The following is a public service announcement, as columnists occasionally have a right to be when they're not trying to be funny or political.
There is a cockatiel missing in Huntington Beach, and apparently a family in Newport Beach has found it. The bird's owners are trying to track down the finders, and the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center is aiding them in the search. That's the gist of the story so far.
Now, a missing cockatiel may sound like the fodder for a zany human interest story or to some, not a story at all. But like I said, we're running this column as a way to spread the word. This particular bird, named Sunny, is the longtime companion of a special-needs child, and she and her family are eager to have him back.
Lori Stevens-Hogue, a paralegal who lives in Huntington Beach and has a horse at the equestrian center, called me Monday and told me about the search her family has been on since Sunny flew away a month ago. Her husband was walking out to get the morning paper and didn't know that Sunny had perched on his shoulder, and when he stepped outside, the bird took off.