Sanity Break: A Musical Cockatiel

How many of you read that headline as “musical cocktail”? But no, it’s a musical bird–who’s learned to whistle the theme music from the classic Mickey Mouse cartoon, “Steamboat Willie.”

I offer this as a little oasis of sanity in a desert of nooze.

It’s My Tern!

What can you say? Baby birds are cute! I love the way this baby tern waddles excitedly back and forth, eagerly awaiting dinner; and his parents bring him a nice fresh baitfish–a sand eel–and try to teach him how to eat it. Without hands, teeth, knife, or fork. Try it sometime.

Birds & Babes

How do these birds know not to take a chunk out of a baby? And how do the babies know not to squeeze or swat at the bird? There seems to be some kind of understanding here… which I don’t understand.

Who’s That Pecking at My Window?

Why is this woodpecker pecking so energetically at what looks to be a metal window frame? Look at the expression on his face when he pauses: his wheels are turning. He has a reason for doing this, and he seems to be wondering why a certain thing, known only to himself, hasn’t happened.

If only we could get into animals’ minds!

Bird Sings Lullaby

(Short, but I couldn’t resist it.)

Who says birds are dumb? This cockatiel knows that the best time to sing a lullaby is when the baby’s already asleep. And he gives the baby gentle kisses, too. What more could you ask? Okay, my mother would’ve had a fit; but I’ve gotta believe that being loved by animals is wonderful for a human baby’s development.

And I’m sure the cat who’s being upstaged here would agree with me.

Birds Do It, Too

I was sure I could find birds playing with a spring-powered boing-boing door stopper, but it took me a while to find this little video. This is probably as far as I want to take this theme. Lizards and fish don’t play with door stoppers. But don’t let a carp sucker you into a game of Sorry.

Sing It or Wing It

How’s that for a cool headline? Not very informative, but I don’t think headlines are intended to convey information.

Anyway, I can’t resist singing cockatiels, especially when they’re whistling the Imperial March from Star Wars. Rush Limbaugh used to play that whenever he had a story about American liberals responding erotically to Mikhail Gorbachev.

Babies & Birds

Is it just me reading too much into this–or do the birds in this video actually understand what a human baby is, and have a wish to please the baby? Given that parrots and parakeets are surely at least as smart as cats and dogs, I think it very likely that they do.

Just don’t let the baby use the little yellow bird as a pacifier.

The Adventures of Jimmy the Turkey

No, we’re not talking about another Democrat presidential candidate. Jimmy is a real turkey who shares a barnyard with a tribe of chickens; and I think there might be ducks or geese in the background who are camera-shy. This is starting to sound like a Freddy the Pig book…

Anyway, watch Jimmy take charge when a strawberry enters their lives.

More Adorable Birds

God has blessed us with all sorts of creatures that can be our companions–all different, but also with important things in common. Like the ability to play with you; even the ability to love you. Many mammals have those qualities. And a lot of birds do, too.

We’ve got more than our usual ration of bad news, these days; but I think these birds will cheer you up.

And someday I’ll try to tell you why I’m so fond of reptiles, too.