Laura, ignore those last two posts. You are doing the right thing.
Budgies are not indigenous to Texas. Undoubtedly this little Budgie
was bred in captivity and is an escapee. He will be much happier and
safer in his familiar environment (a cage).
Inevitably ill-informed people will come out of the woodwork and post.
We have to take the good and the bad. Keep trying and keep us posted!