Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Bird in Hand

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

The boys found this little bird hobbling around the lilacs yesterday, and it acted as though it couldn't fly. We consulted with our local Audubon Society, worried that perhaps it had a broken wing. We learned several things about birds!

  1. The yellow speckled chest means that this is a baby robin.
  2. The bird is a fledgling, and must have fallen from the nest, because its wings are not developed enough to fly.
  3. Birds do not have a very strong sense of smell, so the mother will not reject the baby once touched by human hands.
  4. The best thing to do was put him back in the nest if we could find it, because the baby bird would still need its mom to feed it for another day or two.
  5. If we couldn't find the nest, we should put it under the tree where it was found because the mom will find her baby and feed him on the ground.

We were also told that the best and hardest thing to do was to walk away. We could not find the nest, and so we put the baby under the lilac, and left him. I guess I didn't worry much after that because, well, I know God promises to care even for the birds. He sure was a sweet little fellow!

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