Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus
in our back yard
29 July 2013
Imagine our surprise this morning when we glanced out the window to see a Budgerigar fly into the birch tree and then onto the feeder. Obviously this is an escaped cage bird which has been allowed to fly, for it flies strongly and well. Perhaps it has escaped from an aviary. It has returned at least once (and we are not maintaining a constant vigil at the window) and follows the other birds to the feeder, but seems unable to figure out how to get in to feed on the seed. Once it stops raining I will put some seed into a dish and place it on the picnic table and sit outside to prevent the squirrels from quickly emptying it. While we have an instant surge of delight for this colourful visitor, our feelings are tinged with sadness in the knowledge that it cannot possibly survive an Ontario winter.