Friday, September 27, 2013

A bird in the hand

Our cat Sjoko brought Maggie a gift... a bird.

The bird was mangled, bleeding, and lying very still in shock. We fetched the hamster cage from the garage and the girls made the bird a nice clean bed, gave her seeds and water, and set the cage in a safe and warm place. Anna named her "Tina".

"Is she going to live?" Anna asked.

"Probably not," we told her. "But at least she can be comfortable and know that she is being taken care of. And that's important."

The next morning, Tina was flapping all around her cage! The kids released her in the backyard and she flew up into the tea garden, where immediately a huge magpie swooped in to attack. ("Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb!" (anyone know the quote?)) I ran up the hill throwing rocks at the Magpie. Magpie flew away, Tina disappeared into the trees, and Anna stopped screaming. Good luck Tina!

Anyone know what kind of bird this is?


  1. she looks a lot like a wren, but not a local house or carolina or winter wren. Does Norway have its own wrens?

  2. Norway has one species of wren, the winter wren (of course!), but it's not a match. There are 473 bird species in Norway... that doesn't sound like many. We found a poster with pictures of birds in Scandanavia and there's quite a few that look like "Tina". I think we'll mark it as "generic bird".