Above is Snowy, who I came across as I was returning home one day from doing the shopping. Approaching my local Tesco's (BBC Media Village, White City), I saw Snowy approaching from the opposite direction. She (at least, I think Snowy's a she) walked in ahead of me and stood before the till nearest the door, in front of a queue of people who cooed with delight on seeing such a pretty little bird. As I bent down to pick her up, however, Snowy flew out of my reach, alighting on the counter of the Krispy Kreme doughnut stand a few feet away! At this point I darted forward and caught her - and brought her home. She appeared healthy and was able to fly; however, checking her over, I noticed some tiny red spots under one of her wings, which made me suspect a close shave with a predator of some kind.
Well, that was about a month ago, and though Snowy remains perfectly well, I'm loathe to let her go, as she seems so clueless and is incredibly easy to catch! Even on the rare occasions she escapes her cage, it only takes me a few seconds to recapture her! This, combined with the fact that she walked into Tesco's and mingled with the shoppers without a care in the world, makes me wonder if she's an escaped pet of some sort. Yet she has no band around her leg... Advice on what to do with this beautiful bird (as well as an expert opinion on what breed of bird she is) would be greatly appreciated. My wife and I would of course love to keep her and would only ever give her up if it meant that she could be with others of her own kind in a bird sanctuary or similar.