I rescued a bird yesterday. I think it was a young blackbird, although it should be said that my bird recognition skills aren’t great. As I fetched food for the chickens, I was aware of the sound of frantic flapping in a coppiced hazel. Peering amongst the branches, I saw the fledgling was trapped by his leg and hanging upside down. It was clear he’d been there for some time.
Squeezing in between the branches, I reached out to try to take hold of him. His flapping was so violent that it made it really difficult to gently grasp him but I finally managed. Holding him as lightly as possible, I had a closer look at how he was trapped and the extent of his injury. I shifted so I could hold him in one hand and part the two branches between which he was stuck and free him. I placed him gently on the ground next to a dish of water. Panting furiously, he drank and then just sat there. I wasn’t sure what else I could do.
Leading away the curious chickens, I retreated to the garden bench to wait and see what would happen next. An older female blackbird whose alarm call I’d noticed earlier flew down with a worm in her mouth for the fledgling and sat beside him as he ate. A few minutes later, he gingerly got to his feet and they flew off together.
It was quite an experience. I’ve never held such a tiny bird before and wanted so much to rescue him without causing any further pain. Watching him regain his vigour and fly off with his mum was a joy. I’m so glad I noticed him and could help him. It was such a simple thing for me to do but it made such a difference to that beautiful bird.
Making a difference is important to me, whether it’s in a small way or a more dramatic way, whether it’s with my friends and family, my colleagues or my coaching clients. I want to notice what it is that I can do to help and then do it.
Today’s pebble for you to consider:
How can you make a difference today?
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