This morning I went to let the chickens out of their roost. As I entered their shelter I noticed one of the leaves caught in the netting moving quite rapidly and spinning in the wind. I thought it odd that the leaf was moving so strangely and then realized that it was making noise as well. Turning to look at it more closely I realized it was a very small brown bird!
Somehow he had become stuck by one foot in the bird netting I use to keep the chickens in and the hawks out. Slowly and carefully I stepped up onto the outside roost, hoping the whole time that it would not come down under my weight, and tried to free the little fellow. It wasn’t going to work! He had managed to spin himself so tightly that I wondered how he had not cut himself in the closely wound filament. Climbing down I then went to the house to get a pair of scissors. On the way I thought about the poor little bird and how it had to have been there all night in this freezing weather!
Arriving back with the scissors I cut the netting and then brought him into the house to do the fine cutting with my embroidery scissors. The poor fellows heart was beating so fast that I hoped I could get the job done before he expired of fright. Carefully I slipped the little scissors under each strand of the filament, cutting and again cutting, so gently to release his leg and foot. Once loose, I checked him over and made sure he had no broken bones. Thankfully no damage!
Now I looked him in the eye and realized what a tiny treasure I had in my hand. Small as a sparrow, but more finely made, his little legs no bigger around than a toothpick. As I watched he began to relax and I realized I had to let him go. I took him out the front door, YIKES! Claus is out, no deal! Heading back in and to the back door I stepped out, opened my hand, and he flew off landing on the side of the old incinerator’s bricks. Resting a moment he then flew over the fence and into the field. Gone, but unharmed.
Now, each time I see a little wren, I will wonder… are you the one?
For a fun video of the little fellow, and to hear his lovely song click HERE.