Two Budgies a Conure and a Fiddle

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And, here is sweet Miss Calliope Budgie:

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Today is Gotcha Day for Sunny. I haven't done anything special for her today. Yesterday we went out for a drive - took a while to coax her into her carrier. Probably because we hadn't been out for months, due to winter. OR maybe because her carrier often means Newburyport to walk along the river, or else just a neighborhood walk here, and its definitely still too cold & windy. Instead we just drove around, and then stopped at at Stateline Pet. Which was a little crowded, so she got almost as much attention as she would in Nbpt, and she enjoyed.

Today I'm not working, but instead continuing work on my apartment-reorganizing & spring cleaning project. I've been at-it about a month - converted a bedroom to a walk-in closet; changed a bed into a futon and got rid of the previous sofa; etc etc. Took almost the whole month before Salv Army could pick up the sofa. When the middle room suddenly gained a futon, and old green lsofa went under the windows... this Terrified the Budgies! Other changes? They were fine. Change the rugs, move other furniture, move green sofa elsewhere? They just sniff their little beaks at me. But sofa under middle-room windows? Oh my, their whole world just changed apparently, this was terrifying! Well, they are happy now, it is gone.

Calliope has gone back into chewing-mode. During the winter she had calmed down. I provide her with fresh carrots to chew every day. During winter, sometimes she would not even chew one all the way. NOW now she finishes one large carrot and if I don't get another in there for her quickly enough, she takes herself to the windowsill and goes after the windowframe again. I'm contemplating hammering some wood chew-things from petstore Over the windowframe, with hopes that might satisfy her.

Part of what prompted my re-organizing projects, Sunny loves to look out the Back bedroom window. Had to move that bed to hang a perch there, moved a few other things... suddenly I'm re-doing the whole place.

Anyway, in fall I hung a suet block frombackyard tree, and watched a squirrel devour it in two days. Two weeks ago I hung a bird feeder. I thought the wind had emptied it, went to put more, and the seeds all poured thru. Mr. Squirrel had Chewed Away the plastic perch-and-openings at the bottoms. Theres still a tiny bit seed in the bottom, the birds keep landing there and try to get it. I'm pondering whether to get a different feeder, but I think I'll wait. The seed I got has hot peppers in it - which the squirrels don't like. I had made mistake of mixing it with some other seed in the feeder, which must've attracted the squirrel.

For now I'm just putting seed on the ground every few days. Regular seed here, hot-pepper & capsaicin seeds there. Squirrels happily go for the "regular" seed. For now, squirrels are even leaving the new suet block, which is being enjoyed by a little woodpecker with a black-n-white striped head. The other birds all love the hot-seeds. Only small birds allowed, apparently. Sparrows, finches, cardinals. A blackbird was about the biggest. A dove tried to visit but was quickly escorted away by sparrows.

Sunny loves to watch all this activity. Unfortunately I am required to be In the Room With Her Sunniness. Sometimes, I'm required to stand attentively at the window with her. That perch puts her at face-height when I stand, and she seems to really like this. She has her Own perch, does not have to stand on my shoulder, and her servant is right there with her.

Two years ago in January I got the budgies. Then in March, two years ago today, I brought home Sunny. What a couple years it's been! So much changes. Seems like forever ago.
 
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Happy Gotcha Day, Sunny!!
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Hope You Had A Wonderful Day Full Of Skritches
And Treats And Love, Gorgeous Girl!!
Here's To Many Many More Happy Gotcha Days To Come!

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Yiu might like the window feeders, Amazon has lots of types!! I'm able to put in a place hard fir squirrels to get to. And do fun seeing the birds up close.
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I've pondered a window feeder, several times. I think Sunny would enjoy the up-close action. (Then again... who knows... she might be terrified if they come too close...) But considering the mice-drama these past two winters, & also considering that squirrels are not the only wildlife in this grouping of backyards (currently a woodchuck under the shed... or groundhog? are they same thing? ...occasional skunks... raccoons & possums in the past...) I keep concluding, it's probably best to keep all seeds nuts etc Away from the house, at the Far edges of the yard.
 
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Happy Gotcha Day, Sunny!!
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Hope You Had A Wonderful Day Full Of Skritches
And Treats And Love, Gorgeous Girl!!
Here's To Many Many More Happy Gotcha Days To Come!

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Sunny says Thank You! :orange:
 

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Oh, I missed this! Happy belated gotcha day Sunny!!! :)
 
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Sunny loves to look out the back window.

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Went to Newburyport last weekend with Sunny, on a warm sunny day. She got so much attention, which she loves! This was one of the few moments I could get a clear shot of her alone.

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Jefferson showing off his Heart-shaped sideburn markings. Such a little ladies’ man!
(If only he could figure out how to do the deed... I’d be overrun in baby budgies, and he would have the flock he longs for. Alas for him. Calliope is willing... well at times... and I’m shown them plenty budgie-porn, and he loves him to climb aboard some anybirdie tail. Oh, but the moment Calliope offers a little hip-wiggle in reply - he betakes himself to Furthest corner posthaste, staring in abject and terrified Horror!

Still, he is undeniably handsome, is he not? If I were to rename him now -(which I’m not)- his name would have to be Casanova Napoleon.

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Went to Newburyport last weekend with Sunny, on a warm sunny day. She got so much attention, which she loves! This was one of the few moments I could get a clear shot of her alone.

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I love this!! Beautiful bird having fun in the sun! I'm sure everyone did go nuts for sunny!

Jefferson is indeed very very handsome! I hope he figures it out.
 
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Jefferson likes to watch over All the members of HIS flock.
HIS Flock of course includes me, Sunny, Calliope - who, as you see here is checking on what Jefferson is checking on -
- and also, ANY other birds who make an appearance in his rooms. Even if they are Very Flat and only visible from one side!

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(This was a youtube-video of budgies in an aviary. I run various budgie-videos on the television when I'm working. Jefferson Loves them, and, they All know it means I'm here, working in the far room; away from them but within earshot.)
 

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Sunny gets tropical nutriberries. They are one of her favorite things. (Also, a sort of PT for improving her balance, as she does have a bad claw.)

The main thing she likes to do with them is, take one bite or a few, and then throw them down onto her cagefloor. I've never been quite certain if she drops then UN-intentionally (as mentioned, bum claw), or if she does it On-Purpose.

See, she has such a very nice big cage. With big enough door that I can even, just barely, get my shoulders thru if I turn a little sideways. And since, just like the budgies, she likes to play floor-is-lava, after she Drops her nutriberries, does she go fetch them from the floor herself? No. (Well, not usually. On a few rare occasions I have seen her make the foray. For her nutri-prize which she lugs back to her normal perch, takes another bite, and drops again.... sigh... ) Instead, she normally just YELLs for me to come pick them up for her.

Well ya know. Sometimes my back can get a little sore. So today it occurred to me, to use a handy claw-extension-reacher. When she started yelling as usual, I got it & fetched all her nutriberries from her cage-floor where she had [dropped?? vs thrown??] them, into her hanging nutriberry dish. With OUT bending, and without reaching my Self into the cage.

And she... STARED... at me. Went to the nutriberries, checked to make sure they were still her good ones (yes they were) - and STARED at me. Then, after a pause, she went back to... YELLING!!

Clearly, this is Not simply about retrieving her beloved nutriberries. Nope. As I suspected, this is indeed my Sunny playing the Birdie-Version of FETCH. Of which, the goal is to cause one's servant aka hooman to Grovel below one's feet as often & as much as possible.

She thought she had me trained properly, to entertain her by fetching on her command. However, my reaching-claw usage has made it clear, I completely did not understand the game at all! Obviously, extensive re-training is in order.

Now, where are those nutriberries?!!?
 
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