[CT Birds] Captive Monk Parakeet - Stamford
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Mon Aug 1 10:15:47 EDT 2011
Found, Sunday 7/31 in North Stamford, CT
Silver ankle tag AF 987 (if I read it correctly). No distinguising marks
otherwise. Grey throat. Appeared healthy and responsive, no injuries.
Parakeet was flying around the neighborhood around 6am-ish, buzzing the early
risers. I woke up to a strange bird call, couldnt figure out what I was hearing
since it was out of context. My neighbors said they saw a 'large green bird'
that looked like a parrot, and had an ankle bracelet.
Later that morning it was flying around and I was calling for it figuring it was
captive and social. (My neighbors thought it was funny that I was using the
scientific method of 'come here birdie' bird call. They sort of expected as a
birder I'd have some special whistle or something). Finally it landed on my
deck and then came down to a kiddie pool that we have. Threw a towel over it
and transferred it to a cat carrier, gave it some finch food and water which it
happily took. Had no citrus at home, so it had to do.
Currently resides at Animal Embassy in Stamford, in good hands and proper cage.
Thanks to Kathy and Meredith for the advice and encouragement.
If you know this bird, please contact Animal Embassy.
For the record, we don't have wild Monk Parakeets in residence this far north in
Stamford. All in all a fun experience.
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