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Farm workers rescue cockatiel

  • Griffin, an escaped pet cockatiel, was captured by workers at Rosaly’s Farmstand last week, and eventually reuinited with his owner.  —Courtesy photo

  • Griffin, an escaped pet cockatiel, was captured by workers at Rosaly’s Farmstand last week, and eventually reuinited with his owner.  —Courtesy photo

  • Rosaly’s Farmstand field crew worker Sarah Holdner poses with Griffin. COURTESY PHOTO

  • Griffin, an escaped pet cockatiel, was captured by workers at Rosaly’s Farmstand last week, and eventually reuinited with his owner.  —Courtesy photo

  • Griffin, an escaped pet cockatiel, was captured by workers at Rosaly’s Farmstand last week, and eventually reunited with his owner.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Harley Rector of Greenfield with his cockatiel, Griffin.  —Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 10, 2017

With one look, it was easy to tell: This bird wasn’t from around here.

On Wednesday, the farm hands at Rosaly’s Farm Stand were headed out to take their lunch break, when Field Manager Linda Estabrook spotted a yellow and gray cockatiel in a tree near the farm stand’s parking lot.

“She looked up and sees him up there in a tree, squawking away,” recalled Stacy Hannings of Greenfield, one of Rosaly’s field hands. 

The farm crew gathered around and coaxed the bird down with some herbs, and the bird came down willingly enough.

He was clearly friendly, said Hannings, and sat on their fingers or shoulder. The farm hands put the bird in a Hav-a-Hart trap they kept on hand for catching woodchucks, and began searching for the owner. After eliminating the farm’s neighbors, they put out the call on social media. And that’s how word eventually got back to Harley Rector of Greenfield.

Rector had all but given up on seeing his cockatiel, Griffin, ever again, after the bird got out on July 1, several days before the farm hands spotted him in Peterborough.

Rector had been cleaning out an aquarium, and had moved a screen out of a window to funnel the water outside. Then, he noticed that Griffin was missing.

“We went outside, and we heard him squawking. He was up a 50-foot tall tree,” said Rector.

Rector tried to coax his pet down, but the bird refused. He set out his cage, hoping the bird might tire of its adventure and enter the cage of his own accord, looking for food or water. But that night, a combination of fireworks and later rain drove the bird away. 

“I’ve had him for four years, so it was a heartbreaker for me,” said Rector. 

But when Rector heard about a cockatiel found at Rosaly’s Farmstand, he knew it must be his lost bird. He was able to pick up his pet at the Peterborough Veterinary Clinic, where the farm workers had dropped him off for safe keeping.

“I’ve missed him a lot, and I was really sad. Rosaly’s was awesome for catching him,” said Rector.

Griffin is safe at home, now, said Rector, and was a little shaky, but eating and seemed to be ultimately none the worse for his adventure to Peterborough.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.