I feel funny writing about myself here — and asking for help. Griffith Park Blog (formerly Griffith Park, Interrupted, started and named right after the devastating Griffith Park fire) was started out of my volunteer work for the Neighborhood Council for Griffith Park, and my newfound understanding of what needed to be done and fixed, to make the park better for everyone — and especially the wildlife and fauna.
After the fire, I started to run around Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs, and became aware of the beauty and problems there, as well, so I started to write about that area, too. Yes, I’m just a hopeful fix-it gal!
I live in between Silver Lake and Griffith Park, on the borderline separating Silver Lake and Los Feliz, and have been privileged to live with a very special little bird, a parakeet named Cupcake. He escaped a couple of weeks ago, to my great horror. Yes, his wings were clipped – very short (meaning the outer feathers were clipped – they will grow back, however.) He was a homebody, like most parakeets, preferring the comforts of his cage, and his toys, and the fun he had with my other bird, a canary.
Cupcake is the smartest, sweetest, most beautiful bird I’ve ever had. It breaks my heart to describe him now. I was always going to make an album on Facebook just for him, to share him, show how adorable and playful he was, and how much I loved him. Little lesson learned: share the good things, don’t wait.
Cupcake had never gone near a window before, but this time he managed to glide just far enough to clear the windowsill and fly out. My wonderful neighbors helped me look by calling, and eventually with flashlights, with no result.
I was so shocked (and sleepless, and busy looking) that it took a couple of days to understand how best to search for him. I now have ads in Craigslist, and in the Recycler, told my Facebook friends, hung flyers all over the neighborhood, talked to dozens of neighbors, and more. Everyone has been so amazingly kind and helpful and hopeful.
Yellow head, turquoise green body, light colored wings with a lot of white. More pastel colors. The photos here are accurate. (The flyers I had made up at Office Depot show him as blue, and I was in too much of a hurry to fix them properly. :( ) Last seen Waverly Drive and Herkimer, in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. This is just up the street from Ivanhoe School. He has his wings clipped, so he can’t fly too high.
You can call him like a cat or dog, by saying Come, Good boy, Cupcake, etc. He will step on your finger if you say Step in a firm voice.You can pick him up easily, or throw a light napkin or towel on him and then gently pick him up. He won’t bite, very gentle. He’s used to a woman’s voice.
Please look around – he is probably close to the ground, looking for food. He loves millet most of all, but can eat all bird seed, and is attracted to the sound of plastic toys clicking, or any plastic sound.
He is desperately missed. I am so sorry. Very large reward.
Here is my plea, dear readers: Please keep an eye out for Cupcake, and notify me of any sightings or if anyone has found a parakeet at all in the area!!!
Do you know anyone who has a bird feeder in Silver Lake or Los Feliz? Do you know anyone who breeds parakeets, or has an aviary, where someone might have taken him if they found him? Please let me know.
There are more photos up in the Recycler and Craigslist ads.
You can email me: pen.drawing (and then the @ sign) gmail.com
Or call or text: 323 898 and then 1148
Oh yes, and there is a big reward. Cash. Thank you, friends and readers and bird watchers and animal lovers!