Pet Canary Birds Come Home!
by Elizabeth Clerico
(Lehigh Acres, Florida USA)
My husband has 4 pet canary birds....3 females and one male. They are kept in large cage in the garage.
I always talk (tweet) to them and I have always sworn they were talking to me in response as they continually tweet back to me. We have had them for several years.
Well, the other night my husband discovered at around 9:00 p.m. that they were missing. The cage was open and the garage door was open. We live in a suburb in Florida with countless trees and migratory birds as well as local birds present in large numbers (not to mention the many hawks and owls).
My husband did not tell me as I was sleeping, so I only discovered the fact that they went missing the following morning around 6:45 a.m. I was heartbroken for my husband because I knew how much they meant to him.
I immediately went outdoors and just started calling them (tweeting). After about 10 minutes I heard one of them tweeting back to me, this amidst all the other birds wacking and chirping and making their own calls, so I continued tweeting and heard(as I could not see my bird) our bird tweeting back to me.
Then, it happened out of a tree our bird came right to me and landed on the ground of the driveway right next to my feet. It took about five minutes for me to catch the bird as every time I got close if would fly a distance...but I caught it and placed it back in the cage.
I continued tweeting for the other two and about 1 1/2 hours later actually at 10:00 am I heard another one responding to my tweet by tweeting back and forth to me. Again, I could not see it, I just heard it. It was coming from the direction about 1/4 block away. I went to the area I heard it coming from and just kept tweeting (talking) to it.
Out of the distance my second bird came and landed next to my feet. After a few tries I was able to catch it and return this to the cage as well.
I tweeted and saw my third pet canary bird 2 times during the day, but he did not come home. The next morning I awoke and went out calling the third bird and he responded from a much more remote distance however he has yet to come back.
I believe this is nothing short of a miracle that two of them responded to me and came back home, especially because whenever you approach their cage and put your hand in it they are so skittish and it is difficult to catch them in their cage no less than out in the open.