Fang, We’ll See You On The Other Side of The Rainbow Bridge…

Fang, We’ll See You On The Other Side of The Rainbow Bridge…

With a heavy heart I’m sad to say that Fang passed away on November 13th, at 18 years of age. This sweet little dove came into our lives in October 2013, after we adopted him from Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Rescue. Fang was a model of pure innocence. He enjoyed coming out of his cage to hang out with us. And our other birds welcomed him with open wings. Below is a collection of photos of Fang and his friends. For the past few months, Fang has been exhibiting bouts of frailty and slowness. He no longer was able to hop onto his shelves and he no longer seemed perky. Then a few days ago it appeared that he had a stroke. His neck was twisted to one side and he had difficulty moving half of his body. It made me sad to find Fang’s lifeless body. But I take comfort in that he’s no longer suffering, able to spread his wing strong, and soar in the great beyond with a huge smile. We miss that gentle little dove and grateful to have had the opportunity to take care of him in his twilight years. Rest in Peace. We hope that we made you...

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Princess Ventures Out of The Cage

Princess Ventures Out of The Cage

Oftentimes I leave the cage door open for Johnny and Princess, just in case they have the desire to come out. Well, Princess flew the coop! I don’t think she knew what to do with herself as she ended up landing on the curtain rod directly above their cage. Johnny is a bit more cautious than Princess and has absolutely no inclination to leave the comforts of his surroundings, including the presence of Princess. That being said, Johnny started to freak out a bit when he couldn’t locate her. I left the room to tend to other tasks and see if Princess would find her way back home. When I returned, I noticed Princess was no longer on the curtain rod. Instead she was all the way across the room on the couch! She’s obviously making herself around and feeling confident about navigating the room. Princess was so at ease that she started to make herself comfortable! Now that Johnny has Princess in sight, he calmed down a bit. Again, I had to leave the room for a longer period of time. When I came back, Princess found her way back into the cage all by herself, where she joined Johnny and Fang! That sure was one big and exciting adventure for her! She settled down for a well deserved...

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R.I.P. Jesse

R.I.P. Jesse

Jesse, our Lady Gouldian finch, passed on June 26th. We named him Jesse Pryde because of his beautifully colored feathers. And it just happened that June 26th was San Francisco Pride Day. We got Jesse five years ago. He was such a sweet bird who loved to cuddle with Dan and Serena, the society finches. They were a funny little trio. In time Dan and Serena passed and in came Sam and Dean. Unfortunately, these society finches did not share the same affection as Dan and Serena had for him, so poor Jesse was left without any mates. Jesse was aloof toward Olive the canary. Well, I hope that Jesse finds his buddies Dan and Serena and may their spirits soar and chirp happily in the...

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Johnny & Princess Staying Put

Johnny & Princess Staying Put

After having Johnny & Princess for a week, I felt they were acclimated enough to their new surroundings for me to give them an opportunity to leave their cage, if they so desired. Just a side note, I put in a new 32 inch Bood Comfy Perch inside their cage. The smaller one I installed looped back to the adjacent wall and got droopy from their weight. So the 32″ perch helps support it by going perpendicular under and across from it. Johnny and Princess love it! They also use it as a walking bridge from the platform to the loopy perch, which is on the other end of the cage. At any rate, on the day of their proposed excursion I opened the cage door open wide. Johnny and Princess were not interested. I did not want to pick them up as to alarm them so I simply left the cage open. Two hours later, they showed more interest in exploring the cage than leaving it. Day after day, Johnny and Princess do not feel compelled to leave the comforts of their cage. Even when Fang is hanging out with them, all three feels more content with staying...

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Doves in The Garden

Doves in The Garden

For the past several years there have been a couple of doves that show up in the backyard between the months of April to June. I’ve only documented them via photos since 2014. Initially I thought they were Ring-Necked Doves because they look like them. Elizabeth Young of Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions informed us that they were actually Eurasian Collared Doves. The differences are that Eurasian Collared Doves are slightly bigger and live in the wild, while the Ring-Necked Doves are a tad smaller and have been domesticated, which means that they cannot survive in the wild. Mainly the doves just hang out in the neighbor’s huge pine tree. They sometimes perch on our fence and have been seen drinking water from one of our bird baths as well as foraging on our garden’s floor. We have suet bird feeders for the neighborhood sparrows, scrub jays, and other cuties so sometimes a few morsels fall to the ground.  Once in a while one of them will fly to the front of the house and hang out on the telephone wire. These Eurasian Collared Doves have certainly piqued my curiosity. Are these two the same pair that stay these few months? Or are they multiple pairs that show up at different times but they just seem like the same pair to me? What is their migration pattern? I’ve tried to look up Eurasian Collared Dove migration in California without much success. Nevertheless, we enjoy their presence when they are here, bid them safe travels, and hope to see them again next year....

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