While feeding his horses on New Year’s morning, a rancher noticed a solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the water tank. The tank is heated to keep it from freezing. It is not uncommon for birds to drink from the heated tank. Apparently this unfortunate bird had gotten its feet wet and while making its exit, he had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures. First the rancher tried to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing his palm against both the fence and the birds feet, while also gently restraining the bird’s flapping wings. It then seemed that warming the birds feet with his warm breath would bring quicker success. Gentle sideways motion with my thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to the ranchers face… a delightful way to start a new year.
Man Uses His Breath to Free Sparrow Frozen to Fence
Video by Nelson Wilson