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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2008, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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I found someones "set free" pet... How do I catch it?

So theres this little bright blue finch at our feeeder, and we had never seen it before. My mom looked it up, and it turns out they live in South America. We email some one whos savvy on MN birds, and they said that some one probably "set free" their pet. It made friends with all the other finches and stuff, and I would just let it be, but a bird from south america could NEVER survive a MN winter!

I really want the little birdie to be safe, but I have no idea ho wto catch a finch! Ive cought a ring neck parakeet I found flying around, but those are bigger, and he was cought in a tree.
This little bird is practically wild, and I could never catch him with my hands! So I need to set some kind of trap for him... and ideas?



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Hmm...I'm not sure, but once my dad caught a sparrow in a live trap that he put out for rats. Maybe you could get a live trap with small enough bar spacing and put bird food in it? You'd have to check it a lot though, you'd probably catch some wild birds and would have to let them free asap.


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put out a cage with the doors open, it mght recognize safety and go in. I know it sounds simple but that's what i was told t do bfore
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Yeah ive heard to put out a bird cage with doors open.
A little off topic---When I released my chickadees I kept their cage out for a few days so they had somewhere secure to go to when needed.

The bird might remember the cage and go right in... who knows though. maybe it had a bad life in the cage.

good luck! the birdie needs to stay warm!
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Thanks guys!
Im getting a little worried about the birdie tho, cuz I havent seen him for 3 days! I hope hes OK...



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he may go with the other finches when they migrate in the winters... there are several parrots that are in new york from people setting them free and they have survived my migrating with other wild birds

*shrug* Good luck catching him, thats the best for it, but i wouldn't say it is 100% dead if someone doesn't catch it.

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Hi, Jess! Set out some THISTLE SOCKS for finches and I bet he will return in a couple of days. Finches love thistle. You have awhile for him to start to trust you and when he feels more comfortable around you, try to catch him with a fish net with a long pole? But be careful, you don't want to injure him. He may be just fine outside with the others as long as you keep feeding the thistle. Best wishes. Can you get a picture of him?


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We have a feeder with thistle seed in it, thats what attracted him on the first place!
And we have 2 pics of him, but they are really blurry... http://www.fieldguides.com/_birdpix/...FinchBW_sm.jpg This is what he looks like tho. ^^ Isnt it cuuuuuuuuute??



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Exactly what kind of bird is it? I'm curious what species it is. There are occasional escapes from captivity, but there are also blue natives like Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks.

If you could tell me what species, it might help us determine the best way to catch it.

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Exactly what kind of bird is it? I'm curious what species it is. There are occasional escapes from captivity, but there are also blue natives like Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks.

If you could tell me what species, it might help us determine the best way to catch it.

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She has posted a pic of a yellow-billed blue finch; which are found in Bolivia and Brazil.
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i saw an indigo bunting once, here in ontario, wow are they vibrant!!

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She has posted a pic of a yellow-billed blue finch; which are found in Bolivia and Brazil.
Doh! ...Apparently I can't read as I get older...

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