As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Essex parrot picks two locks in car escape

10th November 2014

A parrot picked two locks on his cage and made his escape while being transported in a car in Essex.

Magic, a Senegal parrot, was being moved temporarily while his owners from Leigh-on-Sea were on holiday.

Their daughter Michelle Russell said Magic had been known to escape so a second lock had been put on the cage.

Magic flew away when the car door was opened and has not been seen since Thursday. She said the green bird would be hard to spot if he was in a tree.

Mrs Russell and her husband Lester were taking the bird from the home of her parents' Roy and Grace Jarvis to their own in Hadleigh Road when he made his getaway.

"Magic's escaped before, but he just flies around the room," she said.

"He's picked the ordinary lock before so my parents put an extra one on, a bit like a caribiner like climbers use for their ropes."

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