Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 9, 1961 · Page 81
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 81

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 9, 1961
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8 Little 'Beakniks' (Continued from Page 17} while pillow slip. Delinquent was delighted as he nestled on his pillow, imperious and demanding as a rajah. It was a year b e f o r e he could fly again, and he became completely attached to his new sleeping quarters. Tinker and Joseph, consumed with jealousy and frustration, b e c a m e quite dissatisfied with the cage they shared. They would fly in and crowd the paralyzed Delinquent out of his bed. So, stalls were constructed for them. The birds have the run of the Cape Cod-styled apartment, overlooking the ocean. They share a bunk apiece in t h e s p e c i a l l y constructed stalls, made of knotty pine and nailed under the mantel of the fireplace. Atop the mantel is a cage, housing several parakeets. A mirror reflects the charms of Delinquent and Tinker Bird as they strut around in their golden-crested glory. T h e y spend much time preening, jogging, dancing, and waltzing in front of the mirror, occasionally kissing their own reflections. THE BIRDS peck at Mrs. Jorgensen's fingers, trying to divert her attention to them. "This is where the battle of the sexes takes place," she said. "Both birds vie for my affections and become quite fierce with each other. There isn't a morning goes by that they don't fly into my bedroom and awaken me with a swooping kiss at six o'clock." She is forced to rise and put the coffee on. She claims the birds are so accurate in their timing that she doesn't need an alarm clock. She is always on time for her work a t C o m m u n i t y Hospital, where she serves as a cashier. "While I eat breakfast, 'De- iinq' perches on his own cup and dips his beak in for several sips of coffee. It seems to soothe his s h a t t e r e d nerves. He then flies back to his pad to remain in a slightly drugged stupor until he recovers from his hangover." Tinker Bird is a teetotaler, and Joseph usually stands forlornly on the porch of his stall until he is coaxed to partake of a little birdseed, fed to him by his mistress. When Delinquent awakens from the effects of his imbih- ings, he and Tinker Bird wing their way from living room to bedroom on a gay frolic of adventure, investigating every nook and cranny. Then, they pause to pass the t i m e of day w i t h two parakeets, caged in the kitchen by a window which overlooks the back porch. MOST OF THE TIME, Joseph, a self-made pariah, stands aloof while his friends f l y j a u n t i l y a b o u t their haunts. He received his name because he lost his coat of many colors. Since the death of his mate, he isolates himself from society. He is so neurotic, he spends each day plucking out his feathers. He presents a ragged, doleful appearance, but he responds to any sign of pity or affection with a loud hiss. 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