Weekend Birding: Not-So-Wild Birds
It’s no secret that I’m NOT a cold weather person. Unfortunately, I live in the Midwest, which experiences its share of days below freezing. So it’s no surprise that I haven’t been out photographing birds for the past month. Snow, ice, subzero temperatures. Yeah, that. But today it is going to be warm – 40F+ … and I intend to be outside birding. Looking out the window just isn’t as satisfying.
Greater Chicago Bird Rescue and Adoption
Even when I’m stuck indoors I still interact with birds. In addition to being a volunteer with the forest preserve to monitor wild birds, I also volunteer a morning or two a week at a rescue shelter. Just like dogs and cats, birds need our help too. Volunteers clean cages, change food and water dishes, and spend time interacting and socializing with the birds.
Birds at the shelter range in size from small birds – parakeets, cockatiels, lovebirds, finches – to the larger Macaws and Amazons. I took photos of some of the residents with my phone, and the birds agreed to be part of this week’s Weekend Birding.
This is Lucky, a Sun Conure, who was found outdoors. She is very shy. I would love to take her home!
This is Wilber, a beautiful Senegal. This species can live up to 50 years.
Meet Harley, an Umbrella Cockatoo. He is quite the character. He was following me around trying to bite my shoelaces. His owner of 20 years passed away and he is looking for a new home.
There are a lot of Lovebirds and Budgies that need new homes.
Blue and Yellow Macaws
There are several Blue and Yellow Macaws at the shelter. These larger birds would benefit from an experienced adopter. Kiwi, the bird on the right, plucked her feathers out – possibly a result of a stressful situation in her former home.
Companion birds are a big commitment
Birds arrive at the shelter under many different circumstances. Too often people don’t realize the level of commitment it involves to have a bird in their home. Some of the larger birds can live 40, 50, or more years. Birds can be loud; they can be messy; they want our attention; they like to chew things.
Sometimes birds are abandoned by owners who tire of the responsibility, or their housing circumstances change and they can no longer keep a bird; a loving owner may become sick or dies, and no one in the family wants the bird; others are rescued from an abusive or neglectful environment; still others escape and are found outdoors.
Adopt – don’t buy
There are thousands of homeless pets – birds, along with dogs, cats and others. Adopt, don’t buy, and give a pet a home.
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