Sido’s Cuties

Meet Cliff! 

And Wilbur!

Cliff and Wilbur live in Ohio with Kelle and John and their flock of budgies.

Cliff and Wilbur are both older males, and both are rescues. Ask Cliff about how he kept the pet snake in his previous home in line.Cliff likes toys that dangle, and chewing up pieces of puzzles that his humans are working on. He also thinks that he runs the house.

Wilbur is a very recent addition to the family and is still in quarantine. He is still a bit of a mystery. but he does like millet and scritches. They like to supervise in the housework.

Both Cliff and Wilbur and their budgie friends encourage anyone hoping to add a bird to their family to consider adopting an older bird.

You can see more photos of Cliff (and eventually, Wilbur) on his facebook page, Cliff the Cockatiel.

Sido’s Movie Review

This month’s movie is Trumbo.

Trumbo stars Bryan Cranston, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for this role. It follows the ups and downs in the life of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Dalton Trumbo is a successful screenwriter, until he and his friends are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo is sent to prison for 11 months. When he is released he is unable to find work and must resort to ghostwriting. 

But who cares! The real star of the movie is Trumbo’s cockatiel. I’m certain his pet tiel inspired him to create such works as Roman Holiday and Spartacus, films for which he was eventually recognized.

Sido enjoyed this movie. She looked up Trumbo and his pet cockatiel and found that, according to director Jay Roach,
“You saw the pictures in the credits of him with the bird on his head. His daughter would find a wounded bird and he would [take it in] and then Kirk Douglas recognized that he loved birds so much, so he bought him that parrot – I think it’s a cockatoo [it’s a cockatiel]. And he named it Sam Jackson, which was the pseudonym. Sam Jackson was the name that Dalton Trumbo used to write Spartacus.

So when Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel) says, “Oh, it’s a distraction”, he [Trumbo] says “no, he wrote Spartacus.” He is referring to his own pseudonym. Kirk knew that he loved birds and it was a way to win him over. He carried that bird around and he really would let it kiss his lips. And Bryan, on the set – the bird would be chewing on his ear.”