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Laura Doering is the editor of BIRD TALK magazine. Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers. Laura posts her blogs daily.

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Taking Matters Into Her Own Talons

Did anyone else catch awesome episode on PBS’ Nature program called, “Surviving Winter on Ellesmere Island?" One of the segments followed a pair of gyrfalcons that were tending to their two young chicks high on a cliff. Apparently, the male gyrfalcon is supposed to hunt for the food, while the female tends to the nest. View Blog>>

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Office Mate

We had a photo shoot and needed a cockatiel. I had one just in mind … the amazing Masie. View Blog>>

Monday, October 26, 2009
Why Does He Do That?

Does your bird ever leave you scratching your head in puzzlement? Here are a couple puzzlers, courtesy of my nanday conure Ollie. View Blog>>

Wednesday, October 14 2009
Apples Will Roll

It was overcast and rainy this morning, so I thought the birds would love to join me in the shower. I perched Ollie on one hand, Gracie, my ‘tiel, perched on the other, and Mazie my houseguest ‘tiel on my shoulder and headed for the bathroom. View Blog>>

Friday, October 9, 2009
Picture This

I couldn’t help but pause when I saw this on MSNBC’s “Week In Pictures” photo gallery. We all, of course, know it’s a parrot and on top of that most of us can easily guess Amazon. View Blog>>

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Strange Parrot Indeed

If there’s one parrot that absolutely fascinates me, it’s one I’ll probably never get to meet — the kakapo. Not only is the kakapo the world’s heaviest parrot — weighing up to 8 pounds! — the only non-flighted parrot and the only nocturnal parrot (although some bird owners might respectively argue that their parrot is indeed nocturnal), it is also the one of the most endangered birds in the world. View Blog>>

Thursday, September 10, 2009
As A Pigeon Flies

Here’s an amusing story about how one of South Africa’s internet services is so slow at transmitting data that a carrier pigeon reached its destination with the downloaded data before the internet transmission went through. View Blog>>

Friday, August 21, 2009
African Greys On The Lam In Britain

In the morning, I like to do a google news search for “parrot” to see any late breaking stories involving parrots. For not being the biggest Jimmy Buffet fan, I always know when he’s on tour or when his “parrot heads” fan base is up to something because that’s what often pops up first for news. Then it’s the local news outlets profiling people who are looking for their lost parrot. View Blog>>

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
One-Word Bird

I love this video, which was submitted for Camp Birdie’s “Sing Along” contest. View Blog>>

Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Mid-Week Bird Picture

OK, time for a midweek pick- me-up, courtesy of a visit to Omar’s Exotic Birds. And I mean pick-me-up in the literal sense. Here’s a group of caiques that are actually sitting still, just moments before they came at me in all directions … hanging on my sleeve, my watch band, my ring even! I swear they were all calling “I’ve got dibs!” on the human playgym. View Blog>>

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Parrot Plays The Stockmarket

After reading this article, I am even more hesitant to try something like E-Trade ... unless my flock is willing to back me up. Apparently, parrots make better investors than investors. View Blog>>

Monday, August 3, 2009
Ollie Abstract #1

I gathered up some bird-safe paint, paper and the flock for an “art workshop” … yes, foot painting was on the Camp Birdie activity board! I had visions of avian-human collaboration – working in unison to create a formable piece of art. All I needed was a bird to cooperate. View Blog>>

Friday, July 31, 2009
Meeting The Princesses

Pictures are nice, but there’s nothing like seeing a bird in person. I’ve seen plenty of photos of Princess of Wales parakeets, but I don’t think their personality is quite captured on film; they come across as pretty statues. (Perhaps this is because they're often posed with flowers, to emphasize their beauty?) View Blog>>

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Behind The Scenes At Camp Birdie

Today we took Camp Birdie from the virtual world to the real world. Well, sort of. We filmed our “Ask A Camp Birdie Counselor” segment (where we answered some camper e-mails). Of course, we didn’t have time or resources to drive up to the mountains or even the local KOA campground, so we created our own camp ground in Melissa Kauffman’s backyard. View Blog>>

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Canary Fight Club

Did you hear about the weekend “canary fighting ring” bust? There were 19 arrests and 150 canaries and saffron finches confiscated. The local paper contacted us for quotes, and I think what BIRD TALK's Finch & Canary columnist, Karl Lieberman had to say was very informative. View Blog>>

Monday, July 27, 2009
Birds Of Prey

Saw this crazy video again on TV last night. I'm wondering if that bird of prey missed lunch that day because he must have been hungry! This is a perfect example of the unexpected that can happen anytime we take our birds outdoors. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 23, 2009
“Fake” Screech

I just read a fascinating article about how Capuchin monkeys in Argentina sometimes sound the “predator cry” to trick other monkeys into fleeing so they can stay and eat; basically scoring some extra servings for themselves. View Blog>>

Friday, July 17, 2009
More Than Just A Kiss

Although my birds have never fully regurgitated to me (my Amazon used to occasionally bring up food in front of me, only to eat it again himself), I’ve heard plenty of stories of parrots bent on ordering a “little something extra special” up from the crop to offer to their favored person. Yuck, right? View Blog>>

Thursday, July 16, 2009
At The Bird Store

Some coworkers head to Starbucks for a pick-me-up break; the Bird Talk team heads to Omar’s Exotic Birds. We try to time it for when it’s lunch time for the birds. View Blog>>

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Swear I Won’t Swear

I just read an article on how swearing when you get hurt helps alleviate the pain. This poses quite a quandary for those of us who share our lives with companion parrots, especially during times of the year when they might be more inclined to be territorial or hormonal. View Blog>>

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Nova & Her Video Shoot

So we just attempted a video shoot with a very cute green-winged macaw, Nova. Nova was in the office around this time last year for a photo shoot, and she beautifully captured the essence of a young macaw (she about 6 months old at the time); curious, playful and perhaps just a smidgeon of clumsy … after all, she was still learning how to navigate with that long, long tail. View Blog>>

Monday, July 13, 2009
Origami Parrot

It’s the start of a new week, so I thought I’d kick it off by trying my hand at something completely challenging for me … origami! Perhaps it’s because I’m right-brained (left-handed), but tasks involving precise measurements rarely work out for me. (My dad is a gifted mechanical engineer, but sadly, I inherited nothing in the way of mathematical or engineering prowess.) View Blog>>

Friday, July 10, 2009
Dino Bird

Just when one set of researchers say birds and dinosaurs are not related, along comes Psittacosaurus gobiensis ("parrot reptile of the Gobi"); the world's first known nut-eating dinosaur. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 9, 2009
Taming Vs. Training

Taming and training are two words often spoken when it comes to pet birds. I invite you to take our quiz to see how much you know about each! View Blog>>

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Advantage Cockatoo

Here’s a little video to get you through the other half of the work week with a smile. To paraphrase Mr. T, “I pity the poor fool dog” that shares a home with a fearless parrot. View Blog>>

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Camp Birdie Ghost Stories

I’m still hearing fireworks around my neighborhood, which is a little annoying; just when the birds think it’s over … snap, crackle, pop! At least we have Camp Birdie as a fun diversion. View Blog>>

Monday, July 6, 2009
Join Me At Camp Birdie!

Happy Monday! Why the enthusiasm, you ask? Because today marks the start of Camp Birdie: a virtual summer camp for birds and their people! Sorry if that sounds like a pitch, but I suppose it is. We worked hard on creating all the fun camp activities; heck, we even recorded a camp song. View Blog>>

Friday, July 3, 2009
Birds And Fireworks

I’m gearing up for the Fourth of July, which is always a tricky occasion for bird people. Most of us can probably relate to the fact that our birds aren’t exactly themselves on this day. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Ants Come Marching One By One …

I’ve heard that parrots have a tendency to really be into a certain food item and then suddenly decide to just drop it from their menu. The theory is that, in the wild, parrots take advantage of seasonal foods; they might love one fruit for a part of the year, and when that is no longer in season, they move on to another. View Blog>>

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Pizza For The Birds

For the September issue of BIRD TALK, we had to come up with a healthy, bird-friendly pizza recipe; an alternative to the standard pizza some of us find a hard time trying to sneak by our parrots without them squawking in protest (like my Amazon did at the site of a pizza box). View Blog>>

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Snowball the Taco Bell Spokesbird

Snowball the dancing sulphur-crested cockatoo continues his world pop culture domination. He’s now spokes bird for Taco Bell’s new “Pina Colada Frutista Freeze.” Here he is dancing to “If You Like Pina Coladas.” View Blog>>

Monday June 29, 2009
"Amazon Takes Down Transformer"

There was high flying drama in San Diego, Calif. last week. I just read a news item about a parrot that landed on a power transformer and caused power outage for an hour and a half. It had to be one of the naturalized (“feral”) Amazons parrots or conures. (I’m guessing Amazon, since there are a lot in San Diego.) View Blog>>

Friday June 26, 2009
Moonwalking Birds

News of Michael Jackson’s death yesterday was a total shock. Who can forget those dance moves, and I am certain that anyone who grew up in the ‘80s at least attempted to Moonwalk. I thought it might be befitting to share this fascinating video of the incredible courtship display of the male red-capped manakin (Pipra mentalis). View Blog>>

Thursday June 25, 2009
"A Birdie Bag"

I love the one liners we get in for the fill in the blank “You know you’re a bird person when …” under our Fun & Games tab. I can especially relate to this one: “You know you're a bird person when eating food and you say, ‘My bird would love this!’” (Thanks Carol Dunn for that ditty!) View Blog>>

Wednesday June 24, 2009
Pet Birds Are Family, Too

I just read an Associated Press poll that found that “Americans consider pets part of the family." Before you say, “No duh,” there were a couple of interesting findings. View Blog>>

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I just finished an article for the September 2009 issue of BIRD TALK magazine about how parrots seem to be drawn to the not-so-healthy-foods. (Some of you, like anyone with an Amazon parrot, might know the challenge of trying to get a pizza delivery box into the house without your parrot screeching its own version of “I’ve got dibs!”) View Blog>>

Monday, June 22, 2009
Nanday Conures Fly By

While having lunch in Los Angeles yesterday, I jumped from the table mid meal. There was no mistaking those sonic screeches — a flock of nandays flying by. View Blog>>

Friday, June 19, 2009
Trek It Out!

I seem to be buying all the products that have marketing coops with the new Star Trek movie. First, my cereal box with the cool Star Trek flashlight “badge,” now it’s a Cheez-It box with a “Trek Yourself Out” web link. View Blog>>

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Romeo Bird

I just came upon an interesting e-mail, apparently from someone being kept up at night by a bird singing outside the window at 3AM everyday. They wanted to know who could be the culprit. View Blog>>

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Dino Birds

I just came across this adorable video of a pair of yellow-naped Amazon chicks.I can’t help but be fascinated by baby parrots. Compared to other companion animals (cats, dogs), birds go through a fascinating transformation from chick to adult. While puppies and kittens look like smaller, compact versions of adult dogs and cats, parrot chicks seem to resemble dinosaurs more than the adult versions of themselves. View Blog>>

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Towel? What Towel?

It was a bit chilly the previous night, even for California, so I covered his cage with a towel and uncovered it in the morning. View Blog>>

Monday, June 15, 2009
Save The Bananas!

If this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will … The problem I have with Monday is that it’s just so abrupt. There’s no proper segue from weekend fun and relaxation to the start of the work week; it’s goodbye casual attire and hello work attire, goodbye sleeping in and hello alarm clock. That’s why, if any day of the week needs some help, it’s Monday. View Blog>>

Friday, June 12, 2009
“Oh yeah, forgot about the wings …”

Ever notice the moments when your bird forgets that it’s a bird? Ollie sometimes forgets that he’s flighted. When he finds himself on the ground, it’s as if he saw an instructional video like the “Stop, Drop & Roll” fire drill one we grew up with, but his was “Stop, Wait & Look For Finger.” View Blog>>

Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Funny Side Of African Grey Parrots

So we put a callout to African grey owners on our forum, asking for strange behaviors they see in their birds for an article in BIRD TALK magazine’s September 2009 issue. Some of the responses are hilarious. The cover blurb says it all: “Quirky, geeky & Just Plain Strange African Greys.”) View Blog>>

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Your Feathered Little Coach

I read an online article today about how pets can be partners in fitness. Of course, by pet they mean dog or cat. View Blog>>

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Dog Show!

Whenever there are critters at the office, I feel like a giddy second grader when the mobile pet farm rolls in. This time it was a dog show, and by show I mean a miniature Westminster in a roped off show ring in our parking lot. View Blog>>

Monday, June 8, 2009
Appreciate Your Bird

Today marks the start of Pet Appreciation Week (June 7 through June 13). That’s a good excuse to go the extra mile for our birds for the next seven days. View Blog>>

Sunday, June 7, 2009
Get to Sesame Street!

Last month, I wrote about how parrot behaviorists recommend letting your bird watch TV as an enrichment activity but how it contrasts with child behaviorists, who don’t recommend much toddler time in front of the TV. Well, one program they can both probably enjoy together and learn from is the childhood standard "Sesame Street" ... View Blog>>

Saturday, June 6, 2009
Picking Up Feathers

Ah, my favorite time of the year: the molt. This time around it’s Ollie the nanday conure’s turn to molt. It might mean more to sweep up, but I kind of dig it when my birds molt because they seem even more appreciative of head scratches. View Blog>>

Friday, June 5, 2009
Ringing The Bell

Just like Pavlov’s dog, a rung bell around here elicits a similar response amongst us editors, although perhaps without the visible salivating. View Blog>>

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Run Away Prop

We had a frantic 5-minutes a little bit ago because someone left our photo subject at home. (Okay, I’ll fess up; it was me.) View Blog>>

Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Keep An Eye On The Duck

While looking through our “Ask the Experts” emails, I came across a question that really had me stumped. The gist of it was would an adopted one-eye duck pose a risk to the family cockatiel? View Blog>>

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Battle Of The Birds

I got delayed heading to the office this morning because there was an all-out bird war going on in my backyard. My first clue was Ollie’s alarm call. View Blog>>

Monday, June 1, 2009
"Boo!" Amazon

Just found this gem in the “upload your video” page on BirdChannel. It is first-class cinema. View Blog>>

Sunday, May 31, 2009
The Mockingbirds

I’m enthralled with mockingbirds lately. I just saw one swoop down on a cat that was cowering on my backyard fence. View Blog>>

Saturday, May 30, 2009
Star Trek

I haven’t had a chance to see the new Star Trek movie, but I did score a cool “Star Trek Commander Badge” (it’s actually a pin flashlight) from my Shredded Mini Wheat box this morning. View Blog>>

Friday, May 29, 2009
Busy Work Week

You know it’s been a busy work week when the only thing left standing in the lunchroom’s rotating vending machine is a lonesome “Cup of Noodles.” View Blog>>

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Hearing Voices? Check For Budgies

If you haven’t checked out the contest page in while, then you probably don’t know about our new “Budgie Babble and Gabble” contest ... View Blog>>

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Graduation Day For The August Issue

Today is I-Proof day. That means a last look through the magazine before it’s sent to the printer. I love holding the I-proof. View Blog>>

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Short Work Week, Full Work Schedule

The high of a three-day weekend can sometimes turn into the low of returning to the office. But then you realize, “Hey, it’s a short work week!” Then it flips back around once you look at your project calendar, and you notice that there’s one less day to get it all done. View Blog>>

Monday, May 25, 2009
Our Brave Little Pigeon Soldier

Today is Memorial Day, which means “No work!” for most of us … one more thing to thank our veterans for. I have the perfect book to read the boys tonight, “Fly Cher Ami, Fly!” View Blog>>

Sunday, May 24, 2009
Substitute Jewelry

I just fashioned my own bird bracelet, going off of the bird bracelet featured on the homepage carousel. I didn’t have time to run to the craft store, but I needed something to deflect my cockatiel’s obsession with my necklace. View Blog>>

Saturday, May 23, 2009
Don't Disturb The Bird

Anyone going out of town this Memorial Day Weekend? Notice I didn’t say “Anyone else going out of town?” For me it’s a “staycation” with the flock and family. View Blog>>

Friday, May 22, 2009
Last Call of the Day

Fridays around here are either eerily quiet, like a library, or a whirlwind of meeting, copyedit, meeting, writing, another meeting, etc. Today was the latter. The busyness makes the day fly by like a fully flighted cockatiel. View Blog>>

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Avian Acrobats

Chris Davis, BIRD TALK’s “Heart To Heart” columnist, just forwarded me a crazy photo of a greylag goose “whiffling.” “Whiffling?” you ask. View Blog>> 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Bird Watching TV

I was just reading about keeping your parrot occupied by leaving the TV on for him while you’re away, which has always seemed like good advice. But I find it interesting when compared to the recommendations regarding TV and children. View Blog>> 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Quaking But Not Shaking

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. View Blog>> 

Monday, May 18, 2009
Bird Knowledge By Proxy

This is what’s referred to as Bird Talk’s “ship week.” That means the next issue is being prepped for the printer. There’s photo captions to write, copyedits to do, final edits, then final proofing, and so on and so on. View Blog>>

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Parrots Keep Going And Going

I just proofed Sally Blanchard’s upcoming article on high-energy parrots, which mentions the two “poster-birds” for high-energy birds: lories and caiques (Bird Talk’s August issue). The day in the life of a lory or caique owner must be truly exciting with all that rolling, hopping and jumping going on. View Blog>>

Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tabloid Parrot

My mom’s Birthday is today (Happy Birthday Mom!) and so I’ve had the chance to spend the day with her. After a visit, my mom typically hands off a stack of magazines she’s already read. Often included in this bunch are some guilty pleasures … tabloids. View Blog>>

Friday, May 15, 2009
A Sing-A-Long

In a previous post, I alluded to helping write a jingle and singing it on a demo tape for a top-secret project coming this summer on Well, yesterday a few other editors and I laid down the official track. We borrowed the Cat Fancy editor (who’s a veteran karaoke singer) and the equally talented web editor for Pet Product News, along with the Small Animal Channel editor and the bird team. View Blog>>

Thursday, May 14, 2009
An Unnatural Bird Migration

Hope you had a chance to check out this week’s bird news. One story in particular caught my eye. It’s about a guy who was apprehended at Los Angeles International airport for “conspiring to smuggle songbirds into Los Angeles from Vietnam.” View Blog>>

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Bird And Books

I just inherited a cool coffee-table book from Amy Hooper, the editor of our sister publication, Wild Bird magazine. We both receive quite a few bird-themed book submissions for review. Basically, if the book contains any mention (or photos) of feathers, we receive copies. Sometimes, I’ll get a bird-watching guide or a book devoted to native wild birds, while she’ll get a book on parrots – so we swap. View Blog>>

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Forget Bird Watching, Try Parrot Listening

I just added another parrot household to my mental map. I went for a run before work, and there it was, the undeniable parrot sound bite: the “come here” whistle.  This is my equivalent of bird watching … parrot listening while out and about. I know just about every parrot household within a one-mile radius of my home because, let’s face it … parrots are vocal! View Blog>>

Monday, May 11, 2009
Tori On A Roll And Ollie On A Head

Just got the July 09 issue of Bird Talk and gave it a good thumb through. We had fun putting this one together for many reasons. As I previously mentioned, this issue features the Fruit & Veggie Kabob; the one the crows turned their beaks up at. Tori the lovebird, who owns Bird Talk’s associate editor, Jessica Pineda, was game enough to perch on it so we would snap the photo. View Blog>>

Sunday, May 10, 2009
I Owe It All To Mom

Well, I just sent my mom a Mother's Day e-card. I went with the one of Zeus dutifully cleaning up while his person reclines on the couch for a much needed rest. (Her significant other, and Zeus's perceived rival, somehow ended up in the trash; no doubt Zeus had something to do with it!) View Blog>>

Saturday, May 9, 2009
Fringe Benefits

Aside from reading, writing and basically thinking about birds all day - not to mention occasionally playing with baby birds during photo shoots or writing a bird jingle - being the editor of Bird Talk has another added benefit. View Blog>>

Friday, May 8, 2009
Jingle For Ya'

The last few hours have been a wild ride. A month or so ago, the BirdChannel Team, along with our sister site,, pitched an idea for our websites that has been “green lit.” View Blog>>

Thursday, May 7, 2009
Caiques And Lories Leave Their Marks

There’s never a dull moment when lories and caiques are in the office! For Bird Talk’s August cover, we brought in a black-headed caique, a yellow-thighed caique, two rainbow lories, a blue-and-gold macaw and a Senegal. These were all young birds, full of curiosity and play. View Blog>>

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Still Hungry

I blame Gracie, my cockatiel, for my lean lunch today. I typically brown bag it, and today was no different. Whenever I’m packing something that I think the birds might have an interest in, I break off a piece and put it in their treat bowl. Or, if I’m not in too much of a morning rush, I’ll offer some by hand. View Blog>>

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Of Kabobs And Crows

For Bird Talk magazine’s July issue, I wanted to come up with a fun, edible “playgym.” It had to be something colorful, yet healthy and, of course, easy to make. After perusing the fruit and vegetable department at the grocery store, the idea started to fall into place: cucumber for the base, wooden kabob sticks to hold a selection of sliced vegetables for one side of the gym and a selection of fruit on the other side. View Blog>>

Monday, May 4, 2009
Behind The Scenes

Working on a magazine like Bird Talk sometimes involves going outside the realm of writing, re-writing, copy editing and picking photos - basically all the things on a To-Do list that involve spending time in front of a computer or marking up paper. Occasionally, the company “volunteers” us editors to test our public speaking skills. View Blog>>

Friday, April 3, 2009
Office Fun

My nanday, Ollie, has been a working bird as of late. First, he posed for the April Fools’ Exclusive: Ollie’s makeover. I couldn’t resist Punk Ollie. My kids, for obvious reasons, voted for Super Hero Ollie; since they are too young to understand the beauty of Photoshop, they’ve been begging me to bring home his costume from work. View Blog>>

Friday, March 27, 2009
The Ollie Experiment

Ollie has always been a scaredy bird in regards to the floor. I’ve tested his ground tolerance level, and five seconds is about his max; that is, after five seconds on the floor, he is looking for the nearest leg to climb up or he takes to instant flight. View Blog>>

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Mark Off Your Calendar

For being such a short month, February is packed with holidays. First up is Ground Hog’s Day (Feb. 2). In case you missed it, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means -- drat! -- another six weeks of winter. Then it’s Lincoln’s Birthday on Feb 12. I know that both of these are in February, but I can never remember which days they fall on. I imagine that’s because I don’t get them off from work. View Blog>>

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
High Wire Act

My flock’s cages are housed in what used to be a back porch but is now an enclosed utility room. This room has windows running on all sides, and Ollie and Gracie seem to really enjoy the view of our backyard. Ollie and Gracie are also fully flighted. Last year, I decided to see how they’d do being let out of the cages when I’m home to supervise. View Blog>>

Friday, January 9, 2009
Birds Coming Up Roses

If you live in Southern California, what better way to celebrate New Year’s than to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena? Well, I’ll never know because to actually see the parade, you have to camp out overnight and, even then, you aren’t guaranteed a good viewing spot. View Blog>>

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Bird Boys

After getting the boys dressed and fed, I drop them off at their preschools on my way to work. I look forward to meeting up with them when I return home because I love hearing their enthusiastic tales of what they learned that day. View Blog>>

Friday, October 17, 2008
Showering Parrots

Ollie’s been joining me in our narrow shower stall ever since the back bathroom shower turned out to have some plumbing issues. This is a very narrow stall; and I hesitated at first in bringing him in there for the morning shower thinking that he’d find the quarters too cramped. View Blog>>

Friday, October 10, 2008
That's Comical

I don’t typically read the comics, but I came across not one, but two bird-themed cartoons in today’s paper. I love the pizza delivery one because it really hits home just how taxing raising a chick can be. I suppose the equivalent of “momma bird getting the night off” View Blog>>

 Friday, October 3, 2008
Parrots & Pirates

I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting when I took my family to a “Talk like a Pirate Day” festival, but it sure was eeeye opening. There were a lot of pirates. 75 percent of them were Jack Sparrow (the character Johnny Depp made famous in “Pirates of the Caribbean”). View Blog>>

Friday, September 12, 2008
Odd One Out

I was at the library the other day with my boys (at 2 and 4, they’re now into books on bugs, dinosaurs, and, yes, birds!). They’re running around the library’s plaza afterward, chasing the pigeons around. Normally I would say something along the lines of, “Boys leave the birds alone, please.” View Blog>>

Friday, August 29, 2008
Bird Watching In Aisle 5

I went to the grocery store yesterday to pick up milk. On my way out, I did a double-take before exiting the store. Were those parrots on the floral/balloon bundle display rack? Indeed! Yes, perched on the plant rack were a male and female Eclectus, next to a pair of African grey parrots, which were next to a lovebird pair. View Blog>>

Thursday, August 7, 2008
Met Them In St. Louis

Last week, I headed off to the American Federation of Aviculture conference in St. Louis. I was quite happy to find respite from California after the earthquake, and I swear I felt an aftershock as I waited to board my plane at Orange County Airport! St. Louis was hot and rainy; it was like being swallowed up by a humidifier. Ironically, I froze most of the time. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 24, 2008
Going Bananas

Sometimes I wish my birds were more like dogs. I grew up with dogs (our three were relegated to the backyard, but I was constantly sneaking them into the house). The dogs, plain and simple, were quicker to feed. The tastier the item, the faster it went down. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 17, 2008
Color Me Red

Some say birds don’t like the color red; that they’ll lash out at their owner with red nail polish or wearing a red shirt. With my flock, I have found opposite reactions to the color red. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 10, 2008
I’m Calling His Bluff

I swear, sometimes my cockatiel Gracie likes to play mind games with nanday conure Ollie and me. This morning I brought the flock into the bathroom with me, which is bar none their favorite part of our morning routine. View Blog>>

Thursday, July 3, 2008
‘Tiel Talk

My flock is pretty considerate most mornings. They wait until they hear my feet hit the hardwood floor after rolling out of bed before all the squawking starts. Of course, they only give me until 7:30 AM to get up on my own. After that, the polite chirps soon to shrieks, basically saying, “Get up already!” View Blog>>

Thursday, June 26, 2008
As A Crow Flies For Fries

The other day I was bringing home some takeout for the family. While getting out of the car, a french fry fell out and landed on the driveway. My hands were too full to pick it up (for the trash, not consumption!), so there it stayed. As I fumbled to get my house keys ready, I noticed a crow hop down from a nearby branch and onto the driveway, basically eyeing this fallen fry. View Blog>>

Friday, June 6, 2008
A Tough Sell…

It’s way too easy to relegate stuff to the garage when we don’t know what else to do with it. That’s a short-term solution but eventually even the stuff in the garage over stays it welcome. So a couple weekends ago, my husband and I held a last-minute garage sell. Among long-forgotten treasures was a never-used bird cage still in the box. View Blog>>

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Ollie’s Love Of Laundry

I wish I had my conure Ollie’s enthusiasm for doing laundry. It’s not so much that I hate loading the washing machine, it’s that I hate removing clothes from the dryer. View Blog>>

Thursday May 15, 2008
Ollie Doesn’t Believe In Oversleeping

No need for an alarm clock in my house. If I sleep past 7AM, like this morning, my nanday Ollie reminds me that he’s waiting, waiting, waiting for me to take him into the shower. Yes, there’s no sleeping through a series of hi-pitched conure screeches. View Blog>>

Friday, May 9, 2008
Watch Out Hollywood – Here’s Gracie!

I’ve always thought my ‘tiel, Gracie, is a bit flighty. After all, he has a tendency to launch himself in the air when he’s out on top of his cage and something startles him. View Blog>>

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Houston Parrot Festival

BIRD TALK’s national sales manager, Louis Brandt, and I are still going through pictures from the Houston Parrot Festival (January 25 to 27, 2008), and here’s one of us “representing” with our new BIRD TALK shirts. View Blog>>

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