Long story short: I was able to catch the beautiful bird and she/he is safe in a gerbil cage until we can take it to animal services tomorrow. I hope it finds a good home. Oh yeah, look at how handy my boring, but always practical heavy Pyrex custard dishes are. They fit perfectly into the small opening in the cage and the little bird is happy perching on Pyrex.
Life is sweet today.
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