Joan Andrews in her Dawn aviary with one of her doves. Ms Andrews had 22 finches go missing in one night from the same aviary.
Joan Andrews in her Dawn aviary with one of her doves. Ms Andrews had 22 finches go missing in one night from the same aviary. Craig Warhurst

The great finch pinch

THE Dawn resident Joan Andrews is worried a serial bird napper is on the prowl in the Gympie region after 22 finches were taken from her aviary.

The theft follows on from a similar case of 15 stolen finches from a Chatsworth home in September.

Ms Andrews phoned The Gympie Times to raise her concerns after a friend told her about the finches stolen from Chatsworth.

She said she visited the aviary at the back of her home every day to feed the birds which included seven doves.

On the morning Ms Andrews discovered her 22 finches missing, she said a stone kept in front of the cage door had been moved and a cigarette butt was found lying on the ground at the back of her home.

“No-one smokes at my house so I don’t know where it came from,” Ms Andrews said.

Some people had suggested to Ms Andrews that a snake may have taken the birds.

She said the aviary’s wire mesh was too small for a snake to escape if it had just eaten 22 birds. She also noted none of her doves, including babies, had been touched.

“A snake would never get out of the cage (after eating 22 birds) and I check it every day.”

The missing birds were a mixture of zebras, brown and red spotted finches.

The bird-lover said they ranged in value from $6 to $45 a pair, depending on the bird.

“I am so angry, to think someone would be hanging around my home,” Ms Andrews said.

She warned finch owners to keep an eye on their birds and report any theft to Gympie police.

Have you had birds stolen recently?

Give The Gympie Times a call on 54821011 and tell us your story.

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