Unusual Visitor Discovered Near White Haven

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There was a mystery in Luzerne County for a while today, and it involved a brightly colored bird, certainly not native to our area.

The bird was spotted in a neighborhood near White Haven, and that attracted all kinds of attention.

It's something you don't see every day in Foster Township. A brightly colored bird wandering through a neighborhood.

Neighbor Allen Shoemaker said he first spotted it on Tuesday. "I didn't know what it was until I called my buddy, Jimmy Lawson in Freeland and he said it was probaby a Chinese ringneck (pheasant) and I looked it up and thats what it was," said Shoemaker.

Shoemaker said he knew right away that this was someone's pet because it didn't act like a bird in the wild. "I called the wife to the window and the first thing she did is run for the bread and I started throwing the bread onto the porch and he got closer and I went out on the porch and he was taking it out of my hand and everything," Shoemaker added.

At Buddies Petting Farm you can find all kinds of animals. Owner Dwight Hook is considered by some as an expert. He said he was suprised to hear about the brightly colored bird wandering through the neighborhood.

"The game commission doesn't stock them, they're not natural. Someone had to buy it from a bird farm or something," said Hook.

Back in the neighborhood Shoemaker worried about the fate of the bird.

"I just hope he doesn't get anyplace with all these dogs running around, I hope he makes it through the winter here ." said Shoemaker.

Late in the day came news that Shoemaker was able to lure the bird into a cage with bread.  The owner has been found and contacted, and soon the wandering bird will be home.