On our way home from the airport on Wednesday the 25th, we picked up our two new part-English budgies, Boomer and Tex. Tex is the one on the top of the photo. He was hatched on June 4 and his brother on June 7, 2012. Handfed little darlings, they were very cuddly the first day.
Dana was down with a cold the day I went to Omar’s Exotic Birds in Santa Monica to pick them out. I sent him cell phone pix of our choices. We decided on Boomer because he followed me around demanding to be fed and then climbed up on my wrist while I was taking photos in the open play area they were in. We were debating whether to get a second bird at the same time when Boomer went over to Tex and snuggled up to him. When I found out that they were brothers, that was it. They both had to come home with us.
Right now we can tell the difference between them because Tex’s tail–visible in this shot–is lighter than Boomer’s. Their tail feathers don’t always come in the same, but they are starting to develop their own personalities already. Tex is more likely to come to us, while Boomer is pretty good at getting Ricky to feed him.
A few days after they came home, tuckered out from a long afternoon of playing. Tex, Boomer and Rocky, left to right. In keeping with our aviation theme, Boomer is named for the guy who handles the boom for mid-air refueling of planes and Tex is named after David Lee “Tex” Hill, World War II fighter pilot. [Ricky is named after Eddie Richenbacker, but we didn’t want to call him Eddie, since our neighbor goes by that name.]
The babies’ wing feathers were trimmed in the shop so they couldn’t fly around. They’ll have full flight in our house after their first molt, which should happen when they’re about nine months old. Then watch out! It’s been a long time since we had a full squadron of flying budgies, since little Gus never did take off.
Tex exploring the new three-budgie sized food dish we bought at Cost Plus World Market.
Dodger laying low in his submarine, wondering why we had to bring home more little pests.