a bird in the hand

June 16, 2010

in Birds

Fledgling House Sparrow   |   Mesmerising Moments

I saved a fledgling house sparrow from the jaws and claws of my stealthy cats.

I held it carefully and it seemed comfortable nestling in my palm. Carrying it a safe distance from the cats, but not too far from it’s original location, I opened my hands expecting it to fly away or at least flap frantically.

It did neither.

Blinking eyes looked at me, followed my every move. When I turned my hand to get a closer look at the other side of its body, the head swiveled to continue the nonchalant staring. For ten minutes I was hooked by the beauty and fragility of this little bird, barely a season old.

I bent down and the sparrow flapped to the ground before making its way deep into the dense undergrowth of the hedge, safe from marauding cats.

I was mesmerised.

For more information about the distribution and habits of house sparrows (Passer domesticus), see the RSPB website.

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