Let me tell you what NOT to do. First, a sidenote about myself - this is the first time I’ve told this story and, since I’m at work, I hope I don’t cry.
Walking through the local park, very busy area, lots of dogs, people, etc. sssooo, hear chirp chirp of very young bird…track it to the bush at the side of the lake…see nest up in tree nearby and try to do the right thing which turned out terribly, terribly wrong.
Got someone to boost me up, put little bird back in nest. HOWEVER, apparently he had a brother/sister in the nest already and when I reached up, the brother/sister flew out in absolute panic, followed by the one I just put there. One headed out over the lake and despite my silent, heartrending pleas, didn’t make the flight across the small lake, landed in the water, went over the small falls and, although we ran under the bridge, reached into the water to try to get him where he was stuck under a rock, he died.
Unfortunately, so did the other one…when it struck out across the lake and didn’t make it either.
I’ll never forget the paniced, chirping noise as it went over the falls and our attempts to get him/her out of the water. Nor will I forget momma robin who ws sitting on the rail with a beakful of bugs for the little ones who, due to my stupidity, were no longer there.
That is my last attempt at trying to fix things…I should have left him/her in the damned bush.
Next time I’ll know.