She fell off the tree in our front yard this morning right in front of Erik. In the beginning, he thought it was a big leaf… until he saw four cats — our neighbors' cats — suddenly all showed up out of nowhere. In the center was this tiny little chick. He managed to pick her up before the cats got her.
He got in the house, handed me the baby bird, and went out to the yard with a pick — he went to look for worms for her. The little chick was no bigger than one knuckle in my finger. She was tiny, but she really tried to fly except that she fell immediately after she took off. Soon did we realize that we had a problem: she would not eat the seeds nor the worms or the spider that Erik dug up for her. After consulting with a friend on the phone, we learned that we would either need to feed her formula, which we did not have, or had to regurgitated, meaning one of us needed to chew the worm first before feeding into the little chick. Erik immediately started to look for a phone book. Wild Life Rescue in Palo Alto picked up the phone on the first ring and assured us, "yes, bring it over and we'll take care of it." Whew, what a relief!
While we were getting ready to get out of the house, I captured following on the video:
And you can see more photos of the cute little creature in our gallery.