Nelson Wilson was about to feed his horses on New Year’s morning when he noticed a “solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the water tank”. The poor bird had gotten stuck to the fence and couldn’t move.
“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, had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures,” explains Wilson on YouTube. The kind-hearted farmer approached the bird in an effort to save it.
“First, I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my 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 my warm breath would bring quicker success. Gentle sideways motion with my thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to my face… a delightful way to start a new year.”