Last Friday was a harvest moon / full moon and the forces of nature were in force! Of course with 8 fur babies in our house, a full moon usually means a lot of activity of crazy kitties and late night potty breaks. But this harvest moon was an exception! We had a very special visitor!
We were just lounging on the couch late afternoon after our normal outside playtime, when all of the sudden we heard a cicada in the house. Or that’s what it sounded like because we sees lots of cicadas outside. So of course we went off to investigate to make sure Zaida Monkey didn’t get to it and eat it, but we just couldn’t find anything so just maybe it was coming from outside since the door was open. Sooo, we went back to the couch and I laid on Mommers lap while we put on a movie.
“KaKaKaKaKaKaaaa!!!KaKaKaKaKaKaaaa!!!” Oh my doggie what is that?!? It sounds like a birdie in our house! Mommers lets go quick! “Milk, Arabella – stay” said Mommers “I have to make sure Zaida doesn’t get it”. Okay Okay but show us what you find Mommers!
Mommers went into the bathroom, and this lady bird with a mohawk was just hiding behind the toilet and making a bunch of noise. Well, of course she couldn’t stay there, so with just a bit of encouragement, she flew out! But RUH ROH!!!! I sees a bird flying up high in the living room ceiling. It’s flapping weird and so scared. Now it’s in the kitchen, and oops – back to the living room wall. Ker plunk! Nose dive into the wall. Something is just not right with this birdie! Mommers is trying to find a box at this point cause we are worried about Ms Azul. Finally it lands awkwardly on the table, but it’s flying was so wobbly that it got it’s wing stuck in the grove between poles.
Mommers already had some towels in her hands, and member she’s trying to save a birdie while in a wheelchair and moving slow, so this was not easy. But since the lady songbird was stuck, Mommers was able to carefully take the towels and wrap around this mowhawked beauty. The scared kingfisher bird instantly relaxed! She knew that we were just trying to help her! She quit snapping her long scary beak and just let the Mommers hold her and wipe her down along her beak and mohawk. You see, she had become covered in spider webs and cat fur, and other mess while flying around in our house.
Ms Azul is now safely in a large cardboard box. But we just can’ts keep her there. What are we gonna do?! It’s late now on Friday so we can’t get a ride to the emergency vet and of course the phone broke this week…Thank doggie fur the online animal groups for Mommers to pawticipate. There’s just gotta be somepawdy there that can help!
With Mommers call fur help (bol, get it??) she spoke with the head of Valiant Animal Rescue AND found a volunteer hooman lady from Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw, SC. Whew! Nobody could get Ms Azul that nite, BUT the volunteer from Birds of Prey said she would be there first thing in the mawnin. Thanksaroo to these two ladies, we knew how to keep Ms Azul safe fur the nite, sleeping in her cardboard box safe away from any lurking predator kitties (uuhh, uuumm, Zaida…I’m looking at you!) We were a bit worried, but Saturday am we looked in the box, and there was the sleeping songbird beauty, still safe and sound! Wooferoo!
BUT, it gets even better! The Birds of Prey volunteer comes to our house and says Ms Azul the Kingfisher doesn’t look as bad as we thought,but she was going to take her to the center to be assessed and she would pawbably get some medicines. After they assessed Ms, Azul, the center said it was just really bad bruising and no broken wings. Thank Dog! But here’s the best part!! They were having a special group presentation at Birds of Prey that day, so they decided to release Ms Azul in front of a large crowd. How pawmazing is that! Her songbird debut release was a display of magnificence for lots of hoomans to see. Of course Ms Azul had to show off, flying around and then ultimately diving straight fur the water like a true kingfisher – lunch time!!!
I am so glad Ms Azul flew into my house to find help. She was so beautiful and helping to rescue a bird was an exciting experience. We learned so much – about birds and our local wildlife rescues! Some say birds in a house are bad luck, but we agree with the humans who say a bird in the house is good luck and are so glad she flew into ours!
Pawlease learn how to help an injured bird before it happens! If you are in the Lowcountry, you can contact The Center for the Birds of Prey, but they have great resources on their website fur everypawdy worldwide! I am so glad this wildlife bird center exists here and were able to help! Pawlease go visit their page and visit their facility if you have the chance!