, because I HATE robins). I left it somewhere in some low lying plants since I suspected it was still being cared for or old enough to start flying. It's actually a myth that the mother will reject them if a human touches them. Trying to care for them is the last resort.

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Enjoyed your bird stories... I have a few too. Every year a bird builds a nest in the bouquet on my door. After a couple of weeks, I hear the babies and get up on a stool to check on daily. Then I place a couple of towels on the porch in case they fall out, but they haven't yet...they always seem to leave the nest quickly when they are ready.l