Another Update on the Munchkin

The little guy is still around. He’s coming around less, which is good, but he’s still alive. It’s very strange behavior. I’ll continue to keep an eye out for him and report any illuminating developments.

In the meantime, another blue-crowned conure (like Connor) has shown up in the flock. Somebody’s pet, no doubt. He’s a little clumsy when he flies, but he’s fully flighted, that is, his wings are not clipped. I see and hear him fly overhead every day, and yesterday he was looking stronger. I say “in the flock,” but for the moment he’s on his own. New birds are never accepted into the bosom of the flock right off the bat.

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8 Responses to “Another Update on the Munchkin”

  1. Brad Biggs Says:

    My best to Munchkin, but I must admit the new blue-crowned conure interests me more. I imagine how frightening it must be for a caged (pet) parrot to find himself lost and vulnerable. I hope the flock accepts him into their fold. Connor, the outsider, was my favorite member of the flock. Sad that he met the fate he eventually did.

    • markbittner Says:

      I’ve thought of luring him in if it looks like he’s having trouble. Right now he’s having a gas. I’ll keep you up to date on his status for as long as I see him, or until he’s an accepted member of the flock.

  2. Ted Davids Says:

    I echo what Brad said about Conner. You portrayed him well in the book and I too hope this new Blue crown fares better. And please keep us informed on Munchkin, and any others you would like. I know you have moved on from the Flock but they do have a fan club.

  3. Margaret Benbow Says:

    In regard to Conner’s fate, it was a big relief to me when the neighbor came forward and said she found his body in her yard, still a beautiful bird, and that there were no signs of his having been mangled or eaten by hawks. His death was sad, but not the horrific nightmare that his being eaten alive would have been.

  4. Margaret Benbow Says:

    In regard to the new Blue-crown, if he’s accepted by the flock better than Conner was, that’s great. But if he goes through the same kind of isolation and rejection, would it work for a human friend of the flock to obtain a Blue Crown mate for him(the two of them still living, flying and feeding outdoors)? I know some would consider this “interference,” but it does seem like a practical solution.

    • markbittner Says:

      The chance of a pet bird surviving in the wild is slim. The flock was started by wild birds that had been trapped and sent up here to be sold as pets.

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