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Free Bird!

By: Equipoize , 5:31 AM GMT on April 14, 2011

Today, I was just blown away. Not figuratively - LITERALLY!!! We had winds at 35 mph with gusts over the advisory level.

I tried to be good and go work horses, and I actually managed to teach one lesson. But the most significant thing that happened today was that someone's pet cockatiel blew in, and managed to grab hold of our pine tree! There he sat, swinging on the branch - chirping out his version of FREE BIRD!

Well, his little life would be in jeapordy if he stayed out, so I managed to coax him to a lower branch by setting out a cage with food in it. When he came in reach, I tried offering a finger to step onto. Nope, he wasn't having any part of it. So, I waited until he was in reach again, and I just GRABBED him. He said thanks by biting me! But I got him into the cage anyway, and unless by some miracle I figure out who his owner was, I now am a bird owner

We named him Lynyrd Skynard after the group that sang Free Bird. He is in slightly cramped quarters for now - in my emergency cage for baby sparrows that fall from the nests. Tomorrow, we go shopping for better housing for Lenny.

He isn't a free bird any more - neither in terms of being out in the wind, NOR in terms of cost. Nothing is free - the moment you accept responsibility for it, you have to take care of it - and that always costs something. I guess God decided we needed a bird - OR maybe that the bird needed us. Who am I to question that.

But life is always good at www.SweetwaterRanchAV.com and I guess Lenny wanted a part of the action!

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1. GardenGrrl
5:44 AM GMT on April 14, 2011
Thanks for saving a life.

Yes, found pets are spendy. Cockatiels are rather grumpy creatures when it comes to touching them. They do, however, love to be whistled too.

I think the theme from ""The Andy Griffith" show is every cockatiels favorite.

I have a discarded cockatiel. Have no idea how old she is but she has been with me for 18 years since the previous owner abandoned her cage and all...well I'm glad she came with a cage. She has a better one now.

Annie gets "night frights" and is just kind of skittish in her old age. I put a cage of parakeets next to her...one was found at a job site and I bought it a friend. That calmed her right down.

She doesn't want them in her cage or landing on her cage, but she seems very content having neighbors.

When the parakeets died, she got jumpy again so I bought her some finches to live next door. We call them Annies pets. She calmed right down again.

Best of luck with your new friend.
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