Life can be hard, really hard sometimes. I’m thinking about the thin line between life and death after a small catastrophe with following rescue operation earlier today. A Common redpoll (Acanthis flammea ) crashed into a window close to where I enjoyed my morning coffee. After an initial inspection It was clear that this little bird would some sort of assistance. I just couldn’t leave it there in the snow unconscious. So the only thing left to do was picking it up and warm it in my hand. At first, it was totally paralysed and the only signs of life were the tiny chest taking breaths of air. Then it slowly showed signs of getting better. It looked like it was just partially paralysed from the impact. The right side was not reacting at all whilst the left side moved. But after some fifteen minutes, in the warmth, of my hand it actually seemed to gain so much strength that it almost recovered. It was able to move both head, wings and legs.
I placed it on a small branch beside the bird feeder. It stayed there for almost half an hour before finally taking off. No less than a small Christmas miracle if you ask me.