Visitors to the beach at Grayton may notice an unusual sight some days.
They may see a blue and gold Macaw riding onto the beach on top of a pick-up truck. Her name is Clarise.
Clarise is a regular visitor to Grayton's beach, coming whenever her owner, Judi Good, can bring her.
While Good socializes and talks about all the local goings on, Clarise takes it all in and is usually the center of attention.
It's a bird's life.
But when the bird has had enough, she says to Good, "Bye, bye!"
"That means she is ready to go," Good said with a laugh.
Clarise has not always been as social as she is now, however.
Good met Clarise when the bird was 6 months old in a store she worked at in Atlanta. Good was drawn to Clarise because the store could not handle her.
"She had a behavioral problem and was mean," said Good.
But after working with her for a year and a half, the two became attached to each other and Clarise became sweet to Good.
Good took Clarise home when she was 3.
Good said the now 17-year-old bird is the friendliest bird she has ever known and has her own Facebook page.
"I socialized her when she was young and she likes everybody, especially females," said Good.
Clarise can say 24 different words, with her favorites being "hi" and "bye, bye."
"The girls don't talk as well as the boys," explained Good.
But Clarisse recently learned two new ones -- plane and water.
"She loves water and sunsets," said Good.
Good used to take her to the beach three or four times a week, but with a new job, these days she only gets there once or twice a week. But when she goes, in addition to riding in on top of the pick-up, to beachgoers delight, you may see Clarise riding her boogie board or out with Good in the kayak.
And, one day a week, Clarise gets to go to work with Good at the 331 Beach Bar below Borago's.