Tuesday, August 12, 2008


We have more sad news! Sherwood passed away yesterday morning!

He was doing so well by himself! Dad was spending lots more time with him and yesterday he actually had him on his shoulder walking around in the yard and Sherwood seemed to love it! Barn Swallows were flying in and out of our barn saying hi to Sherwood when he chirped. We think maybe Sherwood got tired and couldn't tell dad that he'd had enough activity and he needed a nap. He unfortunately fell off dad's shoulder and hit the ground. He initially seemed fine after his fall. He was right back up and chirping away.

Missy and Jim came for dindin last night and after they left dad checked in on Sherwood again to feed him and get him ready for bed. He had jumped out of his nest again but when he heard dad's voice he would chirp and all dad had to do was put out his finger and he'd jump right on!

This morning Sherwood snuck out of his nest yet again and we think he must have fallen again. He lost his spunk and he stopped eating. Sherwood didn't want to die! He fought so hard to stay alive! Dad stroked him and told him not to struggle anymore. It was absolutely heartbreaking to watch! We feel so badly that God trusted us to take care of two of his precious little creatures and neither one of them made it.

Fly free little Barn Swallow babies! We're so happy we got to spend time with you - even if it was far too short! We'll miss you!


Maggie and Mitch


  1. Hi Maggie n Mitch,

    You took care of Sherwood while he was alive; and that's what matters. I am sure that he loved you for what you did for him:)

    I've added you to my "Go Digging at..." list. I hope it's okay with you.

    Licks n Wags,


  2. Oh wow. I was looking forward to hearing all about Sherwood's Adventures. I think the most important thing for Sherwood was to remember that he knew he was loved. You and your family gave him that and now one can ever take it away. He'll be waiting for you across the bridge. Sending comforting cuddles your way.

  3. wow this is amazing!

    hi I have been by here before ... but quite some months ago. a lot of life has intervened since then...

    so that lil birdie is a swallow?

    is it true they MUST take off from a perch and cannot fly from sitting on the ground? this is supposedly because their wings are too long

    excellent pictures and your doggies are exceedingly cute


    all the best 2u all

  4. M & M, you all loved Sherwood and we are sure he knew it.
    He is now a star in the night sky.

    Twinkle on Sherwood.

    Miss Ellie and Baz

  5. I know the Gods of Nature know exactly how much you cared for Sherwood. He is flying free now :-)



  6. Ahhh, so sorry to hear about Sherwood, what a great little chap. He sure had an adventure during his short life, he made friends all over the world and had the rare joy of being loved by both humans and doggies (not to mention pussycats and hamsters in the blog world!).

    While short by our standards, his life was exceedingly rich!

    Your pals,

    Petey and Mica

  7. Oh Maggie!

    I am sad for you about Sherwood ... What a sweet little birdie ... :)



  8. Maggie, Mitch,

    You all did your best to give little Sherwood a chance at life. His brief time on earth gave us a lot to think about that we often take for granted.

    Lots of wirey love, pals,

    Jake and Just Harry

  9. We are sad to hear about Sherwood. We hope you and your hoomans know that he and his nestmate were happy with you, and you took such good care of them


  10. We are so sorry to hear about little Sherwood's passing. You guys made the short little lives of those swallows very special! We are sure of that!
    Ozzie & Rocky

  11. oh maggie and mitch and family -
    we are sooo sorry! you gave those wonderful little souls so much joy.
    what a wonderful family you are!
    m & e

  12. maggie and mitch -

    You guys did all you could. It is very very difficult for baby birdies to live on without their mammas, and it's amazing that Sherwood was able to enjoy as much life as he did. Just remember - you allowed them both to live the remainder of their days in a comfortable house with people who cared about them, instead of just abandoning them outside like many many other people would have done.
    It is a bittersweet reminder about how short life can be and how we have to really enjoy and appreciate the time we have.

  13. Awww...so sorry to hear about Sherwood. He is a good fighter. At least he got to know you and your parents before he passed over the Bridge...I think he was very happy with the short time he had!


  14. Its lovely that your family was able to care for and share happy times with Sherwood.

  15. Oh I am so sorry about the passing of little Sherwood.

    He is with his brother now flying and chirping about.

    Take care guys,

  16. We are so sorry! But so few animals in life get to be so loved from the very start. There may have been a few bumps on Sherwood's journey but I think it's safe to say that he was one of the lucky ones. And who knows... maybe one day the spirit of Sherwood will come back as an airedale!

  17. We are heartbroken for your loss. What a valiant little guy Sherwood was. Know that he went to the Rainbow Bridge surrounded by love and comfort and now he's growing up in Birdie Heaven.

    Boo hoo,

  18. Oh Maggie...I'm so sorry. Give your Dad an extra snuggle for me. I know he is sad. You all did your best for the bird pups.

    Lots of Licks, Ruby

  19. Arhh!
    That is so sad.

    Love, pats & pets
    A tearful Blue

  20. Your man-dad took on the near impossible -- sounds like Sherwood had some moments as a spunky little chirper. We are sorry you are all sad.

  21. Oh no... I am sorry for the little Sherwood...
    Kisses, Faya

  22. I'm sowwy little shewwood flew ovew the bwidge, but now he is wif his bwuvvew, and they can talk about how wondewful you wewe to them and how muchlove theygot, and now they can fly wif abandon
    smoochie kisses

  23. What a sad story! Sherwood was lucky to have been loved by you guys, even if it was for a short time.

  24. well, all happy moment have to come to an end some how........just keep those happy memories

  25. w00f's M and M, at least u all gived them a chance to survive...a little birdie felled outta its nest here, me mama was gonna try to help it, but it wuz to far gone to help...me is sooo sorry both little birdies went to the bridge...

    b safe,

  26. Oh, my mum started cryin....Me too actually, don't tell no one I cried okay.....
    Mum said she was so heartbroken when she rescued that one and he died. She tried so hard to help the lil birdie. She knows what you and your pawents are going through. I just knew that birdie would start jumping out of that box...I should have been better help to you and your daddy. My mum hates that your daddy has to go through that. Hurray for him though for trying....We always have to try even if it doesn't end the way we want too.

    Paw Hugs lil birdies

  27. I'm sorry your birdies didn't make it! I'm sure they're having fun in heaven!
    Hugs & Snugs
    Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

  28. Poor Sherwood. At least you guys gave him a wonderful life what little there was of it...

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  29. M&M,

    We're so sorry to hear that your barn swallows didn't make it...your Dad was so good to take care of them and to get them that far along in life...it's always sad to lose someone that you cared about but it was not meant to be...but you got to enjoy them while they were there.....

    Asta Marie, WFT

  30. Hey, Maggsie & Mitch.

    I'm sending some comforting goober smooches to you, to your mama and to your sweet dad. You all made a valiant effort to help the barn swallow babies.

    I'm wondering if God entrusted the care of those 2 babies to you so you could ease their way to the bridge and they didn't have to be alone and frightened during their short lives. You gave them some good lovin' in such a short time. That's more than some folks ever get.

    Goober love & more smooches,

  31. Im sorry to hear that Maggie & Mitch, Its really sad when our friends left us but Im sure Sherwood know how much you & your family love them. Im sure Sherwood is flying freely over the rainbow bridge together with our dear friends.

    extra slurpy licks,

  32. Maggie & Mitch, Sorry to hear about your friend Sherwood. Maybe god needed them to help look after our friends who have went over the rainbow bridge so don't fell badly.


  33. Hi Maggie and Mitch,

    Sorry I haven't been around much the last couple of weeks but me and the Moomy has been so busy visiting folks but we will be catching up on everybodys bloggies slowly but surely.

    Sorry to hear bout Sherwood.

    Love ya lots.....Mona & thr Mommy too!!

  34. Poor Sherwood... fly free little guy!

  35. Oh Maggie & Mitch, I'm so sorry that Sherwood has passed on. I hope you all can take comfort in knowing the wonderful quality of life you provided for him and his brother. You should be proud that your Dad tried his best to help those adorable barn swallows out. Kudos to your Mom and Dad (and you two too!)

    Your pal,

  36. Maggie and Mitch.
    I am so sad.

  37. Really sad to hear that. Fly free. Glad they had the chance to live even for just a little while under the loving care of all of you.

  38. Aww, that was sad... Sherwood had such a cute personality too. He would've been a character all grown up! You were lucky to have known him.


  39. I'm back! Missed all your posts while I was away. Sorry to hear about Sherwood. You all tried your best.

  40. That is so sad. But you gave him so much love and care and he knew that. You are really wonderful.


  41. Bless you all for doing good by Sherwood.......


  42. Oh dear.. that's so sad.. You've done your best to take good care of Sherwood when he's alive.. He knows..

    ~ Girl girl

  43. Oh how sad that Sherwood died. He looked such a chirpy little chappie, he must have been very happy that you looked after him so well.
    Molly and Taffy

  44. My heart goes out to you in your sadness at these little deaths. I once rescued two little nestlings and raised them to about this age. Then when I came out one morning they were dead. I was so devastated I had to come home from work after about an hour because I couldn't cope with my regret at their death.

    Since then I have been told by a bird expert that's it's incredibly difficult to raise baby birds. It won't have been anything wrong in the care you were giving them. It's just that we can't provide all aspects of the care a mother or father bird would give.

  45. Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

    We are a little behind on blogging because we were away for the weekend. We are so sorry to hear about little Sherwood.

    At least all of you gave the baby barn swallows some love.

    Love -

    Hershey and Kaci

  46. Poor birdies, we know you guys tried to keep those little guys alive. They are flying free and happy now.

  47. We are sorry to hear that Sherwood died. Baby birds are hard to raise if you aren't their mom. You did a great job trying and I'm sure they appreciated the love and effort you gave them.

  48. Oh no, we've only just found out about Sherwood. Darn...poor little thing. We were hoping he'd be ok. Good on you for trying to help both little birds.

    Noah Willow Tess Lucy

  49. Mom and I are very sad to hear about Sherwood! You guys and your dad did such a good job taking care of them!!!