Remembering Baby Sparrow

A few years ago I had the joy of rescuing a baby Sparrow! House Sparrows are one of the three wild birds in this country that, (being an introduced breed) are legal to raise in your home. Above are two small paintings I did in memory of this little bird, and below is her story.

She was so small when I found her, dirty, helpless and frightened in the dust of the barn floor. The miracle that she survived the first night was moving in itself! The dramatic changes that evolved in just a few days and the way that she actually looked me in the eye with trust and understanding will leave a lasting memory. I hope I can always remember the sensation of those tiny feet wrapped around my finger with just the most delicate of pressure as she learned to balance herself and then to fly. Maybe someday Daisy will come back to visit me, but if not, the memory of sharing ten days with her will always be sweet.

For the ten days that "Daisy" was with me, my whole family made minor adjustments to accommodate this little angel. Feeding a baby bird requires unlimited patience and dedication because they eat every 45 minute from dawn to dusk. Then, it's crucial that the bird learns to fly, take dust baths, and eat seed rather than formula fed by hand. All of this I actually found to be a labor of love and our children helped whenever they could.

Blog entries:

August 30th, 2007

I found a baby House Sparrow at the barn where my horse, Little Bit lives. The barn was in the process of being re-roofed and her nest was knocked down. With much loud equipment and many tromping feet of the roofers barely missing this wee little thing as she lay in the dust on the barn floor, I had to help her. I know the proper thing to do with a baby bird is to return it to it's nest or at least leave it where it was found so that mom can care of it on the ground, but this just was not an option, so she came home with me! After quite a bit of research online I learned what I needed to do to care for her and I learned that House Sparrows are one of the three wild birds in this country that, (being an introduced breed) are legal to raise in your home. And so begins this delightful journey raising baby Sparrow.

September 1, 2007

Baby Sparrow has grown so much just over night! She really enjoys hanging out with me on my finger while I sit at the computer. Soon I will have to help her practice flying.

September 3, 2007

Little Sparrow is beginning to act like she could start eating seeds, (I don't have any on hand and its a holiday here so it will have to wait until tomorrow) she has been pecking at the floor of her enclosure. She flew a few feet today, from my hand back to her cute! I am looking forward to getting her cage so I can place her outside to hear the other birds and smell the fresh air! I will certainly give her natural branches to perch on. I hope she wont be so tame that she cant become a member of the outdoor bird family. I will just take it slowly and watch her carefully

Sept 4th, 2007

This morning little bird flew halfway across the room, took a dust bath in dry oatmeal and ate some bird seed!

Sept 7th, 2007

"Daisy" as my daughter has named her, has had a taste of freedom and now REFUSES to go back into her cage. (cant blame her really considering she is a wild little bird) This is so cute, she found a comfy spot on my curtains and fluffed into a sleepy ball.

Sept 9th, 2007

Daisy flew out into the wild blue. Its very bittersweet! Once she discovered how to fly, there was just NO way of keeping her in a cage. Then this morning she discovered the other birds outside the window and was beating herself against the window I opened it. Off she shot! I am not sure she was completely ready, but she certainly thought so. For a while I could hear her in the big trees across my yard, then she was gone. The window is open, if she needs to come back for soft food. I am just a little sad.

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Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Wonderful story Mel and just gorgeous little paintings.....treasures :)

Linda said...

lovely real life story an happy endings what more could you ask, I really adore little sparrows, our UK hedge sparrows are very sweet and social and very amusing to watch. Love the art too of course. Linda :) x

Jennifer Rose said...

how cool that you rescued her :) they change appearance so quickly its fascinating to watch

Debbie Lamey-MacDonald said...

Love your little paintings! What a precious story. You were like an angel to this little sparrow.

I remember when we were younger my dad was always taking in little strays or hurt creatures.We loved nursing them back to life.

We once nursed a baby squirrel back to life--when dad found him there was snow on the ground and he seemed lifeless. However, like your little sparrow, we nursed him back to life and them set him free when the time was right.

Thanks for sharing your story Melody ;D

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I remember when you had her and read your blog faithfully to see how she was doing. I think we were in a group together during that time.
A true labor of love!

artbyakiko said...

What a wonderful and rewarding experience you had! I found a starling baby that fell off her nest last year. My husband and I put him back in the nest and remodeled the nest a bit so no more baby would fall. We don't know whether the baby made it, but the starlings are back again this year. :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

How sweet!! Thanks for sharing your story and slide show.

Chrissie Marshall said...

What a winderful story my daughter reared a barn owl for 6 weeks and such a beautiful creature. Gives you a real feel factor good to do something like this.

Melody Lea Lamb said...

Thank you, each and every one of you, for stopping by to read my story about the baby sparrow!!! I still watch for Daisy and sometimes imagine I see her at my bird feeders. :)

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