Yesterday evening No1 set off to walk the little dog when it had gone a bit cooler. No sooner had she left the house than the telephone rang. MrH answered and then informed me there was a baby bird up the road and it looked in a bad way.
Off I went, and could see No1 and the dog standing guard. I think it's a sparrow fledgling, and it had a damaged leg which was bleeding. I have no idea how long it had been there, but after an extensive and fruitless search for the nest, I bought it home. There didn't seem to be any sign of the parents or I'd have tried to put it somewhere safe near where they found it.
I put it in a little box lined with kitchen towel and then put that inside a wire cat carrier. Google suggested some feeding advice and I duly went in search of suitable matter in the garden. Fortunately for the bird the gooseberry bushes (again) have an infestation of caterpillars.
This morning, for it's still going strong, I'm going to call the vet and hopefully there'll be someone round here who does rehabilitation. As I work full time it doesn't seem viable that I could manage all the feeding. Oh, and we have two cats.
I hope the poorly leg can be sorted, the wings are in good order as there's been lots of flapping this morning. I'll keep you posted.
Baby bird has been safely delivered to a lovely lady whom the vet contacted for me. She takes in all kinds of birds and nurses them back to fitness. The little thing ate four caterpillars and was chirping away before we set off. Its wings were certainly not damaged so I'm hoping for the best.
I left a donation for the care of the bird, and got the impression this was a rare occurrence. But, I can't manage to look after it properly, and if someone else is good enough to take in injured birds then surely the least thing to do is offer to help with food and medicine costs.
She has my number and will let me know how it gets along. Thank goodness for people like Mrs P.