Kathy Schofield’s beloved pet magpie Flash is back home, 10 days after taking flight.
Flash’s return follows a concerted search effort by Schofield who rescues birds and releases them.
She was contacted on Saturday with reports Flash had been sighted on Manchesters Rd, Waimate, several kilometres from her home on Cameron St.
She initially put out a call on May 13 when the bird escaped its enclosed patio area after a courier driver dropped off a parcel and left a door open.
* Flash the pet magpie missing in Waimate
The bird was wearing a red tag around one of its legs to make it easily identifiable.
“I got messages from all over the place, we were going all over the place calling her but to no avail.”
The first confirmed sighting, with a photograph of the bird came from Adams Rd, also several kilometres away from Cameron St, on Wednesday, she said.
“I went out there and called to her but there was no luck.”
It was on Saturday when the good news arrived.
“I got a message from a Manchesters Rd address, also with a photograph of her, I got dozens of messages following that including a contact number so I asked the guy at the address if he could lure her into his garage.”
Schofield said she arrived at the address about 15 minutes later to find the bird in the rafters of the garage.
“She was mad at me, she would not come down from the rafters.
“We couldn’t get her down and I had to leave after an hour because I had to go to work.”
Schofield said her partner returned to the address later in the day.
“By the time my partner got there Flash had escaped from the garage and was waiting on the driveway, she was just sitting waiting in the open.
“My partner put some dinner on the back seat of the car and she got in and they went home.”
Schofield said the bird spent Saturday night inside her house.
“She is over the fuss, she looks pretty good indeed.
“She has done a good job looking after herself, she has obviously kept a good contact with people.
“It’s just good that we are in a little country town where people are supportive. Everywhere I go someone asks about Flash.”
Schofield said the bird was now shut in an aviary and would not be back in the enclosed porch area from now on unless it was locked.
“Magpies are fantastic creatures that are sometimes misunderstood, Flash is great company to me.”