I ran out to chase the cat away and saw a Goldfinch sitting on the ground terrified. I picked it up expecting it to fly away but it didn't - thought it must have been injured or in shock. So I went over to the garden bench and sat down with the bird in my hand - sat there for about 15 minutes until it recovered and flew away. Thank goodness it was warm out!
As the old saying goes, "a bird in the hand . . ." !