Today we got 3 new birds! At Paterson Bird Store in Totowa, NJ.
I’m not going to tell you much about the birds yet because I’m honestly scared it’s too soon and they’ll just up and die. Maybe that’s irrational but I just get nervous. After a few days I will properly introduce them. Also two of them still need names! And we want the names to be bird puns and I’m terrible at thinking up puns even though I really love puns so if you have any good bird puns to use for their names PLZ ADVISE.
I WILL tell you more about Paterson Bird Store because I enjoyed it. It’s not IN Paterson, at least not the one I think of when I think of the (NATIONAL PARK!) waterfall or the train station where my friend from Woodland Park comes to pick me up when I visit her. It’s not just my thinking because it’s not Paterson, it’s Totowa. So don’t get confused (I got confused). It’s all in that general direction anyway.
Paterson Bird Store was highly enjoyable! I was looking for a place to get another budgie so my budgie had a budgie to budge with, and I came across it on the Google. I located their Instagram and I thought it seemed like a happy place for happy birds. I also knew I could take a 30min Uber ride there so I was sold.
They were very responsive to DMs and let me know they had a lot of budgies for sale and were open today, New Year’s Eve. YES.
Sadly it was raining, so as we rode through the Meadowlands I didn’t spot any of the outside birds I like to see there, like snowy egrets.
I WANTED TO SEE BIRDS ON THE WAY TO GET SOME BIRDS.
On the way, I had reached the decision that we would get two new birds, for a total of 3 in our home.
We rode past “American Dream” – hadn’t seen it yet. Well…it was there. We saw it.
We finally arrived at Paterson Bird Store and IT WAS TIME TO PICK OUT SOME BIRDS.
You guys, this is a really nice store. It’s birds and birds only. Special stuff for pet birds. A whole bar/buffet of different kinds of bird seeds and snackies! Tons and tons of toys!
BUT WHERE WERE THE BIRDS?!
“In the back.”
As we entered “the back,” a cacophony of beautiful bird sounds echoed in our ears and we knew true joy.
These birds were having the time of their goddamn lives. They actually seemed really happy and were chirping and flapping and hanging out with each other. It really made me happy and excited to see them all partying in such a way. I feel like my bird Elvis is very quiet and it made me sad, like he’s been so lonely with no bird friends to party with.
This set the stage for me deciding to get 3 birds. It had to be done.
As far as the party birds, I’m only talking about the budgies they have. They had some very pretty finches but I didn’t hang with them too much. They also seemed happy! But I don’t really know their lives so who knows.
A blue and gold macaw, a scarlet macaw, and an African grey were also in residence!
These three are all super cool looking and smart and large birds, and it was a treat to see them and say hi.
Yes. I said it was “a treat.” Accept that. They were lovely and perfect. And I love them forever.
It was really hard to choose a budgie! They were all cute and lively and had fun patterns and feathers. I wanted to go with a bird or two with a wacky color mutation because the one we already have is a very handsome standard version and I wanted to mix it up. I think we did a good job in choosing a standard looking blue one, a bright yellow one, and a gray/white/blue/yellow one. Those are not the scientific names for the colors. But they break them all down here and it’s interesting as hell, if you care.
The gray/white/blue/yellow one was my favorite to choose but he also bites so…yeah. I think he’s just nervous though! Let’s give him a chance, please.
The kind women at the store expertly retrieved our chosen birds and gave them a quick nail and wing trim. Elvis has his wings grown out and can fly around but we thought it might keep these new guys safer to have them short to start, as they learn their way around the apartment. I hope it works for them but they seemed really sad when I was moving them from the travel cage into a bigger cage and they tried to fly away from me and they couldn’t get off the ground.
Not that they had space to fly around before but their wings worked differently and felt different and they were dealing with accepting that and it made me so sad.
Maybe I’m just projecting…but I was like “They WILL grow back you guys!” <sobs>
Anyway they’re adorable and we packed them up and brought them home.
They have to quarantine from Elvis for a week so they are in a cage nearby to allow tweeting and meeting. I can’t wait to hang out with them more once they settle in and stop feeling shy.