I had a bad experience today looking out of my kitchen window to the garden. 2 blackbirds (1 brown and 1 black so I presume male and female) sitting on the fence squawking like mad at the blackberry (very overgrown) bush opposite. Then...a bastard fox jumps out of the bush with 3 baby birds in it's mouth and runs off . But the fox came out of the bush way low down..practically floor level...do birds build their nests so low? They have wings fgs..to be high up? Fox then came back..and more squawking, so I assumed there were babies left. Started shooing it away..kept coming back. Had to go to work..came back..garden deathly silent...no birds.
We are redoing our garden, and had disassembled the boys skating ramp (dont ask) and dh was about to move the pieces to level the ground for where we are putting it now. He nearly crushed it as it suddenly seemed to bounce down in front of him, and ended up under the trampoline. It was sitting there shaking and his heart was beating very fast. My youngest crawled in and gently lifted him into a box, and gave him some bird food. He was standing sort of funny, so I thought he might have an injured leg.
I rang my local RSPCA, they have an animal hospital nearby, and they told me I could just bring the bird in. So that is where he is now. He calmed down in the car, and stopped shaking. And by the time we got there he even dared look around a bit. He was sitting comfortably in the vets hand when we left. He said he did not look very injured, most likely shocked and frightened so they would check him out and care for him.
Ah, I do know that juvenille goldfinches do not have red faces - because I saw one last year and took ages to work out what it was. A young bird is generally inconspicuous, and therefore won't have a red face.