At first I thought he was just checking things out, until he turned around and I saw that "something" had gotten most of his tail feathers. The poor thing- most likely will be dinner for a cat.
Although I've done some bird rescue in the past, with 3 dogs, 2 jobs and everything else in my life, I didn't see how I could save this one. I had second thoughts a little later and tried to find the little guy but by then he was gone. I suppose it is for the best- I can't imagine how I would have handled a bird that couldn't fly and these dogs that have Houdini qualities. Still it makes me sad- I watch the mom and dad Cactus Wrens in my yard everyday and hope that somehow this little guy will be ok.