12: 1050 Grams (January 28th, 2005)
it is now February 4th, 2006 and this will be the
last update for awhile. Ariel has now fledged (no video of
though) and is down 100 grams from last week. Our little girl
growing up quickly. By all present indications she is a
noisy, inquisitive bird. I know her personality will really
develop once she is around 6 months old and may change but so far she
is a doll. Jen and I will now resume our normal lives on the weekends
and spend both days hiking, climbing, skiing, sightseeing, etc so we
will only visit every other week. Also, since Ariel is not
to go through much more in the way of physical changes, other than a
darkening of her lower beak, a lengthening of her tail, and an increase
and weight and length I am only going to update once a month from now
We are really looking forward to bringing her home but since
could be anywhere from 2 to 9 months, dependent on her weaning age, we
figure we need to slow the updates and visits down (the aviary is 1
away from us).
can now stand on our hands.
She is within a week or two of flying as well.
13: 950 Grams (February 5th, 2006)
is her new cage which is fully stocked with toys. All of this
stuff is made from bottlebrush
wood which has a bark that is fun for parrots to chew and a core that
is softer than manzanitta but hard enough to be resilient. I've
got Merlin behind my work area and Ariel next
to it, I'm not sure if two macaws is good for concentration but I'll
soon find out.
Here is her new gym
(Merlin volunteered to model it) also from Wayne.
17: 860 Grams (March 5th, 2006)
little Greenwing. Right now she is very friendly and calm.
She hasn't spoken yet but I personally don't care if a bird
or not. Today marks her 4 month birthday and she is 120 days
She plays with dry food and eats her vegetables but is still
being hand fed twice a day so we are expecting several more months
before she comes home. Our aviary has a policy not to let any
bird go until it has been eating on its own for at least two weeks.
Ariel is being harness trained right now so hopefully she'll
accept it from us when we bring her home.
18: 860 Grams (March 12th, 2006)
has been quite
interesting watching our little girl grow up. In the
were told that our visits, prior to her fledging, would have little to
no effect on her interaction with us after she had fledged.
Apparently they are just to young to care earlier on in life.
After fledging she went through a 1 month period where all
cared about was flying. Now she has settled down some and it
at this point that she will start to notice and interact with t he
world around her in ways that are more meaningful to her personality
development. The fact that our prior visits meant little was
clear by her apparent lack of memory of us when we visited last week.
Fortunately for us she remained a clam, sweet bird.
week she was much quicker to warm to us and was very comfortable
interacting with us. We were able to scritch her until she
drooped one wing down and went to sleep. She is also quite
if we try to take her away from a toy she make a silly guttural growl
but never goes beyond this. I think she can be the Sub-Woofer
our house, Merlin is much higher pitched. I have updated a
more quickly this time so as to add a video of her. Enjoy.
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