A long time ago back about 1978 or 1979 our daughters Trica and Jennifer had birds. Parakeets or Budgies. The girls chose names for their birds. Pansy was green with a yellow head she belonged to Trica. ABC-123 was Jennifers..he was blue with a white head.
One Sunday afternoon the girls asked to have their birds out..sure.. Jennifer wanted to hold ABC-I23 with her blankie because the bird had sharp claws. A short time later there was a problem with ABC-123 he looked strangely asleep and stiff..poor ABC-123 was dead..he must have had a heart attack.
Poor Jennifer..she was only 3 or 4 years old. It was very traumatic for her.
Last weekend one of the places I wanted to visit was Hawk Ridge in Duluth. Sunday morning just before leaving town we headed up there. There is a beautiful view of the city from the ridge.
Hawk Ridge is right on the path that the birds follow on their migration south. If the wind is right the birds fly right by the ridge.
Volunteers are on hand with binoculars and very available to answer questions. Volunteer Margie brought out this Sharp-shinned Hawk. They have several banding stations in the immediate area..where birds are lured in and caught, banded, weighed and sexed. They bring birds up to the Hawk Ridge so that people can see them up close..and as a fundraiser they can be adopted. This Sharp-shinned Hawk could be adopted and then released by the adoptee for a donation of $25.
Jen spoke up immediately.. “I will do it!”
Visions of ABC-123 and a little girl with tears in her eyes flashed quickly through my head…she is older now..certainly this bird won’t die.
The volunteer showed her how to hold the bird and it’s number was recorded. They will send Jen a note if the bird goes through the banding station again.
Then it was time. Time to release the bird. 1..2..3 and Jen opened her hand.
And her Mother the photographer extraordinaire got the shot! I did it..I really really did it! The bird swooped down and quickly did an upward loop and was on it’s way south!
Jen was pleased..it was quite an experience for her..redemption is sweet!