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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Quaking But Not Shaking

By Laura Doering, Editor of BIRD TALK and
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We had a not-so-little earthquake over the weekend, and I’m still a little shaken. This one was centered about 10 miles from my home, and I don’t remember ever having stuff fall off shelves like they did on Sunday night.

I’m always caught off guard when a quake hits, but my flock isn’t. In fact, I’m usually making a beeline for Gracie’s cage about 30 seconds before an earthquake strikes because that’s when he typically thrashes about the cage as if in a night-fright episode. I’ve always considered him my earthquake alarm.

This time around though, I didn’t hear anything from the birds except a couple of low squawks while the house was shaking. When I checked the bird room, I found a small garden shovel, a bike helmet and three plastic jars of Play Dough that had tumbled off the shelves near their cages. Strangely, the birds were sitting quietly on their perches, as if nothing happened.

This wasn’t the “big one,” so perhaps the flock has a secret pact not to get too worked up over some tumbling Play Dough, and to save the real alarm calls for when a Coke fridge-pack box passes by the cage … like they did last week.

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Living in Southern California, one has to anticipate earthquakes. However, I'm completely convinced that my African Gray, Gandalf, knows 1-3 minutes before they hit beause this is the ONLY time he gets the night frights. He is my official earthquake detector!
Dede, La Mirada, CA
Posted: 6/16/2010 5:55:01 PM
whew made it through another one huh?! scary stuff we dont deal with very often here in ri
stephanie, north smithfield, RI
Posted: 5/19/2009 9:46:12 AM
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