Thursday, November 29, 2012

DIY Parrot Jigsaw Puzzle

Looking for a great inexpensive Do-It-Yourself Parrot Jigsaw Puzzle for that crazy parrot person in your life? We've got the solution for you, in five (count 'em: 5) easy steps:

Step One. Copy photo onto heavy card stock.

Step Two. Cut along dotted lines.

Step Three. Toss into small box.

Step Four. Wrap.

Step Five. Don't forget to count the pieces!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Carlena's Cockatoos

Carlena is an experienced parrot person living in Auburn, Washington, south of Seattle. She has years of experience with parrots of all stripes and species. Carlena has rescued parrots, fostered parrots, and raised parrots from chicks. She currently has three parrots, all cockatoos. Unfortunately, Carlena can no longer keep her parrots. Life's changing circumstances force Carlena to find good new homes for her birds, a situation she neither desires nor embraces, but is forced to accept. As she told us: This is the hardest decision I could ever imagine having to make, but necessary.

We will let Carlena describe her parrots:

I have two Umbrella cockatoo parrots and one Goffin's cockatoo. I am looking for good homes for them. I love them all but due to a change in my situation, I have to find other homes for them. They need and deserve more attention than I am able to give them now. They all love petting and playing.

Isabella is a female Umbrella cockatoo parrot, approximately twenty-three years old, bought from a friend about ten years ago, my nicest bird but also can be my meanest when it comes to strangers in her house.

Jesse is a male Umbrella cockatoo parrot, hatched 6/99. I raised him from a chick, sweet baby, spoiled, passive, not aggressive at all.

Sly is a male Goffin's cockatoo parrot, hatched 3/96, Very nice, sweet, smart bird. I bought him from a friend about fourteen years ago, He can be a brat and will bite occasionally but most of the time he is very loving and loves to be petted all the time.

I would like to see them go to good homes that will treat them right and give them the attention they deserve. I will keep them until the right owner comes along. This is the hardest decision I could ever imagine having to make, but necessary.

I believe they would be fine if they were split up. Jesse, the Umbrella, is the only one I raised from a chick but he would probably welcome new and exciting things. My Goffin's cockatoo Sly had two previous owners up to age two when I adopted him and he was an only bird with his first two owners.

These three cockatoo parrots are Free to the Right Home. As Carlena mentions, they do not need to be adopted together. Although if that's possible, that would be the preferred option. The parrots come with their cages and accouterments.

If you would like to meet Carlena and her parrots, please contact Northwest Parrots Fund.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Blue Tara is thrilled to announce the release of our updated label for our same great coffee, Blue Tara Morning Dew Blend. 100% Parrot Friendly, Organic, Shade Grown, Fair Trade. The Blue Tara Blend label features our Hyacinth Macaw Princess Tara.

Princess Tara really is a princess. Her parrot parents are a Duke and a Duchess! Proceeds from the sale of all the fine coffee from support Northwest Parrots Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity registered in the State of Washington.

In our humble opinion Blue Tara Morning Dew Blend may be the finest Organic, Shade Grown, Fair Trade breakfast blend on the market! Comprised of Sumatran and Central American coffees, this blend is complex and robust, roasted to different roast levels prior to blending resulting in a medium/dark roasted coffee that is so full of flavor it will knock your socks off! This coffee is extremely full-bodied. On the palate it has floral notes with hints of nuts and chocolate. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Wild Parrots of Shoreline

Thanks to Shoreline Area News for this photo and report of the feral Mitred Conure parrots of Seattle, showing up in the same Shoreline neighborhood, just north of Seattle, for the second year in a row.

According to the Shoreline Area News:

The parrots have returned to Stefanie Gendreau's back yard for the second year.

From information received after we published her photos last year, it seems that there are several small flocks of parrots that remain in the area year round. Although parrots are tropical birds, the weather here is mild enough that they have been able to adapt. Parrots have been reported at Golden Gardens, Leschi, and, of course, in Stefanie's Shoreline back yard.

As they are so far from their homeland, bird experts believe that these parrots are escaped pets, who have found each other in the Northwest skies.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Shades of Yellow

Detail of Ruby Macaw Body Feather

Norway Maple Leaves

Seattle Sunset Over Elliott Bay