|Posted by savalmandy on May 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
Hi to all you lovely corvie lovers out there. Sorry this post is so long over due but there has been some huge upheavals here and i have been thoroughly unsettled and not at all pleased with changes but as my human does try her best i am now feeling more content again.
That cheeky little upstart Lunar is still here, in my cage!! That bird annoys me so much, he is either demanding I feed him or is trying to pull out my tail feathers, he really does need to learn some proper manners! My human keeps telling me that he will be leaving soon but apparently She won't release him until he grows some proper tail feathers, maybe that's why he keeps trying to steal mine?!
My human has not been very happy, her youngest fledgling found himself a mate and flew the nest before christmas, I don't know why She should be unhappy about that, surely that's what they are meant to do right? And at the beginning of March her mate went out to work one morning and never came home. That upset me too cos I really liked Her mate, he was really nice and always shared his custard creams and toast with me and I liked to perch on his knee sometimes. His departure brought about far too many human visitors for my liking, hoards of them, in and out all the time, all of them upset, it was just too much for me so i took up permenant residence at the top of the cage and ignored most of them. Apparently Her mate has been laid to rest under the big cherry tree so he can watch the comings and goings of the wild rooks.
My human then went away too and left her oldest fledgling to care for me! Too much change!! She did come home again but I was so annoyed with her that I didn't talk to her at all for about a week and wouldn't give her any kisses for even longer than that! But I'm talking to her again now and give her lots of kisses especially when it's tomato soup for tea, I love tomato soup!! But it has to be on a spoon, how else are you meant to eat soup? She keeps trying to take my photo when i'm eating my soup, I don't think that's very polite.
She says I must be properly grown up now, I'm 3 years old now, and i have been trying my beak at nest building for the past week or so. It's tricky work trying to get it just right and that little upstart Lunar keeps stealing all my nesting material so I have to start again. She says it's very nice to see me showing proper rook behaviour, that I must be feeling settled and happy again so i thought i would please Her even more by sitting in my new nest! Well all that's done is get her confused, She now can't decided if i am male or female, I don't see what difference it makes really as I am Just Me. Actually I get a bit fed up with the sitting in the nest bit, I get bored so i have to wander off and play with the toys for a while by which time Lunar has pulled my nest to bits again.
I have found a really great way of annoying my human. I always like to chuck my toys out of my cage but now I shove them all out down the back and they get wedged under the table where She can't get at them or i hide them where even She can't find them. she then mutters about the cost of keeping me in toys and how She thinks i should only have big toys that won't fit down the back of the cage but i don't like playing with the big toys so She mutters about buying them being a waste of money. She is so easy to wind up! One of my favourite occupations i have to say! (In my defense, Magic gets lots of toys to play with and I love watching him work out how to destroy something new or where he wants to hide it so Lunar doesn't get it but it's very disconcerting when you sit on your chair only to get poked in the backside by some toys he's buried under my cushion! )
It's been quiet outside for ages as the Rookery rooks have not been coming up this far from the village while hatching their clutches but it's getting noisier again now as the adult birds try to find enough food for their hungry babies. i can hear them all squawking and i like to answer them sometimes cos it confuses them. It's fun playing pranks on them. She has been quite worried about the wild rooks because it was still snowing here at the beginning of May and now we are having a heatwave! She thinks it can't be easy for the wild ones when the weather is going from one extreme to another but She says She is too far from the village to keep an eye on the wild fledglings and just has to hope that someone will bring any that need care up here. She doesn't know now if She will be able to get a small outdoor aviary built and i have to say i am quite glad of that! I don't think I would like to spend time out there now, it would be scary but She says She wouldn't put me out there it would only be for other rescue birds so that I wouldn't have to share my indoor home with them.
Well I better go now and try and teach that upstart some manners, it's a never ending job but someone has to do it!
Hope you all have a lovely summer filled with the caws of healthy corvids.
Much love, Magic (and the upstart Lunar of course! lol)
|Posted by savalmandy on November 20, 2010 at 1:09 PM||comments (1)|
sorry it's been so long since I updated my blog but i've been a pretty busy bird recently, so much to do an never enough time for a Rook to get it all done!
Well I have to say that I really quite like this life as a house bird, humans are very easily trained and managed as long as you remember to squawk really loudly when they are trying to eat their dinner or watch the telly. lol I have got the youngest, really hyper human well trained now, at first he was soooooo scary, I have to confess to having a wee bit of a panic every time he came into the room so I would squawk at him and now he gives me all sorts of lovely things to eat like pizza and crusts and bits out of his cheese sandwiches and he sits beside my cage and waffles to me, I have no idea what he's saying but he doesn't seem to think that's important. The other young human isn't so scary either and i have been brave enough to perch on his hand a couple of times now. What I don't understand is why these 2 young humans haven't fledged yet?? They certainly seem to be grown-up and capable of fending for themselves, humans are definately weird!
My human was very happy throughtout the summer as I had 5 very lovely tail feathers and I must say I did look rather dashing with a full tail but I broke them all last week when I missed my perch, (she says I fell off it but I most certainly did not!!) so now I'm back to having only one feather in my tail again. It's a bit of a nuisance really cause it makes keeping my balance even more difficult, still i manage pretty well. I've decided I really don't need to get up on the highest point when I come out of my cage now, the back of my humans chair or the arm of the couch is really quite high enough although I must tell you that I have discovered today the benefits of perching on her shoulder, it's really quite good fun up there, I wish I had thought to do it sooner.
My human has decided to get concerned about my lack of fresh air and daylight, I've tried telling her that I'm quite content with things the way they are but she is insistant that I need to be able to go outside. She feels that I would probably panic if I went out into an aviary or a cage outside (I agree!) and so She wants me to learn to wear jesses!!!!!!! What does she think I am?????? A doll to dress up??? I can tell you that I am not amused with this idea but she insists it is the safest way for me to get some fresh air. I had my second lesson with the darned things on today, it's really not on you know cause she has to turn me upside down to get the things onto my legs, very undignified indeed. I promplty showed her that I knew exactly how to get them off but unfortunately she hangs on to the other end now so I can't remove them. At first i really didn't like feeling 'stuck' on her hand but actually I'm getting used to it and it's not so bad. She took me for a walk round the whole house today which was quite interesting and she was very happy because I didn't try to get off her hand even once but i was actually quite enjoying myself. (best not to let her know that or she will get very smug!). I really do quite like coming out of my cage now, it makes me feel very superior cause all the other animals have to go outside, well all except Sophie one of the little dogs, i took great delight in landing on her head the other day! lol I like to sit on the back of my humans chair while she cleans out my cage, i don't know why she insists in doing that, doesn't she realise how much time and effort it takes me to get it to that stage, it's very frustrating when i have to rip up all that newspaper again and scatter all the toys and food into the four corners, still, if it keeps her happy to clean it out I better let her get on with it.
She says I'm really starting to look like a grown-up Rook now, i've lost most of the feathers around the base of my beak and only have a few left on the top, my leg feathers are really quite shaggy now and I'm quite a bit bigger than I was a year ago. I shall be very handsome in the spring. She is also very happy with because I 'talk' to her a lot now. I make quiet little chatty noises when she wakes me up in the morning and when i perch on her hand, i shout very loudly if she leaves the room too long 'though and also when she pulls the cover over my cage at bedtime, then i really shout but it doesn't stop her doing it! Ah well, I shall just keep squawking I suppose.
Well i better go and do some more squawking at the dogs and be rude to the cat again. Stay well everybody and take care.
Lots of love, Magic xx
|Posted by savalmandy on May 7, 2010 at 5:49 AM||comments (2)|
Hello All and a special welcome to Greenwing, I'm sure he will have you all wrapped around his tatty wing in no time!!!!
Well, I'm in a major grump to be perfectly honest, my human has been spending pretty much all her time outside with those pesky ponies and I've hardly had any of her attention at all!!!!!! She really should have it sussed by now that I am the most important creature here, I'm beginning to think She must be a bit dim!
Apparently 3 of her precious ponies have had babies in the past few weeks, one a month ago and the other two in the last fortnight. She waffles on about them all the time and it's getting very boring indeed! She wonders by the way if Jo would like to see photos of them?
I here from my human that you have a new baby to look after, the Rooks down with you must be a lot further on in their breediing than my family is up here, the ones here didn't start building their nests until about 3 weeks after the Rooks with you so we have a little while to wait before we see any starting to venture from their nests.
She is still very puzzled as to how I ended up in her field as the Rooks from my Rookery don't travel in this direction, She says that She never sees Rooks on her ground only the very occasional Raven and lots of Hooded Crows of which there seem to have been hoards of recently, they follow behind her picking up all the brushed out winter hair from the ponies and fly off with it. I haven't told her that I came this way 'cause I know She's a sucker for a hard luck story and I knew She would take me in!!!!!!!!!
I'm really quite happy here, I have loads of toys to play with which I love to hide under the paper in the bottom of my cage so She can never find them all!!!! Keeps her busy you know, She mutters about thinking She had finished with tidying up toys when her brood grew up.
She keeps trying to convince me that it is safe for me to come out of my cage and wander about the living room but it seems a bit risky to me. What if that pesky cat has hidden behind the sofa?????? No thank you, I'm more than happy to stay in my safe cage and make rude noises at the other animals, that's good fun!! She does make me come out 'though cause She says She needs to clean out my cage properly, I don't know why as I like it just the way it is, humans are such fussy creatures!!!!!!
My wing is a lot better now and I can use it much more for balance and generally flap about. There is now a hole right through the second joint of that wing, sounds bad but actually it is beautifully healed and doesn't cause me any pain at all now. She reckons there must have been a pellet stuck in there from when I got shot and it finally worked it's way out (I pecked it out but we won't tell her that!). The whole is about 1/2cm across and the inside edges of it are perfectly healed so it probably won't grow over now but She says that it means I won't have to go to the vet and so I get to keep my wing, I'm most relieved about that!!!!!!!
There's a lot of racket outside these past few weeks, I can hear the Hoodies squawking most of the day and there is a cuckoo who shouts from the garden wall for hours, boy does he get irritating after a while!!!!!! While all these critters outside are making so much noise I feel it is only fair that I should join in too so I make a fair bit of noise myself, usually if She has gone out of the room and left me yet again!!!!! She says I sound realy funny 'cause I sound like I'm muttering and grumbling under my breath, I say it's just as well She can't undersand what I'm saying as She might not like it!!!!!!!!
She was just telling me this morning that She's wondering what waifs and strays will end up here this year to add to me and the hedgehog, none I hope as I reckon I have to share her too much already.
Well I better sign off now and go and do something destructive, take care and love to you all.
Hi Mandy here, thought I might get a little word in myself this time.
Magic is such a delight to have and we all love him dearly. At the moment he is looking pretty scruffy as he is loosing his face feathers and his tail feathers still haven't grown back yet, but he is lovely and glossy and watches everything that goes on in the house. He still doesn't like to come out of his cage much but as he seems really content I don't insist unless I have to clean him out properly. His wing is much more flexible now but because of the hole there will always be feathers missing from there and the joint itself is damaged so he doesn't have full movement but enough to keep him stable. He is still nowhere near as big as Merlin, I don't think he is an awful lot bigger than a Jackdaw.
I've been so busy recently tht I haven't had so much time to spend with him during the day but he seems to be coping perfectly well with me popping in and out. He still gets pretty flustered if there are visitors in the house and I have to stand with my hand in the cage for him to sit on until he decideds it's safe, I still get a big buzz from this wild bird choosing to sit on my hand!
The rookery in the village is pretty noisy as I imagine most of the young are hatched and demading to be fed but I don't get down to the village often these days so I'm missing most of the action, hopefully if any young ones need assistance someone will think to take them up here.
Mum told me she had seen the 2 white ones again the other week but as yet hasn't been able to get photos of them, I'l keep reminding her to try and get some pics if at all possible.
Well must go and see to all the critters, that's a days work by itself!!!!!!
Take care, lots of love Mandy
|Posted by savalmandy on January 16, 2010 at 1:42 PM||comments (0)|
Happy New Year to all you Corvid friends out there.
Well, it sure has been cold up here, hope the rest of you have been keeping warm. The snow has finally started to disappear over the past couple of days and most of the ice has gone too which means my Human has got her horses shifted at last, she was moaning that they were too difficult to get to across the road so she's stopped complaining now. Apperently there will be some new foals here in April so she'll be pretty busy in the run up to that.
Because we have been completely snowed in here for about 6 weeks I haven't been to the vet to have my wing seen to yet, I must say I'm quite relieved, it's not something I'm looking forward to, a bird is meant to have 2 wings you know! To be honest it doesn't really cause me any bother and isn't sore but She worries that it gets in my way and that I might catch it on something when I'm out of my cage so I expect She will get her way in the end and a trip to the vet is inevitable. I will certainly let her know of my annoyance by shouting in her ear when she least expects it!!!!!!
I have got some new toys to play with recently, little rubber critters and some plastic toys that I can pick up quite easily. She puts them all in a felt bag with jingly bells on it which She hangs from one of my perches and I have great fun pulling them all out of the bag and putting them in my food bowls and my water dish just to have the fun of watching her fish them all out again! Keeps me busy for hours, I even hide some of them inside some of my other toys to confuse her when she can't find them all to put them back in the bag, amusing or what! A Friend of Hers sent me a little knitted rudolph for Christmas which She has hung on the side of my cage and I have a great time pecking it and generally beating it up so on the whole I have a good time.
The Rooks are back down in the village, not many of them yet but several pairs are back in the Rookery She tells me. She saw a Raven a couple of weeks ago flying over the front field which made Her quite excited, I can't imagine why, doesn't She know that Rooks are by far the best Corvids? She has sooooooo much to learn, it's going to take me forever to get her trained!!
She has put me in her workroom today! She says it's so She and I can spend more quiet time together and learn to be better friends, we'll see about that! Why should I be friends when I've got my great big cage with heaps of room and loads of cool toys not to mention watching the dogs come and go and the telly to watch, there's always something to keep me amused. I'm quite happy thank you but She says I have to be prepared to be friends so that She can check me over regularly and trim my nails and other boring stuff, I don't see the point myself.
One advantage of being in the workroom rather than the sitting room is I won't have to put up with the cat!!!!!!! She does spend a lot of time in her workroom, apparently she makes pictures and cards and stuff, I hope she puts some Rooks in them somewhere instead of just horses and other such non important creatures, Rooks should really be the main feature of all her art work I think but I don't know if I will be able to train her that much! Apparently other humans must quite like the stuff She makes 'cause she sells it at craft fairs.
Well folks that's it for now, take care and stay warm.
love from Magic xx
|Posted by savalmandy on December 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM||comments (1)|
I would just like to wish all you Corvid lovers out there a Merry Christmas and enjoyable New Year, I hope you all have a lovely time!
Well, things have been a bit up and down here at the Mad House since I last chatted to you all.
One of the human chicks flew the nest which meant that life became much quieter, a big improvement from a birds point of view I can tell you!!! but he came bak for the weekend so peace was shattered. It was quite nice to see the young human again as he does sit and chat to me but it's nice to have the quiet back now that he's gone again.
I was meant to have an operation last week to have the bad bit of my wing dealt with, well, that was a drama and a half!! It took my human ages to find a vet who would do the operation, all the local ones refused but anyway we were all set to get the job done. The night before my human took all my food away, even the stuff I had stashed in my toys!!!!!! We had to get up early in the morning and She had even got me in the cat box of all things, I swear She doesn't know what I am, when the vet 'phoned to cancel, so here I am still with both my wings.
She has been spending lots of time sitting with her hands in the cage talking to me recently, I didn't care for that much to start with, hands are scary things you know but now I don't mind and I'm quite happy to sit and chatter to her. I've even got her trained now to tell me what a good and clever boy I am when I do headers with my bell.
This human is getting trained properly now, She has even got some more hedgehog food instead of that awful cat food She tried to make me eat. I'm still being quite well behaved with her until I reckon She's fully trained, I leave my cage when She wants to clean it and put myself back in when She is finished, I only yell in her ear if the cat is too close and I only throw food at Her if it's something I don't like!! I still haven't started perching on Her arm yet, well She can't have it all at once!!!
I heard the humans muttering about not having space for a Christmas tree this year, they say my cage is taking up the space where they usually put it. I must say I'm quite disappointed, I was looking forward to displacing the fairy and taking up residence at the top of the tree. I hope they remember to get me something for Christmas, I shall be very upset if they don't, I might even start yelling.
That cat has finally decided to stop staring at me, I think he finds me screaming back at him quite scary, serves him right for being so rude, you would think his mother would have told him that it's not polite to stare.
There was a big flock of carrion crows in the sycamore tree outside the front door last week, they hung about for a while then went down to the front field where they spent most of the afternoon before disappearing before dark, they've been back a couple of times since, She says we don't often get flocks of them around the house, they usually only come in ones and twos. The Rooks from the rookery in the village have all disappeared, gone for the winter, She says the trees look awfully bare without any Rooks in them, still, they will be back in the spring.
She is sitting next to my cage eating toast so I think I shall wish you all well and leave now, I don't want her forgetting to give me the crusts!!
Best wishes to all,
Lots of love,
|Posted by savalmandy on November 1, 2009 at 1:59 PM||comments (0)|
I thought it was time I gave you all an update on my life in the madhouse.
I've been given a HUGE new cage and loads of new toys, great fun I say!! I think my person might be a bit dim as several of these toys are definately meant for parrots not crows, still beggars can't be choosers and she seems not to understand 'rook' language very well. One of my favourite toys is one my person made which is several packets of cigarrette papers tied onto string and hung from my perch, I love to pull them out one by one and rip them up, great fun indeed, especially as I'm getting quite good at flinging them out of the cage onto the sofa, well it gives her something to do everyday!!
I'm quite annoyed with this person just now, she's been merrily giving me my favourite food for weeks, I can definately recommend dry hedgehog food which has been dampened, and I really thought I was going to be set for the winter when i heard her mention the hedgehog was asleep for the winter, more food for me I thought, no such luck, she has tried to palm me off with dry cat food instead!!! Well I've showed her who's boss, I just pick out the bits of cat food and only eat the hedgehog stuff, that will teach her!!!!
( I must add on my behalf that I can't get hedgehog food locally but have to travel 50miles to the nearest big town and unfortunately my car has died and it will another couple of weeks before I'm mobile again but Magic doesn't seem to think that's a valid reason for changing his food!!!!)
I do quite like raw mince, bread and bananas too but she won't give them too me all the time, appartently her hubby also likes mince so i have to share with him!
My wing is a bit of a nuisance as it hangs down and is a bit itchy but when it bothers me my person gives me Reiki which I really quite like and my wing feels better, she says that when the car is fixed she will have to take me to the vet and see if it needs to be dealt with, I don't like the sound of that!! Still, she's trying hard I suppose and she did take me in. i feel much better now and my feathers have got their lovely colours back, my person says that the top of my head is a lovely blue colour, my back is sort of lilac/purple and my tail feathers are green, maybe that's why she thinks I'm a parrot!!! She says I look much better now that I've put on some weight, she said she could see my breast bone sticking through my chest feathers when she first found me, now I have a lovely round, plump chest, no bones poking through.
The house seems a bit quieter recently, I've noticed my perons youngest 'chick' is not around just now so I expect he has flown the nest, he was very noisy and never seemed to sit still which I didn't care for much and he always watched really noisy things on the telly with loud music on, not suitable for a refined chap like me.
Well I must go and keep an eye on that cat just to be certain he isn't up to no good, you can never be too careful with cats!!
Take care all,
|Posted by savalmandy on October 6, 2009 at 7:03 AM||comments (0)|
Hi, just thought I'd let you know how my first week living with humans has been.
What a culture shock!!!!!! Humans are noisy, busy creatures, they never seem to stop flapping about!!
Living here was quite stressful and scary at first but it's not so bad now that I'm getting used to it. My human has put some flower remedies in my water dish and they really seem to help.
I have a nice place in the house where I can look out the window and watch for that cat coming, why would anyone want to keep a cat? They really seem to like him but I can't see why, don't humans know cats are dangerous? I don't mind the dogs so much, in fact I quite like watching the daft things they do, like stealing each others food and all trying to get on the sofa at once. The little dogs seem quite friendly but the big dog is a wimp!!! He's scared of little me!!! So he should be because I've got a nice sharp beak and he hasn't.
I had a rather embarrassing incident the other day, I had an itch on my head and when I tried to scratch it but because of my wonky wing I fell backwards off my perch and landed on my back on the floor of my cage, my human did try hard not to laugh at me but it was still embarrassing, at least that cat wasn't there to see it!
I heard the humans talking this morning about getting me a bigger cage next week and some toys, I can't wait to see what they get me. She, the one who feeds me and cleans out my mess put an extra perch in for me yesterday so now I can stretch out both my wings all the way, that gets all the kinks out but a bigger cage would be great.
She reckons I'm going to have be a house bird now 'cause it doesn't look like me wing is going to work properly again. Maybe if I'd been able to find her when I first injured it It might have been fixable but the injury is too old to fix now, never mind I can still flap it at her when I don't want to be handled and I've got the hang of scratching those itches without falling off the perch again!!
Most go now and see if She has brought me something tasty for my lunch.
see you all again soon,
|Posted by merlintherook on October 3, 2009 at 8:48 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by savalmandy on October 2, 2009 at 9:31 AM||comments (2)|
Magic seems to be settling in well. He is presently living in a large dog cage which is in front of the living room window. I didn't want to leave him out in the caravan where he was at first as it is getting very cold up here in the far north.
He is eating well, in fact I'm astonished at just how much he can gobble down!! He seems to love dry hedgehog food which I dampen first, tinned cat food, tuna, and some of the things from a bag of parrot food which was all I could get at short notice!
Is there anything which I should definately NOT feed him?
He drinks well and I am putting antibiotics in his water due to his wing injury but as the injury wasn't fresh when I found him a week ago, I feel the risk of infection now is low. I didn't take him to the vet initially as I really felt he would die if not that night then from shock at being transported and handled but looking at the injury I think it is too old to treat successfully now.
He seems to enjoy his Reiki healing which I do from a distance, it seems to calm him.
He seems healthy now apart from the wing, when he wakes up he has a big stretch, some food and water and then a quick preen, which seems to me to be normal healthy behaviour? It certainly is with most other animals.
He is much more relaxed and although won't take food from my hand yet is quite happy to hop onto the floor of his cage and eat/drink or just generally watch this mad human whereas just a couple of days ago I had to move right away from the cage before he would eat.
He isn't at all bothered by the dogs but does make a racket when he sees the cat out the window. He's pretty quiet most of the time apart from quiet clicks and chatters.
If anyone has any advice that might help me make life as pleasant as possible for Magic it would be gratefully recieved!!
I'm sure Magic will have something to say for himself soon!