For years now Harley has had his own facebook page . I know some of you are aware of this and have become friends on FB. This post is not to get more likes or friends and I will explain why.

A few weeks ago a friend contacted me, Jim the human care taker of Harley, and mentioned that Harley’s page was deleted.

I logged in and I was told that it appeared I was promoting a business and had to convert my page to a facebook page. I thought I had a FB page but a personal page is called something else. Not really sure what that is but I digress.

After much thought I decided to convert the page. Actually FB didn’t give me a choice.

Before I go any further let me say I do know having a facebook page for a non-human is a violation of FB policy. I know that might invalidate the rest of my rant or commentary here but I never saw the harm.

I don’t feel I was misleading people into thinking that Harley was an actual human. Yes I did post about my eBay items but it wasn’t very often. I see no difference in a human liking an item. Who’s to say the item they liked or posted or commented on might be something they are selling as well.

Here are a few reasons why I don’t like the new page. Sure all the friends I had converted to likes. But the biggest issue for me is the interaction with my friends. The only thing I can see on my page now is my posts. I cannot see the posts of my likers or even like or comment on their posts if I could see them. I hate that. My FB friends used to share beautiful pics of all sorts of things from personal to shared ones from the net. And I am no longer a part of any of the groups I once was. There was one all about finding lost pets. We would all share and help each other find lost pets. I’m sad that I can’t help and because of the nature of the facebook page I’m stuck with I can’t rejoin the group and I can’t even like it myself.

Another issue is the privacy. I can’t control who sees or likes the new page. It’s like everything is set to the widest audience. On my old page I controlled who saw what and just about everything else.

I’m mad the FB didn’t give me a chance to apologize or fix the issue. I was forced to change. Not to mention all my earlier post and pics are gone. It’s like starting from scratch or less than that. I liked being to go back and revisit old pics or old conversations.

At this point I may 1. create another page and ask all the likes to friend the new page. 2. Keep it as is and just deal. 3. Quit FB all together. 4. email FB and convince them that there is a human behind the bird and I just don’t want my actual face on FB and hope they convert it back.

What are your thoughts? What should I do? What would you do?

As always thanks for reading.
Jim & Harley

BTW On the new page I posted my first comment and mentioned FB. I got an error that said I must capitalize the word facebook. I meant to get a screen capture because I was kind of weird and funny and I thought no one would believe me. LOL!


Gonna keep the words brief and just let the pics speak for themselves.
Went to the Houston Zoo. Captured rhino butt.
A real happy crow.
Beautiful giraffe.
Sleepy owl.
Tiger tongue.
Lion tongue.
We had so much rain that my yard was a pond and some ducks were loving it.
Of course Harley had to pose for the camera.

And this lizard just needed to stretch and chill for a bit.

Hope you enjoyed the pics. If you want more details about the pics please ask in the comment section.

Talk to you soon,
Jim & Harley

Scares and Laughs – Life with Parrots

Originally posted on Students with Birds:

I had a slightly alarming moment a few nights ago. Ptak, my parrotlet, was contentedly sitting on my shoulder as I wrote. I use a ballpoint pen (that fact is important) in a journal to make notes and jot down the things I need to do. As I began to write, I heard Ptak make a repetitive clicking noise deep in his chest. Anyone who’s owned birds knows that respiratory clicking is bad news.

Heart in my throat, I paused, and Ptak nonchalantly preened his wings. The clicking stopped.

I started to write again, and the clicking started anew. This went on a few times more before I realised that he was mimicking the sound my pen -specifically, the ball – against the paper! What a relief… I start, he starts; I stop, he stops – down to the millisecond. It’s pretty cute.

My parrotlet is actually a very good mimic; he has sound effects…

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May 26 2014

Just a few pics that I should have share a while back. I hope all are well.

They are building a new freeway close to my backyard. They have some interesting items like these cables in the ground.
Of course Harley is well.
And this was in the ditch close to my house. Kind of weird to see this. I can imagine all sorts of stories of how this got there but don’t want to believe any of them are true.
The mild temps have been great. Harley sure enjoys being outside when it’s not to hot. We have just a few more weeks before it become unbearable.
I should have shared a color version of these photos. They looked great that way too.
I love this pic but I was hoping to catch the other side of the feather. It is blue. I’m not real fond of yellow.
Then again these yellow wild flowers look great.

Thank you taking the time to view this blog.

Jim & Harley

Spring my…..

Well it was in the 30s this morning.  Needs to warm up just a bit more.


Oranges are good.


Not really that high.  The lens and the angle are tricking you.


Wisteria has already come and gone.


But these have arrived.


Maybe these will hang on and become fruit.

Jim & Harley