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We met at the store and we bonded instantly. We wanted to be sure about our decision so left without purchasing her right away. When we returned the third time and saw she was not in the store, we figured it was not the time or the right bird for us...BUT... She wasn't feeling good and the vet had her moved to the back room where it was more quiet. We continued to visit often while she was recuperating and grew to love her more every visit. Once she got the OK, we were able to take her home and she continues to thrive!.

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Hi! My name is Molly

I am an Umbrella Cockatoo from St Charles, IL.

"chicken" and "Blushes"

7 years old   F

Umbrella Cockatoo

Almonds in the shell and fresh green beans

Play perch in front of window and snuggled in somebody's neck for TV time each evening

When the dogs come around and disturb MY personal cuddling time

They take me all around the house to do so many different things with them, and know when I like to have my rest time in the afternoons.

When I want attention, I've perfected the sweetest "Mmmmmm? and either get a greeting back or they come and GET ME!!! HAH!.

***"HOW DO!!"***.

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  Hi Queen Molly
Congratulations on botd.I hope you had a great time at the castle and in the spotlight. Have a good night.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Sweetie(269943)BOTM.

04/29/2015 09:15.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
CONGRATS on winning BOTD! Enjoy another party day for you.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ Milonga Derby 05/09 & Bailey ♥ RIP.

04/29/2015 09:00.28 PM Report This Comment  
  FINNEGAN SAYS...
Congratulations Molly! Your cage looks just like mine!
Hugs from Finnegan♥

Come visit me, Finnegan - "HI!" FROM THE DERBY!, Daisy - R.I.P. - BOTW 9/17-9/23/07 & Miss Lucy Blue at the Derby.

04/29/2015 08:48.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Molly
Congratulations on BOTD!

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

Come visit me, ANGEL LOVES CORI & PEPPER LOVES ZIPPY.

04/29/2015 06:12.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
Congratulations on winning botd and enjoy it to the fullest
For the day at the castle sure goes fast for some reason!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus--Chi chi ♥ RIP & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

04/29/2015 04:53.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
congratulations on being too of the day! love and winghugs Doo and Cookie

Come visit me, Carter-Justice For Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 8/28/14, Doo Diligence-Justice for Ozzi TY 4 BOTD!, Cookie-Justice For Ozzi-thank you for BOTD 7/31/14, Charlie-Justice 4 Ozzy-TY for BOTD 10/29/14, Tricky D- RIP 12/12/12-Thank you BOTD 12/12/14, Teal'c-Thank you for BOTD 10-14-14 Justice for Ozz, Elvis Thank you for BOTD 2/22/15, Joshua Chico Justice for Ozzi, Blue-Justice for Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 9/7/14, Moggie -Justice for Ozzi, George (Gen George Hammond)RIP Gen 12/13/08, Cu-Bird -Justice for Ozzi, Nanday Security Services, LLC, Miranda -Justice for Ozzi, Captain Darling-RIP 5/19/2014 ty 4 BOTD 9/19/14 & Baldrick Thank you for BOTD 3/20/14.

04/29/2015 04:49.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly,

Congrat's on being BOTD. It's Oz. I hope you have as much fun in the Castle as my Flock and I did when we were there. Here's a vote for you, cutie. Bye for now.

Winghugs,
Oz (The Pink Too)

Come visit me, PARKER, SILVER, APACHE MARRIED HIS LOVE SNOWFLAKE ON 09/20/14, OZ (MY MOMMY'S DREAM BIRD) & CHEYENNE MARRIED HER JEDI ON 09/20/14.

04/29/2015 03:56.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Molly~~
Congratulations! I am so very happy for you! It was just wonderful to see your beautiful beak in that spotlight box today! I hope you enjoy having a day in the spotlight!

Your royal portrait is now hanging in the gallery on the calendar page for all to admire!!

Royal Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo, Mei Mei-Vote 4 Sweetie 269943 & The Calendar Page~Cherries for May.

04/29/2015 12:36.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
congratulations on winning BOTD. hope you are having the best time ever celebrating your special honor at the bird castle today with me.

love Queen Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO vote Sweetie 269943 BOTM.

04/29/2015 12:18.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
Molly, we all hope you enjoy your 2 day celebration! Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

04/29/2015 11:46.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Molly!
Congrats on winning BOTD! You are a pretty Queen! Have a great day at the castle today!
Love,
Raffikki

Come visit me, Raffikki,PumBaa & Max at the Derby!.

04/29/2015 10:57.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Congrats Queen Molly!
Another day of celebration! Enjoy!
Love, Picabo

Come visit me, Scion- RIP our Buddy Bird - Jan. 29, 2015, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky, Picabo- Vote Mikey D! daily at 247164 & Angel Alfie (RIP).

04/29/2015 09:51.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
Today is Wednesday
I'm flying by your page
to stamp U a votie
and to congratulate U
4 winning BOTD!
Have a greyt weeek
be a good birdie
wing's hugs
Your Pal, Oki

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Chip257319/ & Oki,/Vote BOTM Sweetie269943/Mourni- ng Gizmo.

04/29/2015 08:01.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations on BOTD Queen Molly
I trust your day in the Castle with our BOTM Queen Boo Boo will be amazing. What a great place to spend the day!
You are a very beautiful Queen.
yours Mikey D

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/29/2015 07:12.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
Congratulations on your BOTD. Jude loves to hang upside down like you in the picture but he holds on with two feet. bye bye

Come visit me, The Moocher Ducks,Thanks Everybirdie, Norman, St Francis Chapel, Say a prayer today, Phoenix Base Fliers:Home of the 2013 World Champs & Jude.

04/29/2015 06:16.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations
on BOTD!Molly!We are flying by to wish you a greyt day in the Castle with Queen BooBoo for a day filled with fun,food,friends and family!Love,Dixie,Kallie and Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

04/29/2015 06:16.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Queen Molly
Congratulations on BOTD. Here's a vote in celebration. So awesome when the hatchday festivities becomes a day as royalty. Have a wonderful day at the Castle with Queen Boo Boo. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

04/29/2015 05:46.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Congratulations!!!
Congrats on winning BOTD. Left a vote!
Enjoy your special day in the spotlight!

Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

04/29/2015 05:43.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly!
What a beautiful girl you are! Congratulations on being chosen as BOTD! I hope you enjoy your special day!

Susan, Boiling Springs, SC.

04/29/2015 04:13.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy BOTD from Flitzer & Dad
Happy Bird-of-the-Day!

~Enjoy your Special Day~

==King Flitzer==

Come visit me, Mario Adler & King Flitzer.

04/29/2015 03:50.50 AM Report This Comment  
  wooo hoooo ! CONGRATULAITIONS !
BOTD after a hatchday means a two day party !

Come visit me, Cookie and Goldencents, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

04/29/2015 03:45.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
flying by to wish you a most happy hatchday. hope you are having a blast celebrating on your special day.

love Cori and Queen Boo Boo

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO vote Sweetie 269943 BOTM.

04/28/2015 11:41.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Molly!
Oh, we love your picture!! You look like you are having a great time!!

Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love!

Happy Hatchday!
Kaji and Lizzie

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote SWEETIE #269943 for BOTM in JUNE!.

04/28/2015 09:11.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
Wishing you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more. Enjoy your special day.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna ~ Milonga Derby 05/09 & Bailey ♥ RIP.

04/28/2015 08:57.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatch Day, Molly!
Wishing you a winderful day of toys and treats! Enjoy! That is an amazing picture of you! Big 'Too Hugs and Kisses!
Love, Your old bazebol buddy, Picabo

Come visit me, Scion- RIP our Buddy Bird - Jan. 29, 2015, Budgies, Kiwi & Button, Limon & Lima, Squeaky, Picabo- Vote Mikey D! daily at 247164 & Angel Alfie (RIP).

04/28/2015 08:22.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Molly
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus--Chi chi ♥ RIP & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

04/28/2015 04:22.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!!
Hi Molly,

Here's a vote and a nice nearly full bag of almonds to help you celebrate you special day. I got a little hungry on that long flight from CA. There's enough left in the bag to share with your flock. Be happy!

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote 4 Sweetie #269943 for BOTM!.

04/28/2015 03:05.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Molly~~
I am here to wish you a very, very, very Happy Hatchday!
I hope your day is just perfect!
Hatchday Hugs ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar,Pippo, Mei Mei-Vote 4 Sweetie 269943 & The Calendar Page~Cherries for May.

04/28/2015 02:57.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!
Hey Molly, we all hope this is your best hatchday ever, with lots of attention, toys, and treats coming your way. Hugs, Falco and the boys

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

04/28/2015 07:44.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Molly!
Happy Hatch Day to you! Hope you have an awesome day today!
Love,
Raffikki....ps......love your picture sweetie!

Come visit me, Raffikki,PumBaa & Max at the Derby!.

04/28/2015 06:00.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Molly
Happy 7th Hatchday. Hope it's your best ever. Here's a vote in celebration. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention. Wing hugs and beak kisses, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

04/28/2015 04:15.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Good golly miss Molly
It's you hatchday ! I know it'll be a terrific one - your sweet mama will make sure it's full of good things like food, fun, friends, and me and COOKIE !

har har har yells cookie as he runs through the house looking for COOKIE to help him sing the hatchday song !

Come visit me, Cookie and Goldencents, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

04/28/2015 03:46.18 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Good Evening
Miss Molly, Miss Cookie, and Miss Tahoe!

*Ruby attempts (unsuccessfully) to stifle a **GiGGle** as The Girls demonstrate such wonderful royal decorum as they enter The Throne Room to offer their gifts and Congratulations to The New Queen. (Ruby is still having a bit of a difficult time wrapping her birdie brain around the idea that SHE is The New Queen!) And then, this Lovely Fisterly Threesome W-A-V-E at Ruby from the far end of the Hall.

Ruby quickly motions to them to come forward, and without hesitation The Queen calls for a ((((Group HUG)))). Then all four LadyBirds **GiGGle** together at the formality they are trying to maintain in the midst of just wanting to *D*a*n*c*e*!

Ruby sends Cookie back to the Reception Table to retrieve the nuts so that they can all have a snack together.*

LadyBirds, below is my "official" Thank You note for the part you most graciously played in my being voted BirdChannel's December Bird of the Month. But I am SO very eggscited to now be able to stay and visit for a spell with my Featheriends, rather than having to rush hither and yon, more concerned about quantity than quality. I am eagerly looking forward to a more relaxed time together each time we visit ... and THIS is a VERY relaxed way to greet Your New Queen, wouldn't you say? **TeeHee**

Bonne journée, mes amies
[Have a nice day, My Featheriends]
\•*°|°*•/ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia `Ü´

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

12/03/2014 03:09.40 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & My Humble Appreciation
To you, Miss Molly, Miss Cookie, and Miss Tahoe, My Wonderful New Featheriends, who have so graciously, lovingly, and steadfastly supported this Green-Winged GRITS GirlBird’s Quest for the BirdChannel Bird of the Month Crown, I offer my truly humble thanks.

A quest such as this one simply cannot be achieved solely through one’s own efforts. By its very nature, it requires the active, ongoing participation of an entire cast of support. And YOU, My Featheriends, have risen to the occasion in a most wonderful way! Both Momma and I have been overwhelmed by the result you have produced for us.

You are to be commended and, again, thanked for your continued patience and understanding of the many gaps in my ability to repay your kindnesses on a regular basis because of circumstances that have arisen throughout the month of my Campaign. It has been an ever present comfort to know that you have been so constant in your loyal visiting and voting to make my current standing as Your Queen possible.

It was my intention to have a Focus on FootBall as a theme for the month of November be both Fun and Informative; and, perhaps, help you enjoy the Game in a different way than before through learning more about the sport. My fondest desire is that we have accomplished that purpose with the most important part of the Season at hand.

And speaking of FootBall, I wish to offer my **C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S** to the [Indian] Braves who won the 2014-3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl, with a final score of 21-17 over the Pilgrims. It was an eggsciting Game! And everybirdy who participated, as either a Player or CheerLeader is to be Congratulated on putting forth their very best effort, and making it a thoroughly enjoyable evening for those of us who participated as Spectators. Special Thanks are to be sent out to the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Announcer, Miss Pam (who provided the eggscellent Play-by-Play on her BirthDay!), Team Captains Kiddo and Taz, and Cheer Squad Captains Chyna and Falco.

My intention as your Christmas Queen is that the FuN continues throughout my Reign, and that as we bring 2014 to its conclusion, we may all look back fondly and with great appreciation for all the wonderful times we have created together here on the BirdChannel, and for those who made it all possible for us.

I shall be looking forward, eggscitedly, to seeing you and each and every one of My Wonderful Featheriends in the days to come.

A bientot, mes amies
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
\•*°|°*•/ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia `Ü´

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

12/03/2014 03:09.30 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
A 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game of … FOOT~BALL???

This evening … to be played on the Milonga Page (#165848)

8:00 pm Eastern
7:00 pm Central
6:00 pm Mountain
5:00 pm Pacific
4:00 pm Aleutian

Jake <Ö) may have been a “BAD Parrot”, but he says it well: “Be there or BE SQUARE!!!”


Well, the Defense still needs to know their jobs, so without any further delay, let’s get started with the Job Descriptions, Miss Molly, Miss Cookie, and Miss Tahoe!

Strong Safety – Generally lines up in the secondary*, but often aligns close to the line of scrimmage In most Defenses this Player lines up over the Tight End and is responsible for both playing the pass and supporting the run.

Free Safety – Lines up deepest in the secondary. He defends the deep middle of the field and seldom has man-to-man** responsibilities. A coach wants this Player free to read the QuarterBack and take the proper angle to break up or intercept any forward pass thrown over the middle or deep to the sidelines.

Defensive Back – A member of the Defensive secondary. Defensive Backs form the line of Defense whose job is to prevent Receivers from making catches and then gaining lots of yards after the catch.

CornerBack – Lines up on one of the wide sides of the field, usually opposite an offensive Receiver. Called a CornerBack because he is isolated on the “corner” edge of the Defensive alignment.

Defensive End – Lines up at the end of the Defensive line. The job of the Defensive End is to contain the Running Back on running plays to the outside, and rush the QuarterBack*** on passing plays.

Defensive Tackle – Lines up on the interior of the Defensive line. The duties of a Defensive Tackle include stopping the Running Back on running plays, getting pressure up the middle on passing plays, and occupying Blockers so the LineBackers can roam free.

LineBacker – Lines up behind the Defensive linemen and in front of the Defensive backfield. The LineBackers are a Team's second line of Defense. Each Team has two outside LineBackers.

Nose Tackle – a Defensive Tackle who lines up directly across from the Center. Also known as the Nose Guard, the primary responsibilities of the Nose Tackle are to stop the run and occupy the Offensive lineman to keep them from blocking the LineBackers.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/29/2014 04:38.54 PM Report This Comment  
  It seems to me that it is MUCH more complicated to try to understand Defense than it is Offense! (But then again, I am a simple GRITS GirlBird, and unaccustomed to such strategizing. We are more frequently seen serving snacks and refreshments during FootBall Games. **TeeHee**) The drawings I have to support today’s information on the Defense eggsplain more of where Defensive Players can line up. The eggsecution of Defensive plays is much more involved than I could ever hope to delve into in this format. I suppose that means that the Defensive Players on the Teams in the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl have a lot of improvising to look forward to during the Game!

It is my sincere desire that the information on both the Offensive and Defensive Squads has served to make your spectator participation in the Game of FootBall more enjoyable, and that it has been a help in preparing the Players for the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl. It has been an honor and a privilege to research and present what I could find to give you more pleasure in The Game.


À la prochen frois, mes amies,
[Until next time, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


*secondary—the Defensive players who line up behind the LineBackers and wide on the corners of the field opposite the receivers and defend the pass. These defensive players, who are called Defensive Backs, are separated into Safeties, CornerBacks, and, occasionally, Nickel Backs (an eggstra Defensive Back who is used in some Defensive Formations).

**man-to-man [coverage]—pass coverage in which every potential Offensive Receiver is assigned to a particular Defender Each Defensive Player must stick to his Receiver like glue and make sure he doesn’t catch a pass thrown in his direction.

***rush the QuarterBack—use whatever moves the Player has to get a sack, or disrupt the throw.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/29/2014 04:38.46 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Miss Molly, Miss Cookie, and Miss Tahoe! I do hope your Thanksgiving was one of contemplation and appreciation for all the blessings you share with your flockily, as well as loving time together to celebrate all of those blessings.

As I mentioned several days ago, my momma and daddy were blessed with not only the very first Holiday Celebration (or celebration of any event or holiday) with EVERYone in daddy’s family being present, but also a several day long visit with my Grandma beforehand, and a couple of days to come still with my Uncle.

As a result, I have not been able to visit as regularly as I otherwise would have. But parrotsonally, I did use the contemplations of the Holiday to count the many featheriendship blessings that I’ve had in the process of this Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown that I’ve been on this month, AND the love and support you’ve all shown me in that effort. And I eggstend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

For today I thought I would lighten the spirit of the Campaign and share a funny story. We will, however, finish up with our FootBall information before the month is out.

This is a story that I “made up” about my frother Jake. The originally disguised parrot’s identity was changed to reveal Jake’s NON-innocence. **GiGGle**


BAD Jake <Ö)

Jake joined The K Kritter Korral as the first Blue-and-Gold Macaw after fister Rosalie made her Journey to The Rainbow Bridge. He had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of his beak was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Momma tried and tried to change his attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else she could think of to clean up his vocabulary.

Finally, Momma was fed up and she yelled at Jake <Ö). Jake <Ö), of course, yelled back. Momma shook him and he got angrier and even more rude. In desperation, Momma threw up her hands, grabbed Jake <Ö) and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes Jake <Ö) squawked and kicked and screamed. (And Jake <Ö) screams LIKE A GIRL! **TeeHee**.) Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a sound was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that she had hurt him, Momma quickly opened the door to the freezer. Jake <Ö) calmly stepped out onto Momma’s outstretched hand and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I am sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

Momma was absolutely stunned at the change in Jake’s <Ö) attitude.

As she was about to ask Jake <Ö) what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, he spoke up, very softly, and asked … "May I ask what the turkey did?"


`Ü´ Big Beaky **GRiN** `Ü´

A bientot, mes amies
[See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/28/2014 06:51.03 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Miss Molly, Miss Cookie, and Miss Tahoe!

I do hope that your Saturday and Sunday were full of fun and productivity. I know in my case I had to relinquish Momma’s eggsclusive attention and assistance on my Campaign to be your December Bird of the Month to more pressing parrontal matters around our K Kritter Korral. (The portion of Sunday during which Momma was available to bring me to your page for a visit, the BirdChannel was not cooperating. You might say that their GPS was out of order! **TeeHee**)

You see, Momma and Daddy were informed that they could eggspect a visit from my Grandma from Idaho from later today, to last thru Thursday morning when they all gather at Daddy’s youngest brother’s home about an hour away from us for the first Family Celebration with everyone present since Momma and Daddy have known each other. Grandma was eager to be able to spend time here with Momma and Daddy, and all of us fids of course, before joining the rest of the family for a concurrent Celebration of Thanksgiving and her BirthDay on Thursday! Then she will remain with my Uncle and his family until she returns to her home in Idaho later in the week, while my other Uncle comes to pay us a visit over the long weekend.

So, all of this is to say that my visits may be a bit sporadic from now thru the end of the month, due to Grandma’s visit, the Holiday weekend with my Uncle visiting, and the upcoming Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game. I do apologize in advance for any visits I shall have to forego. But rest assured that I shall continue to do my utmost to bring you the maximum amount of FootBall information in the time we have left together.

And on that note, let us get straight to the information I’ve promised you next about the Offensive Squad on a FootBall team …


Let’s begin our eggsamination of the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

QuarterBack – The Player who usually receives the ball from the Center at the start of each play. He informs his TeamMates in the huddle of the play that will be run and then, after the Center snaps* the ball to him, either hands the ball to a Running Back or throws to a Receiver.

Center – The Player who hikes (or snaps) the ball to the QuarterBack at the start of each play. The term comes from the fact that this Player is flanked on either side by a Guard and a Tackle; he’s the “MiddleMan” (or Center) in a contingent of five Offensive LineMen or Blockers. He handles the ball on every play and also snaps the ball to the Punter and Holder.

Guard – There are two Guards on every play, and they line up on either side of the Offensive Center. The Guards protect the QuarterBack from an Inside Rusher; they block Defenders immediately across from them and also swing out, or pull**, and run toward either end [of the line] to block any Defender when the ball carrier runs wide°.

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11/24/2014 01:46.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Tackle – Both Offensive and Defensive, on Offense they are Outside Blockers on the line of scrimmage°°.

Tight End – Serves as a BIG Receiver [Oh MY!] and also a Blocker. Unlike a Wide Receiver, this Player generally lines up beside the Offensive Tackle either to the right or to the left of the QuarterBack. (Also “Strong Side+”)

Wide Receiver – The Player who uses his speed and quickness to elude Defenders and catch the FootBall, but who isn’t primarily a Blocker. Wide Receivers are also known as “pass catchers” [but I-I-I would parrotsonally NOT disparage one so!]. Also called a WideOut.

Running Back – A Player who runs with the FootBall. Running Backs are also referred to as TailBacks and HalfBacks, depending on their exact responsibilities and alignment.

FullBack – A Player who lines up in the Offensive backfield++ and generally is responsible for blocking for the Running Back and pass-blocking to protect the QuarterBack. FullBacks also serve as short-yardage runners.


I would also like to call your attention to a display of several of the basic Offensive Formations which appear in the Gallery at the bottom of my page. (They also appear in my Profile Picture at the top of my page; but they are much clearer and contain eggsplanatory text in the photos in the Gallery.) I hope these are of use to you in recognizing some of what happens on the actual field of play the next time you watch a FootBall Game.

I am also including several definitions of terms used in the above Position Descriptions at the end of this note.

Have a Greyt Day! Perhaps enjoy watching The Jets play The Bills at 7:00 pm on CBS, or The Ravens play at The Saints at 8:30 pm on ESPN. Both times are EST. Remember, it is virtually illegal to watch a FootBall Game quietly. So do what we Avians are most well-known for doing … **S*Q*U*A*W*K** . **I*T** . **U*P** ! ! !

À la prochen frois, mes amies,
[Until next time, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Beongia ♥


*snap—the action in which the ball in handed or hiked by the Center to the QuarterBack, to the Holder on a kick attempt, or to the Punter.
**pull—when a player leaves one area of the field, generally moving back and then over, to block in an area other than his normal position.
°run wide
°°line of scrimmage—the imaginary boundary between the two teams prior to the snap of the ball. The Offense’s and Defense’s scrimmage lines are defined by the tip of the ball closest to them and stretch from sideline to sideline. The Defensive Team usually lines up less than a yard away from where the ball is placed.
+strong side—the side of the Offensive formation where the Tight End aligns. With a right-handed QuarterBack, the strong side is usually to his right side.
++backfield—the group of Offensive Players (the Running Backs and QuarterBack) who line up behind the line of scrimmage (vs the Offensive LineMen and/or Receivers who line up at the line of scrimmage).

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/24/2014 01:46.47 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Miss Molly, Miss Cookie, and Miss Tahoe!

Does anybirdy ELSE realize how much there is to KNOW about FootBall??? Why … I had no idea how much I DIDN’T KNOW until Momma consented to help me learn for the sake of my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown, and sharing her passion for The Game so that I might understand all of the HoopLa that I hear coming from the area of the television every time she watches a Game!!

HEAVENS to BETSY … and BACK!!!

Well! As promised, we shall begin our investigation into the individual responsibilities of the Players in each Position today. But I fear it will never fit into one day’s note. So we shall simply spread it out over several days so that you, My Featheriends, can take it all in and not fall asleep before you learn what you need to know!

You may recall from our earlier information that the NFL limits active, uniformed Players to 45 per Team on Game Day.

Each FootBall Team has 11 Players per side: 11 on Offense and 11 on Defense. Teams are allowed to play with fewer than 11 Players (and for the LIFE of me I can’t IMAGINE WHY they would WANT to???), but they are penalized for having more than 11 Players on the Field during play. Rarely, a few eggsceptionally talented Players may play both Offense and Defense in the NFL. (And I do believe that we have a few of those eggsceptionally talented Birdie FootBall Players on the Indians and Pilgrims Team Rosters!)

A typical NFL Game Day roster includes three QuarterBacks, a Punter, a PlaceKicker, a Kick Return Specialist, eight Offensive LineMen, four Running Backs, five Receivers, two Tight Ends, seven Defensive LineMen, seven LineBackers, and six Defensive Backs. (The NONSTARTING Players – that is, those who are not among the 22 or so Players who are listed in the Starting LineUp – are considered Reserves, and many of them are Specialists.)

In the NFL, an additional Player can be in uniform, but he must be a QuarterBack and enter the Game only after the other QuarterBacks have been removed from the Game because of injury. When this eggstra QuarterBack, or 46th Player, enters the Game, the other QuarterBacks are deemed ineligible and cannot return to that Game even if they are healthy.

With our very own 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game approaching in a little over a week, and Players needing and wanting to know how to practice to yield the most effective results, when we next meet I shall delve into the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

Before I depart this evening, though, I do wish to thank you, once again, for your wonderful continuing support of my efforts to be your Christmas Queen on BirdChannel. I am truly beginning to feel the eggscitement of the prospect of having my dream realized. You and your featheriendship are appreciated more than you know.

A bientot, mes amies,
[See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia.

11/21/2014 07:32.09 PM Report This Comment  
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