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Polly takes a bath

One member of the YT household that remains completely unruffled by the kreppa is Polly the cockatiel. For old Polly the day revolves around waking up, climbing onto the perch in her cage that allows her to access her food, dropping back down to the bottom and proceeding with the arduous task of trying to hatch her current clutch of three hazelnuts.

Indeed, Polly’s devotion to her nuts is so excessive that various other bodily functions must take a back seat. Like, say, taking a poop. This excessive accumulation of, er, waste, has YT slightly worried, so every day at approximately the same time, I very gently insert my hand into the cage and remove Polly to the bathroom where she is instructed to empty her bowels. Preferably in the toilet, although the floor will do.

This evening, rather than taking Polly straight back to the cage, I put her down on the bathroom counter while attending to something. She went straight for the water on the side of the sink, crouched down, rubbed her beak in it and BEGGED for a bath. Out came the plant mister, Polly was spritzed into a fit of birdbath ecstasy [seriously, it has to be witnessed], after which she was placed in the warm glow of an artificial sun to dry off.

Polly takes a bath

I know she looks like the most pathetic thing ever, but really, she’s ecstatic.

Highs of around 7°C today and really mild. All the snow has melted and today it rained cats and dogs and cockatiels, which cleared the air in a big way. EPI and I put on our rain gear and headed out, only to get SOAKED to the bone. Still, I love the balmy temps … makes me think spring is just around the corner, even though I know it will take a few more weeks and I’ll be missing the snow in no time. Currently 6°C [43F], sunrise was at 9.22 and sunset at 6.02 [oh my!].



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  • Abby February 15, 2009, 11:56 pm

    Oh, we need a video of the birdbath ritual!

  • Steve February 16, 2009, 3:33 am

    I`ve four hazelnut trees in the back yard if Polly ever feels the need for a larger “family”. 🙂

  • Professor Batty February 16, 2009, 3:45 am

    Good to see Polly again. That’s what I look like after my bath!

  • SOe February 16, 2009, 9:49 am

    That´s a hair-do – sorry, feather-do!

  • mary February 16, 2009, 9:59 am

    Nothing like a giggle to start the day!

  • Bluegrass Mama February 16, 2009, 1:44 pm

    I’m glad to know that at least Polly is unfazed by all that is going on (though you wouldn’t know it by that picture!).

  • Ljósmynd DE February 16, 2009, 2:16 pm

    This looks like some special Icelandic evolutionary adaptation (a kreppatiel?). Somehow totally wretched but nevertheless optimistic.

  • James February 16, 2009, 3:50 pm

    Kreppatiels have been spotted perching outside the Central Bank, whistling loudly…

  • alda February 16, 2009, 5:40 pm

    I LOVE the term kreppatiel. Wretched yet optimistic. The Icelandic nation in, er… a nutshell. 🙂

    Thanks for your comments, everyone.

    Abby – I only have a small camera and I’d probably get water all over the lens. But … we’ll see. Maybe I’ll try to immortalize Polly’s bird bath next time.

    Steve – I’ll keep that in mind. 😉

  • Kolla February 16, 2009, 9:19 pm

    Fantastic blog – can’t believe I haven’t stumbled up on it sooner.
    Will become a loyal reader now, but only one humble wish – would it be possible to rss the whole feed, instead of just a short intro?

  • alda February 16, 2009, 9:57 pm

    Hi Kolla – and welcome!
    Alas, I’m not prepared to publish the full feed … trying to make a few bob off the blog and that all depends on people clicking through to the site.

  • maja February 17, 2009, 7:33 am

    That is hilarious!

  • colin buchanan February 17, 2009, 10:58 am

    Meanwhile, back in the murky world of international finance, a leading British newspaper calls on Iceland to adopt the pound. Believe me this not a spoof, just the pride before the fall.


  • JoeInVegas February 17, 2009, 9:03 pm

    That looks like one fashionable bird there.

    Will she eventually give up on the nuts, or will she sit on them forever?

  • alda February 17, 2009, 11:07 pm

    Joe – she goes through phases. After a few weeks she gets fed up, then acts ‘normal’ for a few weeks, then sets in on the nesting again. An endless cycle.

    In a way we prefer to have her nesting because it seems to give her a purpose in life. :-/

  • Andrew February 18, 2009, 11:33 am

    I look forward to reading more about Polly’s adventures!

  • Rachael February 18, 2009, 11:42 am

    Polly’s wonderful. I love reading about her adventures.

    I wonder what freshly-washed cockatiel smells like under a sunlamp? 😀

  • Kolla February 18, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Hey Alda – good points, I get where you are coming from.
    Either way, by clicking straight through I get to enjoy all the amazing photos you post (and will admit they make me a little homesick).
    Give Polly my best, I hope the hazelnut thing is working out well for her 🙂

  • Rozanne February 19, 2009, 5:32 am

    When I was visiting my sister in Chicago over Christmas, her cockatiel laid 4 (!!!) eggs. According to my sister (whose had lots of experience by now) “storing up poop” is one of the things cockatiels do when they are nesting. I remember one morning walking into the kitchen to find my sister holding the bird over the garbage can and instructing her to poop. I was told that I might want to leave the room for a few minutes!

  • Bryan Bessette February 19, 2009, 8:24 pm

    That pic is my new background!