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    The Relentless CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP

    Working from home isn’t all unicorns and rainbows. Recently a baby winter wren fledged right outside my window. Cute? Sure. But also, with the cheeping OH GOD THE CHEEPING. At a pitch that drills right into my brain. The remorseless, inescapable cheeping, from dawn (4AM) until dusk (9:30PM).

    I decided if I was going to be tortured by this little thing until it grew up and flew away, I could at least get some blog action out of it. Here’s some video I shot of the little fellow.

    If you find a fully-feathered baby bird on the ground, just leave it be. This is a normal stage for many birds: they lumber out of the nest before they can really fly. They remain partially-grounded for a few days, but their parents continue to feed them. It’s just how it works.

    The only exception is if the baby is in harm’s way. Don’t get too caught up in trying to get it back in the nest – it will probably flop out again, and you probably can’t reach it anyway. Just set it down somewhere safe nearby. Its INSANELY LOUD AND PERSISTENT CHEEPING will alert the parents to its new location.

    Incidentally, that thing about birds not wanting a baby back if it has the smell of humans on it? That’s bunk. For one thing, 99% of birds have barely any sense of smell at all. (Exception: vultures.) For another thing, the parental instinct is far too strong to be overcome by something as minor as an unpleasant smell. (And good thing, too.)

    In this case, while maneuvering my camera to film the baby, I spooked it out onto the driveway. It hunkered down and sat there out in the open, clearly terrified and confused.

    Since this was entirely my fault, even though the damned thing had been driving me mad for several days, I had to ferry it back to safety.

    Funny thing about baby birds: too dumb to get scared of stuff. I just walked over, reached down, and scooped it up.

    baby wren

    Disapproving Bird disapproves!

    11 comments to The Relentless CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP

    • your blog: knitting content, silliness, geek love, and soooo informational :)

    • Margaret

      Ha! It’s true. I spent a long time the other day in downtown Olympia extracting a baby robin from under my car and putting it under a nearby bush so I could drive away from my parking space without crushing it. The whole time the parents were fluttering around my head scolding me. The baby? kept coming over to me and trying to eat me and then flailing away before I could catch it. So the self preservation instincts that it had were just enough to make it really difficult for me to help.

    • I remember ‘rescuing’ a baby robin I found on the ground when I was quite young. I lined a shoe box with dried grass, dug up some earthworms and ground them up (which was disgusting in a really fun way) to feed it, and generally worried a whole lot about the poor little thing. My grandma advised me to just set the box out in the yard and back off. Sure enough, after some very intense scolding by baby robin’s parents, it flapped its wings, blundered out of the box, then, after a couple of bounces, flew up and perched in a bush.
      I was secretly a little disappointed, since I’d been kind of looking forward to having my own robin. Maybe that’s why I ended up with all these chickens?

    • Franz

      Looks like an Angry Bird to me…

      (Har har)

      P.S. Bunk is a great word.

    • Xeres

      @Franz – HAHAHA IT DOES !!!!!!


    • Carrie K

      Aw!! Cute and informative.

      I’ll trade your wren for my tree frogs. Insanely loud isn’t close. They sound like air raid sirens. I threaten napalm but they are unmoved. If only they’d be silently unmoved.


      I thought my hard drive was dying, but it turns out my neighbor just had a frog in his pool!

    • That is one pissed-off baby wren.

    • oh man i used to hate baby bird season at our old house. they are certainly loud AND they wake up early. Also, they often got mauled by neighbors dogs or cats. Good luck getting through bird season this year!

    • Pamela

      Baby bird fluff!

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