Wednesday, June 20, 2012

FREE BIRD




SO as you recall I took Milo on a road trip with me, to my sisters for 4 days! It was quite the menagerie with 2 dogs and a wild bird in a huge freakin cage in my van..lol OH and the grub worms I had to take also..

SO anyways he was sitting next to me out on the deck and I saw he was trying to sing,,,how cool so anyways after we returned home I released Milo!!



HE didnt just fly away he hopped around a bit then  he ventured farther...he is still my baby and he is in the yard and he joins me on the yard bench when I go out with my coffee in the morning, and my drink in the evening!!

HE seems to be adjusting slowly but surely to being a free bird!! He hangs out by the birdbath a lot...




When I call his name he swoops over my head or lands on my shoulder. I try NOT to call him too much cause I want him to be successful but he is just too precious to NOT.



I read that Mockingbirds mate for life! And his parents who live near where I work, are building a second nest...Unfortunately Milo's brother was killed by a predator!! IF only the construction hadnt been going on, I think Milo would not have been abandoned, his brother must have been a little older, hatched first  and was ready to fledge and Milo was not, according to the research I did, they fledge 12 days after hatching...and there was 3 chicks to start with ...SO its possible that he was at least a week younger than his older brother....and thank goodness he didnt fledge  he surely would have been run down by a bull dozer..anyways he has been free for 4 days now and he looks great.



I will keep tossing out mealy worms for him as long as he comes around looking for it....I read that the parents help the young as long as they need help after fledging,

I have learned so MUCH from Milo, about letting go and trust---and when you really need help you have to be open to accept it...Milo was, and now he is right where he should be....up in a tree---a Free Bird!!





PEACE

12 comments:

  1. Truly an amazing story! You must be soooo proud! You were a great foster mom.

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  2. Fantastic story Sondra. He's grown up to be a beautiful bird, thanks to all your love and care. It must be a great feeling, knowing you played a big part in his life.

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  3. Oh, Sondra, what a wonderful story! I've been remiss about blogging and see I've missed alot!! Good for you and Milo! We have a Mockingbird on the property this summer, very rare for Cape Breton! But so delightful. Now, when I hear him sing, I'll think of you and Milo.

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  4. What a wonderful job you did with him Sondra...well done!!! It is so touching to read of the relationship between you both. It's also so good to know there are people like you who truly care for the creatures we are so very privileged to share this planet with. Great photos and video too.

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  5. It must be so hard to let him go. Hey! Does this mean you have 'empty nest syndrome'?

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  6. Awwww how awesome!!!! I love that he is still hanging out in the yard and joining you for drinks. You did such a good job helping him grow up, what a lucky little bird!

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  7. Thanks ya'll, I know all of you would do the same thing if you were in my shoes!! He is doing really well and he has a young cardinal friend who is hanging out with him!!

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  8. Great shots of the mockingbird. Funnily enough, I'm listening to a song called "Mockingbird" by a band called Barclay James Harvest right now on my DVD player!

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  9. Sondra, How wonderful that you successfully nurtured Milo. I loved the video and the photos. Sweet!

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  10. That's a great story Sondra. Really hope that Milo continues to flourish.

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  11. So sweet! May Milo thrive!

    You asked in a comment if we had a guide for Canyon De Chelly and yes you have to have to go down there. We hired a Navajo driver with a Jeep. sorry to answer here, but your comment didn't have an e-mail address attached to it.

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