And then there were five. I've been holding off posting about this, in the hope that there would be good news, but it's been a week with no change, so it's time to report it.
Last Tuesday, September 25th, when I returned home from the monthly Master Gardener meeting, I was informed that the keets had not returned to roost. It was around 9:15 p.m. I left the light on and the door to the coop open until midnight, checking hourly to see if they'd come home. Closed the door at midnight for predator protection for the chickens.
The next day, we spotted a group of five in the neighbor's yard. We rounded them up and got them back to the coop, and spent the next hour or so looking for the rest. Nothing.
So, the rasp is down to five.
Feeling a little sad ...