Given a choice of a house of my own to decorate, I am convinced I would make every bedroom but one into a flight. One for finches, one for conures, one for the special needs birds, and perhaps Maynard might have his own room. Outside, I would build the largest number of aviaries that the lands would support. This imagines that I am strong enough and energetic enough to take care of all these rooms and flights. How perfect it will all be. Continue reading “The Flight Lady”
The rain in my backyard stays mainly in the aviary. I can’t put down enough straw to make it dry under the open parts of the roof. I tried putting down a metal remnant from another cage, but when I stepped on it, it filled with water. I now have a half dozen pairs of sneakers lined up outside the door that need the mud hosed off of them.
This may be old news to many of you. I recently was searching for a short documentary on birds to show at my bird club’s annual movie night. Not many documentaries are only 60 minutes long, although lots of great TV shows hit that mark. So I was happy to find a video that lasted only 58 minutes. And I looked into the subject matter. Continue reading “Conservation: The Lost Bird Project”
One day I was sitting in my relaxation chair with my dog on my lap. I was reading an engrossing story and barely notices when the sound of wings fluttering came into the room. I expected that the sound came from one of the birds in the living room cages. A few minutes later, I got up to get back to work. On my love seat, sitting calmly and looking around with interest, a Parson finch relaxed. Oh, so that’s the source of the sound. Continue reading “Why I Board Birds”
You would not be wrong to think that I love my birds for all the fun and entertainment they provide. Having a sun conure nestle on my shoulder while I read, having an African gray parrot that mimics my voice, and an Amazon who can’t stand to have me in another part of the house without him makes my day much easier to get through. It also makes cleaning up after them and feeding them and making sure their water is clean more of an act of love than a chore. Continue reading “Cheep Excitement”
No, Maynard hasn’t been telling me about his dreams. In fact, he’s a little unhappy with me because when he starts screaming for no good reason, instead of covering him, I put a scary duck toy to hang on the side of his cage. He becomes distracted and lunges at the stuffed animal face. I hate covering him on warm days so if this continues to work for him, I’ll be a happy camper. Continue reading “Avian Dreams”
When a species has not been seen in the wild for decades, it can be thought extinct. Many species have suddenly reappeared when we thought the last straw had blown away. Even when low numbers have been spotted but a major natural catastrophe sweeps through, you could think all hope was gone. Continue reading “Birds Lost and Found”
My birds are highly entertaining to me but sometimes their antics aren’t enough to write a whole blog about. So I do a Potpourri where I jump from subject to subject. Come along with me and we’ll have some fun. Continue reading “January Potpourri”
Sure, you know that dogs are mammals and parrots are birds. Dogs have puppies live and parrots lay eggs. Parrots often mate for life while dogs will hump any leg that wanders by. But really, there are other differences and depending on how important those are to you, you might be better off not getting a bird.
My house is bursting with birds right now. I had expected to board some of them for a couple weeks, but sadly things have gotten complicated and they have been here over a month. It’s all on account of the real estate markets in the areas where my friend is looking. And I think it’s especially good that the birds are with me and not somewhere running up a huge bill for her. Continue reading “Good Morning, Birds”