. . . at the San Antonio Zoo
A few weeks back we made an impromptu visit to see our girl
and we took a trip to the zoo.
Unfortunately the butterfly house had not opened yet (sad face),
but, there was Lory Landing. . . as in heaven for me.
1. I love and adore birds. Doesn't matter what kind I love 'em all.
2. I used to have 8 birds at one time . . . 5 parakeets, a lovebird, a cockatiel and my favorite,
a mustache parakeet. My mustache would actually say, wanna go to mommy when I would walk
by his cage if he wanted to hang out with me. He was a very affectionate bird, and I had even trained
him to go potty on command.
3. When someone new would call the house, they almost always would ask me if I was at a zoo, haha!
There were certain times during the day that they would be chattier than others. Of course it it was dinner
time and my mustache didn't get some of what I had, he would let me know. And when we watched
TV at night, the louder it got, the louder the parakeets got. But, when I covered up the cage they would
get ready for bed.
4. We had just missed the feeding time for the birds, just my luck! And as they had full tummies, it was
nap time. I have to say that I was a lot horrified at the behavior of some of the kids toward these birds. It was a free flight area and I found the kids trying to kick the birds. Who lets their kids behave that way?
Oh yes, I spoke up!
5. In the photo below this lorikeet is pinning his eyes. It's when the bird dilates his pupils from
big to small and back to big again. All parrots do this when they are excited, but they will also do it
as an aggressive behavior to warn that they are a little irritated. My mustache would do this when he was
excited about food, or when he really didn't want to be picked up and would open his mouth to
warn me as well.
I miss terribly the pet store we had before we moved here. I could go and get my fix of
parrots and they had nicknamed me the "bird whisperer." I could always get one of the parakeets
to come to me, and when they are with a flock like that, they usually have no interest in humans.
I'm really thinking I would like to have another bird, probably a parakeet - they're easy and not
as needy (as in time) as bigger birds. Our very first bird we ever got was a parakeet, Liberty, and she would
lay on her side and sleep on my tummy.
I'm really hoping we get a chance to go back at feeding time so I can interact with them, and go to the
butterfly house. But I'm thinking my family will just have to drop me off and come back because I could
stay all day in just those two places.
Well, I hope you all have a great weekend...can you believe it's going to be March?
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