UPDATE: Missing pet jackdaw Izzy has been found

Izzy the jackdaw pictured enjoying a gentle blow-dry from Monica after he gave himself a bath.
Izzy the jackdaw pictured enjoying a gentle blow-dry from Monica after he gave himself a bath.

Thursday 10.36am - A tame jackdaw with a penchant for stealing, hanging around burger vans and befriending children has gone missing from his Swineshead home.

The mischievous bird has been living with his family in Abbey Road for seven years - coming and going from their house as he pleases.

Izzy enjoys some mealworms with owner Monica

Izzy enjoys some mealworms with owner Monica

However, he normally returns at night to enjoy the home comforts, but has now been gone for three weeks.

“Izzy is very naughty and demanding, but we miss him terribly,” said owner Monica Lawrence, who has rescued injured crows and other birds of the corvid family.

“He has been with us for seven years now and is very much a part of our family.”

The bird disappeared on November 13, taking off with the wild flock, as he often does. However, the flock didn’t return to the village until last weekend, by which time Izzy was no longer with them.

“He is a strong flyer, so could be anywhere,” said Monica. “Although he is able to fend for himself, we know from past experience that he is likely to be attracted to food outlets and schools.”

The Standard first featured a story on the bird back in November, 2011, when he first went missing for 17 days.

With the help of our readers he was later tracked down to a burger van in Spalding and back home in time for Christmas.

“When we found him he’d been entertaining customers with his antics,” said Monica.

Along with burgers, Izzy is said to have an affinity with children and elderly ladies.

Monica added: “We wouldn’t wish him to scare people, so I’m trying to get the message out that if they are approached by a small crow, they should be aware that he is a pet and not a crazy wild bird.”