An unusual thing happened to me this morning as I arrived at work. I parked my bike and started to go into the building when a bird fluttering against the glass of the south entrance to the building caught my attention. One of its wings was out of line when I first saw it so I slowly and quietly approach it where it sat on the ground resting. I doubted that I could help it but I still wanted to try.
I eased out my finger and was permitted to pet the tiny bird on head, neck and back. Then I put my finger by its claws and it grasped onto it. I tried to set it in the birch tree immediately above but it wouldn’t hop unto the branch. Then I walked over to a cedar on the other side of the parking lot. A hot air balloon was just lifting off in the background and so the bird and I watched that for a short time.
As I tried to set the bird onto a cedar branch it again refused to leave my finger. I petted it again a few times and its wing looked fine. Then it just took off and flew far up into a nearby birch. Even though the bird seemed calm it left a reminder in my hand to show that appearances can be deceiving. I hope I didn’t scare it too much.
I’m not positive on the species but I think it might have been a green finch of some kind.