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I'd never seen this feral before (no band) but about a week ago she just walked right over to my cage of rehabs and started talking to them. she seemed to know one and he fluttered down to the bottom of the cage and began to converse with her. she looked hungry so i walked over, fully expcting her to fly off, but she didn't, she just stared at me as if i was a familiar face. the flock that i usually see is quite a small one, a family of about 15 birds. they are all interrelated as i can see that they all have the characteristic "white tailfeather", a single white tailfeather on the far left of their tail. This bird does not. Was she the mate of my rehab (Hermes) ?
Today she was back again, except she'd somehow managed to find her way into my food storage and she was feasting on my supply of milo seeds... :mad:
I must have left the door open...anyway, when she saw me ran into the back of the room, where i keep spare cages and she ran into the nearest cage and stood realy still. so i picked her up and looked at her closely, she was a seemingly healthy bird with a beautiful neck...
so then i relseased her, but she flew stubbornly back and sat on top of the aviary, talking to Hermes.
Is there a way of...i dunno...luring her away. Why is she so interested in Hermes???
 

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If she wants to be there so much and is so tame, maybe she should stay. That is really unusual behavior....especially that you could so easily pick her up.
 

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Odd...

yes, i agree. i can see her right now, trying to steal some food from the seed dish. she just stood there and let me pick her up, minimal struggle. i wonder if she belonged to somebody...
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I'll bet she did. Let the dear little thing in.:)
Maybe you can dress her up and take a cute picture.:D
 

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Sounds like this bird must have belonged to someone as she has such little fear of humans. Also you said she went right into a cage. The fact that she is all alone and not with a mate is of some concern as well. Sounds like she has chosen your rehabs as her flock. She also sounds like she's hungry trying to get at the food. She and your Hermes are already good friends, why not take her in she sounds and looks so sweet and needy.
 

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Don't mind if i do...

I accept your challenge! This is going to be funnnnnnnn....
P.S Pooper now does the 'night shift' nest duty. Hmm, i wonder if he sleeps on the job.
Here she is on the garage rooftop. (it's a rainy day)

I lured her down with some wild bird seed... and, to my surprise, she hopped into my hands and started to eat!
so i dressed her up a bit (Pooper was pretty ticked off...) ;)
and took these pictures. It looks like the camera 'loves' her too!

(the flower was a bit dewy but she didn't seem to mind)

(though it looks like i'm pushing her down, she was sliding down the heel so i had to hold her in place...)
 

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OH MY:D...You are such a character...can't help but smile at your antics.:cool: Love the pictures.

What will you name this lovely new feral?
 

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Names...

I didn't think that much about a name to be perfectly honest...
how about something like Cleopatra, you know... a female bird with a large, hooked nose...
(at least, i think she's female. it'd be a bit of an insult to name a male pijie Cleo)
;)
 

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Where do you live?
 

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Just curious...that's all.
 

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Lol, how funny. She was probably raised by someone who released her when she got big enough. Good thing you found her and not someone who doesn't like pigeons!
 

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LOL...the flowers.
 

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Yes, flowers are in bloom. i found this camelia outside the feeding shed (oh, no i've left the door open again, she's flying inside...)
and it fitted so snugly on her head. She didn't like having a hat, though, i think she'dve preferred it as a brooch.
anyhow, i'll have to get her out of the feeding shed now...
RELIEF...(about 5 mins later...)
luckily, no more of my seeds have been eaten. i locked the door as i went out. but as i was chasing her out i noticed that there was another little pijie with her, a fledgling that she was sitting with. it must have followed her there. here is a pic:
(in my "transport" cage)

she seemed to be "mothering" it.
Now, i can see them both on top of hermes's cage, and they are lying on their sides, relaxing. Oh, hang on...the fledgling has a white tailfeather...
perhaps she knows the flock as well. this younster doesn't seem so tame, though. he's just flown away to the Food Shed.
now he's trying to get in again...
should i catch her and put her in my 'rehabs' cage? :confused:
 

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HOLY SHEEP! Your little flock is growing by the hour. If the young one is with the new tame feral, then I guess you should. Especially if he has a white feather.
 

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Quarantine

And now that i've managed to sneeeeakily catch them (milo seeds in transport cage) i've put them in quarantine. young fledgling is a bit thin, but not emanciated. Odd, he still pecks the other's beak for food even though i saw him eating milo seeds. he doesn't like being touched (bit me) and doesn't seem to like the camera either, so it looks like this little guy was NOT destined to become the next Pij-Miranda Kerr.
The flock is circling around my street, i saw them a moment ago flying by.
p.s i've also got one fantail in quarantine next to them, i think she has mites. should i move her someplace else?
(hehe, a fantail called homer. i got a laugh out of my brother yesterday when i was telling him about her. the conversation went a bit like this:
Me: try as i might, i still can't teach my little homer to home!
Bro:Why? isn't it kinda, uh, natural?
Me:No
Bro:WHAT?!
Me: Duh! Fantails don't home!
Sorry, a bit off the topic...)
So right now the flock has landed in my garden again. And...now they've just flown away...(magpies, they think my garden is THEIR TURF).
Anyway, i think i have to close the food shed again, the flock has just landed outside the shed, i left the door open when i caught the 2 pijies with the transport cage. Yes, i'm THAT forgetful. Mum doesn't think i'll ever manage to finish reading that book on paediatrics... ;)
 

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Why don't you just dust them all for mites? It wouldn't hurt and you wouldn't need to move any of them.
I'll be anxious to find out how many others join your flock.:D
 

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Just Dusted!

yes, i've just dusted the birds. (the flock were still trying to steal more of my milo seeds...why do they like them so much?!) :rolleyes:
i hope they don't start nesting on my roof!
 

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what a nice feral,,she may have been a pet,usually ferals are slightly wary,having said that,some of ours have lost the shyness and come up and handfeed
 
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