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Recently, I was walking around the corner of the office and caught a flash of white and blue perched nearby.  My first thought was that it was an unusual Steller's Jay, as we have quite a few that hang out nearby.  Upon closer inspection, however, it turned out to be a brilliant blue and white budgie!

Budgies, or Budgerigars, are common household pets - perhaps the most commonly kept pet bird.  They are native to Australia, so I knew for certain that he had not migrated his way up here by accident!

Since they are social birds, I was able to play some Budgie calls on my iPhone and draw him in close.  He still wouldn't come directly to me, so after some time I was able to get him to the back deck of the office where I was able to catch him in a butterfly net.  He's now resting comfortably in a temporary bird house while we try and find his owners.

He's even chatting away as I write this!  We have placed notices at the SPCA and at local parrot rescues, but if you know anyone on the North Shore who is missing a blue and white Budgie please ask them to get in touch with us at the Wildlife Refuge at 604-998-4229.


From all of us at Grouse Mountain, thank you for joining us during our winter season! We'll see you on the slopes next season! Guests should adhere to current public health orders and travel restrictions. Indoor dining has been paused until May 24th, 2021 but takeout and patio options are available - learn more