Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 11 January 2014

I’m trying to swim, but my wings are too tiny

 

Yesterday I was on the phone, and looked out to see a tiny head, bobbing up, then down, and more under the water than above. I went out, and was stunned, this tiny wee   Wax- eye  was flapping his wings, the little feet were paddling, but he couldn’t keep his head up very well. One photo, then RESCUE time, wrapped in a warm towel, sat in the sun for several minutes, till he stopped shivering, then in a very sunny sheltered spot, below  where I though the nest was. I think he was blown by the wind, and so tiny, landed here. Later on, I looked, and his Mum had come down and they hopped off together. I love a story with a happy ending.

Baby Waxeye

On the other side of our garden the four boys have had a trip away, and came back very naked. Tonight they were standing tall , still as curious as ever.

I am shorn now

Quotation of the day, author unknown

“ You must have faith, like the baby bird,

who would not learn to fly

unless he jumped out of the nest first”

Greetings from Jean

20 comments:

Ela said...

Hello Nancy ! Your pictures are so wonderful. Beautiful shot of a bird in the bath. The second picture is also fantastic.
Greetings

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, I am glad there was a happy ending for this adorable birdie. Jean you are a lifesaver..Cute photos, have a happy weekend!

Georgia said...

A friend in Japan just sent me a photo her husband took of a pair of Mejiro (White Eye), sitting together, fluffed up in their garden. They are charming little guys. That tall boy looks a bit softer now.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

So glad you saw the sweet little bird when you did and rescued it.

Your boy is cute even bare.

Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

TexWisGirl said...

oh, glad you could rescue that tiny one! and glad his mom came to retrieve him, too.

Jim said...

What a lucky little bird to have landed where it did, Jean. Great photo before the rescue procedures!

Now wouldn't it be good to have some of that Llama wool for those chilly evenings and early mornings?

Don't know what I would do without my Ice Breaker garments this winter! Santa was very generous this year!!
Have a great Sunday.

Jim said...

What a lucky little bird to have landed where it did, Jean. Love the photo too.

And some Llama wool would come in handy for those cool nights and mornings!

Have a good Sunday, Jean.

Carol Mattingly said...

Rescue successful. Wonderful. Jean that guy needs hair.

Susan Heather said...

So lucky you were there to see that cute bird and go to the rescue.

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Love the first picture! I'm glad his Mom came back!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great pictuers, well done rescue
Love Majsan//

Fundy Blue said...

I'm glad you were able to rescue the little bird, Jean! Love the llama ~ even if he is naked!

Linda said...

Jean, I love your photos!!!

Karen said...

Oh, the poor wee thing. I'm so glad you saw it and came to the rescue!

KB Bear said...

It must have felt wonderful to rescue that young bird. Big smiles from me. And, the alpacas - I always wonder if they are embarrassed after a haircut :)

Our photos said...

The first photo is so lovely!

Barb said...

Such cute critters today, Jean. Glad you were alert to that little bird in distress.

Janet said...

Oh my, you have Alpacas!! My dream... And I love your bird story.

Quinn said...

How fortunate that you happened to look out and catch sight of that tiny bird, and knew what to do! I'm so glad you were able to perform an air-to-sea rescue, and also help get it's body temp up again, all ready for Mum to come and take over. Whew! A very happy ending indeed :)

Nancy J said...

Hi to you all, and many thanks for lovely words. Quinn, welcome, and to everyone who would like to see the most lovely picture/drawing of a new barn being built, hop over to Quinn's blog, and check out her older post. It reminds me of Beatrix Potter. This last week, I have seen more little birds busy gathering dry grass, for new nests, finch, wax-eye and sparrow, but their nests will be higher up than the thrush and blackbird ones. big winds here the last few days, so hope all baby birds are in "safe flying mode"!! Greetings to all, Jean.