PHOTO: No budgie breakfast for this Cooper’s hawk, who caused a brief panic for your “beak” editor’s parakeets by flying past the window. – Photo by George Sommers
BUDGIES GET EARLY HALLOWEEN HAWK SCARE: On the homefront, as I was checking my email one morning last week, a large bird fluttered by the window; causing my two budgies, whose cage is situated by the window; to panic. The Cooper’s hawk repeated the process, apparently having eyed the budgies as a potential breakfast and landed on a backyard lawn chair before giving up and soaring off to greener pastures.
JIVE STALKING: Wendy N. Grabell of Wheeling, Ill is charged with stalking a Kenosha woman who adopted her parrot, Snoopy; that she gave up to a wildlife refuge where the victim volunteers. The victim said that Grabell has been walking around her property and peering into windows. Grabell was accused of moving patio furniture, taking plants out of pots, keying a car and leaving a hose on; flooding the backyard. After the incidents, the victim installed surveillance cameras. She then received bizarre messages saying the cameras were a bad idea and that she was being watched. An email from “Debbie Kraft” stated: “If you see odd things happening to you, such as tripping and falling or you notice strange happenings going on around your house like Snoopy’s cage moving, objects moving in front of your eyes, car oil spills, etc its because its Snoopy related. YOUR HOUSE IS HAUNTED by Snoopy followers. They removed all cleaning products from your house so you can’t harm Snoopy. THEY ARE OUT TO GET YOU until you return Snoopy to Refuge for Saving Wildlife! If you think Snoopy opened up his own cage to destroy your bed and couch, you are wrong! A padlock will not stop them! They will open up his cage EVERY TIME you leave your house, so he can do much more damage until YOU GET IT! And if you or your boyfriend harm him again, THEY WILL HARM YOU! They are losing patience with you. They told me to tell you, if you keep digging your heels, soon, you will not have heels to dig with!” A warrant is out for Grabell’s arrest. – From http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/local/alleged-parrot-stalker-faces-felony-charge/article_086c9b47-d02b-5649-a76d-625ee3d9bc41.html and http://www.waaytv.com/content/national/481652821.html
HOOKBILLS ‘N’ HURRICANES: Just prior to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence’s arrival, a scarlet macaw was riding shotgun on a shopping cart full of bottled water. The Myrtle Beach SC man pushing the cart was interviewed by CNN, who explained that he was not going to evacuate as advised; but rather would stay at home watching TV. — The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) Disaster Relief Team has been working to help those in the path of Florence to prepare their birds. Post storm, they are standing by to offer additional assistance.
BIRDS BURGLED: We’ve heard of cat burglars but… at 2:00 am on 9/11, Adventures in Birds, a pet store in Houston TX, was burglarized. Two men with bolt cutters let themselves on the grounds. Two macaws were stolen and the gate was left open, tragically allowing Jack the dog to get out and be killed by a motor vehicle. Videos and photos of the culprits are posted on the store’s Facebook page and AIB is asking for help if anyone can ID them. Also be on the lookout for birds advertised for sale at “too good to be true” prices; often with misspellings and written without much apparent knowledge about them. – From Facebook posts.
QUOTE O’ THE WEEK: You know you have a bird when the neighbors all think that you live with a cat…and a coyote…and R2D2… and Homer Simpson… and Curly of the Three Stooges… but of course, you live with none of those.
PARTY ON, DUDES: Vasa parrots’ lovemaking sessions can last for over a half hour, and they are promiscuous in their behavior. Males do the dirty deed with as many females as possible, feeding the chick-rearing females in return, and females essentially trade food from males (that they would take to feed their chicks) for sex. On dissecting a male museum specimen it was discovered that the testes were very large. The extended relation is an adaptation to monopolize females to maximize his chances of becoming a daddy, while keeping other males at bay. – From https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/uncovered-secret-sex-life-birds
DIDJA KNOW that macaws, have dry, scaly tongue with a bone inside? This acts as an effective tool to help them get into fruits and nuts. See more at https://www.facebook.com/ProyectoAra/videos/218622915481189/
GALAH GALA: The galah is one of the few Australian natives to profit from European settlement. Land clearing, the sowing of fertilised crops and pastures and the establishment of dams and tanks has provided it with vastly increased habitat. – From a Facebook post
HAPPY ENDING: It was social media to the rescue as Noni the Major Mitchell’s cockatoo was reunited with his human family in a small town in Australia after being found five months later and 80 kilometers away.
OOPS: The HBO miniseries “Rome” depicted macaws as pets of the nobility – but the series was set in a time period centuries before the Americas were discovered! When in ancient Rome, do as 21st century American pet owners do, I guess. – Thanks to Angela for the tip.
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HOT DATES: PICK O’ THE WEEK: 9/17: PARROT LITERACY RESEARCH PRESENTATION Dr.Susan Clubb and Jennifer Cunha lecture about parrot literacy research. 6:00 pm. 5540 PGA Boulevard #108, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (David Marshall’s real estate office) My Reading Pets: The Learning Adventures of Ellie and Isabelle— 9/15-16: LONG ISLAND PET EXPO IN THE PARK featuring Long Island Parrot Society. 11-6. FREE. Tanner Park in Copiague, NY. https://familypetshows.com/long-island-pet-expo-in-the-park/ — PARROT BEHAVIOR AND TRAINING WORKSHOP with Barbara Heidenreich, Athens, Greece. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot — 9/15: New York Finch & Type Canary Club Annual Show 10:30. FREE. St. Jude School, 1696 Canarsie Road,Brooklyn, NY — LONG ISLAND PARROT SOCIETY outreach 12-4 p.m. at TOBAY Marina (Ocean Parkway), Supervisor Saladino’s Waterfront Festival. Live music. Ocean Bay, NY–9/16: RAW AVIAN NUTRITION is Jason Crean’s topic 1-4 p.m. $20/15 per add’l. family member. Sugar Creek Bird Farm, Bellbrook, OH – – FOSTER PARROTS 11TH ANNUAL FALL FUNDRAISER EXTRAVAGANZA Fundraiser for the care of the birds and animals at The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary and Foster Parrots, Ltd. Open house, open wine & beer bar, vegetarian buffet, live music, art show. 12:00. Hope Valley, RI — 9/22-27: EXOTICSCON 2018 veterinarians’ meeting. Atlanta, GA. — 9/22: PENINSULA CAGED BIRD SOCIETY FALL BIRD MART Guest Speaker: Jean Pattison “The African Queen”, raffles, vendors. FREE. 60 Traverse Road, Newport News VA — 9/23: Erie Cage Bird Club Auction Erie Cage Bird Club. 10 am New Perry Hwt Hse Company, 82181 Oliver Rd., Erie, PA — 9/24-27: IX INTERNATIONAL PARROT CONVENTION around 20 expert speakers, internationally recognized in their fields of work, workshops and the world’s largest, most diverse collection of parrots. (Sorry, but this event is sold out.) Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain
FOUND: Grey & white cockatiel in Orange, CA . Text pics to confirm ownership (657) 223-1995.