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Frisco woman speaks with unattended macaw at park

Elise Reuter
ereuter@summitdaily.com

Dee Dee Byers took a seat in Meadow Creek Park, enjoying the warm summer breeze after her morning workout. But before she could take the first bite into her lunch, a brightly plumed bird perched in the branches of an aspen caught her eye.

"Hello?" she said, taking out her camera.

"Hello, hello," the bird replied back, to her surprise.

Byers, who thought the pet was an escaped parrot, took several photos to help find the owners. Later, she identified the tropical bird as a macaw.

"I really had thought it had gotten away from someone. I was figuring out what I was gonna do," Byers said.

"We see mountain lions, bears and coyotes and everything up here. But I've never seen a macaw here certainly. That was the first," she laughed.

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Before she could make a call, a woman walked up to the bird. She said she and her husband, who live in California, were travelling for two months and had stopped to grab a bite along the way.

"They stopped to rest there, and they put the bird out in a tree, since he doesn't fly," Byers said. "They like the bird to get fresh air like that."

Byers said that the macaw, at age 25, was very lively, chatting and making bird sounds. He said "bye" to Byers just shortly before he was whisked away by his owners, headed toward their next destination.

Just hours before, Byers had coffee with her neighbors in Frisco, both of whom are avid bird watchers. Byers said they mentioned seeing 14 different species of birds this spring. Later, she stopped by their house with a photo of the macaw.

"Her husband paints, and he wants to do a painting with the macaw with the mountains in the background," Byers said. "It was just one of those happenings, and I'm glad I saw it. It was very fun."