...So just as I was getting ready to leave the field station, some girls with volunteer shirts come up and they're like, "Are you one of the bird people? WE FOUND THIS BABY BIRD WHAT DO WE DO?" And they're holding this tiny adorable feathery thing, and I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, Carter and like anyone with any sort of authority has gone home already, and I have no idea what if anything our department does with stray hatchlings but GODDAMMIT YES I AM ONE OF THE BIRD PEOPLE so I took it. And I
I think it's a baby Leiothrix? It's very cute, most of its feathers have come in but it's still tiny, definitely not quite ready to fledge. I've got the hospital box set up in the bathroom with the desk lamp from the bedroom and one of the vanity lightbulbs from above the bathroom mirror (incandescent) for warmth. It's been taking Nekton and just now I tweezer-fed it some mashed up banana and a;shdglka;shjdflak BABY BIRD AAAAAAAHHHH SO CUTE.
...And I'm really hoping that when I bring the bird back in tomorrow morning
Oh gaaaaaaaaawwwdd another animal to take care of, WHY. (At least this has all of the cute and none of the annoying. The dogs and cats could learn a thing or two from it.)
ETA: apple_pathways pointed out that photo evidence was required: