Its heart is smaller than a dime.
The Atlantic Ocean is vast and cold.
But somehow a small songbird, a European fieldfare, crossed all that dark water to land in an apple tree in Apple River, Cumberland County, on Saturday.
Kathleen Spicer and her husband Blaine have been keeping tabs on it ever since.
On Tuesday morning, Spicer was holding her 20-month-old great-granddaughter, Serenity, and hoping to see it again.
“It hailed last night and the birds in the yard are all covered in ice,” she said over the phone. “I’m concerned for it.”
The fieldfare, about the size of a robin and a member of the thrush family, is well equipped for winter.
The migratory bird breeds regularly as far north as Iceland and is sometimes seen in Greenland.
The Spicers’ fieldfare, however, is only the second one photographed in Nova Scotia — the other was in Granville Ferry, Annapolis County, in 1994.