We have been having the never ending debate – do we clip Billie and Swiz’ wings so they can come outside and play – or let them fly inside?
Living in the city – it is quite dangerous for our birds if they get startled and fly away.
It happened again today. Kevin took Billie out with him to take his motorbike out the front. Something startled Billie and she flew as high and fast as she could – over the paddock and into the Industrial area.
Kevin came inside with a sudden sense of urgency and within two minutes we were both dressed and outside calling for our girl. Often – she will answer us with a whistle so we know what direction to look in.
After half an hour of walking around and calling out as loudly as I could “Billie” I decided to go back to the house and get the car.
There was Billie – up in the top of the Gum Tree just in front of our house!
We do believe she was guided home, not only from our voices but from the very loud Corrella and other Galahs inside. I really think they were also calling her.
I know for sure that Junior was when Billie was stuck up the tree. Kevin stayed outside to call her down and I stayed inside with the other birds. It took half an hour of Kevin calling her and all that time – Junior sat on the window sill calling out to her as well!
I imagine that most of the people around our block think that we are a little bit crazy (or maybe a lot). If you hear someone calling like crazy and looking up into the trees – bring your cats and dogs inside and wish them the best!
So glad we got our precious Billie back safe and sound!
This afternoon my dear Hubby was outside deciding not to mow the lawn. While he was busily making that decision he had left the front door ajar. I looked around for our newest Galah – who we have named Angel. Well – Angel was no where to be found. I knew from recent experience that when she is out the front grazing she will make a sudden rush for the road. So panic set in, as panic always with a bird owner missing a bird. I searched the house. We lifted up lounge chairs and even beds – no Angel anywhere.
I had a writing job to finish so I sent the Hubby out into the wild jungle – AKA up and down the streets – to search for her.
A little while later – after I finished my first writing job I got ready to go look for her too. I went on a phone search and remembered it was in my dressing gown from this morning. I went to get it out and see what I had left in there this time. There was a little pink and white galah – with her head still tucked under her wing sound asleep! How she got up onto the bed and tucked herself inside the dressing gown we will never know – but she was one comfortable little birdie!
We have a new baby! Yes – a juvenile galah came to us today. It has a bruised and dropped wing. The parents were still trying to feed it but couldn’t keep it protected. It started of by screaming its lungs out at me and almost severing a few fingers (ok – A little exaggeration but I am sporting several band aids). Anyway – the bubba was towelled and cuddled for a few hours while I wrote. Than a few more hours on my arm and shoulder and now it is quite placid. What a beautiful little Bubba. Billie isn’t too put out either.
I guess she is used to our refugees now!
We haven’t named this one yet – I can’t imagine being able to release it as it will have to be strapped for about two weeks – but you never know. Right now it is sitting on my shoulder and grinding it’s beak – always a good sign!
Very proud of himself for finally having the courage to land on my head!
Our three cockatiels are free range in the kitchen and lounge area.
Our birds think it is Spring! The two male cockatiels are flying around the house like crazy. I know they are communicating somehow but it must be the slightest nuances or telepathy!
Meanwhile – our companion rainbow Lorikeet – Swiz has been ill for the first time in 5 years. She has been vomiting mist of her food for three days. She is on the mend but I can tell you now – vet bills are not cheap. 5 ml of medication cost $40.00 and all up it cost $160.00. I have never been so delighted to see a bird poo because it means the food is getting through and the blockage is dissolving.
We have three galahs at the moment. Our companion galah Billie spends a lot of time in the aviary but lives in the house. Our other two are recent rescues, they are living with Bandit the Corella. Funnily enough – Bandit grooms both of them and they groom Bandit but they are not so keen in each other!