Sienna, our 13-year old Eclectus, died. We have no idea what happened except that she may have been startled while on her favorite corner of the porch, jumped into the air and, since she was not a good flyer, landed on the rock path and either hit her head or broke her neck. I found her below the bushes lying still. My heart was and is broken. She was the most gentle, loving bird and the Queen of our household.
Sienna had been acquired as a fledgling and after about one month with us managed to fly off on a gust of wind while we were out in the front yard with her. We did not think she could gain much ground as we had just clipped her wings, but the gust was enough to sustain her and in seconds she was out of our sight. During the 3 days she was gone, it rained with thunder, lightning and hail. I had spread posters around the neighborhood and at the Vet's office and local businesses alerting people to our loss. The 3rd day a woman two blocks away called us and informed us that our bird had walked up to her in her yard and looked at her as if to say "help me, I need a home and food". The woman brought her back to us and we were thrilled.
Sienna loved her freedom on our porch. She was queen here and the dogs and cats ran from her when she approached. She would growl at them to let them know it was her territory. She was loving and quiet. She could sit on my shoulder for hours to the point that I would forget that she was there. She loved eating peanuts with my husband and drinking orange juice out of his glass.
She could have lived another 20 years or more and the loss of this beautiful pet is devastating. We have lost 4 pets now since coming to the island. Two of our dogs; Tippy and pepper, one cat (Midnight) and now Sienna.
If you never had a pet you cannot comprehend the loss of a loved animal. I have cried over her like I cried when my daughter died. Sienna was such a joy to have around and totally devoted to me. I will never have another bird quite like her.....she was, as impossible as it seems, irreplaceable.