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Grumpy The African Grey - Reunited!!

Discussion in 'Lost Birds' started by Oli Fry, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    and you didn't find a plucked and spit roasted sparrow hawk? Grumpy must have been hungry to eat an entire one including feathers :yikes:

    Flipping glad she's home :)
    What does her mate think? Bet he's sat there thinking ….. last night I was all the centre of attention and totally spoiled and she had done a runner the minute she returns and look at them all cooing over her and offering her a blinking hob nob!! Where the heck is mine??!!! :pancarta:

    Will you all be sleeping indoors tonight …. two travel cages in the bedroom me thinks? Bet your totally exhausted too …. you will need a holiday to recover after this holiday :buenrollo:
     
  2. Oli Fry

    Oli Fry Regular Member Registered

    Ha. I think he's relieved to be out of his travel cage at least. The birds are in the aviary now - rummaging about in their shelter - and I'm going to bed. I did think about keeping them in but frankly I have had enough of them for one day!! Tomorrow, back to London to do more work on the new aviary, which will have extra security features now. Grumps has a taste for freedom, I can sense it.
     
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  3. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    :pancarta:
     
  4. Latindancer

    Latindancer Regular Member

    Morning, hope the hawk slayer is ok this morning and recovering from her adventure.
     
  5. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Oh so very sorry, fly free poor Grumpy.
     
  6. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    @plumsmum should be fly free sparrow hawk …. Grumpy won and is back home :)
     
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  7. Oli Fry

    Oli Fry Regular Member Registered

  8. Oli Fry

    Oli Fry Regular Member Registered

    This was Grumpy yesterday morning. Can anyone spot her? She's happily chatting in her aviary tonight.
     
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  9. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    looks lie she is in one of the smaller trees in front of the conifer left of the gate just over a gate width over the height of the green bush
     
  10. Ararajuba

    Ararajuba Regular Member

    I couldn't see her at all, and I've had a fair amount of practice at spotting wild parrots round here! I daresay she was more easily heard than seen though. Was that her near the top of the large tree, on the left? Something looks a bit different there, but I wouldn't like to bet that it's a parrot.

    What a drama you had with her! I'm glad it's had a happy ending at last though. :applaudit: You must be so relieved to have her back after having pretty much given up hope after the hawk attack.
     
  11. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    the photo shows how well grey is so hard to see this is why it a popular colour with pigeons and looking from the ground it can look like the sky is showing through the tree, I have been on many searches and spotted a few birds but I have trained my self to look for the shape more than the colour.
     
  12. Oli Fry

    Oli Fry Regular Member Registered

    She's about three quarters of the way up the tallest tree, and dead centre. You can see her if you start at top and work down.
    Yeah it was a mad experience. I still can't believe I got her back - I followed her for 13 hours yesterday, including down a railway track, and she made numerous attempts to fly to me but couldn't descend properly. Finally she flopped into a smaller tree by a country road and climbed down. I had to stand on the car roof to reach her with my mother driving (slowly) to reverse into the right spot. I can only conclude that she bit the attacking hawk and it backed off. I truly believed she had been killed due to the terrible growling and screaming and subsequent dead silence. She's an amazing bird and has always been the most confident and trainable of my greys despite being loudest by a very long way.
     
  13. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    I doubt if a grey will be able to kill a hawk but its calls are so different from a pigeon and that may of frightened the hawk away. with the panic over she would of just been quiet and silent until she found a place of safety.
     
  14. Oli Fry

    Oli Fry Regular Member Registered

    Yes, that sounds about right.
     
  15. Roz

    Roz Regular Member

    Hope you never have to repeat that experience! So relieved you got her back!
     
  16. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Seriously could she not have found a taller tree??!?!??! WTF!
    Ok so sending you up there with a tree surgeon plus pillowcase and a charry picker … could have lost all of you in there and sent a few more people up it just for good measure!
     
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  17. plumsmum

    plumsmum Regular Member

    Really, brilliant news, sorry obviously didnt read properly. Was down in the dumps thinking about this yesterday. Go Grumpy!
     
  18. Oli Fry

    Oli Fry Regular Member Registered

    Thanks so much! I'm sorry to have given you a scare. The support and advice on this forum has meant a lot.
     
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