99 Budgies

Ninety nine budgies were recently brought in to the British Columbia SPCA in West Kelowna. You can read the full story here.

Their previous owner was not able to care for the birds, who were living in unsanitary conditions. Most were removed from the home. The owner was offered assistance, and there will be a follow up visit to ensure that the remaining birds are being suitably cared for.

The budgies will be all be examined and given any necessary medical attention.

If you would like to donate to the care of these little ones, you can do so here.

Once the budgies clear their quarantine they will available for adoption. If you are in the area and looking to add a budgie or two to your family, please keep the 99 in mind.

Thank you to Shivangi for sharing this story with us.

Awesome Aviaries

The Bloedel Conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park housese 150 free-flying tropical birds & 500 kinds of exotic plants inside an historic triodetic dome.

Constructed through a donation from Prentice Bloedel, the aviary was dedicated at its opening in 1969 “to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants.”

If you’re in the area, see if you can spot the budgies.

Cooper’s Book Report

This month’s book is Salvador and Mister Sam, A Guide to Parakeet Care by Gail Gibbons.

Sonia’s friend Salvador has two budgies, Sue and Sidney. His birds can do tricks, but they can’t talk. Sue and Sidney soon have a clutch of baby budgies, and Salvador promises Sonia she can have one as a pet. While they wait for the babies to be old enough to leave their parents, Salvador teaches Sonia about budgies and how to care for them. Once Sonia has a cage, she picks out her budgie and takes him home.
Sonia names her bird Mister Sam and teaches him tricks. When Salvador comes over for a visit, he is surprised that Mr. Sam can not only do tricks and step up, but he can talk, too!

Cooper liked this book. She enjoyed the fun illustrations and thought the story was a great way to teach children about their pet budgies. The book was published in 1975, so some of the information was a bit outdated (blue ceres mean male, feed your budgie gravel, budgies can’t overeat). But there were a lot of good tips for keeping your budgie healthy and happy (roomy cage, lots of safe toys).
Cooper liked all the tricks the budgies could do, especially wearing a bell as a hat. She wasn’t thrilled that Sonia thought baby budgies were ugly – she hopes that Mister Sam will poop on her for that comment.
Cooper also loved that the author photo in the book shows Gail Gibbons with her pet budgie.

The Escape Artist

On Saturday someone on my neighborhood facebook page posted about a little loose budgie.

Harry and took a cage, some seed and some water out to where he was last seen.

We played budgie calls on my phone, hoping he would hear and come back to the area. We had no luck, but people walking by said they had seen him over the past couple days. So we decided we would try again the next day.

We set up in the same spot and waited. A man walking by said he saw the budgie across the street. And there he was! Someone had set up a little dish of seed and water and he was hanging out there.

Harry almost got him, but he was very skittish. We watched him fly back and forth, trying to follow a hummingbird.
Here’s a little video – he’s the white spot in the middle of the bush.

Harry has been back every day trying to get the little bird. He didn’t see him yesterday, but he saw him today.
Someone else recently posted these photos of him, so he is still in the neighborhood. Harry will try again tomorrow.

Hopefully, someone can manage to catch the wiley little guy.