Willow, my quiet blue Quaker, really enjoyed some talking bird videos today. To start with, we happened upon a short clip of wild Quakers in Barcelona. Their contact calls were so exciting for Willow! Then a funny bird video popped up. Willow got very excited by a clear talking Indian ringneck parakeet. I started talking back to the parrot and we got a conversation going with willow, me, and the video.
Willow got really involved and loud as he gave kisses and played peekaboo with me and the video birds. He is normally very quiet especially compared to my previous Quaker who was such a ham. But he was giving loud kisses and being silly with me.
I hear him muttering in his cage but I can’t make out what he’s saying with the AC and the bedroom box fan. But he’s muttering especially in the mornings while I’m waking and in the afternoon when he’s playing after afternoon bird time.
He’s been saying “good bird” “baby” “come ‘ere” and “come on”. We’re playing the making noises back and forth game, which most parrots enjoy. We’ve been watching cartoons and some bird videos. And Jasper has been happier because she’s biting less (as I learn what upsets her) so she gets to come out more. If Jasper is talking then I think Willow is encouraged to talk. And when he says something I repeat it excitedly and tell him what a good bird he is.
Also I got on an allergy medication and was feeling so much better this weekend that Willow and I went to the farmers market and I carefully avoided the most crowded areas. Willow was super happy most of the time and was wagging his tail. He let a few bird people pet him and was given a green bean of his very own as well as a piece of cheddar on a toothpick (I shared) and a grape (because he wouldn’t drink from the water fountain). We scavenged some kale leaves and a hot pepper (wormhole) and a farm kid who played with Willow gave us s tomato. I met some people who had known Lucy three years ago. It was kind of sad because she was not there, but she had been so fragile her last two years that I was very careful carrying her.
After a few blocks around, We both got tired and I noticed Willow flipped his wings a few times. He didn’t like the buses as we walked home on the pedestrian mall, so we had to take breaks. But we got home, got the vegetables upstairs and I let Willow go back into his cage. He was pleased and said “come on!” audibly after I stepped him up into the door. It’s so exciting! He had a nice drink and then Jasper came out for some pets and party time on the bird gym. Jaspers learning to turn around for a treat.
I love both my birds and they’re so clever and cute.