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The Metro Bird Lives

In my column on Monday I wrote about a bird that's been living in the Forest Glen Metro station for the last month. The bird was actually two birds, Metro told me, and they were euthanized last week.

So imagine my surprise when I walked into the station on Wednesday and was told the bird was still there. One of the station employees said he didn't know anything about the bird being whacked. "We were just watching him on the cameras yesterday," he said, nodding towards the closed-circuit screens in the little booth.

And when I got down to the platform there was the bird, as happy as ever (if birds can be said to be happy).


If only I had a net, I thought. The bird looked fairly mellow and I thought about sweeping him into my Lands End canvas briefcase. But just then the train came in he flew up from his perch. I'm thinking of bringing a bag or a pillowcase or something with me this morning to see if I can catch him and set him free outside.

By John Kelly  |  February 13, 2009; 8:10 AM ET
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Very glad the bird hasn't been euthanized (and hoping that your article doesn't inspire them to go hunting for it/them in an attempt to neutralize the issue).

If it's not in distress and not causing any sort of particular problems in the running of the station or harassing passengers, why would they want to do such a thing?

Posted by: | February 13, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

John, too bad we can't get Burt Lancaster to play the role of the intrepid Post Reporter and naturalist in the movie version of "The Birdman of Metrorail."

Posted by: mfromalexva1 | February 13, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

If the bird lands on the 3rd rail, remember patrons, its ILLEGAL to consume food in ANY Metrorail station, even if WMATA cooked the bird for you!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | February 13, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Just spent a few minutes with a flock of sparrows at the Anacostia Station. Perhaps they roost on Branch Avenue.

Posted by: MikeLicht | February 15, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

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