More Thoughts About Water

Rain is making part of my care of outside birds part easier and part harder. I’m sure you can figure out the easier part. The birds aren’t drinking as much water so their containers stay full longer. And occasionally a bowl is placed just in the right place to catch the rain. This natural source of splash dishes makes the finches very happy. Continue reading “More Thoughts About Water”

December Potpourri

Winter Comes to Southern California

We just survived three straight days of rain here, starting the day before Thanksgiving and ending the day after. Most of the outside birds are up and in no danger of flooding in their habitat. However, the zebra finches and button quail in the main aviary do get a bit swampy where there is no roof. I put straw down to absorb the water and make it easier to walk in there. The darn zeebs love to use straw as nest-building material. Or maybe they are trying to insulate the walls. They like to weave the straw in and out of the aviary wall wire.

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Fall in Love with African Grays

Congo African Gray Parrots want to be loved. If you have one in your life, you will find out how easy it is to love them back. I have three now and was talking about them in a bird store to a woman who had a sweet boy CAG on her shoulder. He’s a talker, she said, and a lover. I could see by how close he was to her, cheek to cheek basically, while the scary lady came and talked to her. They are just adorable. Continue reading “Fall in Love with African Grays”

A Day in the Life of Scooter, a Button Quail

Actually, there’s not much to say about Scooter’s day. He scoots across his cage when the lights come on. He paces the cage and drinks and eats. He panics whenever I go into the room. He hates being alone and calls mournfully for a mate to find him. Typical male button quail, typical Scooter. So here’s the rest of his story. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Scooter, a Button Quail”

Io and Jessie Carry On

The big romance in my flock is keeping me amused. While there’s no chance African Grays Blind Io and Jessie will get the chance to actually mate and raise chicks, I find it interesting to watch the course of their little almost romance. CAG Bo Dangles is less than thrilled about the whole thing and has refused to leave her cage for months, now. Continue reading “Io and Jessie Carry On”

Parrots in Need

Recent studies have shown that parrots are among the most endangered species on our planet. They have intelligence, the ability to talk, the tendency to bond closely to people, and a colorful appearance that attracts and pleases the eye. People love parrots. And so they are sought as pets, as study subjects, and zoo residents, and as feather decorations. Some tribes in the Amazon and Africa also eat parrots because there are no Qwik Marts available. We need to draw a line between our “civilized” reactions and the culture and traditions of other peoples. Continue reading “Parrots in Need”

Fall in Love with Cockatiels

Many people have a pet cockatiel as their first bird. After finches, I was gifted with a male cockatiel whom I named Palafox. Even though he hated hands and would not step up, he would step from his cage to my shoulder and sit there preening my hair. He sang sweet chirpy songs and became spoiled rotten. No wonder these Australian small parrots are so popular here. Continue reading “Fall in Love with Cockatiels”

A Day in the Life of Citron the Sun Conure

If you have never had a conure in your flock, you could be missing the perfect companion bird for you. Each species of conure has its own special attributes and problems. Green Cheeks are the quieter ones, Golden Conures are the top of the line, and in between is a range of delights to choose from. If you want a clown bird, then consider a Sun Conure. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Citron the Sun Conure”

Birds and the Apocalypse

Could be all of us have friends who are survivalists, who expect civilization to cease to exist suddenly and thus have learned how to find water, build shelters with limited tools, hunt small game, and glean roots, berries, nuts, and wild grains. Or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, with things as they are in the world at large, these folks might not be as far off base as all that. My dog would have to learn to hunt for her dinner and go without regular grooming. Unless I can keep a pair of scissors sharp. Continue reading “Birds and the Apocalypse”