Wednesday, April 8, 2009

It's a cruel, cruel world

As I was watering my little "veggie patch" yesterday I heard a little squawk and found this baby Cactus Wren, on the other side of the fence, in the overgrown weeds of the foreclosed home next door to me.

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.


Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh how sad. I'm like you, Dee, I can't bear to see any creatures in danger or hurt.

Deborah Godin said...

My cats can find places to hide when they feel spooked, and try as I might, I never seem to find them, so I hope the little wren did, too, under a leaf, or maybe was pushed to fly!

Deb said...

it is sad...the circle of life, hopefully it is okay some where

Valeriannah said...

Geeze, poor guy. I had the most adorable round tailed ground squirrel living in my yard. Unfortunately when I came home from my vacation, I found him lying dead by my fence. Now I'm getting suspicious about the dead bunny and ground squirrel. They have been painting the fences in my development, and I wonder if that may have something to do with it. They may have gotten the paint on their paws and got sick from licking it off.

Aiyana said...

Sometimes I wish I didn't see the workings of nature. I tell myself it's just the way things are, but I will continue to think about the probable outcome of the little creatures. I do get angry though, when I see the lizard carnage left by the roaming neighbor cat. Then, I want to be the preditor!