Tuesday, January 25, 2011


This morning, I used up the last of my chapstick, so I threw the container in the garbage. The cap was separate. I then ran downstairs to switch the laundry around, leaving the greys and Calypso temporarily unsupervised in the kitchen.

When I returned, I looked to make sure everyone was where I had left them. I was surprised to see Max on the lower perch on her stand as she had been on the upper perch a minute earlier. When I got closer to her, I realized that she'd flown to the garbage, taken my chapstick cap out, and then returned with it to the stand.

She played with this during the 15 minutes or so until I picked her up (cap still in beak) and deposited her in her cage. When I went to say my goodbyes before leaving for work, she'd placed the cap in a special part of her cage. I wonder where it will be tonight?************************
Sometimes Basil holds himself so that it looks like he doesn't have a neck:
His owner had a health setback, so it looks like he may be staying with us a bit longer than originally anticipated. Good thing he's such a good houseguest, though I know he misses his family and they miss him.

Stella and her shoe obsession:
I have made an exception to my no-shoulders rule for Brian. He is very gentle, can't do any permanent damage to my face, feels safer up there, and his poop is easily removable. Thomas was trying to get a picture of him preening me, but he was a bit too interested in the camera.
He just loves preening us! Last night Thomas, Brian, and I were all on the couch, close together. While on my shoulder, Brian reached over and started preening Thomas's hair! I told him to focus on me, but I don't think he listened.

This morning, I got back from running to find Thomas and Brian breakfasting together. Although Brian was eating Thomas's crumbs when I saw him, Thomas had earlier taken a few pictures of Brian attempting to eat pictures of cookies:
I spoke with a naturalist about my squirrel questions from yesterday. He told me that the squirrel was probably not eating bark, but just chewing on it in order to keep his teeth in shape (he actually said "to prevent them from growing into his skull" but I think he was kidding!) Also, it was probably a red-tailed hawk or great-horned owl who had attempted to get him when he lost his tail. Apparently, squirrels are very scrappy, so hawks and owls will only try to get them if they are stuck for other alternatives as the squirrel can damage the bird and also escape. Finally, he said that the squirrel will quickly learn to navigate without his tail. I had assumed the tail was used for balance, but he told me it's more of a defense mechanism (that worked very well in this case for the squirrel -- not so much for the hawk or owl!) So interesting!


Brittney said...

The naturalist may have been kidding a bit, but squirrels (and other rodents, lagomorphs) have teeth that grow continously so chewing on bark probably helps keep them worn down so they don't grow to long. Their molars are similar. I saw a guinea pig in the clinic once that had its tongue trapped to the floor of its mouth because its molars had grown too long and had grown over the toungh on both sides. Also on a squirrel note, they also use their tail for heat regulation.

I just love squirrels!

p.s I'm glad Basil has such a great place to stay while her owner is on the mend. :)

Anonymous said...

'Brian attempting to eat pictures of cookies'. Oh I do love budgies!