An exotic bird has been seen living in a Sunderland city park – but now a twitcher is hoping to track down the animal’s owner.
Michael Lowes says he first saw the Blue-headed Amazon parrot sitting in a tree in Roker Park, close to where he lives, more than a month ago.
Mr Lowes, a member of Durham Bird Club, says he believes that the animal is someone’s pet that has gone missing from its home.
The bird has been seen mingling with other creatures in the park and eating berries from a Swedish Whitebeam tree.
“I’d heard about the bird being in the area and it has a really distinctive shrill,” said Mr Lowes, 63, who lives in Park Parade, Roker.
“I live across the road from where the trees are and it’s there first thing in the morning and at night too,” he added.
“It’s very bold and if the pigeons come into the tree, it chases them away.
“You can see its claws are sharp by how it rips through the twigs to get berries.
“It’s obviously someone’s pet and needs to get back to them.”
Mr Lowes added that he has tried to find the owner of the bird online, but as yet has had no such luck.
“I posted something on the Sunderland Message Board and there was someone mentioning that a person in Chester Road had lost a parrot, but nothing more came of it.
“Hopefully, the owner sees this and comes to get it back, because with the weather starting to turn worse, you wonder how it will be affected as it gets colder, and that’s what worries me.”
Source – Sunderland Echo, 08 Oct 2014