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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Company Is For The Pet Birds!

By Linda Costello
Explore the diaries of daily life with large birds.

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Valerie with Morgan, a blue-and-gold macaw.

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Valerie playing with McMurphy, a green-winged macaw.

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Valerie holding green-winged macaws, Molly and McMurphy.

Valerie is my one child (out of three) that seems to have inherited my love for my parrots. Don't get me wrong — the other two like them but they are not as involved with them as Valerie is. She calls regularly from Florida to talk to them (and me of course!) here in Ohio. She tends to call about the same time of day each time and the birds somehow sense when it is her calling. I walk around to each bird, holding up the cordless or cell phone for them so they can hear and talk to her.

It's plain to see that my parrots enjoy and even look forward to her annual summer visits.

On the evening of June 12, 2010, we drove to the airport to pick her up. We didn't get back home until around 11:30 PM. We tried to be quiet, but the minute the pet birds heard us talking, they started calling out to her.

From the back of the house, my Moluccan cockatoo, Cupid, kept saying "Hi" so sweetly that she couldn't resist going to him.

She opened his door to pet him and he stepped up onto her hand, apparently very happy to see her.

Even though it was late, Cupid didn't want to go back to his cage so she had no choice but to cuddle with him for a bit. The other birds demanded to be greeted too, so they all got their share of attention in turn. Satisfied that they were all acknowledged and greeted by he,r they settled back down for the night.

 The next day they were all quiet until they heard us stirring around. Naturally the first thing they asked me in the morning, as I started pulling their water dishes, was, "Where's Valerie?"

It's obvious that they look forward to how she spends time talking and playing with them or feeding them healthy treats.

The daily scenario goes on like this for the two weeks Valerie is here. But the inevitable day arrives that she has to leave.

As she dragged her large suitcase down the stairs and past Molly and McMurphy's cage, they so sorrowfully said, "Awwww, bye bye Valerie."

"I'll be back!"

 "I love you."

"Valerie, bye bye."

Soon some of the other bird's voices joinded in on the farewells. For our birds to be able to communicate their feelings of excitement, love, happiness and even sadness is almost unbelievable (until you actually hear it) then there is no doubt about what special beings they are.

What about your birds?  Do they seem to look forward to your children, grandchildren or special friends coming to visit? Tell us about it. Share your comments in the section below.
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My parrot gets very excited when grandchildren visit and watches their every move.
Joan, Upper Montclair, NJ
Posted: 7/26/2010 10:14:07 PM
When I visit Chief's Bird Cabin in Orlando I have to spend some one on one time with Shammy a Shamrock Macaw. If I go too long without holding her she comes and finds me. Most of the employees are afraid of Shammy. She has a reputation for being aggressive, however, we're best friends. It's nice to be loved by such wonderful animals.
Charles, Orlando, FL
Posted: 7/25/2010 10:08:42 PM
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