While out on our early morning walk with George this morning, we saw a cat acting oddly. It was crouched beside the road in a stalking position and wouldn't move even as an 80 pound dog walked past. Then I glanced down at the ground under a tree and saw a tiny baby bird in the grass.
We couldn't see a nest anywhere to return it to and no parent birds were to be seen. In most cases it's best to leave baby birds alone, even when they're on the ground, because the parents will continue to care for it. But there was the cat. We were sure the helpless baby would be a snack as soon as we walked away if we didn't do something.
Eggbert had to come to school with me today and he's been eating like a champ. He stands up and squeals loudly for food every few minutes. Thank goodness he'll be ready to be on his own in a week or two.....feeding out a fledgling is a lot of work!
I couldn't just leave him to die, though, so for the next several days at least I have a new little pal.