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My mom mentioned to dad that she'd like the company of an African Grey and within hours he found a classified ad featuring my picture. I was in need of a new home following the health decline of my first and still-loved "Faye & Dale" (I still talk about them and carrying on conversations I used to hear them have). I appreciate the home I have now but I'll always miss my first family..

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Hi! My name is Saber

I am a Congo African Grey from Monmouth, IL.

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23 years old   M

Congo African Grey

Crackers, of course. Almonds, pecans, and grapes are also a hit.

In my human brother's room while he's on his computer. The back of a barstool while the family's eating.

Smaller birds acting like they own the place.

My mom has always treated me with the honor that comes with being The First Parrot; I am greeted first in the morning, fed first in the morning, given the option to socialize outside of my room first.

Is this to be answered by my definition of 'quirky' or my mom's? Come on, what bird would define any of their natural habits as quirky..

Be nice at least until dinner's been served..

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  hi Saber
Hi you still on here I havent heard from you? Give me a shout buddy

Mowgli and mom

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05/27/2014 10:36.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Good morning Saber buddy, from Ms LaLo
Happy hump day Saber and everybody, we are still embracing the little warm up here, but there was a dusting of snow again the morning! It is visiting VA Nurse day, which means I must make all kinds of racket while he is here talking to dad! We have all been fed and watered already, I even got a small amount of mac and cheese, yummo! Life aboard the Pearl is getting very interesting, the whole crew is having a great time! I gotta get back to the ship, give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Pirate LaLo

Come visit me, Ziggy~ I am hanging with my best pal Jenny Lynn, Jen Lynn~I too am entered in the Cowgirl Contest, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Entered in the Cowgirl Contest, Ms LaLo-I'm entered in Queen Chuey's contest-yahoo & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

03/05/2014 08:10.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Hi I posted a new message on my board, have your mom find me on fb lachas53yahoo.com or Cynthia LaChester Miss you.

Mowgli

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03/04/2014 08:32.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Sam Swings In Holding Onto A Rope Like An Invading
....pirate bird! Arrrgghh! HA! Don't mind me, I'm just practicin' for bein' on board the Pearl. I have waited all week fer those mangey dogs to re-establish the Dallas' pages! So, instead, I've gone ahead & posted the lengthy prelude story on the Pirate Pearl Page! I hope ye will go to there (#227001) & sign up for duty! We needs smart birds like yerself part of our crew! Sam stabs Saber's vote button & gives him a salute of respect. Thank ye kindly fer yer services the other night. We's quite proud of yer performance. Your timin' with the detonator was just pure artistry. Ye must be learnin' some things from yer new page mate, Art Alex. Times a wastin' so I better swing off now. Ye be one of the best, SaberBird! Sam takes a running jump & grabs his rope with such force that it & him disappear to another page with Sam yelling his loudest, "AAARRRRR" & pointing his direction with his sword.

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02/07/2014 12:47.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Mowgli here checking in, I'm doing I learned a new song
Yangy Doodle. Being cold here mom saying were going to have snow but told her she aint putting on skis on me. Hope you and your flock are staying safe, miss talking to you. By the way can your mom email my mom ay lachas53@yahoo.com. She says she lost your mom's email address. Stay in touch.

Mowgli and Mom Cindy

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02/04/2014 11:57.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday Saber
Wishing you a special Hatchday getting to do the things you love - one of which is eating. I've heard you're about the best eater.
You are one of the first members of the McFlock. Enjoy your day!
Gramma in Co with lots of snow !

Sylvia, Florissant, CO.

02/02/2014 10:32.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Saber! How Are You? You Aren't Goin' To...
...believe this but it really has happened. What A Strange Day. And It Started With A Cat! Mom was all snuggled into her nice bed, one of those Temperpedic Beds that has a remote control to make the head part go up & down & also the feet/legs go up & down. She was peacefully sleeping & minding her own business when CooCoo Kitty CocoPuff steps on the remote…BOTH buttons at the same time & the bed starts to fold Mom up like a sandwich! Her sleeping on her side & having a bad back, well, she woke up wondering, “WHAT THE HEY?!!” She looked over to see CocoPuff, with an evil grin I imagine, standing there all innocent looking. She was lookin’ at Mom like, “Wha? I haven’t done anything!” Well, the bed moves fast & even though Mom pushed her off the remote that was setting on her nightstand, her back was hurt. Today, Mom would like to present the letter “V”. Yep. That’s her cracked back there at the pointy part! The rest of the day Mom sat with me & nursed her back with ice packs & heating pads. She’d growl at CooCooPuff when she’d stroll by with that smirk on her face. BOY, would I have LOVED to fly after her & give her fluffy tail a real good BITE!! No, I didn’t do it. Mom was already stressed out with the pain so I didn’t make her feel worse. No, I loved on her & sang her the new song she introduced to me a couple of weeks ago. Heehee! It’s about Satellites! Hope you have a nice evening. Hugs for all, SamIAm

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01/19/2014 09:53.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Saber!
It's been a sunny Sunday here at my house & that's really a good thing because there's been so much rain that it has left giant puddles all over Mom's lawn & even into the woods!!

My day started with those warm sunbeams coming in my window which made me VERY happy! Then Mom began breakfast & today was so nice that she decided to pull out some blueberries & make some blueberry pancakes, turkey sausage, & for her mate, over easy eggs. Mom had made me a special pancake! She made mine with just cinnamon & my blueberries I got to eat on the side. They were really sweet. I just kinda tore up my pancake & threw it at CocoPuff. She seemed to like it fair enough!

Later on, Mom spent the day playing with me & she was teaching me my colors like she used to do when I was just a wee young one. I remember VERY well! And I also have learned that I have Mom wrapped around my finger! To reward me with a fun treat (not really a treat but some of my pellets by Pretty Bird...they're for African parrots & they're colorful) When I'd get a color correct, Mom would give me a pellet of that color. Then she was teaching me "pink". She had some yogurt burst strawberry cheerios to reward me with when I'd say pink at the right time. Well, I started ignoring all the other colored items & would pick only the pink ones!! Then I just kept saying PINK PINK PINK PINK!!! Mom said it was a "pink attack" & let me have my snack of PINK cheerios!! Heehee! I did get to eat all my red & orange pellets, too. Which I like those before either the green or yellow ones. A few days from now, I will like the green & yellow ones and leave all the red & orange ones. Mom says I'm a bit bonkers about colors. And it definitely is a "mood" kinda thing!

I do hope you had a greyt day too. I better get going. Mom thinks I'm asleep but I've snuck out! See ya later! Hugs to all, SamIAm

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01/12/2014 09:43.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Fellow Grey Bird!
Good evening greetings to you, Saber. I have had an exceptional day today. Yes, we are still cold but certainly NOT as cold as it was a couple of days ago. Nope. But we are a lot wetter than then, that’s for sure! I’m totally AOK with that since those clouds act like a blanket keeping the heat in.

Today, Mom & I did some serious work! She was working on a pile of mail that I was able to shred up for her! No one will be stealing any of Mom’s personal info if I can help it! I don’t need any info on myself so Mom should do without it, too!

We soon stopped to have a little lunch which I was invited to dine with Mom as well! I was so excited at this turn of events that I flew over to the island’s bar stools & demanded some food & drink. Soon, I got a fruit salad with chopped up nuts in it with shredded coconut to top it off! Mom was enjoying her salad too, & when I saw she had an almost whole almond in her mouth, I quickly fluttered to her shoulder, climbed onto her front collar &….BOINK! I stole her almond & flew away with it! Mom was so surprised! I flew just a short ways to the top of my cage where I dined well on my hard won prize! Mom told me I was a stinker for stealing her almond! We both laughed at it all. Mom wasn’t mad at me, but boy, was she SURPRISED!! You’d think I was going to take a piece of her lip or something!!??

We finished our lunch & we began to clean my cage. Mom just did it the day before yesterday but it needed another once over today. You see, while it was the coldest day, so far, with that arctic vortex on top of our heads, I decided it was time for a bath!! Mom was having a small tizzy fit over a little water but it all worked out fine.

Hope your day was a good one, too! Hugs, SamIAm

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01/09/2014 09:36.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy New Year, Saber! Mine Really Has Started...
...with a BANG!! It began when Mom's neighbor had saved a special rocket that was suppose to have been lit with his finale the night before. He saved one just so he could shoot something off again. As this guy lights up the rocket, it misfires! Instead of going up it comes barreling over to Mom's house where we were all watching from the back deck! There were people screaming, cats caterwauling, birds flying & feathers being strewn all over the place as a rocket came sizzling right through our crowd! Mom screamed as she watched me riding backwards on the top of that rocket & fly off into the night!! I had to hang on for dear life! My feathers were being blown backwards, too, & I sure lost a bunch of them! I finally got my self turned around & had to inch forward as it jerked all over the place!! That fizzling torch that was shooting out the back had me worried it was going to explode any minute!! What a scare this was but I had to keep my head (literally) if I was going to get out of this mess! By wrapping my legs & talons around its barrel body, I would lean hard to the right or left & actually be able to control it somewhat. I leaned hard right & steered it back to what I thought would be my home.

Not long, here I came like a shooting comet, & Mom, family, & neighbors began running in all directions again! That rocket soon started to fizzle out & there was NO CONTROLLING it then!! I held on as tight as I could but the slower it got, the more erratic it became! It began it's downward descent somewhere in the back woods of Mom's property! I saw some trees back there where the Scruffy Birds like to hang out in & bailed as that rocket sputtered past!! Thank goodness Meadowlark & Marty caught me! We all watched until we couldn't see that rocket's smoke anymore. BUT THEN, it crashed into something & a large explosion shook the tree we were in & everything around us!!

Mom was running towards us calling for me. She was so pale!! I thanked the Scruffy Birds & flew over to Mom. We were BOTH shaking. Mom hurried us in because of the big black smoke that was coming up from where that rocket crashed! All the birds had taken flight when the explosion happened except for Meadowlark & Marty Mockingbird. They took off soon because of that nasty smoke. Turned out it burned a neighbor's garage & race car that he kept in there, to the ground!! Those folks weren't even home. Good thing, too, that fella most likely would have been in his garage working like he always is.

As me & Mom got inside the house, we could hear the sirens & fire engines coming to put out the fire! It was a crazy day yesterday! One of the craziest that have happened in our neighborhood since...FOREVER!!

Today, me & Mom just snuggled a lot & are very happy I made it home in one piece. That's why I'm so THRILLED to be alive & able to come say "hello"! Today will be our start to the New Year. Hugs & Pardon the charred feathers, SamIAm

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01/02/2014 01:54.06 PM Report This Comment  
  hi
Hi Saber sounds like you had a time, mom spent time with me on Christmas eve but sad to work Christmas day. Send mom your email again lachas53@ yahoo.com what do you mean they are taking our page away? That's not good moms not happy but she has a facebook page Let me know
Will miss you Saber
Mowgli and Mom

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12/27/2013 10:33.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Merry Christmas Saber! It's Been Truly Wonderful!
It has been a greyt Christmas Day, so far! I was watching to see if Mom was going to burn the Christmas roast or not! Heeheehee! Not because she's a bad cook but because there are so many distractions! As good as these "distractions" are, they still make her not pay attention to what she's doing! I can't help but laugh!

I had a special stocking of my very own today! Mom had hung it on the fireplace for Santa Birdy's visit. It has MY name on it & also an African grey on it, too! It was an awesome gift from Ceasaur & his good Momma that I have one at all! They gave it to me last year. To me, that was enough because it was filled with some cool shreadable foot toys, a cotton perch with a big fuzzy knot at the end & some mixed nuts! Mom is trying to introduce me to some walnuts that she helped crack a little bit. I think these walnuts are too big for me. They maybe extra jumbo sized because they're as big as my head! I could bowl quite successfully with a few strategic holes drilled in specific places!

This year Mom didn't ask for anything for herself. She just wanted stuff that is to help take care of me. She's been asking for a long time but she wasn't taken seriously. This year she was! WE both got a digital scale that is for measuring birds or if Mom takes off the perch, it can measure food or small packages or letters! That came from her daughter Shanna! The other big gift is a travel cage that can be taken apart & stored flat! Mom is wanting it put together so I will be getting used to it. This would be a way she could take me outside but not restrained just here on the deck. It weighs only 15lbs. & she'll be able to walk me around the yard! I'll be able to go swing with Mom or sit on the bench in the front garden with her or just enjoy the back deck if we want to! I will even be able to go places in the car, too! It's so exciting but scary at the same time!

As nice as all that was, my favorite part of the day is that shortly after all the gifts were opened, Mom's mate had to elevate his leg & apply the ice. That means to his bed he goes for about 2 to 3 hrs. Today he was forgoing those exercises that just seem to make him hurt all the time. Thank goodness! Anyway, Mom took me out so I could cringe at all the new stuff I got today. Heehee, isn't that what greys are supposed to do? Must keep up the good front after all. I was out and I peeped at Mom. She looked at me & I held up my foot to invite her to pick me up & she did! I could hear her heart beating so fast from her wrist! I walked up to near her shoulder & put my head down for scritches. Mom gave me good scritches for close to an hour!! I would lay down my head & my eyes rolled back! Mom said she wished she had a picture of me to show everybody but why waste the special time? It was our "Christmas time" together...just me & her.

I hope your Christmas has been exciting, too! Big hugs to all, SamIAm

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12/25/2013 05:22.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Buddy Saber
Hi posted a message on my site, hope you and flock ate doing good give your mom a good beaky kiss.


Mowgli and Mom

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12/11/2013 06:11.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber... Angel Lee-Roial here
I would like to thank you very much for the hatchday wishes and for leaving me a vote which made me BOTD the next day. How awesome is that to party two days in a row! There were so many angels there celebrating with me, but I have to let you in on a secret. Well, it won’t be a secret after I tell you. I miss mom and the rest of my flock so much on these special days. I miss you too. I still remember you as Sheba and I will never forget you. I never knew you as Saber. That is just so strange that we both were DNA`ed and changed. Of course, WE knew all the time. I know Mom has been having a rough time too. For some crazy reason she went back in time, to the day I first came to the Bridge. She never really read all the messages – she couldn’t because she would break down every time she tried. Well, this time, she decided to read them all. I was there with her, doing what I could to console her, but she cried her heart out like when I first left her. The message from Rosalie to Mom was the start of it all. It was so beautifully written… She thought, imagine if we had Bird Channel taken from us and I never got to read all those beautiful messages to me. Mom somehow remembered that it must have been me that sent those baby greys to her to be taken care of, and she tiptoed into the bird room and got Leroy out of his cage, even though it was night, and she snuggled with him until the wee hours, and he seemed to know and understand she needed him. Well, I just want to say thank you again for remembering me. I was not around for all that long, but I remember all of you so well, and I miss you all. I have so much more to say but time here is limited. Love from Lee-Roial

Come visit me, Leroy, Little Bit & Chloe - Thank you everybirdy!!, Gizmo - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Max, Jasper - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Micky - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, PEPPER-Thanks for BOTM!, TiPaul - Who was 8000??? Who will be vote 9000?, Floop - Thanks for BOTD!, Marley - Thanx everybirdy 4 BOTD Carrot cake 4 all, Zak - Thank you everybirdy for BOTD! & Lee-Roial RIP - Thanks for remembering me..

11/12/2013 10:05.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber! I Know Your Typist Is Busier Than Ever
....but I wanted you to know I was thinking about the birds of the McFarm!

Somebirdy turned on the ultra BRIGHT LIGHT today! After almost a week of dull cloudy & drizzly skies, this morning it was bright blue with a sunshiny happy faced sun outside! The later the day goes on, the brighter it's getting!! Me & Mom are in need of sunglasses in the house!

This morning was an equally yummy breakfast. Whole grain waffles with blueberry spread. Mom sprinkled some crushed nuts on top for protein. I liked it very much!

Hope you are having some fun! Mom tried out a cardboard box for me. A very small one! But I headed for the hills. I peeked from around my piñata & watched Mom tear it a bit, acting like she just loved it. That's fine with me. She can HAVE it. Mom says I need another bird to teach me how to have fun. It is very hard for her, an old human, to teach me how I should be having fun.

I have started jumping on my piñata & swinging around while I attack it & shred it very violently! I haven't told Mom I'm in training for the Pirate Pearl & that's my dummy for fighting with!! She wouldn't understand. In fact, she'd probably take it down if she knew!! And I DON'T KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN???? Sheesh!

I hope you & your flock are having a swinging good time today, too! Hugs for all, SamIAm

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10/20/2013 09:28.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello SaberTooth! How's The McFarm Doing With The
....new fids on the block? I hope all is going well enough for our Aunt Eva to be mending up strong & true! I know she must be missing them a lot. Mom sure misses me when we're not together. But to take ALL of us pets away might make her nutzo! In fact, I'm positive it would make her nutzo! And she's mighty close to that margin as it is! Yep!

Yes, Mom has made that attempt to get a picture of me on my bird stand. It is made of dragon wood! Mom lived for 7yrs in Miami & never once ever heard of a tree or shrub called "dragon wood". Now, it seems since she has been interested in birds, this dragon wood is a good thing to have for birds. So, she was surprised when the young man who was selling these bird stands & pieces of dragon wood at the Bird Show in Orlando(yep, some years ago) that he had a tree in his yard and that he had lots of this wood that he had to routinely trim & prune from his tree! Of course, it wasn't the one pruning that all his wares were produced from but of him collecting them up. Mom was amazed by that & wants to SEE a dragon wood tree.

Do you think the planets are aligned perfectly for Mom to get a picture of me on my stand in the living room? It could happen I guess! I think you & Art would think this was nothing but peanuts to get on. I was but a baby bird when I was introduced to my first play stand. I loved it so much & I've been pitching a fit to have it instead of this googlely monster. Where did it go? It was deemed unsafe by the Madre. She said I had torn it up so good that I had wobbled the base of it off the stand where it exposed the nails!! Not good, she said, throw it in the pile outside to be burned she said. Up in flames my beautiful play stand went. I was NOT amused. I've never forgiven her for that so, I refuse to make this easy. I'm stubborn & proud of it.

See ya later, Saber-gator! I'm gonna squawk at Art-Alex now. Hugs to all, SamIAm

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10/17/2013 12:17.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Evening Another Monday Down & A New Week
....to begin anew! Will we get something done around here? It is to laugh I'm afraid! Mom took on a real nasty project. Now that she finally got her mate to remove the cast iron stove that was nestled on her hearth for over 20 years & 15 yrs of that, not able to use it, she began dry brushing/scrubbing some of that black burnt stuff off the sides. An unfortunate occurrence while having that stove hooked up, wasps had a way of finding themselves into our home via the chimney even though the flue would be close & all the inserts pieces as flush as they could be. But the chimney is made out of stone & no rock ever found a straight edge that they argeed with. So the wasps would get in & hound the living. Yep. Mom's allergic to those, too. Mom's mate found another item to add to keep those flying flaming stingers out by adding a bit more solid structure & caulking it to the bumpy rock edges. Worked great! But taking that caulking off the walls of the empty fireplace has been terrible but Mom is making progress.

It's a fair size fireplace. To get the leverage Mom needs to scrape at this mess, she has to sit right in there. It's pretty hard on old bones! I have been invited to watch all of this & I did sitting on my new bird stand. Yes. I actually got on it in a different room. Seems to turn into a googlely thousand armed monster if it's anywhere NEAR my cage, but to have in a different room, then it's a great place to perch & preen. I stayed on it for close to 45minutes today! New world's record for this bird! I soon grew bored of all the scraping & flew back to my cage. Mom has made me a cup full of colorful water bottle caps. She filled one of my play gym cups with nothing but those things. The other bowl she filled about 1/3rd the way with water. When she returned I was so PROUD!! I had put every one of those caps into the water dish. Mom found me holding one, drinking the water out of it then...FLING it at the tall part of my cage & they go bouncing off the bars in every direction. Mom's still picking up bottle caps. If ya flick them with your foot just right, they sail off like a frisbee! It is just GREYT!

See ya tomorrow! Hugs, SamIAm

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10/14/2013 10:07.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Mom said it wasnt to bad, but I did heard The wind and rain hitting the window. We had a hotter summer and longer then usual, but mom says she is getting ready for winter, she said we will snow this year of course I dont know what that is. Mom says ITA white and cold.

I send some rain your way we have had way to much.
Take care enjoy the sunshine if your getting it.

Mowgli and Mom

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09/30/2013 11:02.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Well...Isn't That Something. Having re-read My...
....blog to you on the 28th, I see where I said, "tomorrow was even more promising" It truly was at that, more promising, because I won BOTD. Didn't bet on squawk-a-tiels crashing the party but it did allow Mom to take care of business with her sister.

Did she tell you, they seemed to have lost her sister?? Mom didn't like that one bit! When she finally found her, the hospital was tending to her breathing. Mom has the same thing happen to her when she goes under. It takes more work to keep those lungs clear after all that medicine they use to put the humans out with. Her sister has had two surgeries in her lifetime. This one being the second so they didn't know that she'd have a reaction to that kind of medicine. There are whisperings of her maybe coming home today but that will be when the doctor finally comes to sign the release forms.

I do wonder if they are going to release her like Aunt Arlene does when they release the well wildlife. It maybe the same way for humans! I would like to think so.

It has just dawned on me, used to be me & Gizmo would have our BOTD's together or very close anyway. That's what is missing. I knew something didn't feel exactly right. That's probably what it is. I'm not seeing his smiling beak around this special time we shared together. Drats! It's alright. I know he's having a greyt time where he is.

I'll cheep with you later, Saber. I usually post "squawk" but I've had my fill of those buzzards in disguise. Hugs to all, SamIAm

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09/30/2013 10:57.42 AM Report This Comment  
  WoW!! What A Ordeal THAT Was Taking On ArtAlex!!
It was like watching 2 colossal Sumo Wrestlers going at it! Beak to beak! Talon to talon! Quite intimidating but OH SO COOL!!!

Happy Saturday to YOU!! Today I watched Mom doing laundry & I was playing with my plastic water lid. Mom had to change my papers yesterday after I made them into paper mache
She had just done that when she cleaned my cage but she did it again, then today, DID IT AGAIN!!! Mom told me I was a pain in her tail feathers! She must tuck them into her pants or something because I've never seen her feathers before! How odd!

She also was muttering about the "3 Strikes your out" law? I didn't even know she played baseball!! Maybe I better be more careful with my plastic lid floating around & drinking the water from it. It seems to make Mom a bit on edge. Maybe I should offer her some & share with her like she shares with me. That may make her happier about the water going every where.

I heard her talking to her sister on the phone today. Her sister is gonna have some surgery to take out something something and then get to go home soon afterwards! This must be a big deal because Mom was whooping & jumping for joy! It must be so greyt to have whatever that is taken out of a human! They seem to think it's a good thing! I for one, don't want any one or anybirdy taking anything out of me! They will get such a BITE!

Hope you've had a wonderful Saturday. Tomorrow is even more promising! Hugs to all, SamIAm

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09/28/2013 08:54.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Evening Saber!
It's been a crazy day, today! I began by celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day on the FB. So many started talking back that we were kinda swamped by folks who obviously like that sort of thing. Anyway, try as I might, I couldn't get my pirate picture to load on the BC! I wasted too much time & then it was swimming time & making dinner for Mom. I would have fed her the bird way but when I'd go to bring some grub up for her, she'd run off saying "No thanks! You keep that right with you!!" So unappreciated! I was highly insulted. I don't do that for just anybody! Sheesh!

Well, have yourself a restful evening. Tonight is the harvest moon. It is so bright outside & it's the middle of the night!

See ya later! Hugs to all, SamIAm

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09/19/2013 10:51.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Mom is my favorite, but I think pops is ok. Sometimes he's not sure of me, cause I give him that Grey look, hee hee. Jetta

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09/19/2013 12:47.05 AM Report This Comment  
  It Has Come To Our Attention That Anything....
....involving foxes tends to always be a bit strange. While looking for fox sounds on the YouTube, we found one where there was a pair, either a mated pair, or they were siblings, on a trampoline!! They were jumping & running around on it having a very good time. It was a very good thing that the home owner video taped them doing that because no one would have believed it!! Especially ME!!! But now I see them as a "wild" animal that seems to be caught between domesticated & wild. Not being completely one or the other!

More videos showed foxes that were able to get into the house through the doggie door. A teenage boy kept telling his parents a fox was coming to his bed at night & waking him up! When he'd be fully awakened, the fox would run away. The parents naturally thought their son was suffering from too much stress from school & he was dreaming this encounter, which had happened many times! So, borrowing some of his friends video cameras, he set up 3 of them. One in the kitchen where it entered through the doggie door. Another at the base of the stairs where it videoed the fox going straight up those stairs to the bedrooms of the house. The 3rd was on his night stand or desk but it had a clear view of the doorway & bed. Without much hesitation the fox jumped up on the bed from the foot then very slowly crept up to the boy's FACE!! He didn't bite. But he did sniff around which this is what woke him up. As soon as he stirred, like a shot that fox was off the bed, down those stairs, and exiting through the doggie door!

That would end ANY doggie doors at our house. Those foxes know how to break & enter better than any cat burglar! Both of those behaviors are so very odd! They seem to want to play with cats & dogs. They want some interaction with humans but not be "petted" by humans, like that is beneath them. It is truly a mystery. That is what we're sticking with anyways.

They seem to make many different noises. It just depends on what is going on.

Hope you had a splendid day with Miss LaLo & Miss Jenny. See ya around, SamIAm

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09/18/2013 10:04.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
We ALL get a lot of attention, but for some unknown reason, I get more than I need at times. Maybe if I dummy up a little, he'll think I don't want to learn, hee hee. Jetta

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09/14/2013 01:16.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Saber!
Hey, Wha's Up?

Well, it looks like Mom is lots better today. She was in a lot of pain yesterday but she listened to her body, rested, and today she's like a new person. I'm starting to think she might be one of those Pod People or something! Nobody does that kind of turn around in a single 24 hrs., do they? It is a good thing just the same.

There are some of you who've been asking what I mean by "What the fox says". It's just a new video on the YouTube that for once isn't a nasty concoction of human stuff. Some of you may have seen or even play with some human toys that teach young children about animals & the sounds they make. Like farm animals or even animals in the wild. That is sort of what this is all about. But, hey, they're from Norway or something like that. The group is Ylvis. I think that's Norwegian for "Elvis". So, add your own accent on the name and you get "Ylvis". They don't know what the fox says but we do because we've heard them, seen them, observe them. The song is in reference to 'red foxes'. The predominate fox we have is the 'grey fox' which is a native species of the Americas. They are surviving the invasion of coyotes because they are able to climb trees. Yep. And we've seen them do so as they chase squirrels & usually can outsmart them. The red fox is not so lucky in the coyote department because they CAN'T climb trees. The coyotes are eating them. I would imagine that means the rabies factor has just gone up in the coyote population.

Are you wondering how the red foxes came to our continent? Those crazy Englishmen from long ago, just had to have their fox hunts & so would bring them over to the "Colonies" back in the day. As if there wasn't anything to chase around here!!! As you can imagine, the English weren't so good at catching the red foxes & they began to live very successfully here in the USA. They have even cross-bred with some of the grey foxes but if they don't have the type of claws grey foxes have, they still can't escaped from predators like the coyote.

If you like to hear some fox calls, they are on the YouTube also. They can put a cold chill down one's back if you don't know what you're hearing. Lots of you may have already heard a fox but just didn't know it.

SamIAm keeping his ears opened & alert! See ya later, taters! Hugs, SamIAm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE

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09/13/2013 12:24.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello From Oregon
Hi Buddy Saber, it sounds like you are having fun with your new McFlock member, mom says it sounds like he will fit in just fine cause he knew your house already which is a good thing. Sorry to hear about his dad though. I'm learning a new Bach song called Ol' to Joy, Little Shey has it almost down, me I'm taking my time. But I have the Cop song down good. Mom taught me to sing that one but she changed the words, "Bad Bird, Bad Bird what you going to do when they come for you" At the end I say "Hi I'm Mowg and your Busted" HEHEHE I love it.
It's been hot here to but mom says were going to have a bad winter this year. Will see how that comes out, cause I worry about mom driving in the snow.
Hope you get to enjoy the summer some more. You take care I'm glad you got a chance to yell at me!!

Your Friend,
Mowgli and Mom Cindy

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09/12/2013 09:00.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Me thinks that the old man has got to get a 'LIFE'. He has been working me very hard, and believe it or NOT, I finally mastered the first line of our new song he want's me to learn. BUT, as hard as he tries, so far, not a word of the second line. I know, your asking what the first line is, ok here goes:

Ohhhhhhhhhh, say can you seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Maybe a little more time and I'll try the next line.

You should hear me sing:

Bad Bird, Bad Bird,
What cha gonna do
when they come for you.

Jetta

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09/11/2013 12:05.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Evening Saber!
Hi there! I just wanted to come by to let the Silver Sluggers know that it was a true honor to play Birdy Bazbol with you this year! It took a lot of work, grit, & determination to make our team advance the way that it did. I am very proud of each & every one of you! I feel I learned from you as well! Let's remember those grueling workouts & practices with fondness. We all made some funny mistakes or practical jokes in the locker room. Even though we worked hard to better ourselves, we had a good time doing it. At least, I did.

Our Reserve Birds were the best a team could have & knocked our socks off several times with their talents! They, too, did an extraordinary job this season!

I just want to say thank you for being the best bunch of grey birds a coach could ever ask for. I don't know what next season will bring. If they ask ole' Sam to be a coach again, I think the answer will be "yes" if you greyt grey birds will play along with me! I will look forward to it for sure! Thanks again to Angel, Caden, Cu-Bird, Jetta, LaLo, Lucky, Napoleon, Oki, Pepper, Poppy, Saber, & last but certainly not least, TiPaul.

Please forgive my tardiness of sending this end of season blog. Due to family emergency out of town, Mom just didn't have time because she had to prepare for my needs & pack herself for a possible extended stay. Which the extended part extended way too long for MY liking! But she's back & now is trying to catch up with me & those things around the house that won't find themselves completed unless Mom does them.

My hope is for your happiness always as we start into the fall. Can you believe it's already September!! It is true what they say, time flies when you're having fun!

Big Hugs
SamIAm, Coach, Captain, & Friend.

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09/09/2013 10:16.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Well, I think you are dapper ... Mr GQ! I know you'll find the right derby hat. Thanks for the countdown ... too funny! I think my mom is getting to your mom ... LOL!
Hugs
Chyna

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09/08/2013 09:54.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Thanks for stopping by. I was very surprised to see my face on the main page. Jetta

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09/08/2013 01:21.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Oh I can just picture you in your derby hat looking so GQ! I can't wait to see you in the contest.
Hugs
Chyna

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09/07/2013 10:10.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey there Saber!
Sam returns an arrow that he found in his vote button. Mom's just about unpacked since she's been doing that in between the stuff around the house that has been waiting for her. The main one is ME!! Yep.

I turned into mush when Mom finally got back into town. I was going to be very fierce & show her I'm a SCARY bird but I was just giddy with joy when I saw her walk up the side door stairs calling out to me, "Sammy, I'm home!" I danced back & forth. I was bobbing my head like some Metallica fan! Then I'd remind myself I was MAD at her & I'd fly to my cage top. Then I'd give her my back for about 5 seconds, the whole time looking back at her. She became all contrite & sad looking which made me fly over to her. I was rubbing my head on her cheek & neck. Enjoying scritches & kisses! I WAS SO WEAK!!!

Then again, I would fly back to my cage & give her my back. I was looking over my shoulder at her as if I maybe saying, "You see this back? That's ALL you'll be seeing for awhile of ole' SamIAm." Then like a goof, I'd fly right back to her!! I was torn with conflicting emotions.

Mom was a bit surprised that I wanted all that hands on stuff. That's really not like me at all! Mom has noticed I've been practicing my talk. I've actually started using pronouns! Like, "I like cornbread". Then today, Mom was washing down my cage & perches & all my toys, etc. I kept going in & out of my cage like I was wanting to be outside with Mom but then I'd go back inside. At first, Mom thought she was hearing things but I said it about 5 times! It's what Mom says to the 2 kitties that go outside, "Go on, GET OUT" Yep, I said that to Mom when she was washing some of the inside bars of my cage. Mom laughed & said I'd have to be doing my OWN cleaning if I didn't mind my manners. Sheesh. Who's king of his nest? I AM! I must admit that it looks pretty good now that she's done that. Maybe I'm just a little partial.

Thanks for coming by! Say hi to Art for me, too! Hugs for all, SamIAm

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09/07/2013 09:39.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Mowgli here got a chance type for me, mom got a chance to go something she called a vacation and stayed with Carol, I was good, but missed my mom she gone a whole 12 days but after she got back she has been very busy but she has been spending time with me too. Hope your summer has been good.

Mowgli and Mom

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08/30/2013 10:21.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Saber & Art Alex
Thanks for coming by with the archery demonstration! That was really cool! Mom will be coming home next week! I'm so excited that she'll be here soon!! She'll leave Tuesday & be home Wednesday afternoon!

Today was a greyt day for Mom's sister. She went for the follow up visit & she had a greyt check up. She has a clean bill of health & she's healing up very well! Mom, Nanny, & sister celebrated with a movie & lunch out. It's a good reason for a celebration!

Thanks again for coming by. It was some shot you made! Hugs, SamIAm

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08/30/2013 08:32.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber,

It's Oz, the Pink Too. I was just congratulating your Brother so I thought I would stop and say Hello and give you a vote handsome. I'm glad you found another great Forever Home. Bye for now.

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08/27/2013 05:36.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber! I've Been Here Earlier But My Blog....
...was devoured. Thanks for posting our last game on the Team's Page. I tried to have Mom c/p it but things are different on this iPad mini that she's using. She has yet to learn where that is. Thank goodness for pals like you!

Yeah, I'm sorry we didn't win against those Tiel Terrors. They were just too tough for us. I wish we could have done better & been in the playoffs.

Mom's been working hard by keeping the ice packs coming in 20 minutes on 20 minutes off using the timer on her iPad mini. Consistency has made a big difference & Mom's sister didn't have the bad swelling they predicted for this morning! We were hoping this meant fast healing for the rest of her time here. The follow up office visit will be Aug. 30th. Since that's the beginning of Labor Day weekend, Mom will leave on the 4th & be home on the 5th.

Mom's been missing me like crazy as well as all of you on the BC. Take care. Hugs, SamIAm

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08/17/2013 09:41.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Saber! Mom Will Have to Leave To
...help her sister with her 4th surgery. This, hopefully, will be her last one because they will have the pathologist on hand to look over what the oncology surgeon will be taking off. No more waiting on results from Birmingham. The state pathologist will be in the operating room checking things out as they happen. They are taking some skin grafts from her back to reconstruct the eyelid. That's why the surgery was rescheduled so the pathologist can be there at the time of surgery. Mom doesn't know how long the healing time will be and surely there will be a office visit to see how it is healing up. Mom's leaving Tuesday, sleeping over in Atlanta, then resuming the drive on Wednesday. It will only be 3 hours after leaving Atlanta. A nice drive through the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains that go into the northern part of Alabama. It looks so beautiful in there. More like Tennessee than Alabama! It does have the Tennessee River running through those parts, too!

It's SATURDAY! HOORAY!! I've had breakfast with Mom! That was toast & blackberry jelly! Yummy! Then she had a little egg. And I mean very little because I ate most of it! heehee! Mom forgot she lets me out AFTER her breakfast because no matter what she's eating, I have to have it! Hey, I'm the official taster! Can't chance those cats putting a hairball in Mom's stuff on purpose! They're that devious! I'm just being….hmm…PROTECTIVE!!! That's the ticket! I'm protecting her from all that food! Chomp! Slurp!

Mom is muttering about something or someone who won't get to have any meals with HER again! She must be talking about her mate! I'm SURE that's what it is!

Well, Mom resumes preparing for her trip & I'm gonna help her clean up some places in the house. There are these boxes I'd like to explore! hmmmm….This is just the sort of assignment I could tear into… heehee….if you get my meaning! Busy busy, that's me!

See you later! Have a wonderful Saturday! Hugs to all, SamIAm

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08/10/2013 10:22.27 AM Report This Comment  
  What AWESOME Team Work You Did With Nappy Today!!!
You were amazing, Saber!! I just wanted to come by and thank you all for performing like a pro-team!! You give 110% & this coach appreciates all your efforts & talents! You really are a greyt baseball bird, Saber!


Mom has been a bit diverted today with her trying to be with me and doing the things her mate wanted her to do today. It's been a busy kind of day.

She says thank you for the WIN today over a very tough team! She knows about the Amazon Rainforest Raiders! They are tough as nails and she really thought we'd have a very tough time to even keep up with them. She thinks of us as little babies and well, that's hard to change her impression of us gray birds!! She's always wanting to "baby" us. But I think I made a big impression as well as all of the team, that we're more than most folks bargain for when we put our minds to it!

Thanks again for being the bestests team a bird could ever want! GO SILVER SLUGGERS....AWAY!!! Sam acts like his riding a horse like the Lone Ranger and pretend gallops away!!

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08/07/2013 06:25.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey! Hey! What'd Ya Say!?
We have a game tomorrow, Wednesday, August 7th, against those forceful & rugged Rainforest Raiders! It has dawned on me, my team mates, that ALL these hummingbirds whizzing around here just maybe "Rainforest Raiders", too! Gathering intel for those rascally Amazon Raiders! There's no convincing Mom that there's a possible connection, so I've made sure NOT to leave my notes out in plain site! I've been studying all the films of their baseball games looking for ANY errors or bad habits we may take advantage of! They're few & far between but nobirdy is perfect. See you early for some practice/warm-up before the game! Get plenty of sleep & a big breakfast to fuel your strong bodies & minds! It's time to show them why we're PROUD to be the Silver Sluggers. By the way, let's win this one for my Mom, it's her birthday & I don't know of anything else she'd rather have than a "WIN" for our team! LET'S GO SILVER SLUGGERS!!!
Who's got the Silver Slugger spirit? Coach SamIAm!

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08/06/2013 12:23.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Saber
Mowgli here, Yep still sing my song, mom got a chance to go on a vacation, she said she was going to Amsterdam where ever that is, so I got to stay at sister Carol's but being good.
Keep up the good work with bugging your mom, we have to keep them on their toe nails. Mom called and she made it there ok today and got to hear her voice. I had to remind carol to put the tv on cops today by signing the song, can you believe it she wasnt going to put it on. But I changed her mind. Talj to you later, mom says Hello.

Mowgli and mom

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08/05/2013 12:25.39 PM Report This Comment  
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