'Mystery' bird comes home for bed and breakfast

THIS colourful visitor which has been capturing the attention of residents in Fremington is not far from home, after all. Sightings of the stunning blue African glossy starling left residents wondering where the mystery bird had come from. But it is no my

THIS colourful visitor which has been capturing the attention of residents in Fremington is not far from home, after all.

Sightings of the stunning blue African glossy starling left residents wondering where the mystery bird had come from.

But it is no mystery to Peter Saxsby, who lives in the centre of the village.

The bird lives in an aviary in the back garden of Peter's home, Greystones, a local bed and breakfast business.


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But he has always been an escape artist, said Peter. And in recent times he has taken to living outside most of the time, coming home only for meals.

Peter is sure the bird is a male because of his frequent whistling and would love to find him a mate, which might make him come home to stay.

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"I would love to hear from anyone who might have a female glossy starling available," said Peter.

"He is a very intelligent bird and clearly recognises my voice and that of my mother, Pauline.

"He knows which is my bedroom and whistles outside the window in the early mornings. He is free most of the time, but comes back for his mealworms, although not quite as often as he used to. I think maybe he is also getting food somewhere else. The only fear I have about him staying away is that he may fall prey to a hawk.

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