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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Knew He Was Trouble...

The first time I saw him, I knew he was trouble.
He was sitting on Paj's hay bin.


I asked him what the heck he was doing,
and he fluttered out the door.

I didn't think about him again until last night.  When we fed the horses at 7, there he was, wings outstretched, floating in Paj's water bucket.  Oh no.  I fished him out, and he was shivering.  I set him in the sun, but he continued shivering, limp, with his head lolling to the side.  I dried him off and made him a nest of a little basket lined with towels.  I set it on the heat pad we put out for Mickey on those cold days when he's helping us with barn chores.  When I tucked the horses in at 9, he had stopped shivering, and looked much more alert.

Walking down to the barn to feed this morning,
we worried.
What would we find?

Yay!

 Empty nest!

But where was Trouble?

In the rafters!

By 9 am, he was back in the family nest.

 

enjoying a hearty breakfast.

At lunchtime, all the babies were out of the barn.
Flight practice had commenced.
Gulp.
We will be checking all buckets and bins throughout the day,
looking for Trouble. 

10 comments:

Karen Burch said...

I love swallows. We are at the "multitude of babies" trying out their wings at TMR currently. Some of them are destined to be barn cat food, despite the best efforts of humans and parents.

Glad to see Trouble got free.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

So wonderful that you nursed him back to safety and health :-)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I'm glad that you were able to rescue him.
Those early flights always make me nervous.
Sweet.
~Jo

thecrazysheeplady said...

Oh, I am so glad you found him in the knick of time! A happy ending for once :-).

Alison said...

Wow, that's one of the easiest bird rescue stories I've ever seen! Good job. Love those swallows.

Cindi said...

Trouble is one lucky lil dude. Glad you were there to help!!!

Dreaming said...

I am in awe of you! How wonderful that you found him, card for him and helped him recover from the trauma of the water bucket.

Anonymous said...

Such a fine, sweet entry, with great photos. You are a wonderfully kind person. -- Joe

Texan said...

How lucky is that little fella that you found him!! Good job saving him girly!

Jim said...

'Nurse Terry' to the rescue! How fortunate for this little critter to be born in your barn, Terry!
What a lovely story! There is a child's story to be written there if I ever saw one........when the snow flies.