Hi, my name is MacKenzie and I am a baby American Robin. This is the story of my big adventure.
I was named MacKenzie by a nice person from Facebook. When I first hatched, I lived in a nest with my two brothers, my sister, and my mom and dad. Our nest was on a window-ledge of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s research and collections facility. Below is a nice picture of me and my siblings.
Everything was going great until the day I fell from my nest.
I really don’t remember what happened. All I know is that one minute I was in my nest, and the next minute I was falling.
When I fell, it really hurt a lot! My leg was really sore and I was scared because I couldn’t get back to my home and my family. Luckily, Pierre happened to pass by and saw me on the ground. Pierre Poirier is the nice man who was taking photos and video of my family.
Here’s a link to our family photo album if you are interested in seeing it: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150687962110125.699735.23627040124
Pierre called a friend of his at the museum named Michel Gosselin. Michel knows a lot about birds, and he put me into a safe box with some nice soft cotton batting. I was more comfortable, but I was still hurt, hungry, alone and scared! Here is a picture of me in the box that Michel gave me.
My mom and dad were so busy feeding my brothers Jack and J-Bird, and my sister Dot, that they weren’t able to take care of me any longer. That is when I met Russ, another friend of Pierre’s from the museum. Russ picked me up and took me on my very first bike ride. He knew of a great place to take me, where I would be taken care of. Russ and his friend Melanie fed me that night and made sure that I was warm and safe. Lucky for me, Melanie knows a lot about taking care of birds. Here’s a picture of me being fed!
And here’s another picture of me after enjoying a good meal. I guess I look a little grumpy because my leg was still hurting.
The next morning I got to take my first ride in a car. We were on our way to the Wild Bird Care Centre. I was very happy in the car; I was tweeting along with the music. I really liked Supertramp and Queen. I was quiet during Billy Idol… just not my style of music I guess.
Before I knew it, we were at the Wild Bird Care Centre in Nepean, Ontario. When we got there, we met a really nice man who gave me a check-up. I was still really sore and had these annoying mites all over me, but I knew that I was in a place that was going to take good care of me. Here is a picture of me with Sana; he’s the nice man who gave me my check-up.
The people at the Wild Bird Care Centre gave me medicine to get rid of those annoying mites. Yuck! They also helped me regain my strength. Once I was ready, I was introduced to a whole new family. I got spent a few days with other fledglings just like me. That was really fun because I was finally able to fly with other birds. Here is a picture of the Wild Bird Care Centre… I was inside. :)
Then, just a couple of days later, my new brothers and sisters and I were released back into nature.
Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way on my great adventure!