Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:21 AM
I think today, we may have had not one, but two "miracles"!
I started off this morning by trying to feed Kiwi first. Strangely enough, she's become the most hesitant one about stepping up onto my hand, let alone touching me. She will, if she's on the floor, but from a perch? Nah! She did yesterday, but she wasn't entirely comfortable with the idea. So she ate some food, but wouldn't get onto my hand, no biggy.
Then Faye and Pistachio came around. First Faye, eating the food, and even hopping onto my hand, no big deal. Pistachio comes to the other side and joins her - only for Casey, who had flown to my shoulder, to walk down my right arm, down to my hand, and start eating the millet as well! Faye was being a bit snobby with the millet and didn't like sharing with Casey, so there were some squabbles. Tomi Girl stayed in the background while Faye and Pistachio ate intermittently, along with Casey. When Kiwi had moved to another area, I offered her some more millet, which she happily ate, and Faye, being a little brat, quarreled with Kiwi over the millet! In fact, Faye was being such a brat, that Pistachio started getting in on the same behavior and squabbling with Faye!
Tomi Girl finally flew over, so I had everyone (except Casey - she to my shoulder) get 'down', and I then tried feeding Tomi Girl... however, by this time, there was basically nothing left, but she still stepped up onto my hand and looked through the remains for any tidbits! I was surprised she was willing to even do that! Then Casey came down, and "nudged" Tomi Girl away, while she looked through the leftovers! Since there was nothing left, I emptied my hands.
At this point, I was refilling the dishes, and while this was occurring, Pistachio flew over towards the dishes, but decided not to land. Instead, he flew down to the floor to see what he could scrounge up. Meanwhile, I put some seed into my hands and re-offered my hand to Tomi Girl, whom, surprisingly, stepped up all on her own! And she resumed eating! I was surprised to see that she's finally getting comfortable enough with me to once again step onto my hand for food. If this wasn't enough, Pistachio, after realizing there were no goodies to be had on the floor, flies up from the floor and directly into my hand! In the process, he scared Tomi Girl off, but him?!?!?! An older, skittish bird, that has no trust in humans, all of a sudden flying directly into my hand of his own accord? I was astonished, to say the least! After he had his fill, he took off, but I'm still surprised because I didn't think he was "ready" for that step, flying to me. I hadn't pushed him into doing anything more than a really short hop from his perching spot to my hand, and all of a sudden, he decides I'm okay to fly to! I wasn't even expecting this behavior for a couple more weeks!
As it is, Pistachio, Faye and Tomi Girl kind of follow me around the room now, with Casey flying to me waiting for either goodies or scritches! What I find funny is that a previous person who had tried interacting with Faye (prior to me acquiring her) said she was a mean bird because they tried to handle her, and she bit them! And I doubt anyone would have thought that Pistachio would be as comfortable with humans as he's appearing to be! Don't get me wrong, he's still skittish and unsure, but it's still more than I ever expected of him!
Monica & Fids (Fids = Feathered Kids)