Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Syd-Senegal Parrot festive plans

Syd-Senegal Parrot plans for the festive season

I have to go in the car on Xmas day over the mountain, Ou Kaapse Weg, oh dear I have not driven over the mountain yet; I am a bit weary about this. I like going in the car now, getting quite used to it, my mom took me to the gas station the other day and to the shops, she just nipped in quickly.

More on the family over the Festive and me Syd-Senegal Parrot

I am going to my Uncle Michael and Aunty Jenny’s house; the whole family is going to be there. I am a bit worried about the 2 cats my Aunty Jenny has, she also has a couple a big dogs, my mom Rose will look after me. The last time they went out they left me here the whole day on my own with the music going, filled my house with food, veggies and water. I even had lots of my favorite grapes, I never touched anything the whole day, and I was teaching them a lesson. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Syddie, Senegal Parrot Pictures

Syddie caught Senegal Parrot Pictures

Syddie what gorgeous Senegal Parrot Pictures these are, see his eyes as they are focused, all excited oblivious of anything else but the Kipling Bag monkey. What a naughty boy!!!

Syddie caught in the act, Senegal Parrot Pictures

He has chewed the thumb off, if you know the Kipling Bags they have the thumb that goes into the mouth of the monkey. Oh Syd what have you done!! Its not serious, I did stop him once I realised.

Senegal Parrot Pictures can be so revealing

See some earlier post for my adorable Syd for more Senegal Parrot Pictures.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Syd my precious Senegal Parrot

Syddie oh precious boy

Poor Syddie, he has had 10 days of having to share a room with me, I work at night, and so I need the light on, I did try and hang a sarong over the light. I also wake up very early, to do meditation and exercise. Well all I can say Syddie has not been getting his 13 hours sleep, which also makes him a bit cranky. You can hear him shuffling about, or he makes a noise of some kind.

Syd my Senegal Parrot is feeling better

Well he has had 2 good nights sleep now and he is feeling wonderful, waking up in better humor, full of beans, quite rested, jumping on his swing first thing in the morning. Amazing if you think how messing up his routine can affect him, I guess the whole world is surrounded with routines of some kind or other. He has at times not even wanted to play just sitting sleeping in front of his little mirror, listening to music, poor little boy.

So hopefully Syd is all happy now

He is so happy to have his own room back, precious 13 hours sleep, no lights to disturb him, phones ringing, oh so peaceful. All that beauty sleep, never realized it was so oh precious.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Syd my Senegal Parrot comes strolling into the kitchen

Syd my Senegal Parrot

I left Syd in my room where he was playing on the table and he can get to the windowsill, where he can see out the window. I thought he was quite happy, he had his lovely farm music by the 4 jacks and jill playing in the background. All those wonderful moo moo noises and tractors starting up. But of course he could hear all the girls chatting in the kitchen, it was Sunday and the whole family was around.

Lo behold here is Syd my Senegal Parrot strolling in

I was in the kitchen when suddenly I decided to look down, lo behold Syd is standing there on the floor next to the fridge, he must have strolled down the long passage to get there. Syd has perfected falling off things, since he has been to the vet in September for his wings clipping, he has decided he will find a way to get down. So his new trick is to pretend to slip, he has even practiced on his basket where he has figured it unbalances if he sits on a certain side. I guess there is a lesson in it for me or all of us, none of us really like being alone, we are all connected to the universal mind. We are all one really, Syd just set his intention and promptly put it into action believing, never doubting that he could do it.

More on Syd my Senegal Parrot

Syd on his Squidoo lens, Syd is having a guava crisis, as it is the end of season here in South Africa, I will have to buy tinned ones. CLEVER LITTLE BOY REALLY!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Joy to watch Syd my Senegal Parrot with newspaper

Syd and the newspaper

Syd, my Senegal Parrot just loves chewing paper, of course the newspaper that he hates people to read, or hate is a bit strong. He constantly tries to get in the paper when you are reading it, climbing inside at every opportunity. Take a look at the pictures, so cute, normally he does not go all the way in but I caught him in action.

Syd with newspaper

Some days he chews up the newspaper at the bottom of his cage, ripping it to bits, all parrots seem to like the newspaper to chew. Of course he loves any piece of wood or wooden pegs as well.

Joy to behold to watch Syd with newspaper

It is a joy to behold how Syd gets into this focus with chewing the newspaper or fascinated with climbing or sticking his head into it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Syd the Senegal Parrot

Syd, Senegal Parrot

I am Syd, I am beautiful, I am magnificent, I am gorgeous, I am Clever. Yes this is my ego talking but I really am these things.

Senegal Parrot, my life Syd

I wake up in the morning, then I get my favorite berry juice, then later I get rusk dipped in coffee, yes I know I am not allowed this, but what the heck once a day wont kill me. I get my normal veggies and I have my moms cereal with sesame seeds in it has to be the unshelled variety. I have cereals before the rusk dipped in coffee, so quite healthy really, my other food is some sunflowers, yes not so much, i mainly eat my walnuts and wholenuts and love to crunch on monkey nuts.

Syddie, me the Senegal Parrot and family member

Yes Sunday the house gets invaded with the rest of the family, Ethan who is 7 years old we watch the cartoon network together. I must confess he can be a bit rude, sometimes he kind of ignores me, it is so easy to acknowledge me, what can I say children of today. Then my aunty Jenny who wants to feed me, I do like her, but don't want her to do things to me, Andrew I am quite fond of he has a kind heart, Brigette as well. But it gets awfully noisy so it is nice and peaceful when they all go and peace abounds then. Oh well this is the life of a Senegal Parrot, sleeping for me is 13 hours a night, sometimes I have a room mate Brigette.

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Senegal Parrot Syd in the Now

Senegal Parrot Syd really Knows how to be in the Now

Animals are pretty amazing if you watch them, you can learn from them in some ways how to live in the Now, the present moment is all we have really.
Syd loves to play in tunnels, even if I have wider jeans on, he will try and put his head underneath, so here in the picture above he is going in to one of my boots. Clever really, it was a bit of a chilly day, getting warm I guess.

Syd my Senegal Parrot in the Now with some more shoes

All my trainers shoelaces have been chewed, he gives them all this funky look, even the metal eyes get a bit bent, do I get upset. I have to admit sometimes, but I am learning that this is just "what is", he is playing.

Now The Mirror and My Senegal Parrot Syd

He loves mirrors now, especially this one the mosaic one I made with some sacred geometry shapes, it has all opalescent tiles on. Syd has a whole conversation going on with the mirror, probably thinks its another bird there, but he is clever he will do something to make sure, like throw something over his head. In this picture he is sleepy, just sitting there being in the moment - NOW.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Syd, Senegal Parrot, exploring

Syd, My Senegal Parrot, clambering on my books

Syd my Senegal Parrot, used to love sitting on the chair, quite peacefully watching me working on the laptop but now he has days that this is not in his little mind. At this moment he is sitting on his basket one foot up watching me, possibly a little sleepy. This was not the case a few moment ago, he clambered up on to some of my coffee table style books started chewing my 501 Must-Visit Islands, is this a sign, lately whenever he chews a book, it is normally a book I need to look at. Now he wants to say something, trying to talk, must be the music playing in the background, it’s a female voice. He loves the mirror nowadays, in the old days I got my ear chomped when he saw the mirror. I made this little mosaic mirror, with little pyramid designs and squares, like the sacred geometry symbols, it stands on my desk, he loves to sit in front of it, talks and knocks away. It has all opalescent tiles on that are now glinting in the sun with the dark golden pyramids pieces.

Senegal Parrot, can be very wise

My Senegal Parrot is so clever, amazing how he knows when someone is coming to the house, he screams, when I come home that excited noise, then he wants to give me kisses, the one where he kisses in the air to the left to the right of my cheek.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Senegal Parrot-Syd, visit to the Vet

Senegal Parrot Syd and his Dr Gina

Yes it was Syd’s dreaded visit to his lovely dr dr, she is actually a lovely person called Dr Gina who specializes in birds or parrots. Syd gets to go every 6 months for his regular check up. Poor Syddie was in such a good mood prior to his visit, whistling on the way to the Reddam Circle to the vet. Once we got there he was not so happy with all the big dogs and cats in baskets, and the vet was running late. Eventually I took him outside where he calmed down a bit.

Syd-Senegal Parrot getting his vitamin shots

Then he went in with her and her assistant Tembi, I sat in the corner being quiet supposedly. First he got weighed, a healthy 202 grams, last visit was 180 grams, so after the winter he has is always healthier. Dr Gina puts Syd in a plastic container with air vents; he looks a bit panicky at me. Then he got his wings done quick, then the toenails and beak gets grinded with a small grinder. Afterwards he got his vitamin shots and de-worming drops. Of course he screamed non-stop like a big macaw would. I think he was deafening Dr Gina, suddenly his travel box was such a safe and secure place he shot in there, like this is home for know. Outside a girl was standing with her 1 year old African Grey on her shoulder; poor parrot probably heard poor Syddie screaming.

Syd-Senegal Parrot

My Senegal Parrot, home at last

Once home he at first did not want to come out of the secure travel box, I coaxed him out. I am very thankful this is only a 6 monthly episode. Before I used to take him every 3 months but the last couple of years I have it down to March and September.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Syd, my Senegal Parrot posing angelically

Syd - Senegal Parrot posing

Syd my Senegal Parrot looks so angelic in this pictures, but don't believe this, he can't stand this thing. He absolutely does not like anything that is big, scares him. He was messing around near my laptop, so I got hold of this thing trying to get him away and somehow he got on it. It takes a while for him to get used to most things from toys to new items around him. He is a bit skittish even when a bird flies passed the window or past the open door.

My Senegal Syd

Syddie has still got the guava cravings, he had several pieces today, I really got to make sure he does not get too much. He has probably got a bit of a tummy ache tonight. Amazing that he loves guavas so much, before he loved the tomatoes from the garden, but this year they are not growing so nice. Took him for a little drive again trying to get him used to the car more as he is due for his 6 monthly vet visit or his doctor doctor, otherwise he just sees the car as a scary thing.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Syd, my Senegal Parrot eating guavas

My Senegal Parrot Syd, eating as they do

I caught Syd in the act of standing on the plate, he has started taking a liking to eating off an actual plate. He probably sees us doing that, so he wants to as well, simply climbing on it to make life a bit easier I guess.

He was pretty into eating his guava, he absolutely has a craving for guavas, you can hear him crunching on the pips. I will have to buy the tinned variety at the end of the season. I already have to get him black grapes that are imported from Eqypt as it is not grape season here.

Syd, Senegal Parrot, day life

Syd was having a bad day to today, I think he got a bit dehydrated, it was a warm day. I gave him some fruit and even sprayed his beak with some water, some went in his mouth. After that he was fine I took him for a drive in the car to the nearby park to get him out for a change of scenery. He was in a great mood afterwards, whistling and all, I guess parrots are like us sometimes we just need a change of scenery.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Syd eating his Naartjie

Syd my Senegal Parrot eating a Naartjie

Enjoy my beautiful Senegal Parrot Syd, so clever and adorable. It is a bit cold and fresh in Cape Town at the moment, even my parrot is feeling it. I had to put his warm blanket on the cage as he was shivering, must be the cold from Antartica finding its way up to the Cape.Parrots also have good and bad days, Syd has the odd day when he is pretty grumpy, but you have to take the good with the bad.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Syd in his vintage basket - Magnificent Senegal Parrot

My Senegal Parrot in his new basket

Syddie has chewed the first basket to bits, he can barely sit on the sides, I tried to get him a more modern version. But alas he was not having any of that, so I had to go hunting for this vintage style one. He only had it for a day and guess what he has chomped on it already, so he has to keep the old one for chewing.

Why I use a basket for my Senegal Parrot

Syd started chomping my ear and fingers when he turned three, so I don't allow on my shoulder or on my fingers. I then noticed he would climb on top of this old basket I had in my room, I then had a brilliant idea to carry him around in it and realized he loved sitting on top or just playing in it and of course chewing it. It originally belonged to my late granny, so it was quite a special one. What can I say he is a Senegal Parrot, you have to own one to know.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Parrot pictures - Senegal Parrot

Some gorgeous parrot pictures

Senegal Parrot - parrot pictures

Syd loves getting into my shoe cupboard, my poor shoelaces on my trainers and my silver findings all been bent. I need to learn to discipline him, I am working on it, got one of those crosskeys clicker things. Just need to get the hang of it. I was tidying my filing tray when he decided to climb up my jeans and get into it himself. I really have to work on the discipline thing, getting there, from the parrot pictures I am sure you can tell. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beautiful Syddie

Syddie my beautiful Senegal Parrot

Adorable Syd who is a 6 year old Senegal Parrot

Syd sitting in front of a mirror, he used to bite my ear when he saw a reflection in the mirror. So I have purposely kept keeping him in front of the mirror saying to him "that's you". He actually sometimes scratches his head, or bends down or holds his toy to check its not someone else, he might actually think its another bird.He has got a couple of yellow flecks on the back he took a liken to Lucozade, but I realized it has carotene in which is probably causing that.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Syd the Senegal Parrot and his Mom

Syd my Senegal Parrot wanting his head scratched

Syd just loves having his head scratched, his like a baby in the morning and at night. Although this could be him posing as well, Senegal Parrot and all.

For all those Senegal Parrot lovers, advice is always welcome about Syd

Yes I do worry sometimes that I really need to take my time and train him, I have got a clicker but I tried it with treats, Syd was not having none of that. He is a little spoiled boy and quite happy with that, his latest is watching cartoons. He sits and giggles, he likes more the childlike voice ones. It is quite a pleasure to hear him giggling.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Syd my Senegal Parrot eating his egg

My Senegal Parrot with one of his favorite foods

Syd absolutely adores boiled eggs, the yellow of course, he loves omelets as well, all forms of egg really. His number one food is of course spaghetti Bolognese and any other pasta.

My Senegal Parrot and his egg, very happy little boy

He can't even wait for it to cool down, keeps moaning, the minute he hears he is going to have a egg, wow, making noises, keeps saying eggy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Syd and his parrot cage

Syd and his parrot cage or house

My Senegal Parrot house or parrot cage is his territory, he has a smaller cage as the big one will be too intimidating for him. Syd is scared or frightened at first of anything that is big, even when I buy him toys he needs to get used to them. He has a parrot travel carrier that is a normal size but he is not that keen on it.

The size of your parrot cage

Smaller cages are cheaper, it rather depends on the size of your parrot, larger parrots need a bigger cage. Most cages are made of wrought iron and painted with non-toxic paint, I know Syd will gnaw at the cage. Syd is on his second parrot cage in 5 years, this one he seems to gnaw or chew on more than the previous one, not sure why.

Cages should have the right perches, Syd has mulberry tree perches, that he can chew as well, his swing is also from the mulberry tree the perch bit.

Parrot Cage get the right one

So you really need to get the right size for your beloved parrot, I will eventually get Syd into one of these bigger ones it will just take some time for him to get use to a big parrot cage.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Senegal Parrot Syd eating his tomato

Syd, my Senegal Parrot and his beloved plum tomato

Senegal Parrot, Syddie and his Grapes

Senegal Parrot and his beloved food

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Senegal Parrot - Syd's birthday

Syd's birthday was Sunday he turned 6 years

Wow does time fly, Syd turned 6 years on Sunday, he will be around for many years to come.
Well he did not get that special pressie, I am attempting to get him a miniature rocking horse to make into a swing to hang from the ceiling. I have not found one of those wooden basic rocking horses in the craft shops. I seen the design in that lady Tammy Gagne's lovely Senegal parrot book.

Since this year he is not so keen on my filing his nails. He gets these quirks as he grows older, I am sure they all have little things that change.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Syd in his tunnel

Syd playing with the arthroguard bottle

Syd loves anything that resembles a tunnel, I get quite creative or he does, jeans legs he likes to crawl up. The arthroguard bottle he plays with, is solid so he can't chew it, the lid can't come off, he chases it around (check out an earlier video of him chasing it) he gets so mad at it, has a fight with the bottle.