Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Molts are Both Over and Beginning

In early May I reported seeing an abundance of fluff feathers in Fort Coco. Sure enough - this was a sign of Coco's impending molt that is now in full swing.

The good news is that the budgies have finished their molt. Most days now, I do not see a single fluff feather in their fort. I was wondering if they would all molt simultaneously or if one of them would always be in a molt. However, they seem to have synchronized their molts (with each other, but not with Coco).

I went to the LPS (local pet store) yesterday and picked up a few things for the budgie-boys. I splurged and bought them some cockatiel-sized Kaytee Healthy Bites (forti-diet). They love chasing the little balls of seed all over the fort, and Coco actually enjoys a Healthy Bite now and then as well. This is a great foraging activity for budgies!

It has been very hot and muggy here, and I have been frequently offering opportunities for the birds to bathe. They do not always oblige, but when they do it makes their momma happy. Tonight Penske even jumped into the bathing dish! It has been so hot that we have had to cut back on the length of time that we walk Barney. With his dark coat, he is not meant for heat, and wears out quickly.

There is, however, one animal that is not bothered by the heat! It has been seen frequently sunbathing on the deck just outside the door. Unfortunately, Barney has no fear of this creature, so due caution is in order before opening the door to take him for a walk:

This is a common black snake, and while not poisonous, we do not want to encourage interaction between it and Barney. I wouldn't want to see the thing latch onto his soft nose! Unless touched, these snakes are docile and avoid humans. They are great at controlling the rodent population around the area! This snake was asleep and did not seem to notice Steve and his stealth camera!

Unfortunately, Steve was unable to capture a photo of momma bear with her two cubs as they were walking down the driveway at dusk two evenings ago. We have now positioned the camera next to the door, in hopes that we may be able to get a photo of the family! Those little baby bears are sooooo cute!


1 comment:

Arlene said...

My budgies finished molting too. Nicky had an especially bad one this time. But now he's as handsome as ever. Isn't it nice when it's all over. :)

It seems like all the local scaly and furry inhabitants know that it's safe to visit you guys.

With momma bear and her kids out for a walk it must be a little unnerving going outside especially with Barney since you have to take extra precautions. Don't want to just happen upon mom and her kids. I know she won't take kindly to that.

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