Barbet 2

(CORRECTION AND APOLOGY:  This post was prepared on the Friday prompt of Smitten rather than the Weekly Photo one of Treasure.  Well, after all that effort it is blanketty-blank-well going to be squeezed into the Treasure category whether it flippin’ likes it or not!)

Reflection shows that Lovers’ Lane
Bird nearly off has written:
Attracted by a window pane,
Got well and truly smitten! 

Mayhap a hen he took it for,
And thus sought to engage her,
But this Bar-bet was not to score –
Nor even a Pub-wager! 

This silly twit of a Barbet arrived against our front Barbetwindows with a large bang today, after which he lay on his back and twitched.

I googled and learnt that after a non-fatal window collision one should keep them cool (I put up shade), protected from predators (I covered with a vegetable tray) and not disturb (I left him to it).  Other advice was to place in a perforated box, but I thought that would be going against the previous one.

Barbet protection

Thirty minutes later he was on his feet, looking groggy.

After another thirty minutes he wanted out with a passion.

Barbet half second ago

I tried to get a pre-departure picture, but this post-departure picture will have to do.  That is the certified space where he had been half a second before!


Happy Valentine to all!

© Colonialist February 2014 (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. I just came across this lovely story of a bird rescue and immediately thought of you. In case you have a free moment or two (!) you might enjoy reading this. http://www.viralnova.com/baby-songbird/


  2. Sonel says:

    Awwww shame Col. That must have hurt! I am so glad you were there to protect him and keep him safe until he could fly again. You are a treasure indeed! Great photo’s of the rescue. 😀


  3. cupitonians says:

    Now that’s what I call a twist in the tale!


  4. The Asian says:

    The first photo gives a foreboding feeling. I’m glad that it had a happy ending though


  5. I do so love happy endings, Col. Glad you could come to the rescue of this smitten creature. 🙂


  6. Fantastic to have such a happy ending for the barben! Lovely post, Col. Pigeons are always trying this at our place.


  7. nrhatch says:

    Well said and well done!


  8. bulldog says:

    Need to remember that when a bird decides our window is a place to fly through…


  9. Well done, Col! YOU are a treasure 🙂


  10. adeeyoyo says:

    Well done, Col. I’m so glad he survived! I used to keep Rescue drops for such occasions and, with me, it was usually pigeons or doves doing the crashes. I have heard that they have poor eyesight – who knows!


  11. Grannymar says:

    I need to come back later I have words but no photos, not even the header! I think I’ll sit in a corner and cry! 😥


  12. I got a card and had some pudding after dinner last night!


  13. Uf, I was worried there and thought it had started off with a sad ending so was mightily relieved at your successful Good Samaritan Act. Pretty little thing too. (The bird, I add hastily, in case that last comment was going to your head).


  14. misswhiplash says:

    Poor wee bird went with such a plunder
    T, is a wonder he ain, t six foot under
    but you was good and saved his life
    Then he flew home to tell his wife.
    As he flew into his nest, his wife was none too happy,
    ‘where have you been ‘ she asked ‘ its very latei ? Her tweet was none too happy
    ‘Sorry dear’ the bird replied ‘ my day was rather crappy
    I went a banged my head you seeon something they call glass
    Then everything went black and I landed on my arse
    But Man was good and helped me, and helped to save my life
    Then I got up and without delay flew home to my wife

    I could carry on but where do I stop so this is enough but you did a good job….


  15. Not just a good deed, but useful information for the rest of us who also have optically challenged birds around thank you…


  16. Colline says:

    Glad to know the bird was alright.


  17. You did a good heart day deed, Col. Well done.


  18. Thank you for coming to this little one’s rescue when many would have simply walked away.


  19. Aw, what a heart warming post for Valentines Day 🙂


  20. disperser says:

    Good to hear a happy ending.


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