Appeal after budgie found on Instow beach

Erica found the little bird at Instow Beach on January 3.

Erica found the little bird at Instow Beach on January 3. - Credit: Archant

A woman from Westleigh is appealing to find the owner of a budgie she rescued from the cold on Instow beach.

The budgie found by Erica Fairbrother.

The budgie found by Erica Fairbrother. - Credit: Archant

A WOMAN is appealing to find the owner of a budgie she rescued from the cold on Instow beach earlier this month.

Erica Fairbrother, from Westleigh, was walking with her daughter Natalie when her boxer dog Cleo started pulling towards a blue object they thought was a ball.

But on closer inspection, the ‘ball’ turned out to be a small budgie-type bird, huddled against the wall from the cold.

“Cleo ended up pulling us right over to it, and lay down with her nose against it,” said Erica.


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“We couldn’t believe it when we realised it was a budgie; it was the last thing we expected.

“I picked it up in a hat to keep it warm and took it home where I’ve been looking after it.

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“I’ve put up posters but am worried someone thinks their budgie is lost or dead, when in actual fact it’s sat singing away happily in my kitchen.”

The blue-grey coloured bird is believed to be a male, with a yellow beak and is very tame and friendly.

Erica contacted the police and has put posters up in the Instow area, but to no avail.

“My husband knows someone who breeds birds so it will have a good home to go to if we can’t reunite it,” she said.

“But I don’t like the thought someone might not know where their beloved pet is, and would really like to find the owner.”

The bird was discovered by the wall opposite Kiln Close Lane at around 12pm on January 3.

Is this your budgie? Call reporter Sarah Howells on 01271 341658 or email sarah.howells@archant.co.uk to be put in touch with Erica.

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