Birds in the
Store….Spring has Sprung at Splashwear!!!
Don’t you love spring?
After a long cold, gloomy winter…the new leaves on the trees, the
flowers and the warmer weather? I have
to admit, as much as I love winter, spring is always such a welcome sight.
Of course, one of the sites we see in spring is momma birds
busy building nests and caring for their babies. What you don’t normally see is a swim shop owner caring for a
wild baby bird….in her store!! Well,
that’s exactly what I’m doing. I bring
my new baby bird with me to work every day so I can feed him around the
clock. And today, he is super
hungry! I don’t know why he’s suddenly
so hungry, but he is wanting to eat every few minutes! It’s hard to get work done when I have to
stop what I’m doing every 5 minutes or so to feed the little darling!
Okay…I know what you’re wondering….where did I get a wild
baby bird? Of course, I didn’t steal it
from it’s nest…we found it and it’s mommy was long gone and I just couldn’t let
him die….so…here I am….a bird mommy! As
I write this, he’s sitting next to me, tweeting quietly….maybe he’s finally
going to take a nap! Yup, it’s just
like being a human mommy to human babies! (Well, that didn’t last long…I had to
feed him AGAIN!!)
Anyway, back to the story.
Last weekend, to prepare for the upcoming summer at the lake, we took
our boat from home to launch into the lake and park at our dock. We drove it to the boat store for servicing
and then to the lake to launch. We took
the boat cover off the boat and put the cover in the back of the truck. Then we
drove the truck a few miles and got the cover back out of the truck and carried
it to the lake to cover the boat back up to await our first summer boat
ride. As the hubby was trying to cover
the boat, he noticed an inordinate amount of leaves and grass coming from the
cover, so he shook it and out fell two brand new, tiny baby birds, with no
feathers! Since I am a bird lover, he
brought them to me. As soon as I saw
them, my first reaction was to put them out of their misery….there was no way
they would live long without their
mother. But….it only took a
minute for us to come to the conclusion, we could at least try to save them. After all, I have hand fed baby birds
before….how different could it be? Right?
Well, I have never hand fed babies this tiny. It took some trial and error, but now, I
think we’re in our groove.
Unfortunately, one of the babies didn’t last….very sad, but we do have
one very healthy, very loud and very tiny baby bird. As you can see, he started off pretty sad looking, but everyday
he gets more feathers and a definite personality! His name is Larry. Larry
what you get when the hubby is a coach!
He has to be fed every few minutes during the day and his favorite place
to be in our hands. When we found him,
we had no idea what kind of bird he was, but now I think he’s a Carolina
Wren. He will always be a tiny bird,
with a big mouth!! Both for eating and
Yesterday was Easter, but because he has to be fed so often,
I HAD to take him to church with me!
So, I put his little bowl in my purse, got a syringe full of baby bird
food and off we went. Now, he’s a
“holy” baby bird. Yes, he did sing in
church, but no one noticed his voice was a little different! As they always say, God loves all of our
So, if you’re in my neighborhood, come on by the store and
meet Larry! I’m sure he’ll sing for you too!
Happy swimming and singing!