A Failed Bird Rescue Attempt

Saturday morning, I idly looked out my window and saw, as usual, my elderly neighbor Vinnie sitting on his folding chair on the sidewalk doing his sudoku. And then something extraordinary happened--a stunning, yellow cockatiel flew down and landed on the sidewalk not ten feet from him. I watched for a few moments while Vinnie stared at it in disbelief, then got up and approached it in obvious perplexity. "Okay, so this is really happening," I said to myself. I was still in my bathrobe, but wanted to help. Although I have no experience with birds, I must have once heard that, "to catch a bird, use a towel," so I grabbed one and headed out. The bird, who was clearly someone's escaped companion, was very tame and let us get close to him (or her). I stuck out a finger, hoping he would perch; he only gave me a (friendly? boundary-establishing?) nip and backed off. Vinnie then proffered his sudoku book, which the bird disdained to stand on. I remember thinking to myself something along the lines of, … [Read more...]