Scares and Laughs – Life with Parrots

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.

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They are building a new freeway close to my backyard. They have some interesting items like these cables in the ground.
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Of course Harley is well.
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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.
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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.
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I should have shared a color version of these photos. They looked great that way too.
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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.
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Then again these yellow wild flowers look great.

Thank you taking the time to view this blog.

Jim & Harley