Monday, August 3, 2009
Summer's Almost Gone!
By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.
Scarlet macaw, Renee, waits eagerly to go outside.
Blue-and-gold macaw, Morgan, spends time outside, safe in a carrier.
It's August already! I can't believe summer is almost over. I always plan on letting my birds outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine more often than they actually do.
Although their cages give them a big view of the outside, it is still not the same as actually being out there to feel the breeze in their feathers or hear the sounds of other birds, animals and even bugs. To put it bluntly, their life is limited to the indoors except for the too few times I get them in their flight suits or drag cages out on the patio. I do have a screened-in deck on the back of our house that gets little human use since we made a nice patio out front with a gazebo we use now.
I guess it's time to redo the deck as an outdoor oasis for the birds!
Every year I think how nice it would be to have a big outside aviary. Even then, all the birds couldn't be out at once since there are too many differences in size and temperment in my little flock.
Ok, my flock of 14 is not so little. Actually, two aviaries would be nice but even with one we could let the birds enjoy the outside (in shifts)!
My friend Carol has a beautiful aviary. Every time I come home from visiting her I am more determined than ever to get one.
I want my birds to be able to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine outside safely, which means always being aware of the chance of attack by the natural predators that could strike out of the blue. Hawks can be a big threat as I was just reminded when someone sent this link to an e-mail list I am on:
A timely reminder of how fast a predator strikes. Thank goodness for the trainer’s fast reflexes.
Have you remodeled a deck or set up an aviary outside for your birds? If so please share the URL or a link to your pictures.
Here is a slideshow below of my birds enjoying some time outside:
<< Read Previous Entry
<< Return To Blog Homepage
Give us your opinion on
Summer's Almost Gone!