Junior likes to help.

Junior Smuggled Herself Inside

A couple of weeks ago I went out to the aviary to get Billie.  We had been leaving her out there with Junior and Bandit in the day time.  First of all Billie didn’t want to come in.  She told me this by smothering my face in kisses and walking away.

I stopped and chatted to Bandit for a while and we had a little sing a long.  This consists of me coming up with a rhyming ditty about Bandit and Bandit joining in by squarking as loudly as he can and flapping his wings whilst jumping up and down.  I assume he is dancing.

There was a kerplunker on my shoulder (only word I can find that perfectly describes a bird jumping on with a thud – rather than landing gracously).  It was getting a bit cold so I said “Ok Billie – let’s go” and took her outside and into the house rather quickly to get out of the cold.

Once inside – Billie flew straight off me and through the house to the top of the book shelf.  This was a bit unusual and made me think that it was good that her wings were not clipped.  I sat down to catch up on some articles and up on the bookshelf – Billie started talking.   Hmm – they were not the sentences that Billie normally used.  I climbed up on the step ladder to tell her what a clever girl she was.  Uh Oh – Billie is a mature female with pinkish eyes.  Staring back at me were beautiful big brown eyes and a rather happy galah!

Yep – Junior had just smuggled herself back inside!  It didn’t take her long realize that I had recognized her and she stayed far enough away from me that I understood she didn’t want to go back outside.  I went and brought Billie inside and settled her in her favourite spot and went to get Bandit.   Bandit took a very long time and had to sit in the dark for ages before he was calm enough for me to catch him.  Once he was inside it was a different story altogether.

Bandit and Junior had seemed quite happy outside but once they were inside they went crazy flying around the house.  They bully the other birds a bit and need to be watched but are very playful.

 

So at the moment we have 4 Galahs, 1 Corella, 1 Rainbow Lorikeet and 4 Cockatiels all flying free range in the lounge and computer area.  OK – Angel isn’t flying yet but she sure is free range!  We are back to spending a couple of hours a day cleaning up after them and life is chaotic.

 

On the other hand – I am constantly being amused and amazed by these crazy critters.  They have so many different rules for each other I don’t know how they even manage to keep up.  There is a firmly established hierarchy for different areas of the house and even for me!

 

Remember playing chasey as a kid and there was a safe spot to run to for a ‘truce’ – I am that safe spot and they all make use of it.

All the birds are taming up nicely and Bandit is much more friendly with me.  He is also learning some much needed words such as – No and Gentle.  The next one might be ‘Drop It’ as he has taken to flying over my head and grabbing my glasses to take away with him.  That’s my clever boy!

They are also learning more words and I have taught Junior to say “Scratch” and “Good Girl”.She is a bit of a nipper and we can’t quite work out why – but she is learning that “Biting is Bad” in a deep voice with no extra attention for doing so.

 

Billie Found her way Home – Yeah!

Billie playing outside

Billie loves playing on the Barbecue

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!

A New Addition To The Flock

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!