April 30, 2008 [LINK / comment]
May-November canary romance
Full of male hormonal urges, and taking note of what the male birds outside are doing as spring unfolds, Luciano has been "courting" Princess more and more aggressively in recent weeks. Even though she is old enough (7+ years) to be his great-grandmother (canaries breed once or more a year), she is nevertheless often quite receptive to his wooing. Seeing her "seductive" chirping for the "new bird on the block" (he replaced George, who died in January) is quite poignant: It's a real "May-November romance." Since Princess is lame, however, and well past her breeding years (the last time she laid eggs was in December 2006), there are limits as to what she can do. So, Luciano keeps getting frustrated, and sometimes we have to protect Princess from his over-eager advances, keeping them apart. Like a college-age youth, it will take some time for Luciano to learn the proper way to a (female bird's) heart. Stay tuned for another exciting chapter of Canary Romance!