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The birds’ hand in Sean’s recovery

The birds’ hand in Sean’s recovery

Sean suffered from a stroke on December 20th. This is a long overdue post because I’ve had my hands full. I’m happy to say that Sean is doing much better and our birds had a part in his recovery. While at the hospital for his acute rehabilitation, I compiled an album with individual 8×10 photos of our friends and all our birds. The stroke had affected his memory and ability to recall information. Daily I would bring out the photo album and go through each page, which had a post-it with the person or bird’s name. After Sean felt comfortable with identifying said person or  bird, I removed the post-its to help strengthen his memory. Initially it was a challenge, but Sean was able to easily breeze through the names. After six weeks at acute rehabilitation, Sean was finally able to come home. One of the things he was looking forward to was seeing all the birds once again. Boy, did they give him a warm welcome. The one I was really worried about was our pigeon, Rebel. She and Sean shared a strong bond and had a daily routine. With Sean being away so long, I was afraid that Rebel would forget. I was relieved that Rebel’s love did not diminish one bit. Everything fell back into place, as if no time had elapsed. Being around all the birds, along with being in familiar surroundings, helped Sean thrive and improve. Our hookbills (Max, Billy, Ray, and Mojoe) have been especially helpful by being extra playful and charming. Collectively, our birds had their hand in contributing to Sean’s recovery and well-being. We both are so very thankful for our flock. Here are some of the photos used in the album:    ...

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Thankful!

Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Together they are a handful, but I’m grateful for our birds nonetheless! ‘Nuff said… And…. Billy in his Thanksgiving collar, with the always cheerful Ray!  

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Together they are a handful, but I’m grateful for our birds nonetheless! ‘Nuff said… And…. Billy in his Thanksgiving collar, with the always cheerful Ray!  ...

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Billy in the Halloween Spirit!

Billy in the Halloween Spirit!

Billy is in the Halloween mood! First I must tell you how this cunning little lovebird was able to remove his hard collar all on his own. Mid-August we noticed that Billy started chewing himself again so we placed him in his hard collar with a two or three soft/fabric collars on top. The reason […]

Billy is in the Halloween mood! First I must tell you how this cunning little lovebird was able to remove his hard collar all on his own. Mid-August we noticed that Billy started chewing himself again so we placed him in his hard collar with a two or three soft/fabric collars on top. The reason for the soft collars on top is because Billy would destroy the hard collar in no time. Replacing the fabric collars every few days is more cost friendly and convenient. Sometime in the last days of September we noticed that Billy was flying around without his hard collar. He had managed to remove it somehow! He was as gleeful as a little bird could be due to his accomplishment. Luckily he still had his soft collars on. Billy had cleverly wedged the hard collar in his cage and then eased his neck out. What a resourceful lovebird! The surprising thing is that Billy is not completely demolishing his soft collars, like in the past, which was the reason why we had to resort to the hard collar. It’s as if Billy understood the feeling of having the hard collar on vs. not having it on and decided that having just the soft collars on is a much better alternative and could live with it. So, he’s been really happy with just the fabric! Maybe we’ll be able to take them off completely. But with the Holidays upon us, we wanna have some fun! As a result, Billy is donning some cute Halloween collars! There are four designs that Billy is sporting. Max and Ray were adamantly against one of them. The one with the cat! When Billy was wearing it Ray would not come near him. And Max kept attacking Billy. I was astonished at how a small image of a cat caricature could illicit such a response! But they were ok with Hello Kitty. But we’ve been told that Hello Kitty really isn’t a cat anyway.  😛 Stay tuned as Thanksgiving and Christmas come along!...

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Pigeon Outing

Pigeon Outing

Per their usual ritual after they are completely done with sitting on the eggs that will never hatch, Ellen and Portia are eager to go outside to stretch their wings. And what a beautiful day to fly around! I had my camera ready for this excursion because I knew I’d have the opportunity to capture […]

Per their usual ritual after they are completely done with sitting on the eggs that will never hatch, Ellen and Portia are eager to go outside to stretch their wings. And what a beautiful day to fly around! I had my camera ready for this excursion because I knew I’d have the opportunity to capture some fantastic moments. I love how Ellen pokes his head out of the garden door to make sure everything is safe. Once the coast is clear, he is out of the house with Portia closely following. They normally do two or three circles around the neighborhood before stopping on our roof. There Ellen and Portia soak up the sun for several minutes, up to half an hour. In the area a couple of crows were also exploring and exercising. It’s immediately apparent when Ellen is done and wants to go back inside. Unfortunately, Portia always wants to stay out a little longer. Ellen does his best to show Portia his intention of going back. And she tries to ignore him for as long as she can but Ellen’s will is very strong. Once Portia acquiesces, their routine is to fly to a little landing above our neighbors’ garden door.  There they prepare to go in. Ellen is always first and Portia is reluctant to follow. It usually takes Ellen a couple of tries before Portia goes back in....

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Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Our garden is often visited by a couple of hummingbirds. It’s always a treat to see them zig zag about and enjoy the nectar from the various flowers. Luckily, I was able to capture a visitation with our camera! To help ward off raccoons, we placed several trays of rags soaked in ammonia. This was […]

Our garden is often visited by a couple of hummingbirds. It’s always a treat to see them zig zag about and enjoy the nectar from the various flowers. Luckily, I was able to capture a visitation with our camera! To help ward off raccoons, we placed several trays of rags soaked in ammonia. This was a great tip we stumbled across to help repel raccoons without hurting them. It has worked like a charm. After we initially did this, on a couple of occasions, I witnessed a raccoon straddling our fence hesitant to come down due to the ammonia. It wanted to so badly but the smell was far greater than the reward. A few months later all evidence of raccoon damage to the garden had ceased. It’s safe to say that we have been taken off their nightly route. But just in case I still refresh the trays with ammonia every few days. But this little hummingbird found one of the ammonia trays interesting and came very close to drinking from it, probably thinking it was a water source! Luckily, this cutie finally sensed it was not what it seemed and found his/her way to actual water. And there he/she is enjoying the refreshing water. It warms my heart to know that this hummingbird and many other birds know to come to us for water and food....

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Flight of Fancy

Flight of Fancy

During the break in the rainy weather, and egg duty, Ellen and Portia demonstrated an eagerness to go outside. Out they went and up they flew! Seeing those two in action is always spectacular. And when Ellen is ready, even when Portia isn’t, he will let us know when he’s done. I had the door […]

During the break in the rainy weather, and egg duty, Ellen and Portia demonstrated an eagerness to go outside. Out they went and up they flew! Seeing those two in action is always spectacular. And when Ellen is ready, even when Portia isn’t, he will let us know when he’s done. I had the door shut when I found Ellen patiently waiting for me to open the door so that he could go back in.  ...

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