had a feast,
and was then released.
Yep, she was fluttering on Friday, had figured out how to hop out of her box on Saturday and fly across the room (not bad for a maiden voyage either), and was ecstatic when I took her into the front yard on Sunday.
I let her out of her cage and she let me know that she had no intentions of coming back inside with me. (Parents have to know when to let go.) So Miss Independence is out there somewhere fending for herself. One thing I've noticed is that jay and robin fledglings spend a lot of time on the ground, but sparrow babies, I'm happy to say, fly well enough to perch in trees. I wish that I'd been able to video her at feeding time and to get one last photo, alas.
I listen for her "cheep" when I'm outside. I keep hoping that her birth parents will watch out for her along with the siblings.
Fly free, little sparrow, fly free!