Hawfinch / Kernbeißer

Yesterday Chiquitita stood in front of me with one of these little guys in her mouth. He was still breathing and I can't watch it, so I made her let him go. And then instead of learning how to play 'Can I get an Amen' on my Ukulele, I had this little one spend the whole evening in my hand. He lost quite a few feathers but wasn't hurt too badly, just in shock. Later I put him in a little nest beside me, and when I woke up this morning he was sitting on the windowsill. He let me put him once more in my hand and then I opened the window and he flew away. Hope he makes it.

This pic is not taken by me (needed both hands to take care of him) but you can get it on wikimedia 

This pic is not taken by me (needed both hands to take care of him) but you can get it on wikimedia 

Their beaks are huge, never before realized we have such small birds with such huge beaks around here in Europe. Hawfinch / Kernbeiße (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)