Puddings & Toyboys

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2016 Review – A year of changes

Compared to other years, 2016 saw many changes in the flock.

The year began with just Bezukhov & Phineas, having lost Cagney a few months before.  Bezukhov & Phineas were unlikely friends, given their history; Phineas originally disliked Bezukhov because he was jealous he was Cagney’s buddy.  Probably due to Bezukhov’s patience & tolerance, he & Phineas gradually developed a good friendship.

In March, they were joined by Dalai.  We now had three very different personalities in the flock: Bezukhov the easy-going one, Phineas the ‘full-on’ one & Dalai the independent one.  They all found their own place in the flock & things were ticking over nicely.  Then we lost Phineas.

Bezukhov & Dalai struck up a friendship that I think had its grounds in both thinking Phineas was a little bit annoying.  With Phineas gone, they both gradually settled into a comfortable routine which I then upset by introducing two new & young blue birds to the flock.  At the time of writing, flock dynamics are still being sorted out.

So, we start 2017 in a very different place to when we started 2016.   We look forward to all the new (hopefully happy) happenings & challenges ahead of us, but will still occasionally stop & remember the memorable moments & marvellous characters that have brought us to this point.

Happy New Year.

 

 

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2016 Review – Countries

During 2016, I have been amazed at the number of countries that have viewed this blog.  I feel compelled to list them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The following countries generated the most views:

United Kingdom
United States
Canada
Australia
Brazil
France
Germany
Bulgaria
New Zealand
Sweden
Greece
India
United Arab Emirates
Spain
Poland
Italy
Norway
Netherlands

Followed closely by:

Ireland
South Africa
Japan
Russia
Turkey
Romania
Belgium
Denmark
Ukraine
Singapore
Pakistan
South Korea
Philippines
Indonesia
Trinidad & Tobago
Portugal

Not forgetting:

Austria, Mexico, Israel, Malaysia, Estonia, Palestinian Territories, Bosnia & Herzegovina,  Switzerland, Ghana, Nepal, Bahrain, Finland, Macedonia, Egypt, Argentina, Hong Kong SAR China,  Dominican Republic, Kenya, Croatia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia,  Uzbekistan, Iraq, Gibraltar, Uganda, Algeria, Albania, Iceland, Chile, Costa Rica, Jersey, Cape Verde,  Lithuania, Serbia, Côte d’Ivoire, Barbados, Venezuela, Uruguay, Mauritius, Angola, Colombia, Thailand, Czech Republic, Moldova

 

I am sure that not all these countries came to this blog wanting to read about budgies, but I hope they were not too disappointed to see beautiful feathery faces looking back at them.

 

 

2016 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2016.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

Search terms related to randy budgies

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randy male budgie syndrome

Search terms related to noisy budgies

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why doesnt my budgie chatter to me
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how to make budgies quiet
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why do some budgies squeak
why does my budgie grunt
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Search terms related to moulting budgies

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Another popular search was related to cages

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Unlike previous years, search terms in 2016 were remarkably sensible.  That, or possibly Wordpress have filtered out the stranger ones!

I hope this blog has continued to be informative for those searching for budgie related issues.

 

 

2016 Review – TOP POSTS

The year 2017 is here.  It is now time to reflect on the last 12 months.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2016:

    1. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (

    2. The ABC’s of budgie noises (

    3. How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet? (May 2012)

    4. Cagney & his amazing pin feathers (November

    5. Poor spider plant (June

 

The first & second positions have stayed the same as for 2015.  The post ‘How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet‘ has moved up two places in the last year.  Surprisingly, ‘Phinny & the hand jive‘, that was in third place last year, has dropped a long way.   Positions four & five are new entries.  This list still indicates there are lots of noisy, randy budgies out there, with perhaps more houseplants at risk!

Happy New Year to you all. 🙂

 

2015 Review – FAILURES

Regular followers will know I have many failures when attempting to photograph the boys.  The slideshow below shows the bloopers of 2015:  

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2015 Review – Weird poses & funny faces

Here is the 2015 review of weird poses & funny faces.  You will see there is little difference between the last 12 months & the 2014 review.  Phineas contributed a few pictures from his Hercule Poirot session.  Bezukhov’s sticky feathers from his medication often got stuck in awkward places.

 

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2015 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2015.  As before, the most common searches are typically about budgies, moults, trill toppers, cages, budgie noises & budgie health issues.  These topics are also reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

There are many one-off searches but I have listed the less predictable & more interesting ones:

 

  • Understandable but intriguing – Would like further information from the searcher.

my budgie has so much fluff under his wings and belly
how to moult toenail
pets at home parcel post

 

  • Definitely was not looking for a birdie blog – Pretty sure the searcher was NOT looking for a blog like this one!

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would savlon help draw out a finger infection
chuchu bella

 

  • Eh?!

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can budgies have babble both

 

In summary, I hope this blog has been informative for those searching for budgie related issues.  For those who arrived here by mistake, I hope they were momentarily inspired before moving onto their intended destination!

 

 

2015 Review – TOP POSTS

The year 2016 is here.  It is now time to reflect on the last 12 months.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2015:

    1. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (

    2. The ABC’s of budgie noises (

    3. Phinny & the hand jive (

    4. Cage portfolio (December

    5. How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet? (May 2012)

 

The first & second positions have swapped from the year before but I can say there are only 9 views between them.  It is possible this list indicates there are lots of noisy, randy budgies out there!

Happy New Year to you all. 🙂

 

2014 Review – Weird poses & funny faces

Here is the 2014 review of weird poses & funny faces.  You will see there is little difference between the last 12 months & the 2013 review.

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2014 Review – FAILURES

During 2013 I had a number of Failures when attempting to photograph the boys.  Since then, my photography skills have not improved!  The slideshow below is conclusive evidence that the photographer’s well-known saying ‘never work with anything feathery‘, is true….. [actually, I made that saying up].

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To be honest, there were many more photos I could have added to the slideshow but when viewing some, I recall loudly saying ‘Doh!’ & then hitting the delete button!