Friday, June 24, 2011

The Arrival of Winn

As most of you already know, ever since moving up here 4 years ago our family has had a summer tradition. A tradition that we neither picked out, nor made happen. Almost every year we have what we call our "Summer Birds", baby birds that have fallen out of their natural habitation and need foster care till they grow and can take care of themselves. The first year we were thrilled to raise Stormy the Blue Jay that fell out of our willow tree, and the next year we were dismayed to find four starlings babies in our attic and as we had to remove them and couldn't destroy them, we fed them:) 2009 we had a reprieve, from birds, and as we had a lot of other things going on then it wasn't such a bad thing, but thankfully we weren't done for good as last year we rescued another fallen Blue Jay from our friends house, who I am sure you remember was named "Kevin." So as this spring rolled along in the back of our minds was the question, "will we have a summer bird this year?" Two weeks ago, our Sunday afternoon naps were interrupted by our dear friends and neighbors. They had found a little baby bird whom they believed to be a Baltimore Oriole. Like a streak of lightning Josiah, Faith and I jumped in the car and headed down to the Bryson's house to check out this candidate for our foster care program;) It was indeed a Baltimore Oriole, and after peering up into the tree above, and ascertaining that we could not return the baby to it's 20 foot high nest without endangering life and limb, we took the little creature home.

Over the next few day the new bird, dubbed Winthrop after John Winthrop, ate and slept and ate some more, and to anyone but his multiple mothers looked slightly ugly. :)

As the bird's feathers grew out, we debated back and forth whether it was a boy or a girl (Winthrop or Winnifred) finally Charity found out online that they wouldn't grow in their adult male/female plumage until they are a year old!!! So for now we are just calling her/him Winn.

Winn loves fingers and as she got more talented (Orioles mature fast) I was able to take her outside where she said hi to the chickens, and Sadie, and watched Faith water the garden.

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Miss Sarah Bryson who found and named him/her came down a week later to visit Winn. She had grow up so much in just one week.

Winn thought that she had fledged and tried to fly as high as possible, but she was still a little bit wobbly and ended up on the floor quite a few times, so we confined her to a cage so she couldn't fall so far.

Now she has quite recovered from her falls and is about ready to fledge for good. She is so cute and looks more like a Warbler then an Oriole, but I am sure she will grow up to be bright and beautiful. We all are very grateful for our 2011 "Summer Bird."