It has been a strange birding week in our yard. Two Great Crested Flycatchers
stayed a couple of days, one was mature and the other immature. Several
warblers came through but the greatest mystery was all the Red-winged
Blackbirds. Several times we counted over 200 flying northeast in the
afternoon and today a flock that size settled down in the yard for a while.
But late in the afternoon came the greatest surprise – a Cockatiel showed up
and after we talked to him a while, he flew down and allowed us to catch him.
He was so hungry he ate some regular bird seed and I went to Wal-Mart and got
Cockatiel seed and some millet. He looks exactly like the Cockatiel we had
that died over three years ago after we had loved him for over 18 years. The
Cockatiel we caught today is the second time we have found one in the wild and
had him come to us – the first was almost 23 years ago while we lived on Long
Island. We were birding at our favorite spot beside a small pond and heard a
strange noise in the trees near us and when we began looking there he sat and
as we talked to him he came down and allowed us to pick him up. After several
weeks we finally found his owners but by that time we had gotten so attached to
him we went to the pet store and bought the one that we enjoyed of more than 18
years. The one today has a band on his leg but so far he is not comfortable
enough for us to have a look at it.
Tommy and Virginia Curtis