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A Lost Budgie [Jun. 16th, 2009|09:49 am]
Tony Grist
There was a bright yellow budgerigar perched on the bathroom window sill yesterday morning. There was no way I could catch it. I noticed the local magpies making a big fuss earlier- and wonder now if it was the budgie they were fussing at. Poor thing. It won't last long- out on its own, exposed to the mercies of an English summer.

We had some imposing weather yesterday afternoon- first thunder and lightning- then a heavy downpour.

I kept waking up last night with David Niven on my mind. He seemed terribly sad. 
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-06-16 09:49 am (UTC)
Budgies can be surprisingly tough birds. Poor little thing may just find a way to survive.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 10:32 am (UTC)
I'd like to think so.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-06-16 12:30 pm (UTC)
Poor budgie, out in the weather.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 12:55 pm (UTC)
Budgies are sociable birds- and this one has nobody....
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-06-16 02:14 pm (UTC)
All too soon, a cat will befriend him.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ha!
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2009-06-16 01:23 pm (UTC)
The budgie may do quite well actually. There were swarms of them flying loose in Kensington Gardens last time I was there. Understand they have a resident population.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 05:50 pm (UTC)
How extraordinary.

And rather splendid.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2009-06-16 01:58 pm (UTC)
Put out a cage with food and water in it. He may take up residence and you will have a new friend.

I love those little guys.

However, I have cats, so no birds for me.

:)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 06:40 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen him since yesterday. I imagine he's moved on.

I love birds. I envy them. If there's one power I wish I had it's flight.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-06-16 02:33 pm (UTC)
There was a bright yellow budgerigar perched on the bathroom window sill yesterday morning.

There used to be a feral parakeet that lived with a flock of sparrows near my elementary school. It was bright blue; I saw it for a couple of years running. It had clearly been adopted by the sparrows and was not interested in being recaptured. Jack London, eat your heart out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 08:16 pm (UTC)
What a lovely story.

So I guess there's some hope for my budgie.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-06-16 02:44 pm (UTC)
If your budgie is anything like the famous wild parrots of San Francisco, he will do well in the feral state. I understand that England's west coast marine climate is similar to that of San Francisco, so ... maybe?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 08:17 pm (UTC)
Erm, I really don't know- but I've always thought Frisco was a lot warmer than anywhere in Britain.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-06-16 10:53 pm (UTC)
Right now, close to summer solstice here in New England, the high temps this week were in the 60's with intermittent rain and lots of clouds. We had a whole summer like this in 1994 with only occasional hot days, and my then San Francisco daughter told me that we were having a San Francisco summer. Yes, they do get a few hot days out there, but not like southern California. Or even like a real summer here in Boston.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-17 08:00 am (UTC)
Climate is complicated.

Britain is on roughly the same latitude as New York- but the climate is very different- much less extreme- mainly (I believe) because we benefit from the Gulf Stream- which washes our shores with warm water from the tropics.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-06-16 06:11 pm (UTC)
David Niven had a sad life. His first wife died falling down the cellar steps and he grew to loathe his second, whom he feared to divorce in case he would break up the family.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-06-16 08:22 pm (UTC)
When I was a little kid I wanted to be David Niven- or, at least, the debonair English gent he played in Round the World in 80 Days.

He was a charmer- and his memoirs are a delight.

It's a shame he was so unhappy.....

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