About 10 years ago, I had mostly finches, cockatiels, and parakeets in my flock. I wanted an African Grey or maybe a macaw but knew I didn’t have the funds to care for one at that time. I hung out at Yahoo groups for bird interests, learning all I could about various larger birds. That is probably where I picked up my attitude that even a little bird needs lots of cage space. Continue reading “Sunny Returns”
I just finished attending 4 days at the Romance Writers of America National Convention in San Diego so my mind is a little focused on things of that nature. During one wait for a workshop to start, I began jotting down titles of books about avian romances. Continue reading “Love On The Wing”
Maynard, the poster child for this blog, is your usual Amazon. A combination of a spoiled toddler, a termite, and a terrified prey species. We have a great relationship, as long as everything goes according to schedule. If I am late in opeing his cage in the afternoon, he can be cranky. Continue reading “Prepping for the Parrot”
Living with a lot of birds means you are going to lose some through old age, accidents, or illnesses. And then there are the times when you think, “Wow! That could have ended badly!” Unfortunately, these close calls don’t always make us more careful after a couple days of no repeated incidents. Continue reading “That was Close!”
Stop chewing on Daddy’s dirty work pants. You don’t know where they have been.
You must have liked the broccoli, you didn’t throw it on the floor. Too bad about the corn.
Not too much pasta, you already look like a green Goodyear blimp. Continue reading “Things I Never Thought I Would Say”
Maynard is a 27 year old Amazon double-yellow-headed parrot. He’s relatively smart, affectionate to me, and entertaining when we have company. He learns quickly what I don’t want for him to do, and does it repetitively until I find a way to prevent him doing it. Did I mention he learns quickly? Continue reading “Maynard vs. Shoes”
Welcome to Southern California in the Summer. We have drought conditions in the entire state, causing there to be an actual business that will paint your dead lawn green. We have high enough temperatures so that libraries and shopping malls are cool zones for the elderly and disabled. Continue reading “I’ll Have the Drought with a Side of Heat Wave.”
Being retired is a good thing, but not as relaxing or even boring for me as one might think. I have a good size flock of birds to monitor, the occasional tragedy to get over, and writing to complete. I also have to keep improving my health. This means exercise and measuring what I eat. So I guess it’s not unusual for me to think how nice life could be if I were an Amazon parrot. A really spoiled, much loved parrot. Here’s his daily schedule. Continue reading “The Daily Adventures of Maynard”
There’s not a lot of information on African gray parrots in the wild. Apparently there, the birds are seen as a quick way to get money or a resource to be protected. So I don’t have a clear idea of how they make up their nests. They are cavity nesters, but unlike budgies they don’t remove all the debris at the bottom of the nest. Do they add to it? Lovebirds are also African parrots, and the peach face lovie has been observed cutting materials into strips and tucking the strips into their feathers for transport back to the nest. Continue reading “Pretty Parrot Princess”
I believe there’s a case of unrequited love in my very living room. My orange-front conure Dani, who is one of my special needs birds, has a crush on Sonny, another orange-front conure that is just staying with us for a few. . .years? http://animal-world.com/encyclo/birds/conures/peach.php Continue reading “Go to Your Corners”