Cooper’s Book Report

This month’s book is Together Again: The Life and Travels of Carlos and Angelina by George Griffith.TAThis is the story of two bonded budgies and the adventures they have when they become separated. The book opens in 1935, when elderly Myrtle leaves a window open and  Carlos and Angelina fly away. They are captured by a pet shop owner and put up for sale. Unfortunately, Carlos is soon sold, and Angelina is left behind. Louisiana, Maine, San Francisco and Hawaii are some of the states that the budgies visit as they escape or are given away. Thirteen years later, they manage to reunite – but very briefly. They sing together and gaze at a double rainbow and then Carlos passes away.

Cooper loves to read about budgies. She was a little confused when Leo the African Grey Parrot became Leo the green parakeet two pages later. And she would have liked the focus to stay on the budgies (the book also includes historical anecdotes and the story of two humans, who are separated and reunited). Cooper was very sad that the budgie pair was separated, but happy that they managed to spend a few moments together at the end of the book.

More magnificent, marvelous (and messy) mash

Made some more mash for the birds.

This batch is veggies. Grated carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, sweet potato, peas, squash and beets. I also bought some organic baby food to mix in. I wanted to give the birds a variety. mash1This batch is fruit. The birds still prefer veggies, but if I mix in some grains, they’ll eat it. Below: apples, kiwi, pear, banana, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries. Also mixed in is some organic fruit baby food. I skipped adding in crushed pellets, because the flock has been really good about eating them.mash2I love mashes! It’s a lot of work to make it in one sitting, but then I don’t have to do it every day. I didn’t put the herbs/greens (basil, thyme, kale, romaine lettuce or spinach) in the mash. I just tear up fresh ones and sprinkle them on top.

Alfie is always first to the plate.alfiemashSido enjoys some fruit.sidomashEmmy likes to carry globs over to the play gym and eat them there.emmymashThese birds eat better than we do…