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2019 review – Countries

During 2019, this blog has been viewed by 74 countries.  I have listed them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The highest number of views were from the USA & the UK, followed by Canada, then Australia.

We then have:

 

Not forgetting:

Latvia, Macedonia, Finland, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Croatia, Taiwan, Egypt, Thailand, Brazil, Macau SAR China, Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Cayman Islands, Georgia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Russia, Mauritius, Malta, Kuwait, Colombia, Indonesia, Tanzania, Costa Rica, South Korea, Belgium, Trinidad & Tobago, Austria, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Chile, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Morocco, American Samoa

 

I hope all these visitors, from all these nations, enjoyed looking at this birdie blog.  No doubt some visitors were accidental, especially when looking at the random search terms (consequence of writing about Phinny & his randiness!) but maybe they appreciated the photos & stories anyway! Hopefully, the love of our feathery companions continues to be shared worldwide. 🙂

Lennie, Perry & Dalai

 

 

2019 review – TOP POSTS

So, 2020 is here.  Now is a good time to reflect on the popular posts of the last year.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2019:

  1. Cagney & his amazing pin feathers (November
  2. Two weeks in the life of a blood feather (May
  3. Returning to normal…. (November
  4. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (
  5. Unfeathered forehead (June 2013)

 

The top spot has been retained by Cagney.  Randy Phinny has dropped from number 2 position to number 4.  The three new entries all have links to feathers and moults so this theme continues to be a hot topic in the world of budgies, supporting the continued reign of Cagney’s & his amazing pin feathers.

What will happen in 2020?  And what posts will attract most viewers?

 

 

2019 review – A Quiet Year

2019 was a quiet year for us.  No major dramas.  No major upsets.  Life naturally has its ups & downs, as this blog can attest to, so we are grateful for a year where we could roll along in a low-key manner & make the most of the relative calm.

That said (!) this is a blog about budgies, so there HAS to be some drama!

Lennie, Perry & Dalai

 

We have had various health issues to deal with.  Moults continue to bring Dalai, Perry & Lennie down in varying degrees but fortunately are only temporary & they bounce back ready for the next one.   Dalai is flying again having suffered with losing key flight feathers.  Lennie still struggles with flying as he had not quite recovered from one moult before losing more flights on the subsequent moult.

Unfortunately, in 2019 we discovered that Perry has a lump that still grows.  For now, he is coping fine.

They all get along well & spend the day mooching between the two cages.  At bedtime, Dalai still prefers to be alone which makes sense as he tends to want to hunker down about 4 hours before Perry & Lennie!

 

So, as usual, we are muddling along but still chirping away!

Wishing you all a very happy & healthy New Year.

 

2018 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2018.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

Search terms related to moulting:

Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov & Dalai

budgie losing feathers on head
budgie pin feathers on head
parakett pin feathers
budgie blood feathers on head
my budgie has a lot of blood feathers on his head

Search terms related to randy budgies:

randy budgie syndrome
what to do with a randy budgie
what does sperm with a lumps in it means — Bird related??
randy bird syndrome
budgie rbs biting
sperm in hand — Bird related??
how do i treat randy budgie syndrome
how to help with randy budgie syndrome
lumps in seman — Bird related??

 

Many of the other random searches are related to health problems, with questions about droppings, medication & lumps.  It feels sad that people have birds with issues, yet encouraging that they are seeking information & answers.

Interestingly, there was a search for Trill Toppers, which landed on an old post: How to thank a budgie or budgies.  I may be wrong, but a quick internet search indicates that Trill Toppers are still unavailable in the UK.  This means many generations of budgies are growing up with no knowledge of Trill Toppers.  Is this a good thing or bad?

As I have claimed before, it appears that WordPress filters out the stranger search terms, however, one in particular did get through.  I will leave you with this & let you muse how it managed to land on this blog & more importantly, did my blog provide an answer?

word ladder tea to pot

 

2018 Review – Countries

During 2018, this blog has been viewed by 82 countries.  I have listed them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The highest number of views were from the United Kingdom & the United States of America, followed by Australia, then Canada.

We then have:

Lennie, Perry, Bezukhov, Dalai & Tweety Pie

India
Turkey
Romania
Ukraine
Germany
France
Netherlands
Japan
Sweden
Spain
South Africa
Greece
New Zealand
Singapore
Isle of Man
Ireland
Austria

Not forgetting:

Denmark, Belgium, Morocco, Italy, Estonia, Hungary, Mexico, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Poland, Georgia, Slovenia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Serbia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malta
Hong Kong SAR China, Bahrain, Norway, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Latvia, Portugal, Jordan, Thailand, Finland, Brazil, Iceland, Egypt, Bangladesh, Brunei, Israel, Armenia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Nigeria, Croatia, Macedonia, Honduras, Kenya, Myanmar (Burma), Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Albania, China, Guatemala, Oman, Nepal

 

I hope all these visitors, from all these nations, enjoyed looking at my very beautiful birdies.  Hopefully, the many poop photos has not put any off of visiting again. 🙂

 

2018 Review – TOP POSTS

So, 2019 is here.  Now is a good time to reflect on the popular posts of the last year.  For starters, here are the top 5 posts that got the most views in 2018:

  1. Cagney & his amazing pin feathers (November

  2. RBS – Randy Budgie Syndrome (

  3. The ABC’s of budgie noises (

  4. Cage Portfolio (December

  5. Introduction: Stages 6a, 6b, 6c (November

Positions 1, 2 & 3 are posts that are regularly in the top five.  Posts at positions 1 & 2, lead by a substantial amount.  New additions have crept into positions 4 and 5.

Unusually the two posts that have dropped out have been popular for some years, but it appears that in 2018, viewers are not so interested in the welfare of spider plants (Poor spider plant) or have concerns over the noise their birds make (How to keep a budgie or budgies quiet?)!

What will happen in 2019?  And what posts will attract most viewers?

To celebrate the achievements of the top two posts in 2019, here is a throwback picture of Amazing Cagney & Randy Phinny:

Phineas & Cagney landing on playgym

2018 review – Two halves

The year 2018 was rolling along in a pretty ordinary & uneventful manner, when halfway through, Bezukhov left us.  So, it was a year of two halves.

 

The first half

After doing my routine reviews in January last year, I wrote an important post on emergency evacuation.  It is always a good time to link back to that post – click here.  February was the calm before a snowy March with the Beast from the East & the Mini Beast.  April most probably had lots of showers, but definitely had moults May saw the introduction of new ‘furniture’ with their triangle platform.  June saw us celebrating Bezukhov’s birthday… but our happiness was to take a dive as we entered the second half of the year.

 

The second half

In July Bezukhov left us to join his friends over at rainbow bridge.

It took awhile to recover & return to something resembling a routine.

Eventually, in October I wrote a series of posts reviewing flock relationships.  In November, Dalai was not quite himself & we have since been keeping our eye on him & monitoring his health (look out for an update post on this).  December returned a little more to normal with news on poops & a prize.

 

In summary, we suffered a major blow to the flock but we carried on & we continue to carry on.  As always, I hope the coming year will be kind to us & I hope it will be kind to you all too.

Wishing you all a very happy & healthy New Year.

Bezukhov, Dalai, Lennie & Perry

 

2017 Review – Countries

During 2017, I have been amazed at the number of countries that have continued to view this blog.  I have listed them all here, to celebrate shared interests across the globe.

The highest number of views were from

the United Kingdom & the United States of America,

followed by

Canada, Australia, Sweden & Germany.

 

We then have:

Netherlands
New Zealand
India
Turkey
France
Denmark
Spain
Poland
South Africa
Norway
Singapore
Egypt
Pakistan
Slovakia
Romania

 

Not forgetting:

United Arab Emirates, Finland, Japan, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Croatia, European Union (listed as a country?!), Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Malaysia, Serbia, Indonesia, Estonia, Hong Kong SAR China, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Belgium, Mauritius, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Iceland, Italy, Macedonia, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, Uruguay, Algeria, Kuwait, Yemen, Georgia, Portugal, Tunisia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iraq, Malta, Vietnam, Jamaica, Tanzania, Albania

 

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.

Perry, Bezukhov, Lennie & Dalai

 

2017 Review – Strong & Stable

This time last year, I posted about all the changes during 2016.  By contrast, 2017 has been pretty “strong & stable” (those in the UK may have heard that phrase once or twice from our PM!)

It has been a stable year in that we have not lost anyone in our flock.  We lost Phineas in 2016, Cagney in 2015 & Thomas in 2014, so we would have to go back to 2013 for a loss-free year.  Though our flock stood firm, our loyal follower rosebudgie sadly suffered a double tragedy with the loss of the legendary Ian & Marshall – the Sharing Sausages, who are & will continue to be, deeply missed from this blog.

It has been a strong year because we have faced some challenges, in particular Bezukhov’s Extreme Moult Experienceflock introductions & a new home, but have come through them relatively unscathed, ready to face whatever 2018 will throw at us.

 

Wishing you all a very happy & healthy New Year.

 

2017 Review – Search Terms

This post takes a look at the various search terms that brought people to this blog during 2017.  The most common searches are reflected in posts that had most views (see here).

•  Search terms related to randy budgies:

Lennie, Dalai, Perry & Bezukhov

randy budgie syndrome
randy male budgie syndrome
randy bird syndrome
parakeet ejaculate on my hand
male budgies randy help
how to stop randy budgie syndrome
randy syndrome — Bird related??
randy bird syndrome treatment
clear lumps in sperm — Bird related??

•  Search terms related to noisy budgies:

budgie sounds and what they mean
keep budgies quiet
budgie noise meanings
budgie noise short grunt
busgie noises
female budgie making strange noises to male
budgie sounds

•  Search terms related to feathers:

budgie sticky feathers above beak
budgie tail feather bent
budgie bent tail feather
budgie pin head
parrot pin feathers
flight with uneven wings
budgerigar tatty tail feathers
budgie losing feathers on head

 

Search terms in 2017 (like 2016) were remarkably sensible, so it is very likely that WordPress have filtered out the stranger ones!  There were very few health related search terms – it would be nice to think that indicated that fewer budgies were sick in 2017…

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