You Can Make a Difference


Recently, I have had the opportunity to discuss color mutations, breeding and aviculture with some in the online parrotlet community.

It continues to be a wonderful and enlightening journey.


I am proud to be part of this community because people really want to learn. They want to help. They want to share.

They love birds. They really care. They want to do good.

They want to take the time to make the effort.

It has been said that "when love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."

Let's keep educating one another, challenging one another and sharing our mutual love of birds. We can work together to make a better future for the birds that we love.  

All the birds in our lives.

From the birds our homes.




To the birds in our yards.

Rock Dove (Pigeon), North Texas
Savannah Sparrow, North Texas

Blue Grosbeak, Rio Grande Valley, Texas

The birds in the woods, marshes, jungles, oceans and deserts.

Common Murres, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Common Gallinule, Florida

Black-necked Stint, Llano Estero State Park, Texas

Northern Gannet, Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland, Canada

Peregrine Falcon, Seattle Zoo, Seattle, Washington

Roseate Spoonbills, High Island, Texas

Atlantic Puffin, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
Let us never forget these wild relatives of the birds we claim as our own. How we treat all of these other species, the value that we place on them will determine the future of the species we know and love.

Join a community, share, educate and give back.

Leave a comment letting us know about your favorite charity, educational organization or community of bird lovers.

I'm a Turkey Talker

I just love this video! It is a great reminder that it's not only parrots that can talk!

Will Work For Food

Picking up where we left off last time, lets talk about how bird toys stand in for things that a wild parrot would find in his natural environment.

This week let's look at foraging toys and see how they help our birds fill their needs to work for food and at the same time offer exercise and mental stimulation.

Benefits of Foraging at Home


Wild parrots seek out fruits, seeds, flowers and insects. The exercise of finding food and extracting it from it's original location is known as foraging. Foraging is both a skill and an art that can be learned.

Foraging for food provides both mental and physical challenges to wild birds.

On the other hand, captive birds face a different challenge altogether. Many of our pet parrots are perch potatoes and may tend to be overweight and under stimulated. We often provide them with an unlimited amount of food requiring little work to get it.

Helping your bird learn to forage can challenge your bird mentally and physically, and at the same time make the process of eating more time consuming. This provides increased activity and entertainment for your bird and can help to combat obesity.

Will Work for Food


Parrots were born (hatched) to forage and they love to do it! So why not provide them with the opportunity to do so?

Check out this video of an easy foraging option for small birds. Cheap and easy to make.

Here is another wonderful video showing how to make two beginner foraging toys.



There are also many places online that you can shop for foraging toys.

Bird Toys are as Important as Leaves on Trees

Bird toys are essential to making your bird feel comfortable and secure. Used creatively, certain bird toys can provide cover and privacy just as trees would in the wild.

How Do Parrots Use Trees?

Trees and other vegetation are an integral part of parrot habitat the world around.

Plant life serves birds in numerous different ways by:
  • Creating shelter and cover
  • Providing foraging opportunities
  • Providing play activity
  • Facilitating exercise

The Importance of Shelter and Hiding Places

I love birds both wild and tame!

I also enjoy photographing wild birds and one thing that I have learned is birds like to make themselves disappear. They want to see you but they don't want you to see them.

Bringing a parrot indoors doesn't make the instinct to seek shelter and privacy go away.

Birds know that there is something bigger out there that would like to make a meal of them. This sends them running for cover amidst the plants and tree leaves. Hidden in the vegetation is where they are most comfortable and relaxed.

How can we give our pets this experience that they find so appealing and comforting?

Give Your Bird the "Trees" He Needs


A recent post on the Windy City Parrot blog asked an interesting question about bird toys which I thought was both novel and valid. The question was "How full is your bird cage canopy?"

This is a wonderful way to describe the idea of creating privacy and hiding space using bird toys.

You are probably already aware of the benefits of placing your parrot's cage against a wall or in a corner. Why not take it a step further?

You have a couple options, you can either line the remaining walls with toys to provide privacy and leave the center of the cage open for your bird to use.

Or you can create an area within the cage where several large full toys hang over the perch and your bird can then sit under or between them.


In a future post, I will discuss three more ways that bird toys stand in for trees in the home environment.

I'd love to hear what you have to say. How do you fill your bird cage canopy?

A Place Too Wonderful

There is a place. A place where the ocean is as blue as you can imagine.

 
  A place where grassy meadows dive headlong down rocky cliff sides.

 A place where one misstep lands you in the raging surf below.

 This place where wildflowers dance among the prairie grasses to the rhythm of the North Atlantic.


This place where great feathered beasts come.

Flying from the sea to gather.

 
To gather in numbers.

Numbers greater than I care to count.

 Birds of the sea, wings spanning 6 feet from tip to tip, Northern Gannets come together to nest.

Possessed of striking colors, piercing blue eyes, webbed feet befitting circus clowns - pairs stake their claims on a tiny piece of rock...

 Just barely big enough to raise a single chick.

How many people even know this place exists? How many people would care to come here to this place too wonderful for words?


 For me, it was a once in a lifetime trip. A day to remember. A memory to cherish. 

 A place of wonder, new beginnings, life being lived.

The place that makes adventure worthwhile.


 This place is Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland, Canada.