Well, I always knew Spaniels were bird dogs. This morning got off to a wild start. Abby was barking at some birds in a bush, so as I always do, I got the camera out to take some pictures. Abby disappeared under our deck and came trotting back with something in her mouth, which turned out to be a very young sparrow. So after I got a quick picture I was able to get her to trade the sparrow for a dog biscuit. Amazingly, she had not hurt the sparrow as far as I could tell. I released the bird on the other side of our fence and it could still flap it's wings, although it appears too young to fly very far. So I am not sure it will make it on it's own. I decided not to post the picture of the sparrow in her mouth...not sure it would be appropriate....sort of gruesome, even though it seems like she has some sort of natural instinct to hold it gently.