Published: March 21, 2012
Burnham-On-Sea residents urged to join Saturday search for Ollie!

The owners of a lost parrot in Burnham-On-Sea are appealing to residents to join a town-wide search for the bird over the next few weekends.

Pauline and Ade Hale have launched a 'Find Ollie Saturday Campaign' in the hope that residents in the Burnham area will go outside in their gardens at 9am on the next three Saturdays between 9am and 9.30am to look, listen and call for Ollie, the missing African Grey Parrot.

Ollie, pictured, escaped from its Burnham home on January 19th after being frightened by a noisy digger.

The couple have owned the 16 year-old parrot since it was three months old and only recently moved to Burnham just before Christmas.

Pauline told "I was just outside the front door putting some recycling out when she was frightened. She flew to our settee under the window which she did regularly, but the shape of the bins in front of the window must have caused her to fly straight out of the door over my head as I was coming back in. At the same time, another big digger was coming down the road towards her, so she flew out of the door towards the Brent Knoll area."

"We are desperate to get her back – she adores both me and my husband but my husband Ade was her favourite and every night she would wait for him to get home and fly to him and then cuddle up with him and play with him all night until bed."

Pauline added: "As you can appreciate, it is almost impossible for us to happen to be in the right place at the right time when we are out and about looking on our own, but if we can get enough support so there is someone in every area all looking at the same time then we may be able to locate her and get her back home with her family and feathered friends."

She added that the couple have contacted the RSPB, RSPCA, Police and local vets and also put up posters around the Burnham area, including Brent Knoll and Berrow but without luck so far.

"We have had phone calls in response to the posters, letting us know where she has been seen or heard. We have also put leaflets through doors where there have been reported sightings or that she has been heard."

"We missed getting her back twice by a few minutes of her being seen - by the time we got to the place she had flown off."

Pauline has joined's forums under the username Parrotman and says she is "so grateful for the support" shown so far. She added: "We have received super support from the wonderful people in Burnham - over 15,000 hits on the forums up to this point - and I don't think we could have found a better place to move to!"

Anyone who spots or hears the parrot should call the couple on 07940 797750.

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