Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Swift Rescue

Yesterday evening I went to my basement workshop to finish fabricating a part for my motorcycle.
As I sat at my work bench I heard scratching. I just assumed it was one of my cats at the litter box so I ignored it and proceeded to work.

This morning after pouring water into my coffee machine and feeding the cats, I went back to the basement to check on my part when I heard the scratching once again. With the domestic felines all accounted for in the kitchen I realized I had a "guest".

I grabbed my large flashlight and started to investigate when I spotted a bird wing sticking out of the hatch in my chimney where I empty any ashes. Upon opening the hatch a poor little chimney swift emerged and began to run across the floor terrified and exhausted from his/her ordeal.

My cats heard the commotion and their curiosity brought them to investigate but having never seen a real bird other than out the windows they became afraid and ran upstairs to the bedrooms.

No longer concerned with the feline predators I gently scooped up the chimney swift and brought him/her outside, then fetched some water, bird seed, and a piece of bread I soaked in the water. I knew that they eat insects as they fly but the poor swift had to be dehydrated.

The swift was afraid of me but I talked softly to it and it seemed to calm down. Soon it tried to fly but couldn't get very far and clung to the outside of the house. I moved the water and things one more time to be near to the swift then sat a bit away guarding against predators as my little swift regained his/her strength.

To my delight I did not need to wait long as the little swift, now rested after his/her ordeal took flight and quickly disappeared.

Returning to the house I was greeted by my cat Keiko who seemed curious as to the most recent domestic adventure. Fortunately Keiko and his buddies had no idea what to do with a live bird in the house, for which I am grateful.

I hope my little swift is doing well tonight and look forward to him/her eating the mosquitoes that are certain to arrive with the warmer weather we are expecting in the next few days.

My Little Chimney Swift Recovering Outside
It's OK Keiko, the Human Got Rid of the Strange Creature from the Basement

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Birds of Cromwell

One of the ways I relax is to sit in a lawn chair near my backyard habitat. I love listening to the birds singing around me and feeling the warmth of the sun on me.

I recently moved my chair closer to my bird feeders and have been bringing my camera out with me. While this may have upset some of my regular habitat visitors, I am sure they will soon grow accustom to the new proximity of the large binocular-visioned potential predator. I simply sit very still and the more courageous birds demonstrate there is nothing to fear providing me with ample photo opportunities. 

It’s raining today so I had a little time to process some of photos I’ve been taking. Hope you enjoy them!

Perhaps a Descendant of Kahless?
A Female Cardinal in the Pear Tree
An Opportunistic Blue Jay Looking for a Peanut
The Goldfinches are Regulars Now
A Red-bellied Woodpecker Checking Me Out
A Tufted Titmouse Getting Some Lunch
Here's One of the Downy Woodpeckers
A Purple Finch Couple at a Feeder
White-Breasted Nuthatches Feed Inverted
Satisfied, a White-Breasted Nuthatch Prepares to Fly Off
Mourning Doves are Very Shy
A Purple Finch and a House Sparrow Sharing a Feeder
A Gray Catbird On the Garage Roof
Here's Another Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Rabbits Seem to Like My Yard
The Squirrels are Always Looking for a Peanut