(Ok, no “Smart Alec” comments about the date on my camera) *winks*
This is my little bird, I cant call him “my” bird because I don’t believe any animals, birds, pets actually belong to us, we are blessed with their presence.
Anyway, back to this little bird; there used to be a very large aviary on this property. When the bird arrived here in a box with a few other birds I started noticing how friendly he was. If one of us walked into the aviary, he would swoop down and sit on our shoulders… So, really what happened was that he started spending a whole lot of time in the house and also in the aviary. Now that the aviary isn’t here anymore I have a large cage in a room adjoining my little office. I let him out most of the time and he walks around freely, it’s just when I’m not around that I worry about my daughters cat getting hold of him, so that is when I put him back in his cage.
He once got out of the aviary, I heard lots of chirping and when I went to look, there he was sitting on one of the cars. Within minutes he flew and sat on my shoulder – this is why I don’t refer to him as my bird, but rather that he is a blessing who wants to live here, with us.
Every morning we have this little ritual..
I come in, open the cage, open the windows for air.
I give him a piece of Marie Biscuit, which he takes, drops it in his water before he eats it.
He says “thank you.”
I say “ok, my boy”
He takes the Marie biscuit out of the water, eats it and then a few minutes later when I am deep into work, I hear “I love you”
Then I say “I love you too, my boy”
I didn’t teach him to talk like this; he obviously belonged to someone who gave him biscuits which he dipped in their tea. Oh, I forgot to tell you, he loves tea. I don’t know who his owner was, but somehow the bird landed up in a bird shop and no one even seemed to realise how tame and how special he is.
He loves sitting on my shoulder and getting inside my top. He is a bit naughty with the kids though, he has bitten them. Fortunately he has never bitten me, he just nibbles at my ears and neck.