I had planned to write a few scenarios that would show you how weird my birds can be. In fact, my husband always says that if the birds aren’t a little crazy, they go somewhere else. You don’t have to be crazy to live with me but you will fit in better. This even applies to my husband and our dog. Continue reading “Loss and Violation”
One reason people want parrots is that they love the idea of a talking bird. To me, this means they don’t know enough about parrots, they will get frustrated quickly, and the poor creature will end up being rehomed early on. I try to educate people about the situation, but most don’t think I know what I am talking about. Continue reading “What Did You Say?”
Southern California is wonderful for keeping birds because Spring arrives a bit earlier than elsewhere in the country. My birds know it’s a good time to start raising babies. I love the fact that I am providing lots of sweet companion birds for people who love small parrots. Continue reading “Spring Baby Boom”
Watch this space for a new adventure in hand feeding tiny parrots. That’s right, parakeets, or budgies, are actually small parrots, as are lovebird and cockatiels. I’ve never attempted to hand feed a budgie before because if you work with them enough, you can easily tame them. They are awesome birds for first-time owners. Continue reading “Nursery News”
As I have often stated in this blog, my dream is to get most of my birds outside. Even if I am not breeding those birds, outside is better for them than inside. Especially since we live in California. No tornadoes or hurricanes, just earthquakes, and wildfires, which threaten inside and out equally. Continue reading “The Great Outdoors”
For many years now I have been finding adorable videos online of adorable Indian ringneck parakeets. There’s this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipKzLnk82l4
And Marnie, who has a lot of videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB52iP2a_MY
And this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccG3uGsky8M
Birds can’t have some of the treats we associate with Valentine’s Day, like chocolate and spirits, so lets see if there are substitutes they will enjoy more. I’ll try to include finches, small parrots, and the big parrots as much as possible. Continue reading “A Valentine for Your Fids”
Tessa Dare is a wonderful author of Romance Novels. In my spare time between feeding, watering, and cleaning birds, and setting up nest boxes, I also write romance novels. Mine are light reads, I think. Nothing that would cause anyone to stop and ponder life. But Ms. Dare did mention in a talk I heard that when she doesn’t have time to write a blog post, she just links to her favorite cute cat videos. Continue reading “We’ve got MOVIE SIGN!”
My living room is occupied, at least half way, by 15 cockatiels, 2 sun conures, an orange front conure, and an Indian ringneck parakeet. They are our early warning system. They announce the postal worker, the UPS driver, guests, Girl Scouts, the landlord, and those religious folks.
They also keep us informed as to the movements of all neighborhood cats, flocks of crows, the odd hawk (real or imagined), and mocking birds. We rarely get dogs running through the streets here, but there are good people who walk their dogs down our streets. The birds seem to know this is not a threat, and don’t get too excited about it.
When I was working, Sunny could hear my specific car turn the corner a couple blocks away. Once she started up, everyone joined in. Even Maynard, who resides a few rooms back from the living room, began to associate her alarm call at a certain time of the day with my arrival. He shouts “Mama!” until I come in and actually assure him I am home for the day. Well, he used to. I am rarely gone from the house for more than a few hours.
The birds also know when Mike is a few blocks away, and greet his impending arrival in the same way. The problem is, sometimes they seem to be just thinking about “Dad” coming home soon, and start to squawk. This leads to my getting up from my writing desk, walking to the living room, opening the front door, letting in the cat accidentally, closing the door on the empty driveway, chasing the cat down, and putting her out in the back yard.
A couple minutes later, the act repeats. Finally, Mike does pull into the driveway, and the cat makes her final dash into the house. The birds rejoice, and I just bet they are congratulating themselves on being right as always. Darn fibbers.
Recently, a new cat has adopted us as a late afternoon feeding station. Our cat, Oreo, does not need a backup cat, thank you very much. The new cat, Gypsy, has learned to stop playing with the doves, but the button quail are still very enticing. She won’t go into the shed at night with Oreo, probably a good thing for a cat who wants to keep all her fur and limbs. And ears. So after Oreo is safely locked in for the evening, Gypsy gets a scoop of dry food and a few good scratches.
Now the living room birds just need to learn that Gypsy loves to jump at the window, but she can’t get at them. And to stop sending out those false alarms. Thanks for reading, I will be back on Thursday.
Quaker parrots or monk parakeets are not allowed in California. When you see how they nest, you’ll understand why. These clever little builders are the only community nesting parrots in the world. And if there aren’t forests full of trees to use for their nests, they make do.
The Brooklyn community of Quaker parrots has their own web page. http://brooklynparrots.com/ There are regular “safaris” to view the funny, busy birds in their daily workings. And here’s info on their nests. http://brooklynparrots.com/who-are-they/how-do-they-build-those-crazy-nests/
Sometime after Hurricane Katrina, monk parakeets showed up in New Orleans. http://www.nola.com/pets/index.ssf/2012/03/wild_parrots_make_homes_on_the.html
The States do not have sole claim to feral parrots. London has a major issue with Indian Ringneck Parakeets. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_parakeets
How do these birds get into these non-parrot-typical lands and thrive? Well, usually they escape some home or shipping crate, and they are very adaptable and resourceful. Leave it to Wiki to have a list of all the feral birds found around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feral_parrots
Lovebirds have founded colonies in Texas and Arizona. Guess it’s not that much different from Africa in those areas. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-magazines/bird-talk/2009-february/peach-faced-lovebirds.aspx And according to this forum poster, Double Yellow Headed Amazons are colonizing South Texas! Amazing! http://parrot-lovers.livejournal.com/4582062.html
In Indonesia, smugglers travel through known routes with their contraband. This one was caught, but could some have been scared enough to dump the birds before being apprehended by authorities? http://www.wcs.org/news-and-features-main/bird-smuggler-busted-in-sumatra.aspx
Looks like parrots will do their level best to find a good place to live in a wild environment. The list on which parrots can be found where is interesting. So let’s imagine you live in one of the areas known for wild parrots. What can you do to help the birds out?
One very basic, very important thing you can do is provide a source of clean, fresh water. A bird bath, a fountain, a couple of dishes that you change out daily. One of my favorite restaurants has a nice garden patio in front, with a huge stone that is the middle of the fountain. So far I haven’t seen any parrots there, but crows, sparrows, and starlings love to stop there for a drink.
Food is something the birds should be able to find for themselves, but you can put out some fruit and nuts if you like. Just remember, you are not obligated to continue feeding these birds forever. I can’t believe how many times I’ve heard people say that once you start, you can’t ever stop. Think about it. In the wild, even the urban wilds, flowers bloom at a certain time of the year. Fruit and nut trees bring out crops only for a few months of the year. Birds know there is a rhythm to these things, and they can adapt. The only caution is to keep things going in the spring and early summer, at least. If birds think there is a good supply of food and raise a family, they need that source to continue until the chicks hatch and fledge.
We’ve introduced many types of parrots to different places around the world, and for the most part they are accepted there with pleasure and appreciation. If only we could have saved our one native North America parrot, the Carolina Parakeet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80duIWG0co4
Have a good week, I’ll be back on Thursday.