Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Free as a Bird...

With the summer in full flow, and the weather being so pleasant of late, it's been a good season for baby birds. On a sunny patch of grass by the woods I watched a young Magpie being fed by its parent.

"Feed me, feed me!"...

"More, more...."
They flew off towards the stream, cackling and squawking. The smaller birds wisely kept their distance from the dangerous duo... except one.

Oblivious to any threat, this little chap just sauntered about without a care in the world. She wasn't going to survive out in the wilds for long with such a reckless disregard for danger. There were Magpies, Crows, dogs, cats, foxes, as well as Sparrowhawks all out and about looking for an easy snack.
After a bit of a chat, Budgie and I decided that it would be probably for the best if she came home with me.

She's a pretty bird even though it does look like she's only got one leg. I can assure you that there are actually two!

Look, two legs... damn! How difficult should it be to prove a budgie has two legs?!!!

Right, there we are... two legs.

She's settled in fine. Happy to sit on my hand, and poo in my cup of tea while I'm not looking. We watch the Magpies through the window together, a much safer option.

I've even trained her to fly in slow motion!


JessRaquel said...

You found a budgie alone outdoors? I seriously want to come stay with you awhile, I love your connection to animals.

Kay said...

What a lovely story, it could have ended so differently for budgie two legs.
Kay x

Lavender said...

Probably escaped from somewhere on a whim for adventure - and most likely extremely happy to have met a friend...good on ya Barkfoot!!!

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Madwag said...

COOL!!! was she tame when you found her? I found my cockatiel Beaker in a tree in the garden about 7 years ago... he wasn't tame at the time but is now