These six bird cage patent art printables are a tribute to our feathered friends and the return of spring! Let the chirping commence!
Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?
I’ve had the (occasional) pleasure of living with precisely three birds in my life. The first was a cockatiel named Marty, and he was a family pet when I was small. Marty has an incredible life story. Besides consuming more iceberg lettuce than any bird in the Connecticut River Valley in the early 1980s, Marty was a domesticated bird that escaped on a two-week, unsupervised, unchaperoned, and entirely unauthorized adventure.
He was a smartish avian – more so than most of his bird-brained peers. Marty loved nothing more than to ride along on my mother’s shoulder as she went about her domestic activities. Washing the dishes? Marty was there. Eating breakfast? On the shoulder. Outside on the patio or working in the yard? Yep, Marty on board. So you might imagine my mother’s shock and dismay when one day while puttering about the patio behind the house, Marty flew the
coop shoulder. No one knows why he decided to take wing that day. Was it some dormant instinct roused by watching birds wheeling above? Or maybe he was leaving avian adolescence, and he realized there was more to this world than just a shoulder and a cage. Whatever the reason, Marty flew, and he never looked back.
Of course, my mother was despondent. Her constant companion had bolted without so much as a valedictory squawk. Most would have shed their tears and carried on with life. It was a bird, after all. They’re not known for sniffing around the neighborhood and returning home for dinner.
But my mother was determined. She called the local newspaper. She took out an ad in the classifieds, or whichever section catered to lost pets and causes.
Gray cockatiel with red cheeks. Responds to Marty.
Very tame. Likes shoulders and iceberg lettuce.
If found, please call 203-555-0837.
I’m sure the editors at The Glastonbury Citizen had a good chuckle over that particular submission!
The hours after Marty’s departure rolled into days, and the days stretched into weeks. I’d all but forgotten the winged escapist and moved on with my life. But my mother never gave up hope. We told her to forget about Marty. Reggie the poodle was still going strong – focus on him! Or get a new bird – how about a parrot this time? Something that talks?
She was having none of it.
Well, you can’t force a broken heart to heal, so we let her be.
And then one morning, the phone rang.
Now, a morning phone call wasn’t uncommon. In fact, my nana (mom’s mom) called every morning at 8:30. This call served two purposes: it let us know she hadn’t keeled over in the night, and it was a perfect opportunity to regale my mother with the contents of her insubstantial breakfast. “I generally eat half a bananer in the morning,” was a refrain I heard on more than one occasion.
But this particular morning, the person on the other end of the line wasn’t my nana. It was a woman who lived 5 miles (as the
crow cockatiel flies) from my childhood home. She was out in her garden when, to her great shock and surprise, a gray bird alighted on her shoulder! Now, normally, the woman would have rightly shrieked and shooed the feathered beast away, but just that morning at breakfast, she had read my mother’s ad in the local paper. Like the editors at the paper, she too had a chuckle, thinking the woman who lost the bird had also lost a few marbles. Yet here it was, and there she was! Quietly, stealthily, she sidled inside lest Marty fly once more, leaving nothing but a white and watery calling card on the poor woman’s shoulder. Once inside, she dialed the number written in the ad, and within the hour, my mother had her beloved Marty back on her shoulder.
Marty lived a long and happy life eating mountains of iceberg lettuce. He never suffered any disease, and when it was his time to go, he just dropped to the bottom of the cage. No theatrics, no lingering malaise. Alive one moment, paper weight the next. Marty was a class act. He knew the score.
Now, you’re probably wondering about the other birds – numbers two and three. Well, they’re a different story altogether, and one I told a few years ago. You can read all about them here, in one of the posts I wrote about our year in Vietnam.
Now that you’ve read about a few caged birds, it’s time to download and enjoy some bird cage patent art.
As usual, here is some information on the printables: we designed these free printable birdcage patent art in three colors and to fit into a 16×20 inch frame or a 24×36 poster frame, though you may scale them up or down as necessary. 24×36 inch scales down easily to 20×30 / 16×24 / 12×18 / 8×12 / 4×6 inches, and 16×20 inch scales down to 12×15 / 8×10 / 4×5 inches with no problems. If you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them using your home printer, then check out our “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post.
Also, if you don’t have a large format printer like the Canon i8720 Printer (prints up to 13×19 inches) and are wondering the best place to get these printables printed bigger than 8×12, we recommend trying Staples in your area or Amazon print shop. Both stores offer custom-sized prints on matte or glossy paper, and they both cost about the same. Staples also offers Engineering Prints, which are really affordable for large-format prints, but in some areas (like ours), they must be ordered from their online print shop.
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