The City Girl Farmer

Set the Sparrow Free
August 6, 2009, 9:07 am
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Much more feathered out

Much more feathered out

We set Sylvester the Sparrow free.  We knew it was time when he would try to fly out of the cage when we fed him.   We have 5 indoor predators, three of which are particularly dangerous and we knew we couldn’t keep him in the cat carrier forever (although Thomas had already suggested a birdcage and a new pet.)

We went out the front door to set him free and then saw one of the barn cats walking right by the porch and decided that maybe setting him free from the balcony was a better idea.

We put him on the deck rail.  From there he flew to my shoulder, then to the nearest tree where had a very tenuous hold on a tiny branch, from there to the roof and finally to a “real” branch on a nearby tree.  Haven’t seen him since and have to confess I miss him a little.  Here are some more pictures.

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Bittersweet. You rescued him, nurtured him and then grew attached to him. And then you set him free. What a metaphor for parenting!

Comment by Fran

I have a real appreciation for the term “empty nesters” now.

Comment by littletoe

That was great, thanks for sharing.

Comment by Barb

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