It took time, but finally, on the 5th April, Moriarty braved the window perch!
Due to Perry & Lennie’s current lack of flying ability, the window perches have been out-of-bounds for well over a year (certainly Dalai was the last to use them). This has meant that Moriarty had to find his own way to the window perches, without anyone setting an example.
I would try & encourage him onto them when he was sat on my finger & a couple of times he would touch them & once even put his foot on one, but needed a bit more courage to take that next step. On the occasion I had Perry on my finger, I would take him over, hoping he would remember the old days when he liked to sit on the window perch but if I got too close he got a bit worried so I would withdraw.
Moriarty regularly sits on the back of my chair & looks out of the window from there. It was from that location that he took the brave leap to the window perch. Unfortunately he was not there long enough for me to record the historic occasion! However, since then, the window perch is now a regular haunt for him. I am pleased about that because it provides more stimulation, from watching birds, squirrels, wind through the trees, rain, people passing through or children playing games.
Moriarty on back of chair
The other morning I awoke from a dream & remembered that Atilla had been in it.
It was definitely Atilla, not a token budgie as can happen sometimes in dreams, when they get a bit weird! She was only a small part of the dream but actually now, the only part I can remember. 🙂
She was playing on a table top with a toy of some description. Atilla’s kind of playing, where she would be pulling, pushing & tugging. I noticed that behind her the window was slightly open (a reoccurring theme in my dreams with budgies :O). I gently stretched around her to close the window. She did not notice. She was too focused on the toy & getting it to submit to her will. 🙂
This reminded me of her stamina, determination & single-mindedness. She was truly, in my eyes, a remarkable bird.
When Thomas arrived he had to go through the obligatory quarantine period, in another room from the others.
He seemed to adapt well (better than Phineas did) but did get obsessed with looking out of the window. One thing is for sure, his eyesight is very good. 🙂
When it came to introducing him to the others, I decided to go for a staggered introduction by wheeling Phineas in to him first.
I felt a bit mean wheeling Phineas out of the lounge away from the toyboys. There was lots of shouting going on. Although the toyboys are not particularly bonded with Phineas, they still clearly see him as a mate as they were quite vocal about him disappearing.
So, Thomas was introduced to my little grey man. Their cages were put side-by-side. Initially, both were a little shocked, but they gradually relaxed & became more comfortable. Over those few days, they showed some interest in each other & would sit close to the other one but to be honest, both were probably still more interested in looking out of the window. There was a lot of talk between them but I sensed they were both having different conversations at the same time.
Was the staggered introduction the right thing to do? I am not sure. Hindsight tells me I should have perhaps persevered with this arrangement a little longer than I did.
Goodness me….! Where did those two dudes spring from?!!!
20 August 2011
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No! It’s a remote-controlled helicopter!!!
It certainly spooked Bezukhov as he was gazing out the lounge window & this big, yellow, mechanical thing suddenly loomed into view, right in front of him!
Well, truth be told…. it spooked me too. 🙂