rescued robin

While walking the yard this afternoon to take pictures of the newly opened irises, I found this poor robin hanging from a string wrapped around his foot. I snapped this picture while DD ran inside to get some scissors so we could rescue him.

poor bird!

Thankfully, he was low enough in the tree that I was able to grab the end of the branch and pull him down where I could get my hand around him. I cut the nylon string, then had to do a little detail work to get it off his foot. It was wrapped around the foot several times.

rescued robin

The string was not so embedded that I couldn’t snip it off with the tiny scissors. I thought DD (ten yrs old) did a great job with these pictures of the "surgery." That’s what I get for letting her play with the camera. 🙂

snipped off the string

The robin looked very healthy overall. His eyes were bright and he didn’t look thin or dehydrated. He flew off to another tree as soon as I loosened my grip. DD was disappointed with that because she had found a nice fat worm to feed to him. His leg was hanging down as he flew, but DD saw him sitting in another tree. We are praying he’ll be fine in a day or two. DD was upset about the whole thing, but glad to see the bird was able to fly.

Last year DD20 found a robin in the wading pool. Chilled to the bone. We warmed a towel and got his body temperature back up. He seemed fine after that. DD10 is sure this is the same bird. 😉

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

Not only does God care for us, He cares for the sparrows. And the robins. 🙂



  1. Carolyn
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    What a sweet rescue story! I can see reading that in Birds and Blooms magazine! You should submit it! DD10 does very well with Mommy’s camera!

  2. Tricia
    Posted May 8, 2008 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    This post made me cry.

  3. Genny
    Posted May 11, 2008 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Wow. What a great story.What a neat memory for both of you.

  4. cherylann
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    awww, so sweet. we have a ton of birds in our yard. i have a birdhouse in a huge oak. first the robins used it, then the mockingbirds, the blue jays, the cardinals, and now the wrens. best $10 i ever spent.

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