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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Them (Bitch*) Free Parrots

I hope this post doesn't backfire. You see, M also has two human children and she thinks the world of them. She refers to them as "my favorite son," and "my favorite daughter". While I've noticed M being open to most matters, criticism included, when it comes down to those two, Brother J and Sister D, she sucks. I better tread carefully here then. 

Pasadena, CA, has over the years developed a population of naturalized parrots. Those free parrots, also known as feral parrots, have adapted to life in our ecosystem--which of course in non native to them. Some are the result of mass escapes of newly imported wild-caught parrots from facilities (quarantine areas, airports); those create instant flocks that can simultaneously protect them and teach each other survival skills. They also guarantee propagation. There are many myths as to how the Pasadena Parrots came to claim the area, but the most commonly accepted is that they came from a large pet emporium that burned down back in the late fifties. There's of course plenty of controversy about this, but the parrots don't care. 

It was a beautiful morning and M was busy cleaning up after us, when her beautiful favorite daughter emerged from her bedroom. Sister D is a kind, angelic looking child, and sweet. M is one lucky M. BOL So, when that morning, the  sleepyhead daughter walked into the kitchen announcing "Them bitch parrots, keep waking me up," it stuck. From that day on, every time we hear "the birds" we refer to them as "them bitch parrots". The truth is that Sister D was right and she was expressing everyone's feelings. Huge flocks of free parrots are no fun. They are loud and the result is not melodic, it's a cacophony!  

Well, just the other day, we heard the raucous. I got M and sent her outside to grab some decent parrot pictures. Her parrot-photographic skills didn't impress me, but you only get to see "the best of". You may want to enlarge them...
Parrot Pictures

To compliment the parrot pictures, I also borrowed this video from youtube. You have to hear them to believe me!

PS to M: See, mommy, I wasn't criticizing Sister D, I was simply quoting her. Kk?


*Bitch: A female dog, wolf, fox, or otter.


Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, what a racket those parrots make! Sister D is right! They are bitchie!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Aniemother said...

OMD you've got lots of parrots!


Frankie Furter said...

Hi Twinkie, I didn't know about these thingys so I had to ask mom. She has never been to Pasadena but knew about them. I think your sister named them just right.
Sorry it is raining on you, butt guess what... I have 17 1/2 inches of SNOW and... that rain you are getting is going to come here Tues. & Wed. and dump 5 or 6 more inches!!! Whine Whimper Shiver.
I'm gonna end up constipated before this is all gone.
GRRRREAT parrot post. Are they good to eat??? I'm just sayin'.

Bijou said...

You better watch out for them parrots Twink. They find out you don't like them they might decide to get even. Maybe start dropping gobs of stinky poo on your little head. BOL


Mack and Sally Ann said...

Please be careful not offend them, as you are very petite;and, they could hurt you. So, be careful, as we don't want to read a post by Frankie about how Twink has been parrot mauled.
Sally Ann

JackDaddy said...

Perhaps parrot parents should be prevented from procreating by putting them on the pill!!

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Wild parrots, that is unbelievable!
We can sympathise with the noise though, what a racket.
There are wild parakeets in Hyde Park in London, when they filmed the African Queen movie, they brought them over from Africa and some escaped and bred and live there quite happily. You would think it was impossible in this climate but apparantly it's true.
Wags and kisses, Dinah Bridget and Elliot xx

Martha and Bailey said...

We have never seen wild parrots. They are very colourful but you are right, they make a terrible noise!
Enough to wake anybody.
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Hey Twink, some of them Bitch Parrots must have branched off and started a bitch pack of their own down by our Grandma's house in Costa Mesa. She's got 'em too. I think they're kinda pretty, but yeah they're loud as hell. And it doesn't help that dufus Gunther stands there and barks at 'em...


Madi and Mom said...

Hi Twinkie...thank you for making me smile today we enjoyed your comment on our blog. Madi says to tell you she doesn't have a PhD but she does have lots of
Oh those parrots look suspiciously like Quaker Parrots. My human sis has one named Taz. He was not wild though. He was hand raised. He is VERY LOUD and always has something to say. I cannot imagine how loud folks of them would be. When they put Taz to bed
aka turn our his light he is quiet as a mouse not one peep out of him. He also has a limited vocabulary....We had no idea they were in the wild like that. How did that happen? I know there are some states that will not allow you to move there if you have one as a pet. Taz never ever goes outside.
Madi and Mom

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

BowWowzer Twink! That is some amazing noise! All these years living in Phoenix and Mommy said she never knew her neighboring state had such a birdo problemo. We have to agree with the favorite daughter on this one! Them bitch parrots!!
BabyRD and Hootie

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Oh yeah, And to Frankie Happy Birthday again!! Hope your day is great! We'd send you some of Baby's B-day cake but Mom says it wouldn't make the trip. :>(
BRD & Hootie

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

OMD Sweetyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!
What a great post!!!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!
We have never seen wild parrots.....but now thanks to you we know them!!!!!!
They are sooooooo colourful....
but...Mmmmmmmmmm...we agree with you baby....they make a terrible noise!!!!!
Be careful ok!!!!!????
HAve a great weekend with your family!!!
Sweet kisses and licks

houndstooth said...


Yegads! Have you ever seen The Birds? Better be careful outside!


K9friend said...

Yikes! A little bit of that sort of bird talk goes a long way, doesn't it?

Benny and Lily said...

Hysterical...she has a point.They cackle awfully loud..BOL
Benny & Lily

Draco and his Mom said...

wow thats a lot of parrots, my mom was very suprised because she had no idea there were wild parrots in California. It must be hard to sleep in when they start sqawking.

Anonymous said...

Good grief. I'm pretty sure I'd have to pack my bags and move...
far away.

Huffle Mawson said...

My mum totally agrees. Parrots are noisy suckers!

Lorenza said...

Those parrots sure are noisy!
Your Sisted D is right... but my mom would use other words to name them!
Kisses and hugs

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

My mom might sleep through that but they are pretty freakin' noisy!

Thanks fur sharing those feathers with us!


Sagira said...

Ouchies, my ears, my ears! That would drive me crazy.


Good gravy- how many are in that flock! Umm I'm glad those parrots can't stand the cold.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh Mom what little ears pick up.. hehe

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

BRUTUS said...

That's crazy!! I'd think that I had woken up in the amazon if I looked out the window and saw wild parrots!! Who'd of thunk it??

Surprised Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

Butchy and Snickers said...

Oh boy, that would drive our Papa crazy! He doesn't like loud birdies. We certainly hope they don't try to grab you when you're outside. We had a red tail hawk crash into our window trying to grab Ruby (our 6 lb cat) that was peacefully laying in the sill. He knocked himself silly falling 2 stories to the ground. Didn't kill him, he got up wobbling & finally flew away. Hmmm, we like that name your sissie came up with, tee hee!
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie

bbes tribe said...

WOW!! Those are some bitch parrots.... WE thought crows were bad but NOT. They are pretty but not very melodious. Maybe they should have take singing lessons..
We were visiting Noah's blog and thought we'd drop by & visit you. We enjoyed it and hope you might stop by and visit us sometime. We like to meet new friends.
Ernie, Sasha, & Chica

kissa-bull said...

oh my dog twinkie how do you ever stand that noise
poor poor twinkie
those birds have no etiquette or manners
wags , wiggles and pibble sugars
the houston pittie pack

Remington said...

Cool birds....we don't have THOSE in Minnesota! They should keep it down though....

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