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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.

Golden-crowned kinglet Regulus satrapa

Golden-crowned kinglet Regulus satrapa


A vivid green tiny bird lighted on my shoulder unwittingly, suddenly, as if dropped from the veil when I stepped out the door, then fell, directly in front of me and just sat there perplexed, I was too, what to do, dropped the bags I was carrying, to study this happening here at my feet the bird tumbled neat. I feared for his safety so vulnerable in the open, his beak was gaping, a yellow crown on his head, and his legs bright red, looked intact. The neighbor quickly snapped a picture while I scrambled back up the steps to find something to nest it an egg carton seemed best, and I picked up the guest gently to rest in the egg size cardboard cup, closed the lid, I just did what I did, as a murder of crows watched in rows from the lines above and behind. I couldn't leave him there so went in the car, and we drove pretty far to the animal shelter where the med at the desk said nature is best, you should 'a left him, I told her I know but I thought if I could know more on his state was he broken or okay, I could maybe take him back to fly away, so she softened and called dr who greeted the egg carton creature, took him in for a look and the bird flew like a rook all around the examining room, and was caught in a net by the quick thinking vet, and delivered outside where he flew to the sky, that was it.

© 2018 Verlie Burroughs


Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 09, 2018:

Li-Jen Thanks so much. I appreciate your taking the time to read, it was a bit of an adventure for me, and the bird.

Li-Jen Hew on December 09, 2018:

Hey Verlie. That was sweet of you to do a kind deed like that. It's the little things like this incident that add value to our day. Thanks!

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 07, 2018:

Thank you manatita, I suppose you had to be there. peace Brother.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 07, 2018:

Happy Holidays to you Paula! Thanks so much.

manatita44 from london on December 07, 2018:

Short, sweet, succinct tale. Kept you occupied, I suppose. We never know what's to come. Cute bird. I suppose the vet's idea was useful.

Suzie from Carson City on December 07, 2018:

Verlie....Too sweet and touching for words. "Happy Holidays." Peace, Paula

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 06, 2018:

Aw, thank you dear Maria, maybe an angel watching over me giving me a nudge now and then.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 06, 2018:

You have the heart of an angel, dear V.

This sweet story brought tears to my eyes. Hugs, Maria

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 05, 2018:

Hi Rinita, Thank you for finding the Finch story. I don't know if I had a choice, there seemed no other option at the time. Yes, this is the same one I wrote about last week. I got a lot of mileage out of this little bird lol. I'm happy you like the delivery.

Rinita Sen on December 05, 2018:

Oh, is this the same little guy you posted 10w on couple of weeks ago? And he was a Finch? How wonderful! You are a warm person to have taken him for an examination when you could have just let him be. You are a true lover of nature, my friend.

P.S. liked your narration style, there's something dreamy about the delivery even though it is grounded in reality.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 04, 2018:

Hi Peg, You know it! That feeling of hope, and helplessness, I'm happy your bird recovered, and had a 'friend' there for support. Thanks so much dear lady.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 04, 2018:

Birdie with the yellow bill

Standing on my window sill. . .

What a lovely story of beauty, rescue and flight. Sweet.

Last week a dove flew smack into the front of my house. The noise was so loud the dogs ran to the window and barked.

He wobbled and flopped around on the deck for a few scary moments before regaining his composure. Then he walked about, growing stronger by the step and took off with a friend into the sky.

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 04, 2018:

Thank you very much Mark!

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on December 04, 2018:

Such a pretty little bird. The way you portrayed its vulnerability was beautiful. Mark

Verlie Burroughs (author) from Canada on December 04, 2018:

Aw, Bill, thank you so much. Really, I appreciate you reading. There is no poetry without you, the reader.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 04, 2018:

A beautiful communing with nature, up close and personal. I'm kind of jealous. :) And I love your heart for caring so much.

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