Next in our “Meet the SW? Staff” blog series is one of the most unique, beloved, and integral employees we’ve ever been lucky to have. I am so excited for you to meet Burt the Bird, who was rescued a little over a year ago and has since changed the lives of everyone he meets for the better. Take a moment and read, in his own colorful words, the amazing journey that this sweet, talented, and I must admit, extremely confident little bird has taken to become one of the most popular employees here at Sew What? Inc., and you’ll soon realize that you have probably fallen in love with him, too!
When did you first start at Sew What? What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties changed since working here?
I was brought here to become the official Birdy Ambassador for all things drapery for the company last Spring, and have been hard at work ever since. I’ve been learning how to be a good bird, and have been teaching everyone I meet the importance of love, patience and care to ALL creatures, great and small. It’s a big responsibility, but one that I was born to do!
If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Personally, I love it here in Southern California, it’s a bird’s dream come true! But if I were think exotically…. I really like fresh pineapple, strawberries, and melons, so it would have to be somewhere really tropical so I could eat it fresh right off the trees!
What kind of work did you do before coming to Sew What?
I was just a wee baby bird of a maybe a week old when my mommy Megan Duckett (CEO and President of Sew What? Inc.) found me on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles, right between 4th and 5th Streets. I had fallen out of my nest and could not possibly get back up there on my own, and this nice lady found me and immediately took me home with her to keep me safe, fatten me up, and spoil me rotten, just as all babies should be! So my job before coming to Sew What? was being a wild baby bird, and apparently I just wasn’t very good at it. I’d much rather be a “kept birdy” with my loving Sew What? family instead!
Do you have a special talent?
I can devour any fruit you put in front of me in a mere few minutes flat (I’m talking HUGE strawberries, melons, blueberries, grapes, apples, and pretty much anything you give me!), and since I’ve learned to clean my own beak on the sides of perch, I can clean myself up lickety split, too.
I also have the voice of an angel, if I do say so myself, and enjoy singing for my colleagues here in the office every morning to help lift everyone’s spirits up. Some have told me it’s the highlight of their day, and I believe it. It’s the least I can do, with this God-given gift of mine. 😉
What is your favorite memory/circumstance/event from being part of the Sew What? family?
My very special 1-year old “Burt-day” Party Bash, of course! My mommy got me a HUGE cake to share with everyone, and they sang (and some even whistled!) a wonderful happy birthday song just for me. I got fresh grapes, strawberries, and a new delicious seed stick that day, too. Just magical!
What is your favorite sports team/TV Show/Book/Movie?
I love watching online cat videos: the ones where the kitties jump up and miss the shelf and slide off to the ground, the ones where they get harassed by little humans, and of course the ones where my distant cousins the mockingbirds and crows chase them all around the yard, dive bombing them away from their nests. Hilarious! Those make me laugh and laugh.
What are some of your hobbies?
I like sitting out front of the office in the safety of my cage, eating my fresh fruit and seeds, swinging in the breeze, feel the Southern California sunshine on my feathers, and singing with some local buds I have in the area. I preen myself to look GOOD, and I also like to show that off as much as possible.
What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging?
I’ve been given many different types of seed sticks since being here at SW, but recently I was given the “mother” of ALL seed sticks. I had to approach it a little differently, come at it at a different angle, and pace myself so I wouldn’t become too exhausted (or too full). It was a truly challenging project, but when I finally finished it I knew that it was worth all the extra work and efforts. It’s always satisfying to finish a big project like that!
Anything more about your time here at SW?
I love that everyone here looks after me so nicely, especially my mommy and my “auntie” Kim Curran (Purchasing Manager). They make sure I’m warm, safe, well fed, and get lots of stimulating toys and activities. Everyone likes to come by and visit me, sing with me, whistle to me, and tell me what a good bird I am.
I mean, I know that I’m a good bird, but it is always nice to hear it.
I sure do love it here. 😉