Meet Sailor and Duckie!These two little cuties live in California with Erin.Sailor and Duckie will be five years old in 2014.Their favorite treats are anything in any shade of green, celery, dandelion leaves, lettuce, broccoli, and parsley. They also love organic corn on the cob.During the day, they spend the whole time hanging out on their tree in the middle of the room staring out the window whistling at other birds as they fly by outside.At Christmas, mommy decorates their tree with plastic candy canes which during the whole week get slowly but violently knocked off onto the floor (where Sailor and Duckie think they belong). They both have Holiday stockings which on Christmas eve get a special surprise in each. This year the little elves at the North Pole hinted something about twine balls and millet sprays.Their favorite toy is a miniature hanging twine basket stuffed with crinkle cut shreds and beads. They love to slowly rip each and every piece of paper stuffing out and onto the carpet below. Mommy is continually refilling their basket with new shreds 🙂Pretty in pink.Getting ready to nap.Zzzz.
This month’s book is Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings by Suzie Gilbert.
In Flyaway, Suzie Gilbert, a bird rehabilitator, shares her experiences rescuing wild birds who have been injured or abandoned. Starting small, Gilbert’s home operation, Flyaway Inc. soon grows. From songbirds to herons to raptors, we see the time and dedication it takes to nurse the injured back to health. With heart and humor she depicts the joys and sorrows that are part of caring for these wild creatures.
Cooper loved this book. She thought Gilbert did an excellent job portraying the intelligence and personalities of each bird. Cooper laughed at the birds’ antics and teared up when, in spite of all Gilbert’s efforts, a bird couldn’t pull through. Cooper admires the effort and sacrifice that rehabbers put in to save their avian friends, and cannot recommend this book highly enough.
This month’s movie is The Big Year.The Big Year is a comedy about three men competing to see who can beat the record for a Big Year (a competition to see who can identify the most species of North American birds in a calendar year).This sweet little movie stars Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black. The three men begin the film as rivals, but become friends as they each work to achieve their goals.
Cooper was thrilled that there were so many birds in the film. There were no budgies, however. She had to settle for a picture of a parakeet in the bird montage in the credits. Despite this slight to budgies, Cooper enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to all her human and birdie friends.
Mina is a cobalt lineolated parakeet. She is 5 months old.She lives in Southern California with her best friend Cozette the budgie, her not-so best friend Oliver the parrotlet, and her two puppy brothers Brodie and Parker.She loves to try new foods, but will go to the end of the earth for millet! She holds food with her feet and she absolutely loves playing. Any toy will do.Mina is an absolute sweetheart. Her favorite person is her Mommy, me (Amber).
It’s chilly out there! Why not warm yourself up with a hot cup of tea?
Here’s Sunny (what a great name!) putting the kettle on.
Knitted tea cozies from redstreetmusic.
Prefer cider, coffee or hot cocoa? Why not drink it in style?
AtoriE budgie mug from our friend Eriko’s Boutique Sweet Birdie.