I had set my alarm at 8:30 this morning, and I'm always a bit hazy when I wake up, so when I heard what sounded like fluttering of wings against paper or something like that, I was a bit confused. At first, I thought it was one of the budgies that had somehow managed to escape (which seemed unlikely because I'm not in the habit of forgetting to close the cage doors), but I decided to check it out. I mean, it could be other things as well, and when I saw a plastic bag I have, tilting a bit to the side (it's at the foot of my bed, so I could have hit it with my foot quite easily), I figured maybe it was that which caused the noise (told you I'm hazy when I wake up).
I decided to investigate it, and so crawled toward where I'd heard the sounds coming from, and what did I see? A tiny little juvenile House Sparrow
, squeezing itself into a corner, looking ever so scared. That just made my heart melt, and I wondered what to do because obviously I'd need to get it out of there, and preferably leaving as little scent on it as possible, and
without hurting it.. I decided to go grab a totally new pair of rubber gloves (the smooth kind, at least they are until they get wet, so I could avoid accidentally tear its feathers off), because I assume that rubber scent is less intrusive to their sense of smell, and also if it started biting (I know how hard birds can bite) I would prefer not to have to get a tetanus shot, as there is plenty of things I need to do today.
So after a few tries I managed to catch the little one.. It was so tiny it could fit inside my hand.. Poor thing was really scared, so I went to my window, opened it, and stuck my hand outside, opening it, at which point the young bird flew away.
But how did it get in? Well.. I had my window open most of yesterday, and since I live in a basement, the window is at ground level, and so it's likely that it had just been curious, maybe tempted by the sounds of my budgies.. In any case, it must have been there all night.. Poor thing..
Oh well, I hope it'll be okay, but from what I understand.. Once they can fly, they can pretty much take care of them themselves, which is good. :)