Saturday, November 14, 2009

A baby crow

I was just sorting some photos and came across this one.
This was a baby crow (or raven?) that we saved a few years ago.

This poor fledgling was on the shoulder of the highway, unable to fly.
My husband saw it on his way home, so he came and got me, a box and a towel.
When we got there, a couple of bikers had pulled over and were holding
the little crow. They were glad to have someone to take the bird, as
they had no way of doing so, themselves.
Anyhow, he had an injured leg & was very hungry & thirsty. We did
our best caring for him for a few days.
After a couple of days his strength had returned,
so I let him outside in our dog's pen during the day, and kept feeding him.
On his 4th day with us, he flew up onto the roof and I took a photo
of his silhouette.

Then he flew high up and roosted in a large cedar in
our front yard. That's the last time we saw him.

We frequently see ravens and crows in our yard, so I'm often
reminded of this baby bird we rescued, and wonder if he's one
of them?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sometimes birds need our help.

Here in the Kootenays, B.C. there's a group that helps injured birds. They're called "BEAKS" (Bird Emergency And Kare Society) and here's their link:

They're having a silent art auction on June 5,6 & 7, 2009 at the Chahko Mika Mall in Nelson, BC . I'm going to make and donate a painting to help raise funds for them.
Last week we put a wire fence around our vegetable garden (to keep deer out).
The fence blends in and is almost invisible, how nice! At least that's what we thought.
Well, wouldn't you know it...a robin flew into it.
He recovered soon enough & was able to fly away. Thank goodness!
So now I've put bits of tape all over the fence. It might look a little tawdry,
but at least it's visible, so hopefully no birds or animals should run into it.

Anyhow it got me thinking about my feathered & furry friends and how we impact their
world with our activities, big & small.

I'm hoping that this little blurb will help promote BEAKS, and maybe remind my friends
to consider how we might be impacting our little neighbours, when we do things.

Enjoy your day, I've gotta get painting!

May 4- update
I'd already started this painting a month or so ago.
Instead of canvas I was using a piece of wood.
If you want to know more about it, I'll do a new blog ( link goes in here)

Last night I finished it (still needs a title- suggestions welcome!)
So if you're in the Kootenays, stop in at the see
BEAKS silent auction. June 5,6,7
Chako Mika Mall in Nelson, BC.

I'm gonna try & add a photo of it here...

Ok, I tried to add it, but instead I made it my profile photo.
Oh well, good enough (for now).
At least now my few on-line friends can
see it.

(Photo of "Twittering In The Trees" goes here.)

Update: May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!
We're having a beautiful sunny day in the mountains,
and here I am watching "The DaVinci Code" on tv, and
"playing" on the computer.
Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know that I've followed
through with my plans. I met with Cindi from BEAKS, this
week and gave her my painting, which I'm calling
"Twittering In The Trees".
I'm a bit apprehensive, since I've never "shown" one of my
paintings, to the public.