The parrot that wouldn’t come down

When I walked into the campground office at eight o’clock Thursday the men were just finishing talking about an incident that happened last night.

“What did I miss?” I asked. I didn’t think I was being rude and I guess they didn’t mind telling me the story.

After all, it doesn’t happen every day that a camper’s parrot got loose and was flying around.

I guess there had to be a half-dozen folks trying to catch it. I don’t know how they expected to do it. They were running around on the ground and the parrot was flitting from tree to tree.

It finally settled high in a tree. The next idea was to get a ladder and climb up to catch it.

I wasn’t there, so I have no idea how that went. All I know is that the bird wasn’t listening to whatever words they used. I suppose they might have tried “Polly want a cracker?”

You know what worked? Water.

Someone suggested they spray the bird with water. They got a hose and started aiming water at the bird. They weren’t trying to hit the parrot… just spray above it.

It worked. The parrot kept hopping to lower branches to escape getting wet. At some point the guy on the ladder was able to reach out and catch the parrot.

It happened at Pagosa Riverside Campground in the evening of September 13, 2017. It was one wet parrot.

2 thoughts on “The parrot that wouldn’t come down

  1. Marilyn

    That is a nice story…at least not a run of the mill story.
    I have a story…short though. We had a rodent leave poop dropping in a classroom. Figured it to be a rat (as we found a dead one on the grass a few days prior). One of the ladies was able to get a rodent trap. It worked! Yesterday I worked a parent work day at school…he was in the trap. Took him outside and set the cute guy free, as it was a little squirrel….only I should have taken a picture.


  2. josephlacey12

    I am trying to learn how to use this smart phone camera. I keep putting my finger in the way.

    It is so much more interesting to share information when I can include a photo.

    Just think of all the different “images” that could be captured when you are not around… so many different critters daily visit our spaces when we are around to see them…


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