A useful guide for spring accidents

It’s early yet — the birds don’t seem to have started nesting yet, although I am starting to hear more of racket in the trees in the morning — but you should be prepared for the inevitable tragic accidents that will occur.

Quite coincidentally, I found this on my back porch yesterday.

It’s definitely feathered, and doesn’t seem to be in danger, so I guess I should have left it alone. Unfortunately, it is now occupying my desk.


  1. birgerjohansson says

    If the thing on your desk is like some early avians, it will depend on the external environment for body heat and grow during summer, like a reptile. In this case you will be able to save on bird food for much of the year.

  2. davidnangle says

    I’m so unsatisfied at the lack of terror birds in popular culture. SyFy and The Asylum… I’m looking at you.

  3. Callinectes says

    I once found a baby songbird that had fallen out of a nest. It fell as an egg and, as best as I could tell, landed as a prawn.

  4. taraskan says

    Nice porch surprise. I’m still waiting for my Beasts of the Mesozoic package myself. Hopefully this week.

  5. blf says

    Ah, so that’s where they went. The mildly deranged pengion hired that critter — or at least one which looks remarkably similar — to remove all the dark matter from galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 as a surprise How do you explain this, athesits?! not-quite-chocolate easter April egg joke. They obviously did — albeit if the “missing” dark matter was put where it was supposed to be remains yet-to-be-inventedclosely-guarded — but the critter hasn’t returned. Or so she(the mildly deranged penguin) thought.

    Intended to be helpful tip: Soup dragon. The mildly deranged penguin says the critter is very fond of the dragon’s soup.

  6. kestrel says

    I’m waiting for dino chickens so I can raise them here on the farm. Instead of raccoons killing and eating the chickens, the chickens will kill and eat raccoons. As well as other predators. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG??

  7. birgerjohansson says

    Kestrel, I think the Godzilla film answers your question.
    But I still think you should go ahead.
    If the human population density drops, it will be much harder for the zombie outbreak to get out of control.

  8. blf says

    the Godzilla film answers your question

    The mildly deranged penguin once tried to prepare venison using Godzilla’s method, albeit without the Godillza. It didn’t work too well, the baby deer just wandered off with the mildly deranged penguin jumping up and down on his back. She eventually waddled back with a slightly stunned Godillza instead, which we had as a cheese cheese meat and moar cheese fondue. Strong hearty vin rogue recommended; chocolate for dessert.

  9. evodevo says

    Here in Ky there is another reason one might find a hatchling lying on the ground … we have cowbirds which are nest parasites, and a cowbird nestling will push all the parent birds’ actual offspring out of the nest, in order to monopolize the parents’ feeding efforts. I raised a wren nestling for awhile (ultimately didn’t survive) who had been pushed out …