Janie Jeness Post: How an Alpha Gets Born

When you are a young feathered being raised in an interspecies flock, you may at first struggle to grasp and claim your rightful place in the flock pecking order. After all, the ones without feathers are undeniably larger than you are in every way. Plus they act like they know better than you do about when and howContinue reading “Janie Jeness Post: How an Alpha Gets Born”

Day 340: The Best Nest Defense

Nesting season is not for amateurs. And there is a reason the ladybirds today are so choosy. After all, it only takes a second to make an egg, but it takes weeks to guard all that round white cuteness. And it takes even more weeks to feed those precious soft downy mouths….teach them to preen….toContinue reading “Day 340: The Best Nest Defense”

Day 328: Cockatiel Plays Capture the Laptop

Having lots of flock members has its pros and its cons. On the cons side….well, “sharing” is never a favorite. On the pros side….why share when you can get whatever you want with “cuteness?” Of course, it can be fun to let your flock mates at least think they are giving you the desired itemContinue reading “Day 328: Cockatiel Plays Capture the Laptop”

Day 325: Wet Bird Couture Is Back!

It can be challenging work – juggling an empire. One minute you are engrossed in planning your newest one-avian hit play. The next minute you are called away for some top secret mission – allegedly. Each free moment is occupied in turn….from “fixer-upper” nest flipping projects for the spring ladybird season to (even more) retrainingContinue reading “Day 325: Wet Bird Couture Is Back!”

Day 283: Cockatiel Is His Mommy’s Tweetheart

Love is a big deal in every species. When you have love, you have survival of the species. When you have love, you have wings to fly and a song to sing. When you have love, you grow cuter every day. When you have love, you are able to attract a large featherless assistant whoContinue reading “Day 283: Cockatiel Is His Mommy’s Tweetheart”

Day 274: Cockatiel Stages Non-Hostile Takeover

In “black ops,” a discipline known to all super-secret spies (regardless of size or species), there are two kinds of takeovers. Hostile and non-hostile. The first kind is generally only seen among the large featherless beings, on account of how they have no feathers and, well, for many other reasons besides. The second kind isContinue reading “Day 274: Cockatiel Stages Non-Hostile Takeover”

Day 238: Wet Bird Couture Presents “Count Cockatielula”

Being a superbirdmodel isn’t for every feathered being. You have to be quite self-assured and confident in your own feathers. You’ve got to be patient enough to wait until everyone around you gets how great you are and starts celebrating you like the superstar you already know you are. Turning a competitive foe into aContinue reading “Day 238: Wet Bird Couture Presents “Count Cockatielula””

Day 235: Animal Crackers for Cockatiels

From the outside in, life as a famous and feathery celebrity seems so posh and perfect. You are celebrated and sought-after. Everyone wants to take selfies with you (and no one minds when you outshine them again and again). You wake up every day to stacks of fan mail and piles of gifts. Of course,Continue reading “Day 235: Animal Crackers for Cockatiels”

Day 232: Cockatiel in Corn Muffin Questioning

There is a reason most top-secret “black ops” agents opt for low-key cover identities. It is easy enough to blend in when your day gig doesn’t raise any eyebrows. No one follows their water meter reader or internet repair person around the block begging for selfies and beak-o-graphs. But there are also perks that comeContinue reading “Day 232: Cockatiel in Corn Muffin Questioning”

Day 229: Cockatiel Is the Muffin Master

In a wild setting, cockatiels live in enormous flocks numbering hundreds or thousands of feathers. It is glorious….but competitive. Sure, there are lots of ladybirds. But there are also lots of manbirds. Nesting sites abound. But so do their occupants. Victuals are plentiful. But at dinner time the line stretches around the block. Of course,Continue reading “Day 229: Cockatiel Is the Muffin Master”

Day 226: A Very Cute Cockatiel Chick

In the eyes of the world, you may be a successful CEO with feathers. You have your own blog. You’ve co-authored two books. Everyone wants your beak-o-graph. Clearly, you are a mover and shaker, a flapper and high-flier, someone who has a well-feathered nest and is even now leaving an inspiring legacy for future generationsContinue reading “Day 226: A Very Cute Cockatiel Chick”

Day 223: Cockatiel Ponders Chicken Versus Egg

At a certain point in every being’s life, whether feathered or featherless, it is only natural to start pondering the bigger questions of life. Who am I? Where did I come from? How did I get here? What is my purpose in life? Of course, just having feathers all over your body makes some ofContinue reading “Day 223: Cockatiel Ponders Chicken Versus Egg”

Day 220: The Cockatiel & the Breakfast Bowl

Interspecies flock life comes with all kinds of perks. You can count on always being the best-looking one in group photos. You have plenty of “beta” flock mates to boss around. If another flock member’s breakfast looks better than yours, you can poach it. Of course, the same holds true in reverse, and you can’tContinue reading “Day 220: The Cockatiel & the Breakfast Bowl”

Day 217: A Cockatiel and His Wonderful Wicker

Every being has their own favorite hobbies. Your small shelled brother, Bruce, likes swimming in his pool, hunting slimy wriggling things and burrowing in hay. Whatever works. Your less-small shelled sister, Malti, likes uprooting green beings, digging in dirt and eating yucky things she finds on the lawn. No accounting for taste. Your large featherlessContinue reading “Day 217: A Cockatiel and His Wonderful Wicker”

Day 214: Cockatiel Perches in Perfect Form

There is nothing like cohabitating with an interspecies flock to make you really appreciate your own anatomy. Let’s say that one of the beings in your flock has one set of short legs and one set of long legs – but no feathers at all. This basically means she has no balance. No poise. PoorContinue reading “Day 214: Cockatiel Perches in Perfect Form”

Day 211: Cockatiel Has Egg-citing News!

If ever there was the perfect invention, it would have to be the egg. First of all, it is a remarkably compact, efficient getaway vehicle (one worthy of .007 himself!) The egg is also so pleasingly round – not unlike a certain posh and plump (and oh-so-masculine and manly) feathered chest. Eggs bring great surprisesContinue reading “Day 211: Cockatiel Has Egg-citing News!”

Day 208: Cockatiel Tackles Molt-i-tasking

If there is one thing you have to get used to right away when you live with an interspecies flock, it is that no one else in the flock will be good at something called “multi-tasking.” And we do mean no one. Take your large featherless assistant, for example. Let’s say you have given herContinue reading “Day 208: Cockatiel Tackles Molt-i-tasking”

Day 205: Cockatiel Declares Comfort Is King

If you want to know who rules the roost in any given flock, just look for the most comfortable being. Of course, different species may define “comfort” slightly differently. In flocks of large featherless beings, the most comfortable being is probably going to be found seated, with one large rectangular device in front of themContinue reading “Day 205: Cockatiel Declares Comfort Is King”


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