A couple of people at work said it looked like a Mockingbird, and now that I look at photos, I agree. It may have been a little blue, but I think it was more black than blue, the phone just brought out more blue.
Anyway, here’s what happened. It actually turns out a little funny, at least funny for a baby bird story, which aren’t known for being hilarious.
I came back from lunch and pulled into a parking spot at the same time as another guy. As I got out, I head a chirp under his car. We started looking and saw the bird sort of wedged in his suspension. He had to drive somewhere soon so we really had to get it out. We thought it was hurt and in the two minutes it took for us to find a box to put it in, it had fallen asleep in my hands and I thought it had died. It woke up when we put it in the box, but it seemed tired/unhealthy/traumatized and I think it must have been on the most terrifying ride of his life. Plus it was raining and it was soaking wet. It really looked bad.
I checked it a few times during the day and mostly slept and pooped. I didn’t think it would eat crackers but that’s all I had. By the time I realized you have to feed them every two hours, it had been in the box for three, and it would be three more until I could get suitable food. He had really gotten some energy back, so I decided to let him go and watch him. If he didn’t act normal, I’d chase him down, rebox him, and try to help. If he seemed ok, he was on his own.
He hopped out and eventually hopped to a bush.
A few minutes later I was walking toward the bush to see if he was ok. My boss walked by and said, and I quote “There was a momma mockingbird right there earlier acting funny, walking around like she was looking for something.”
Really? He knew I had a baby mockingbird in a box but didn’t think to mention that? I don’t know how he determined that it was looking for something, but the presence of another mockingbird acting strange seems pretty relevant.
I tried to look in the bush but it was too thick and I couldn’t see anything, but I heard a big bird chirping and a little chirp that sounded like my little buddy, no doubt saying “Thanks for all your help. The food, the shelter, everything you did for me. Although I didn’t appreciate them at the time, I now realize your good intentions, and while we didn’t spend much time together, I am eternally grateful for having known you. You know, some people think the word ‘hero’ is thrown around a little too often. All I gotta say to that is… they haven’t met you.”
Hey, these are his words, not mine. Pshaw! I’m blushing over here.
So as i walked back inside, the guy who works right beside me and who I talk to constantly all day long asked if my mockingbird went in that bush. “Yeah, I think that’s where his home was after all.”
“Yeah, there’s been a mockingbird hopping around like mad out there all afternoon like it was looking for something. I was wondering what it’s deal was. Musta been it’s mom.”
Really? Two people? Just keeping mum, huh?