I went out earlier to plant some more flowers and do some watering, but I didn't get two steps out the door before noticing a little baby bird standing on the next-to-top step.
I didn't want to scare him, so I just stood there and said non-scary things to him, and eventually he hopped his way over to one of the flowerpots, fluttered his wings a bit, and perched on the rim.
I sat for a long time watching and talking to him. He never moved from that spot.
Eventually, as it was starting to get dark, I went on and did my planting and watering, even watering the pot the bird was on (very carefully, of course, not letting the water touch him), and he just stayed there.
I came inside, fixed and ate supper with Drazen, did some laundry and cleaning up. And then I just had to go see if he were still out there, and safe.
He was. Still perched on the flowerpot, with his little head tucked down, sleeping. I could see him breathing, slowly and deeply.
How I pray that he will be safe through the night, and that he will grow strong and be able to fly. What a precious little visitor to have!