Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Red Hat Ladies
By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.
Cupid shows off to the Red Hat Ladies by playing basketball.
Alice overcame her fear of birds by holding one of the parrots.
JJ wears a red hat of his own.
A few years ago, a friend asked me to join her Red Hat group. We get together for dinner, a play or sometimes we meet at a member's house for some fun and games.
After hearing many stories about the antics of my parrots, the ladies were curious to meet them.
We finally set a date for the group to meet at my house.
I used to take the birds to schools, nursing homes and other public functions but haven’t done so for quite awhile. Plus, my flock had since undergone some major changes. I no longer have a couple of the birds that were the major entertainers, and we have added a few more birds to the flock.
I was a little nervous as to how the birds would react to a group of strangers in their house. But I need not have feared. All went well. We had a great time.
Usually when the group gets together we have something to eat, a little chit chat and we play card games and such. But they were so taken with the parrots that we never got to the games.
The ladies were in awe by how beautiful and well behaved the birds were.
Cupid, my Moluccan cockatoo, as usual, hammed it up by playing basketball. He is always ready to shoot a few hoops for anyone who will take the time to watch!
Muggsy, my African grey, talked and did some silly tricks, like playing dead. She'll lay in my hand on her back with her head hanging down. She'll stay that way for a bit then let out a giggle since she is sure she has fooled everyone!
My blue-and-gold macaw, JJ, does the “Big Eagle” and will hold the pose looking regal and beautiful for quite some time!
One member had often told me how deathly afraid of birds she is but she was so interested in my parrots that she overcame her fear when I offered to let my African grey, Mitch, step onto her hand. Once she held him she just couldn't get enough. Holding one of the big macaws though still seemed to be a bit too intimidating for her!
But one step at a time! Maybe this coming summer we'll get together for a “Parrot Party” again!
Alice enjoyed the rest of the evening posing for pictures with Mitch on her arm. We all had a great time. She was so proud of herself.
Watch a video of my parrot party!
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