Emotional Support Animals

In her September Feathered Frenzy column, Sherri explores the situations, needs and conditions in which a companion animal becomes an ’emotional support animal’.

Human stress and grief are powerful emotions, and those of us who live with companion birds know that our birds react in a myriad of ways to our emotions.

Read Sherri’s full article to find out more about what constitutes an emotional support animal and how, despite often not formally acknowledged as such, our feathered companions provide us with the solace and comfort we so desperately need in times of grief and stress.

Boxing Alexa: Beneath the Cage Grate

Oh dear, it seems Morty’s efforts to finally rid his household of his arch nemesis Alexa was thwarted yet again.

A new apartment, packing boxes, and the prospect of shipping the dreaded bot off to the second-hand store was just too good to be true, much to Morty’s chagrin.

Catch up on this month’s issue of Beneath the Cage Grate to find out the lengths, and depths, Morty attempted to finally bid farewell to his annoying roommate.

Glorious Garden Guests: Gulf Fritillary — Backyard Bird Nerd

Gulf Fritillaries are another of the glorious garden guests that add an extra dose of beauty to the summer season. The designs and patterns on these butterflies are absolutely mesmerizing, right down to their speckled eyes! These Zinnia lovers flit from flower… …to flower…steadily slurping up nectar. By themselves, Zinnias are lovely flowers, but when […]

Glorious Garden Guests: Gulf Fritillary — Backyard Bird Nerd

Harris’s Antelope Squirrel — What’s For Breakfast? — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. At least one or two Harris’s Antelope Squirrels appear to have taken up residence in our backyard. These little squirrels — which superficially resemble eastern Chipmunks — are burrow dwellers. They are prodigious diggers, excavating burrows with openings […]

Harris’s Antelope Squirrel — What’s For Breakfast? — Sonoran Images

Tips from a Second-Favorite Human: Feathered Frenzy

It’s hard to accept, but sometimes we’re not our bird’s favorite human. Often, with more than one person in a household, companion birds choose one person who they like best, bonding with that individual in a strong, special way.

This doesn’t mean the ‘second favorite’ person isn’t liked, it’s just that the bond isn’t as strong.

But, there are ways to ingratiate yourself and become their close-to-favorite person. Sherri’s August Feathered Frenzy article provides tips on how to build trust and show that you respect that while you may not be their favorite human, you do love them and want to part of their cherished flock.

Bratbird: Beneath the Cage Grate

Morty’s latest escapade takes him on a mission to right the wrongs perpetrated by an errant little Goldfinch who’s wreaking havoc in mum’s garden.

Morty confronts this pipsqueak and demands it refrain from damaging any more of mum’s beloved plants.

However, Bratbird’s reaction to Morty’s plea only inflates his feathers! See how Morty deals with this little upstart in the August issue of Beneath the Cage Grate.