Help Us Track Him
This page is dedicated to tracking Sir Grey, as he flies the friendly skies of the Central Oregon Coast region. Generally from Florence to Reedsport, to Elkton/Cottage Grove. Please see the map below.
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO CATCH HIM
If you see Sir Grey or think you heard him, we simply ask that you report the location. But be clear, it is very important that you DO NOT try to catch him and please try very hard not to scare him away.
When reporting a location, we ask that you take a picture if you can, and note the nearest address, cross streets or GEO location. Video is even better. Also, if you can report his location to us within 15 min. that would be awesome, but the same day is also very helpful.
If you want to do more to help, you can print and post flyers… that would be VERY AWESOME…! Just click the button above for ready to print flyers.
Sir Grey is one of SassyRv’s two very precious mascots, the other his sister “DuckBird”. African Greys are considered one of the smartest of all birds, highly talented with talking and mimicking.
Add to this, Sir Grey is one of the most playful birds you could encounter. Day and night play is what he is anxious for.
Now 20 years old, Sir Grey and his sister DuckBird were just 6 months when they became a part of the Rodgers family. To the Rodgers, Sir Grey is much more than a talking bird. Sir Grey is a “sentient being”. From meal time, to play time, bath time, to sleep time, Sir Grey is an active part of the Rodgers daily family life.
Sir Grey is a Traveler
Sir Grey and his sister DuckBird are an active part of the Rodgers daily family life. The Rodgers family is traveling fulltime along the Oregon Coast building and promoting SassyRV (ie: Learn More: Click Here). The map above shows the zone we travel the most, with places we spend more time and Sir Grey is familiar with.
It should be noted that Sir Grey is a “sentient being”, who was lost due to high wind gusts, and wants to reunite with his family. His flight range is 50+ miles and he can fly a comfortable 20-25mph and he could ride a gust of wind, reaching speeds over 40mph. So for him to fly the above area is possible in 1-2 days.
Here’s what Sir Grey would look like in flight:
As we travel we play music, birds sounds, and frequencies he knows. We also call for him frequently. Likewise, we are leaving recordings of his familiar sounds in all his known places.
His perch, food and water are waiting for him in Elkton out on the big oak tree. His sister and family wait for him to return to his mobile family life.
The World’s Most Intelligent Birds
African Grey parrots are considered the most intelligent talking parrot in the world. Endemic to the rain forests of West and Central Africa. African grey parrots have a tendency to get attached to only one person. The relationship with the owner is a highly important factor that shapes personality, so is the talking ability and the lifestyle of African Grey parrots.
To demonstrate this, we direct you to the proof presented by Irene Maxine Pepperberg a scientist noted for her studies in animal cognition, particularly in relation to parrots. She is an adjunct professor of psychology at Brandeis University and a lecturer at Harvard University. Working with a now famous African Grey Parrot “Alex“:
“Listing Alex’s accomplishments in 1999, Pepperberg said he could identify 50 different objects and recognize quantities up to six; that he could distinguish seven colors and five shapes, and understand the concepts of “bigger”, “smaller”, “same”, and “different”, and that he was learning “over” and “under”.
Looking at a mirror, he said “what color”, and learned “grey” after being told “grey” six times. This either made him the first and only non-human animal to have ever asked an existential question (apes who have been trained to use sign-language have so far failed to ever ask a single question), or his parroting the question phrase was very luckily situated.
Alex was said to have understood the turn-taking of communication and sometimes the syntax used in language. Alex could add, to a limited extent, correctly giving the number of similar objects on a tray. Pepperberg said that if he could not count, the data could be interpreted as his being able to estimate quickly and accurately the number of something, better than humans can.
If the researcher displayed irritation, Alex tried to defuse it with the phrase, “I’m sorry.” If he said “Wanna banana”, but was offered a nut instead, he stared in silence, asked for the banana again, or took the nut and threw it at the researcher or otherwise displayed annoyance, before requesting the item again. When asked questions in the context of research testing, he gave the correct answer approximately 80 percent of the time.
Preliminary research also seems to indicate that Alex could carry over the concept of four blue balls of wool on a tray to four notes from a piano. Pepperberg was also training him to recognize “4” as “four”. Alex also showed some comprehension of personal pronouns; he used different language when referring to himself or others, indicating a concept of “I” and “you”.
Alex died on September 6, 2007, at the age of 31. Alex’s last words to Pepperberg were: “You be good, see you tomorrow. I love you.” These were the same words that he would say every night when Pepperberg left the lab.
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Sir Grey was very talkative to Marileen, but would mostly listen to Dustin as he would learn from Dustin, then say things in similar voice to Marileen. But over all his cognition is first rate, he hears and responds to any conversation directed at him. He understands concepts not just words. He interacts as a family clown.
He tries to make people laugh and loves when they clap at his spins, slider landings, etc. He asks for a “Cookie” in a funny way, when he wants a snack, but a cracker will due. Many times he just says it to get Dustin to play with him. He loves boxes and buckets and will play for hours with them.
Dustin has been working with Sir Grey teaching him to count and respond to specific questions. Watch the video below to see what is possible, Grey had this potential:
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