Wendy - I absolutely can't imagine life without Baxter! I'm so happy that we "stumbled" upon him at the bird store that day in June.
Chris - Baxter isn't very noisy at all. When he wants me, attention, or something, he will definitely let out his loudest call, but it really isn't bad at all. Otherwise, he makes these cute noises on and off throughout the day - mostly when we are having play time together or cuddling. He will get a little noisy when I'm talking on the phone or to someone at the house when he thinks the focus should be on him. He will try to talk over me - LOL! Not sure if he is going to be a "talker" yet although some of his vocalizations are taking on word-like cadences (or that might just be my wishful thinking LOL). I'll try to take a video of his sounds and post it here.
Maria, it's actually a seagrass mat. The ladder on the play stand was hard for Baxter to navigate when he first came home so I just wrapped the mat around the ladder and secured it with those plastic pull ties. Made a big difference for him!