Merlot the peahen is training Mack beautifully. She expects a fig newton every time she sees him. She watches for him through the window and bobs her head up and down excitedly when she sees him. The last few nights she has moved off her perch and onto his shoulder to eat her little treat. She fluffs up her tail and the little feathers on top of her head bob up and down. These little feathers are like little circles on stalks an inch or so high. I will try to get a picture of her showing off to post.
Yesterday, we had a particularly funny experience with a goose. We always take warm water out to our birds in the cold weather and they always crowd around like office workers at a water cooler. We usually have a couple of buckets, but yesterday, due to the extreme cold I got out some large rubber bowls in addition to the buckets. I was afraid the ducks couldn't get enough water out of the buckets--the geese were crowding them something fierce. One of the geese jumped into a bowl while Mack was pouring the water in. It was all the world like she was taking a warm shower. He poured the water gently over her and into the bowl. She preened and fluffed her feathers and turned her head this way and that so that her eyes would get a nice rinse as well. I don't think I have ever enjoyed a shower as much as she seemed to enjoy hers. We were mean today and didn't put out the bowl of warm water--only the buckets. Its warm enough today that they can go down to the pond.