When A Crow Hits Your Trash Can

Here’s a raven–at the Tower of London, no less–pulling garbage out of the can.

But the crow I watched today, next door, made this bird look like an amateur. Someone had left a full garbage can uncovered, and a crow very industriously emptied it out, looking for tasty tidbits left by careless humans. What a mess he made! And he looked like he enjoyed doing it, too.

Bird Does Microwave

I can’t tell the difference between the microwave and the cockatiel imitating the microwave. But what’s really cool about this video is the bird trying to figure it all out. It’s obvious that this is an alert, intelligent creature trying to make sense of his surroundings. Just how smart are they… really?

Birdy Baby-Sitter

(I think I might’ve posted this once before, but my head’s like a sieve today.)

You don’t have to be a mammal to play cozy with a human baby. Look at the cockatiel: you’d think he took courses in it.

And don’t worry–there’s a cat on hand to supervise.

She’s a Hit with Magpies

First she shares her laundry with them. Then she gives them toys and takes them for walks. That’s how you make friends with magpies. I don’t know if everybody can do this. At another time and place, this young woman would have become a figure in folklore.

An Important Message from Birb the Bird

It was only a matter of time before someone dared to go public with this information. That we had to wait for a cockatiel to do it only underscores the gravity of the situation.

But at least he’s eloquent! Nothing could be clearer than his exposition of the problem. Now it remains for us to decide what to do about it…

Serenading the Dog

Why is the cockatiel singing to the dog while the dog eats? Does anybody recognize the tune?

Our family dog used to pretend to be asleep so that birds would come down to nibble at his dog food. He would then catch them and eat them.

Domestication certainly changes things!

Sleepy Peepy

Look at this! You can get an excited baby chick to fall asleep by gently rubbing its belly. You wouldn’t believe how many different kinds of lizards I’ve tried this on, and it worked on all of them. Would it work on an adult chicken? Betcha it would.

Our cats, Robbie and Peep, like having their bellies rubbed, but it doesn’t put them to sleep. It would if they were lizards. But then they wouldn’t be nice and furry.

Is That Hummingbird Keeping You Awake?

I couldn’t resist this–a hummingbird, sound asleep… and snoring. Who knew birds could snore?

Our cats snore sometimes. And make other little noises in their sleep. But you expect that from cats and dogs. If you watch them sleeping, you can even guess what they’re dreaming about.

Betcha anything birds dream!

A Naughty Parakeet

You’ve got this little box in which you like to keep your change. Lots of it, nickels, dimes, quarters. You’ve also got a parakeet.

We have many videos of cats pushing things off shelves for no describable reason. Maybe this parakeet thinks he’s a cat. His idea is to toss the coins out of the box.

Easy come, easy go…

Parrot Sings What My Daddy Sang

I couldn’t resist this–a parrot singing You Are My Sunshine. My father used to sing this to me when I was a toddler having a bad night: pick me up, rock me, and sing this song. Never mind that he had to punch in at the Ford plant at 6:00 in the morning. His children always came first.

Better even than Gene Autry, Dad. And certainly better than this parrot, who is not to be blamed for his musical difficulties.