WOW!!! A happy story indeed.
To think the little guy was out there on his own for that long and you still managed to find him is AMAZING.
You're saying this happened LAST year at this time?
How long after you finally found him did he continue to do the panting? And it was only in the evening? hmmm
LOVE to hear happy stories like yours. Would love to see pics of your little adventurer.
Thanks for telling your story here. It will help give others an idea of what to do in case they are in the same situation, and let them know that there IS hope if they get lost bird info out there quickly. No matter how slim, it CAN happen.