Virgil in Full Dress!
Virgil's arrival to our
home was on 1/13/00. We flew down to Texas to pick up our new little bundle
of feathers to make sure the trip would not be too stressful on him.
Virgil is a Hawk-Headed
accipitrinus). His hatch date is 5/9/99.
1/18/00: We did the "official" handover from Mama Linda to me
and he stepped up just fine. My gosh, you have not seen beauty till you have
actually held a Hawkhead in hand. He was a little nervous, which was to be
expected and so was I (having the unexpected in mind). 20 minutes goes by so
quickly and we had to head back on the dreaded plane but with the hype of
having Virgil with us gave us a "bright glee" (kind of like just
finding out your happily pregnant ~ that new mom glow).
The guy at the airlines desk was so wonderful he gave us a whole row of our
own in the back of the plane so we had some privacy. Naturally we were
warned to put him under the seat for take offs and landings. Needless
to say once we were up and stable ~ so was Virgil. He was plopped right in
between his new Mama and Papa. Poor little guy did not know what was
happening to him. He was missing Mama Linda something awful ~ I felt
it. Towards the end of the trip he was getting better and more relaxed, I
think it also was because we were more relaxed.
Got him to the truck warm and snuggly. Took us 2 hours to get home.
Got him home and up on his playstand. First Carlos gently introduced him to
Grammy, and the grey crew then Carlos brought him into the
rooms on the first floor. It was a long day and we needed to get him
settled. So up on the stand he went and DOVE into the seed and grain
mixture! (Great he's eating!)
Nite nite time: He was uncomfortable in his new cage and I had lots of
questions for Mama Linda about placement and sorts of his old cage. Perch
types, Toy Placement, Feeder Placement ~ All important things I FORGOT to
ask ahead of time! You can ask a million things and always forget a thing or
two in the mix.
Ok nite nite, he immediately started playing with the toys I made him
(Yippee success! I love it! Thanks for the hints Mama Linda!!) I only put 3
small/med size toys in there I did not want to culture shock him. Boy
did he surprise me. He played with everything one at a time ~ taste testing
Morning, he was playing with his toys but didn't seem to like the rope perch
(we changed that right away), now need to move the food up higher.
BINGO he's eating! He's comfy! He's sweet!
No problem with transition. He didn't flinch an eye when Oliver flew over.
In fact, anytime today he was very calm and wasn't nervous at all! He ate
all his veggies and fruit like a good boy!!
Tomorrow is a new day, with exploring new things. I am looking forward to
learning with Virgil. His name fits him wonderfully!!! I know I haven't
seen the devilish side I have heard so much about! lol.
I'm going to go and cuddle with my little boy! Thank you for allowing me to
share my wondrous joy.
Update 1/25/00: Well
the little guy has been here over a week and he is such a joy to be with. So
sweet, cuddly and playful. He really enjoys playing and even more so
loves to spend time interacting with his new family. His weight is
steady at 243 grams.
2/7/00: Virgil is
settling in wonderfully. He is eating so wonderfully and he is playing and
getting on really well here. Here is a cute Virgil story for you:
Since I was home today, I
made birdie toys and rearranged some of the toys that the others don't play
with. Took apart a few toys and reused the good parts etc. The toys
that they play with for a week then it just kind of sits there. I made a
Preening toy on a ring and strung some leather in it and wood pieces. I
decided to put it in Virgil's cage. I also took out the Perma Play lil
Birdie Man out of Abby's cage and put it in Virgil's cage. Oh my!
He was hanging upside down from the preening ring and attacking it like a
grey with his "daisy" full blown, screaming like a grey
would but in this little tiny voice! (I call his crest/crown a daisy when it
Then he would slip and fall from the toy and wind up on his feet and
would scream up at the toy! He is such a funny bird.
But Virgil all day long was doing this with his new toys. He is really into
leather and pine shapes. Pretty much any kind of toy I put in there and he
plays with it willingly. He is really letting his hair down and I have been
laughing all day at him.
The Photos below are
Thumbnails. Please click on them to get the FULL effect of Virgil's
do I get at this little bell thingy in here??
I just the cutest, cuddliest lil boy you ever set eyes on?
quite get that spot! Mama?!
Lookey all the new toys I got!
12 Grain Bread, Walnuts, Papaya
Things I say: Hi,
Fun things to do: Play
with my toys on my back, Chew up Soft Pine Pieces
Virgil's Favorite Sites - for
Hawk-Headed Eyes Only
Mama Linda's site,
where I was born! Coming Soon!!!
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