So while I'm driving, I'm usually aware of what's going on by the side of the road. I'm always on the lookout for an injured bird (or turtle, or possum, as the case has been in the past).
Well, today on my way home from school, I noticed a bird fluttering around on the side of a very busy road. Glades in Boca, for you South Floridians. It was BRIGHTLY colored.. I was going pretty fast (duh), but from what I saw, I thought, "Oh my god, that was a conure!" Really not what you expect to see on the side of the road. I figured it had to be an escaped pet or something.
I immediately tried to find a place to pull over, but no luck... About a block down the road, I found a parking spot at a fire station and ran back to where I spotted the bird. It was still fluttering... As I approaching, it was jumping off the ground and falling back on its side. I was thinking that it REALLY didn't look good that it was that hurt. With the traffic whizzing by, I got closer and planned to nab the bird.
When I got about five feet away, I realized it was TWO BIRDS. Two. Brightly colored little birds. Doin' it. In the road. (Why they chose a busy road with cars zipping by at 40-50 mph, I have no idea. Thrill seekers, I guess.) They got spooked by me and jumped... It took a little bit for them to get regrouped, but when they did, they took flight and I watched them flap their little wings across Glades Road and into a tree somewhere on the other side.
I looked up on Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation website to figure out what they were, since up close I realized they were not sun conures, at least. There are no conures reported in Florida, but there are these Fischer's Lovebirds. They are reported as being present in the state but, "Not reported breeding." Well then. I guess I have news for the FWC. :)