Views: 407, Replies: 14 » Jump to the end
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
tveguy3
Jul 20, 2017 7:30 AM CST
Thought I would share this happy story. I have many barn swallows in my horse barn, a few weeks ago three very small swallows fell out of their nest, I don't know why they left too early, but they couldn't fly, and were sure to be prey to my barn cats when they found them. I have often put baby sparrows back into their nest when I can get to it, but these were from a nest way too high up for me to get too. I'm not too good at heights and ladders in my aging years either. Well, I was beside myself but couldn't figure out how to help them, so I left the barn after chores and let nature take it's course. I really felt bad all night and tried to figure out what I could have done. Then in the middle of my sleep that night, I woke up and sat up with a start and realized I could have put the birds in a pail and hung it from a rafter and maybe the parents would take care of them. Well, it was too late for them.
Yesterday afternoon when I went out to feed the horses, there were 3 little swallows again that had fallen from a nest too high up for me to put them back, so I thought, I'll give my "birds in a bucket" idea a try. I put some straw in the bottom of the pail and put the birds in it and hoisted it up to the rafter. I waited and waited for the parents to go to them, but they didn't seem interested. I though, "Well I tried" and went into the house to brood. This morning when I went out to feed the horses, I noticed an adult swallow flying out of the pail, so I watched, and sure enough, the parents where coming and going with insects to feed the babies. I was so happy, but not half as happy as those sparrow parents I'm thinking. Hurray! Hurray! Just had to share this. Here's a picture, (not too clear) of the bucket. I tried to get one with the parents sitting on it, but they didn't stay long enough for a picture.

Thumb of 2017-07-20/tveguy3/8dd6d5

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Image
grannysgarden
Jul 20, 2017 8:11 AM CST
Love, love, love the birds in a bucket!!!
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
Image
Zencat
Jul 20, 2017 8:25 AM CST
How cool is that?! Great job!
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Peonies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
TBGDN
Jul 20, 2017 8:29 AM CST
grannysgarden said:Love, love, love the birds in a bucket!!!

Me too. Good ending Tom!
Hurray!
Lux Umbra Dei
Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Image
IrisLilli
Jul 20, 2017 9:08 AM CST
Great thinking!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Just make sure the babies can reach up to the top of the bucket when they are ready to try their wings!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Image
iciris
Jul 20, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Hurray! great thinking, Tom Hurray!
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
cliftoncat
Jul 20, 2017 10:41 AM CST
I agree Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Hurray!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
tveguy3
Jul 20, 2017 12:02 PM CST
I was so sure that they weren't going to accept the bucket. Thought I'd end up having to bring it down and find the birds had died. You can't guess how glad I was to see them feeding them. Smiling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
Image
Totally_Amazing
Jul 20, 2017 5:37 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. You just saved three little lives. Well done.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Roses Irises Clematis
Garden Photography Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Houseplants
Image
Calif_Sue
Jul 20, 2017 7:23 PM CST

Plants Admin

Happy ending stories are the best! Green Grin!
My gardening Blog!
Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Jul 21, 2017 10:28 AM CST
wonderful story - and creativity, Tom!
"Garden as though you will live forever" -
William Kent, English landscape architect.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
pirl
Jul 21, 2017 10:33 AM CST
Very heartwarming and caring event.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
tveguy3
Jul 21, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Thanks for the acorn Arlene and nice comments everyone! As fast as birds grow, I'm sure they will be ready to fledge for real soon, but they were just a bit too young. I hope I get to see them when they take off on their flight for the first time and it works. Smiling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
tveguy3
Jul 28, 2017 6:56 AM CST
I didn't see any activity around the bucket last night or this morning, so I checked it out, and they have fledged. Hurray! They got out of the pail just fine I guess. I really wanted to see them when they took off, but I missed it. I did see a pair of swallows with three juveniles on the electric wire, I have no idea if that was them, but I'd like to think it was. It's good to know that I have another option to save the little ones that fall out of the nest in the future though. Smiling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Image
IrisLilli
Jul 28, 2017 7:19 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Fleur569 and is called "Forsythia Sage Salvia "