A day or two after I left for Charleston, in one of our phone calls, Monte gave me the sad news that our sweet Keeto bird had died. We had been keeping an eye on him for the last year or so, as he seemed to tire out quite a bit after flying around, and sleep more and more. We took him to the vet for a checkup, and he was given a clean bill of health. But last Monday he went down to the bottom of the cage, laid down, and flew his spirit away. That little bird had the biggest personality. We are both so terribly sad.
Most days, Keeto likes to leave his cage and fly around the house. I think he enjoys the exercise and the freedom. He has a couple of favorite perch locations that he flits between. Sometimes he likes to play hide and seek with us, though, and will land somewhere different and sit still as we look around for him. This morning I spied him sitting on a globe that I have placed atop an armoire in a far corner of the gameroom. I had to sneak a photo with my telephoto lens from across the house. 🙂 You’re IT, Keeto.
We had a great day on the lake today. The winds picked up so we pulled anchor and sailed over to the Gnarly Gar and had lunch. Jake did great at the helm. On the way back to the marina, the winds were so light that Monte and Jake were able to jump in and be towed behind the boat, as we sailed along at about half a knot.
When we got back home, Keeto was very happy to see the flock return, as usual. He’s a funny bird.
The evening was filled with Wii contests of strength and speed; a delicious spread of sauteed pork chops, pasta and kale that Jake prepared; and the mandatory showing of Captain Ron for new-sailor initiation.
A great weekend!
We watched the Seahawks win their 1st playoff game today versus the Redskins. Yay!
Next are the Falcons, a week from today. (A girl can hope!)
Keeto is our own little Seahawk. Fierce, isn’t he? 🙂
He’s about 16 months now. Quite the chatty cathy.
Have a great week!
Have you ever known of a parakeet that comes when you call it? Monte and I think it’s a pretty cool trick. Working from home today, I left Keeto in the kitchen on his perch in the window. My office is all the way on the other side of the house down a hall with several doors off of it. After a while I called Keeto… and aimed the camera at the door. It wasn’t too long that I heard him flapping down the hall and caught a few pics of him coming into my office… landing on my hand a couple seconds later.
The pictures aren’t too good. He repeated the trick a few times and I used a couple of different shutter speeds. This was the best sequence I captured.
It’s a bird… no, it’s a plane… no, it IS a bird. Pretty bird!
After being out of town all last week, it’s nice to be home this week — for lots of reasons. One is that I get to visit with Keeto in the morning. Such a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty bird.
Keeto will be 1 year old around the middle of August. It’ll be another good excuse to throw a party. 🙂
I didn’t get a chance to sort through my photos from the trip yet, so, today you get another Keeto shot 🙂
Doray and Tom bird-sat for us while we were out of town. We got home too late to get him last night. So, as soon as my last meeting was over today, i buzzed over there to pick him up. He’s such a sweet bird. Thank you Uncle Tom & Aunt Doray !
We estimate that this week he is about 6 months old. His cere is most definitely blue now. He’s wrapping up his first molt. His flight feathers have grown in enough for him to get some lift. And his eyes are changing a bit… no longer solid black, but have a little ring gray around the outside.
(oh yeah, i almost forgot… Happy Mardi Gras!)