Monday, February 23, 2009

We're back!

We spent last week in Dublin, which I think I neglected to mention before leaving, so sorry for my unexplained absence! I'll post some pictures from our trip in a subsequent entry.

We've revamped Andreas's tank, and he's since been spending a lot of time laying in his food dish. It's rather bizarre, but he makes me laugh pretty much every time since he doesn't quite fit!Before we left for our trip, Thomas was having some fun with Stella near the clean dishes:
This happened yesterday, after we were back home. Rocky was so pleased to be with Thomas again that he wouldn't leave him alone. Finally, Thomas told him he'd better be careful what he wished for and brought him very close:Not surprisingly, Rocky enjoyed being in his pocket, so this scene will likely be replicated more frequently in our house in the future!

The parrots are really quite used to us leaving now. We returned home around 7 pm on Friday, which is usually their bedtime. We kept them up for an extra hour or so. The greys and Rocky were a bit needier than usual, but were back to their normal personalities by the next day. Daphne was completely normal, as though there hadn't been a disruption in her routine. The caiques were a different story.

Beeps has been extremely aggressive towards me. Although we don't want to take this step, we are contemplating clipping him. Saturday morning, he jumped me 10 times in a row before we put him in his cage so I could finish breakfast. Luckily he isn't a fast flier, so I'd hold up a magazine to deflect him as he flew towards me to attack and he'd return to his stand, waiting a few seconds before launching another attack. He's fine with me as long as Thomas isn't home and I'm not paying attention to the lizards, sweeping, or using technology.

Also, Max has become my protector. I wish I could get a video of this. If Beeps tries to attack me and she's in the room, she'll launch at him, herding him back to his cage or a stand, then do a loop around the room and buzz him one more time for good measure.

Calypso will take a week or so to get back to normal. Right now, he's still too excited to allow me to hold him unless I have him step up on a towel.

Rocky went under his cage for the first time in several months yesterday. I guess his nesty season is beginning, which means Thomas gets a reprieve from his macaw tumor as Rocky is busy turning 2X4 slices and newspaper sections into a nest for him and Thomas to share.

It's great to be back and I should be able to visit all the blogs I read by the end of the week -- can't wait to see what I've missed!


Meg said...

I hope you ahd a lovely trip! I bet the birds were glad to see you back. Daphne sounds like Ava - they just aren't about to let you know if they missed you (or maybe they didn't?)

Superior Parrot said...

Welcome back! I was beginning to think something awful had happened to you; don't recall you were going on vacation.

DweezelJazz said...

very glad to have you back. we missed you :)