Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Snapshot ... What a Bird Brain!

I went outside early this morning to work in the garden.  As I walked past the greenhouse, I heard some commotion inside.  A Mourning Dove was stuck in there, flapping against the glass, stuck behind a cabinet on one of the benches, trying to get out.




He/She was easy to catch, and he/she didn't struggle when I pinned him/her into place and scooped him/her up ... didn't even flinch when I took my phone out of my pocket to capture a couple of images to record the rescue.  Then I opened my hand and he/she flew away.




He/She probably would have eventually figured out how to get out of the greenhouse on his/her own.  I wasn't taking a chance, choosing the direct rescue route to make sure that he/she would be okay.

(By the way, the gardens are beginning to look totally fabulous, and I can't wait to share them with you in a few weeks.)

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17 comments:

  1. Mourning doves are total bird brains. LOL My husband mentions how dumb they are every time one sits on our roof or drinks from our bird bath. I will say that the one you assisted was quite pretty!

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    1. Definitely not the brightest of birds. I'm glad, because that made it easier to catch.

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  2. Good for you, Connie. Glad to hear the dove was easy to catch. Let's hope he/she learned not to do that again! Although I doubt it! ♥

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    1. Thanks! I also doubt that the dove learned anything from the experience.

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  3. My, what big eyes it has....sigh, imagine what a beauty a passenger pigeon would have been.

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    1. Big eyes, and a lot more colorful than I have noticed from farther away. The blue eye-liner and bright pink feet were quite striking.

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  4. How docile and pretty. I'm glad it's free now.

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    1. I was so glad to get an up-close look at this bird. It wasn't the dull grey bird that I expected to see, and it had such a gentle way about it.

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  5. S/He sure is cute :) Glad it was a successful rescue.

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    1. Successful and easy! The best part was that I got to get a good look at him/her before the release. Had a Robin stuck in the greenhouse a few years ago ... that rescue required a lot more chasing and dexterity, as the stupid bird was flying from window to window trying to evade capture.

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  6. They are such gentle looking birds. I am glad you found it and rescued it before it got hurt.

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    1. I sit and watch birds here a lot, and I have never seen Doves have any kind of aggressive behavior at all. They're usually sitting in pairs, on a wire, tree branch, rooftop, or on the ground. That gentle nature made for a very easy rescue ... I reached over the bench and grabbed it, with my left hand, and that was all it took. No struggling or squawking. It flew away, unharmed, when I opened my hand.

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  7. What a good photo, and you know me, I love a successful rescue! :-)!!

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    1. I was pretty pleased with how that quick iPhone snap came out ... almost as if the Dove posed for his/her portrait.

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  8. You probably saved him/her a great deal of effort and thrashing around and possible injury!

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    1. I think you’re right. The bird was positive that the way out of its predicament was to continue to flap at the window.

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  9. I'm so glad you came along and found him/her before it hurt itself!
    So cool to see it up close!

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