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  Baby Bird Down
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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“If you touch a baby bird,

 Its parents will abandon it,

Outraged by the Evil Stink of Man.”


An Old Wives’ Tale


Music: The Birds and The Bees


Yet another damaging summer thunderstorm

Downed trees and flooding, again, all around

As I went outside, after mopping our basement

I soon spotted a very tiny nestling on the ground


The violent winds had surely ripped it from its nest

I peered skyward, and saw its mother peering down

It was still alive, and it had to be returned, very quickly

So I scooped it up in my hands from the cold wet ground


I now raced back inside, and I handed it to my startled wife

Who screamed, “Oh, God, its mother will never take it back!”

I couldn’t resist replying “Old Wife, that’s an Old Wives’ Tale.”

And now I raced back outside to grab a ladder from the old rack


Soon, I was climbing that old ladder, with this tiny newborn in my hand

Quickly depositing it back into its comfy nest, with its other tiny siblings

As my wife and I now stood below the nest, watching what would happen

Momma Sparrow arrived with nourishment for all, including her fallen nestling


My wife very quickly gave me one of her famous ‘I can’t believe it’ looks

As I quickly explained to her that most birds have very little sense of smell

And, of course, being as nasty as she is, she always has to get the last word

“That may be true , but you better go take a shower, you really smell like hell!”



©2010, A Now Squeaky Clean Mr. Ed


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Reviewed by Regino Gonzales, Jr. 8/25/2010
You are blessed, my friend, with the opportunity to save a baby sparrow.

Reviewed by Paul Judges 8/25/2010
Very well written, Ed
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/24/2010
I never knew. Those pesky old wives sure can cause trouble. But truly this is useful life saving information. Patrick
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/24/2010
So precious!
Peace and joy,
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/24/2010
But the baby bird was returned to its mother and that is what really counts, good thinking...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 8/24/2010
glad you were there, i've had good luck with fledglings too.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/24/2010
Oh she's a cute one Ed. Thank you for that bit of news as I too always thought they would disown their babies.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/24/2010
Ed, I did this same thing years ago, 4 baby robins down after days of raining..the nest completely destroyed, I was in such a panic as I saw the Mom near by..long story short...I hammered a basket in the tree and put the birds in it..happy ending, Mom took to the basket and her babies..I know how you felt~
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/24/2010
Thank God, you mean you finally got clean, with soap and everything?? Ma won't believe it, even I don't believe it and I just read it...good for Rebecca...Ed
Reviewed by The Poetess 8/24/2010
How lucky for that little bird and its mom that you had the heart and wisdom to help. It would be nice if your wife let go of the power struggle and saw this too. Life's too short for the crap that guts out a beautiful event. I hope you tell her to knock it off. Sorry if I'm getting too personal here.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 8/24/2010
Another old wives tale?
Great write with a great meaning.
Man doesn't have to be destructive
He can be a lifesaver.
God bless,
Reviewed by D Johnson 8/24/2010
You did good Mr. did good.

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 8/24/2010
Well, you've just dispelled a myth for me too, my friend! As a child I was told the same thing...if you pick up a baby bird the mother will reject it....thanks for the information.....and kudos to you for saving that precious little are an angel!

Reviewed by Richard King 8/24/2010
Nice story Ed, I've seen those "I can't believe it looks," before. Not pretty.

Thanks, Dick
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 8/24/2010
Those darn old wives!!!! Nice one Ed, of course Ed knows best!

Peace, love and light,

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