It is always best to listen to a potentially senile reptile who thinks rocks are birthed from the sky. They are, without a doubt, the most wise creatures of the forest. Never mind the fact that you gave up on a helpless animal who needed you. Never mind the fact that you went through quite a bit of trouble just to get to that point. You did the right thing.
You ate a baby bird.
Would you like to try saving the baby bird by not eating it?