Last evening I was taking my little Brenden (The Wonder Pooch) for his night walk before calling it a night. It was just after 10 pm and the Texas night sky was thick with the humidity of several days of unrequited precipitation. We were inside of our East Dallas apartment complex and walking down the drive, when he stops to nudge something that was in his direct path. Imagine my surprise when I crouched down to find a baby bird - all alone and in the driveway area. I waited with it so cars wouldn't hit it as they passed by to go towards the garage. There were no sounds of adult birds around. No nest to be seen in the palm trees above it. So, I scooped it up and built a nest in a box for him.
I reached out to my friend - the lovely Divina - who is quite an animal rescuer, herself, and she suggested I talk with a lovely lady named Kathy who works at Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation.
I didn't know what I should do with this vulnerable creature but I just couldn't leave it outside for the feral cats in the area to make dinner with it. Kathy gave me some great tips.
(These tips are on their website: RogersWildlife.Org)
I was sure he was covered and warm, put a lid over the box to cover a lot of light or disturbance but still leave open for air. I let him be to rest until morning.
We sat on the patio (he still in his nest and me with my coffee) to check him out. This is when he stretched his baby bird neck at me, mouth open, ready to eat. It was, quite possibly, one of the cutest things I've seen in person. Really.
I did as instructed and had some softened / spongy nuggets that I scooped with precision and gave him a couple of bites to satisfy him. Not much after that we drove south to Hutchins to where the Rogers Center is.
Once we had walked around, I said my final 'good bye' to Paul. I was a little sad because he looked at me and peeped at me before I left.. but now he gets to have a bird life and do bird things - like all of these wonderful creatures.
I have to tell you guys - this non profit is really amazing. They have birds of all kinds, being rehabilitated and made ready to be released back into the wild. The birds get to grow, learn to fly with others and a nice area south of Dallas that is thick with trees and stretches north to the Trinity River and through areas like the Audubon wildlife refuge.
Give them a follow or show them some love. They're doing beautiful things.
The meandering ramblings of a Dallas-based visual artist.