Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Today Is The Day!

6:09 am:
Boid's cage is hanging from a branch in a small tree located within a few feet of the location where Boid flew out of his of his cage last Thursday morning. I had to use the ladder because I was not able to reach that branch while standing on the ground.

As I was attaching the bungee cord to the branch, it occurred to me that Boid could be looking at me from his sleeping place in this same tree!

Waiting for Boid.




6:39 am:
Boid's seeds
I just filled Boid's seed and water cup and put them in their place in the cage. This is the same thing that I have done every day for Boid.

As I was doing this, the seed cup fell to the ground spilling the seeds onto the grass. When things like this small accident happen, I feel as this may be a message from God.

So, I went back to Scampy and retrieved Boid's seed supply. Then returned to the cage area and scattered those seeds on the park grass below the hanging cage.

What is the purpose of scattering seeds on the grass? I don't know! But I suppose that God knows.


9:34 am:
Birds Eat Boid's Seeds
Just as I was finishing cleaning up after breakfast, I looked out Scampy's rear window. There were birds out there eating the seeds that I scattered.

But the bird that I wanted to be there, my Baby Boid, was not there!

We have not seen Boid since Sunday, September 9th at 10:52 am. That's 1-1/2 days with no Boid sighting.

The thing is this! Boid could show up anytime. If Boid would show up just one time. That one time might bring Boid home. And that would be enough.

Just one time, Boid!!

Birds munching on seeds left for Boid.


10:40 am:
Boid's Health

I noticed when looking at one of Kevin's pics of Boid that something was not right. On close examination, Boid's breast feathers appeared different.

Boid preens his feathers constantly. His feathers always appear firm. Close to his body.

In this pic, Boid's feathers appear un-preened. Ruffled. His head and eyes don't look right to me as well. Boid looks very tired. Like he has not been getting enough sleep.

It's my thinking that he got sick. And the reason that he was not located for the last few days was that he stopped singing because of his health. Kevin and Ruth found Boid by listening for his song.

Boid likely got weak from no food and water. So he no longer had the strength to fly anymore. Or sing.

Boid on Friday, September 7th.




1:27 pm:
Heading Out From Osoyoos Park
Boid's empty cage was taken down from the tree and buckled into its place in Señor Tránsito's front seat.

The Scampy Team is heading south toward the City of Omak Washington.

We will never forget what happened here.

Baby Boid..... be well.




Dear Boid,
I've pulled off the road in order to send you a message about what has been going on with me since I left Osoyoos Park a little while ago.

Little iPhone has been playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. This quiet melody, so filled with deep emotion is what I feel for you Boid [Link].

When we traveled together, I would sneak peeks of you being so comfortable on your perch. I loved having you travel with me. You have been my joy for two years.

And now I find that my heart is broken for the wanting of you. 








Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 987 feet




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38 comments:

  1. What time do you plan to leave today? If Boid is still not with you then it will be a very emotionally hard drive away from there. I hope you eat well and anything you else that will give you strength today.- N

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    1. Hi N,

      Boid flew away at 3:30pm Thursday, September 6th. I have thinking that 3:30 pm would be the time to head-out.

      However, that is so late in the day. So, I may just remain in the park until sunset at 7:17 pm as I have been doing for the past six days.

      George


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  2. You have done everything you can to bring Boid back so don't fret over should, could, would. Things happen for a reason like scattering the seeds on the ground. I believe you were instructed to do this so that Boid may eventually fly down and eat those seeds. Think positive that Boid will live a long life out in the open & perhaps maybe be rescued days from now.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I am comforted by your sympathetic comment. 😎

      My good friend Pete Olson sent an email. Included in that email is info from his wife, Frederika. She grew up in this Town of Oroville Washington where Osoyoos Park is located.

      "Frederika told me, how cold the winters are in Oroville - the lake used to freeze over, for goodness sake!"

      So you see, Rita, when I drive away from here, leaving Baby Boid behind, I understand that his freedom will be cut short by the coming of a freezing winter.

      And I am sooooo sad for Boid because of my knowing what will happen to him.

      George


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  3. How are you going to catch him if he lands on the ground and eats seed?

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    1. Well Flowergirl, I'll see what happens with Boid if the miracle of him flying here to eat his seeds comes to pass.

      Do you understand what it means if Boid flies down to eat his seeds? He will be right underneath his cage.

      His favorite food is inside his cage. A sprig of spray millet!

      George


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  4. George, just a thought...Online I found several stories about firemen rescuing pet birds from trees. I wonder if you called Orville's volunteer fire department ( the phone number I found on line is 509 476 2582), and told them about Boid if they would help. - N

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    1. Hi N,

      A rescue as this one might be a possibility for a hand tamed bird. But Boid would not allow himself to become hand tamed.

      If a fireman came close, Boid would fly away.

      That is my doing. If I had clipped Boid's wings, he would have become hand tamed. He also would have been easily captured when he flew out of his cage.

      George


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  5. It's time to make chocolate chip cookies with lots of chocolate chips
    and....maybe a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.

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    1. Hi Joan,

      It turns out that just yesterday I brought home after grocery shopping, a nice round package of Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!

      Also, onboard is Swiss Miss Indulgent Dark Chocolate Sensation!

      Time for a party to get over my Baby Boid blues!

      George

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    2. ...and to celebrate your time together!

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    3. Yes indeed, Joan!

      "...and to celebrate our time together!"


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  6. Nothing that happened with Boid is your fault George. Every moment that Boid spent with you is wonderful memories for you and for Boid. All God's creatures only have so much time with loved ones. Yours have not been the only tears shed on this love story. Safe travels George

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    1. Hi Bob,

      I am greatly comforted by your letting me know that you shed tears because of knowing about Baby Boid's misfortune.

      Thank you,
      George


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  7. If it's true that heartache is lessened when it's shared perhaps you'll hurt less knowing I cried for you while watching your video of Boid in his cage,George. Vaya con Dios, little Boid, you are loved.- N

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    1. Thank you sooooo much, N!

      Tears have been flowing for me as I made that Blog post. It seems that when I tell others about what happened to Boid and myself, tears are very close to the surface.

      George

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  8. I'm so very sorry for your loss, George. I know the awful feeling of a dear pet disappearing and not returning and forever wondering what happened to them. Perhaps Boid's miracle will be that he finds his way south and lives a very long, healthy, and happy life -- wild and free. My prayers are with him and with you, George. May God comfort you as only He can and guide you to the next perfect Boid for you when the time is right.

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    1. Hi Fern,

      Your comment was very comforting for me to read! 😎

      Thank you for your sympathetic understanding.

      George

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  9. The story of RVSue, Rusty & Timber comes to mind. Timber, the dog, become lost after he broke his chain at night. RVSue blogged about it and fellow readers recognized Timber and contacted Rusty, the owner. Rusty was in Arizona while Timber ended up in Idaho with a family. Timber was reunited with Rusty after months of being lost. So, I believe Boid will be rescued if enough readers see your blog...especially readers near the area where Boid escaped. Keep posting pictures of Boid & markings on Boid to be recognized. Contact the humane society and pet stores in the area & email them pictures. Someone might turn Boid into pet store. From a story I read on web, a farmer rescued two parakeets and turned them into pet store in case owner was looking for their lost pet.

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    1. The Rusty and Timber story made national news!

      Pawboost.com is the site to list missing pets. It is free. You can use the photo of him in the tree. Also use your cell phone and email address. All you need is the name of the town or zip code

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  10. So sorry George. Our pets are truly family!
    Bill

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  11. Baby Boids escape wasn't intentional as you always took special care of him. You tried your best to coax him back. With no sightings since Sunday and your observations of him while on the tree branch I can't imagine your heartbreak. I held it together until you pulled over and posted your message to him combined with the video..I can hardly see to type. God Speed Baby Boid be safe! Take good care George. Today's sadness will one day turn to memories of Baby Boid that will comfort your heart! Peace

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    1. Hi Dawg,

      The depth and power of the Rachmaninoff music makes me feel how Boid and I moved thru our time together. And then to have that time ripped away in an instant!

      Oh my! Too much. Too much!

      As I Blogged about that to you, I was hardly able to see my computer screen thru my tears!

      Click [Here] to listen.

      George

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    2. I clicked to listen..watched the clouds on the video and then noticed on the sidebar other videos, one right across from the "clouds" was titled "how to pick the best budgie" with a blue one that looked just like Baby Boid. His way of saying good nite George sleep tight..I'm okay!

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  12. Sorry about Boid. I know you loved that little bird.

    So when do you think you'll get another Boid. They seem to make you very happy. But this time clip his wings.

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    1. Hi Don,

      I have a suspicion that I need a time alone. A time without a new Baby Boid in my life.

      How long wil that period of being alone be? I do not know. I do feel that Boid's passing out of my life has wounded me.

      That wound must heal before I even begin to be able to answer your question.

      You will be able to read about that in my Blog. That's for sure! I will likely touch upon my recovery, from time to time.

      George

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  13. I have had tears since Boid flew away. We had a cat who traveled with us for 17 years. She went to Rainbow Bridge exactly a year ago and I still get emotional. May the hand of God guide you through your loss.

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    1. Hi Bev,

      Oh! What a wonderful thing it would be to meet Baby Boid, and all of my long-gone animal friends, when we will cross Rainbow Bridge together. 😎

      Thank you for your kind words,
      George


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  14. Hi George
    I once had a little blue budgie find me. He came to my patio, climbed right up my arm. He obviously had been well loved and was looking for someone to take care of him. I had no bird supplies, but quickly turned a laundry basket into a safe home (I had a cat and two dogs!) and bought food. He ate and ate. I put up signs, but no one ever called. For two years he lived with me. Although he never again let me pick him up, he would throw seeds if I played music he didn’t like and took delight in biting the cat if she got too close.
    I know you will miss him, but I hope like the little blue guy who found me, Boid finds someone else to feed and shelter him until you can be reunited.
    Wishing you the best.
    Tina

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    1. Hi Tina,

      I wish, I dream and I prey for Baby Boid to be as fortunate and as lucky as your Little Blue Guy.

      You are a kind soul, Tina.

      George


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    2. I had a dog named Feather who just disappeared on my first day as a paramedic in 1978. I searched and searched, and put up signs, and called Animal Control and the police to see if anybody had found her. I never saw her again, but she had gotten lost once before, and wound up with an elderly couple, riding around in the man's pickup and sleeping by their fire, until they finally saw my Lost Dog flyer weeks later... Since no sign of Feather was ever found after she disappeared the second time, I chose to believe she had found another great situation - and I will choose to believe the same thing about Boid (and I hope you do, too...). Seems like the most likely outcome to me - doesn't it to you?

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    3. It does to me, too. I once had a cat named Heidi that disappeared. After weeks and weeks of searching, signs around the neighborhood, trips to the SPCA in case she showed up there, etc., I eventually adopted 2 kittens. Months later, I was taking a walk. Several blocks away from my house, I saw Heidi stretched out comfortably in a front yard. As soon as she saw me, she came to me and I picked her up. She was obviously healthy and well cared for. As I was holding her, a dog came along that she evidently recognized. She jumped from my arms and ran off. I never saw her again, but was comforted that she'd found a new home and seemed happy and healthy. So, along with Pete, I also believe that Boid has found a new and loving home (even if it is across the Rainbow Bridge in Birdie Heaven), and that a new Boid will eventually find you. I know the separation still hurts, George, but I pray for your heart to heal and be free to love another Boid again.

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    4. Hi Pete,

      I will think about Baby Boid exactly as you advised me!

      Great outlook, my friend Pete!

      George


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    5. Dear Fern,

      Yours is a very lovely and uplifting comment.

      Made me smile just to read it.

      Thank you,

      George

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  15. Wow, George, reading some of the comments make me almost as sad as I feel for your loss of Boid! Wishing you well and hope you have happier days and soon.

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    1. Hi Sandy,

      I'm doing OK, considering the loss of sweet Boid only a few days ago.

      I was extremely fortunate to have a driving companion like Boid. He always was sooooo happy to go riding in Señor Tránsito. He got so excited when I buckled him up.

      He would jump around on his perch tweeting. At times like those, Boid made me feel wonderful just seeing how happy he was!

      Whatta guy!

      George


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  16. I love the animal stories and their names! Feather the dog and Heidi the cat! And such nice comments. Love the idea of Rainbow Bridge...
    Onward and upward, George.

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    1. Hi Joan,

      I love them too! 😍

      You know something, Joan? Baby Boid may not be traveling with me in person anymore. But he is traveling with me in my heart.

      He will be in my heart forever!

      George

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