About "I too am worried about anyone finding him wanting to keep him -"
Yes that is understandable but probably a better outcome for his
survival and maybe even eventual return to you (if your notices work)
than any of the other perils you quite correctly understand and your
bird probably does not. And yes it is true that "birdwatchers are
probably the best people to ask about unusual bird sightings". The Sun
Conure is a striking looking bird I have seen several in Canberra. I
always have believed that all birdwatchers should at various times go
and have a look at the pet shops and go to places like the Gold Creek
aviary to just see what are some of the varieties of captive birds that
they might come across at any time in the suburbs. I addressed the issue
about escaped pets and their frequency of GBS observations of them in
The GBS Report and no, the Sun Conure was not mentioned!
Sent: Friday, 20 May 2011 9:57 AM
Subject: Sun Conure in South/west Belconnen?
Thanks everyone, for your support.
His name is "Pepper" and he is a free flight bird (ie primarily lives
inside, but has access to the backyard through a 'bird door' when i am
home), who has spent the occasional night outside over the past few
years. Until now, he has always returned the next morning. He is
reasonably confident outside, but this time he obviously went further
into Hawker than he's been before and has become lost (probably chased
by a Magpie or Currawong). Last Saturday as i was looking for him, he
was looking for me (circling the area and investigating groups of
people, from the reports of people i met), but we never managed to meet
up. Ironically, if i'd sat in the first location in which he was
sighted, rather than looking for him, i'd have bumped into him when he
returned 2 hours later. But of course i didn't know that then.
My main worry is the lack of sightings since Saturday following the -3
oC temperature that night. He's never liked the cold. Although on the
Sunday there weren't the crowds of sports players to attract him either.
(Not to mention goshawks, magpies, currawongs, cats....the list goes
I've had an add up on the RSPCA website since last Friday, have had
posters out (and i changed them all last night to include a reward on
your suggestion, thanks Heather!) at all the local shops and i've done
many hours of pounding the pavement calling for him. I've stopped that
now, as i really don't know which area he's in now and i suspect the
residents of Hawker would be getting quite annoyed at my repeated
shouting of "Pepper!". Unfortunately, it took until yesterday for me to
figure out that birdwatchers are probably the best people to ask about
unusual bird sightings!
And i'll also put an add into Allclassifieds, though i too am worried
about anyone finding him wanting to keep him - he's very tame and packed
with cheeky personality. Sun Conures are also not the cheapest or
easiest birds to buy in Canberra.
Anyway, again thanks for your support and please let me know if anyone
hears anything about him.
On 19/05/2011 4:37 PM, wrote:
> Don't lose hope too soon Marissa - my bright yellow handraised
> Cockatiel went missing last year for three days and three cold nights
> and I assumed he was gone forever (I've seen goshawks catch pigeons
> near my place in MacGregor and have rescued a tame cockatiel from our
> local gang of magpies) - but he landed on a friendly person's shoulder
> at Strathnairn behind Holt and they found my ad in
> AllClassfieds.com.au! He didn't have a feather out of place, and was
> extremely glad to see me.
> So I highly recommend putting out ads and offering a reward. The
> people who found my boy really wanted to keep him.
> What is your bird's name?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marissa
> Sent: Thursday, 19 May 2011 15:59
> Subject: [canberrabirds] Sun Conure in South/west Belconnen?
> This is a bit of a long shot ... My Sun Conure went missing on Friday
> in Scullin and was sighted 3 times in central Hawker on Saturday, but
> not since.
> On the extremely unlikely chance that he is still somehow coping with
> the freezing overnight temperatures, i was wondering if anyone in the
> south or southwestern Belconnen area might have seen him? I can supply
> a photo if it would help, but i suspect he'd stand out like a sore
> thumb to anyone with any knowledge of Canberra's birds.
> If you do hear anything, please call me on 0402 47 4409.
> Thank you.
> Marissa Harris
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