Rocky has long had an aversion to drinking out of human glasses. All of the rest of the parrots get excited when they see us pouring juice in a glass, and they eagerly sip away; Rocky always would beak at the glass, pushing it away from him.
Thomas has recently begun drinking Gatorade out of a mason jar, and Rocky has changed his tune (we don't let him drink a lot of Gatorade; just a sip.) We still can't believe it! I must add that Thomas had tried repeatedly, including earlier this week, to get Rocky to drink Gatorade out of a normal glass. It's definitely the mason jar, not the contents.*************************
Thomas may have been late to work this morning due to some amazing bird activity in our backyard. I was upstairs, and he yelled, "Get down here now! There's a woodpecker!" These pictures are not great as they were taken through glass, plus our camera doesn't zoom well.
Here is the downy woodpecker that caused all of the commotion:
There were a ton of these little guys foraging on the ground:
I'm not sure what they were. I'm going to do some searching around to see if I can figure it out, but I'm thinking junco. Additionally, there were a ton of robins and a black-capped chickadee. When I left for work about 30 minutes later, not a bird to be seen in our backyard. I was glad we didn't miss the show!