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Male Ekkie Sighting_Sunshine Coast Qld

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If anyone has lost their male ekkie near me, he might be near my home at the moment.

I was able to hand feed him bits of apple, but he has been harassed by my resident busy miners who are protective of this place. I am not certain if this bird is wild, but it is not common to see them in my area. I believe he has experience with humans. He really seems to want to be near me. He was also making sweet little ohh and ahhs when I was hand feeding him apple. If he wasn't scared off I would have been able to bring him inside.

The goal is to get him to a vet for a micro chip read, and go from there. However he is nervous so I am not sure I will have success. he seems very hungry, feather quality seems poor...maybe he has been lost for awhile?

I will keep trying to coax him.
 

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Well very sadly he was chased my Miners again. He flew out of my sight. I quickly tossed some long clothes on and went searching in the bushland , but didn't see him again. I started playing Ekkie calls from my home to try and encourage him, but it got dark. So I am worried about him spending another night outside.

I will place more fruit out for him tomorrow. He almost stepped up for me. I was able to touch his beak when I offered him fruit earlier. Poor little guy. I do hope he finds home.
 

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:angel1: Prayers he stays safe and you're able to get him checked.
 

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This morning my partner woke to a crying baby sound outside of our house. He thinks it was the little Ekkie, but he didn't see him anywhere. We put more fruits out for him and will hope he shows up. My partner now wonders if maybe he was intentionally abandoned, maybe when he started mimicking the crying human babies they got fed up with him.. I really hope this isn't the case. Fingers crossed he comes to us, we will do what we can to get him to a vet and find his home.
 

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If you have a spare cage you can leave outside with the door open to it and a bowl of food and water in it he may go in to eat. If you can rig something to the door to close it while you are out of sight that might be your opportunity to catch him. It'd be interesting to see if he would be comfortable going in a cage too.
 

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So he was one lucky little guy, he was only out for about 1.5 days. His owner ends up being a neighbor who lives on the other side of the council bushland. So now we have connected and once all the COVID stuff calms down I am going to spend some time with her birds :) So the nice part of the story I get to connect with other bird people in my own community.

Also I can confirm he was not the bird who was crying this morning, the one that sounded like a human, as the little ekkie made it home late last night. Apparently after I fed him and the miners chased him again he flew near enough to his actual home to get found right as the sun was setting. Weird how these things happen.
 

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Also I just want to point out that Parrotalert really worked in this instance! I posted a sighting of the bird, there was also a posting of a lost bird. The beak was identical. It is SO awesome that we have a way to get info out and get our birds home so efficiently. I wish this was around when I lost my Petrie back in '05.
 

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What a great story! We got ours back once. We posted Lost on Facebook, someone posted found on Craigslist, and some kind soul sent me a screenshot asking if that was my bird!
 
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