It was a rather cold day today, but peaceful. At least for us. From what I’ve heard, two more homes were lost in yesterday’s fire to the North of us. At this point, I know nothing more. The province’s website that is supposed to have an up-to-date interactive map of current fires has not been much help. It didn’t have either of the local fires on there at all. I’ve seen others comment on the site’s lack of updating, as they’ve had to turn to social media to keep on top of the fire situation.
We never got the predicted showers, but at least with the reduced wind and colder temperatures, the fire risk has dropped a bit.
It was another day of the birds, outside. I think it might be a while before the deer start coming back.
Oh, my. As I was inserting the above photos, I heard another thump at the dining room window. I went outside and found a little junco on the ground. My younger daughter came out to hold on to it, to keep it safe from the cats, until it was ready to fly away on its own. I’m hearing her come back inside right now, so it must be gone.
This is the second junco we’ve tended to after it hit the dining room window, just today. The earlier one took quite a bit longer to recover.
Here is the female, dark eyed junco from earlier today, in my daughter’s hands. It was very calm about being held, too.
It started to stand itself up and look around after a minute or so. Note its bent under foot. The other foot was like that, too. No damage, it turned out. It seems that it just wasn’t aware of it, quite yet.
When it finally did start to flutter away, it just moved over to my daughter’s arm. And immediately pooped on her! 😀
It seemed fully aware at this point, looking around and watching us closely, but content to stay on her arm for several minutes more.
After a while, it flew off to the bench seat on the platform to our old clothes line. There was a cat about, though, so I came over to encourage it away. It moved to this bush and stayed there for another minute or so before finally flying away, none the worse for the experience.
While it’s unfortunate so many birds are hitting our window hard enough to stun themselves, it is so amazing to be able to hold them and watch over them until they can fly away on their own. They seem to like the warmth of our hands as they recover, too.