Sunday, 23 November 2008

protecting a stunned blackbird from a dog

Yesterday, in the middle of some wild weather a blackbird flew into our back window. The last time this happened, I wasn't quick enough to stop Penny racing out to see what had happened and picking up the bird in her mouth. Needless to say, that bird didn't survive - perhaps it died from a crushed ribcage or maybe it died of shock.

But this time I was quick off the mark. I shut the baby gates.

The bird stayed in the same place for about two hours, first lying on its side and then sitting upright.

I'm pleased to say it flew away eventually. Let's hope it was well enough to survive


Amber-Mae said...

Oh my! I'm glad it is okay & survived. I think the bird was smart to play dead. Good birdie! Hehehe! I think Penny didn't mean to hurt it. She just wanted to play with it.

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

Matt said...

great pictures and advice.

parlance said...

Amber-Mae, I think I saw the bird flying around here today. So, here's hoping it was the same bird.

hoegaandit3 said...

Occasionally a cheeky blackbird comes into our house to steal our bulldog's food, and also the lovely little fantails occasionally have flown inside and then don't know how to get out. Luckily our boy is interested in them but won't hurt them.

parlance said...

Matt, thanks for that. I read your great site regularly, so it's nice to get praise from you. (I'm just checking through my comments to see that I moderated them all, so apologies for this late reply.)