This afternoon when I arrived home I walked out on the deck as usual. Both ear and eye were immediately drawn to a very tiny little bird on the ground peeping and quivering. Flight attempts were unsuccessful. The parents were on a limb above and from the tone of their fussing were stressed over the little one.
I watched for a while and became concerned as larger birds were coming in for afternoon visits to the feeder and bird bath. Grackles that always arrive for a short time in the spring were circling around it so it was time for action.
I grabbed some gloves and walked back outside gently scooping up the little bird and placed it on a branch under the cover of a shrub. A little later I watched and parents had located the baby from its peeping. Hopefully, the little bird will make it.