I had the pleasure of hanging out with my good friends during the blizzard this past week. My friend, Greg, moved into a new house with his wife this past year and I wanted to give his house a blessing so I took out my harmonica and danced all over the house while playing. While I was doing this Greg’s parrots were out of their cages and were flying all over the place and singing their own songs. During the holidays they were teaching them Christmas songs for the most part. They would be able to repeat fractions of Joy to the World and then riff off into something else totally unique. It was beautiful to listen to even if they were only in small bits.
When I came to their cages they were roosted on top studying me and the harmonica as they listened carefully. One parrot was quiet and seemed to be interested but cautious at the same time. The other one, Lucy, who is apparently more grumpy, was totally getting into it and was bobbing around a little bit. When I started dancing away she flew right on my shoulder and I kept playing. She eventually started making this laughing sound, which you can hear in the beginning of the video. It wasn’t that she was really laughing but I think she recognizes laughter as a sound connected to a state of happiness. I don’t have too much experience with parrots but if I had to guess, Lucy was one happy parrot.