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I met my mom when she came to meet my African Grey flockmate who, like me, was in need of a new home, our first family having grown too old to care for us. It is with pride that I tell you that I think I made more of an impression than the sulky grey did 'cause I waved and said "HELLO!". Saber said nothing and did nothing but glare. I owe that bird though because after he was adopted, he put in a good word for me, mentioning my name often in the days after he moved in. That had mom thinkin' the grey bird missed me after eight years of bein' together. Truth be told, Saber didn't miss me but I sure love being a part of this family.
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Hi! My name is RaneBeau ('>

I am a Macaw from Monmouth, IL.

'Bo', BoMan, RaneBeau, BIRDBRAIN (according to CocoPuff)******- *
I joined the BC 1.2007. **** ******* ***** My Hatchday is Feb. 10!


19 years old   M

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Pistachios and hazelnuts in the shell. I love cheese but so rarely get any, it's like the ultimate treat.

It used to be a laundry basket with a collection of mismatched socks or the top of Saber's cage but that's all changed now. I love to have a big cardboard box on the floor behind the door of my room where I can hide and no one can see me. Except for my tail that is. I also hang out on my grapevine perch on the side of my cage or in the closet if I happen to catch the door left ajar.

When Reba is invited out of the bird room and I'm not, it gives me cause to holler at the rude human that didn't take ME too. Other than that, I'm rather unruffled about most everything else in life.

My mom sticks up for me when I'm noisy, reminding the family that I'm just excited and want to be in on the action! She tries to keep life interesting for me by including me in most everything she does, whether inside the house or outdoors. I appreciate that I'm allowed out of my cage most of the day...until those guys come home...

I have to float almost everything I eat in water first; Birdie Bread, granola bars, Walnut loaf, fruit, you name it, it's goes in there. (Update; I don't do this much anymore. It's just dried apricots I put in my water bowl now. Can you believe that flat things becomes a plump apricot after a long soak? Me neither!) I prefer to play on the floor, unless that's the norm for all macaws. I don't know.

Wherever my Mom is,that's where I wanna be. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~- ~~~~~~If you'd like to see me 'In Action'... YouTube. com/kelybrd.

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  Hi RaneBeau
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
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03/29/2015 11:26.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Mowgli here
Thanks Ranebeau,tell saber he has to talk mom into left I g him watch the cops show on tv then he will be doing the sirens more hehehe, also I love sponge Bob I got that down good too. I love making all that noise, but my mom loves me so i get away with it, beside I love getting up on the side of my playpen and dancing now when my mom sings to me. Little Shey got into trouble yesterday cause he flew over and was sitting on my big cage and I started knocking on the seed cup and snitched him out hehehe.
Sounds like you got a good home with your mom and your brother Saber. I miss everyone that was on here I don't here from them much anymore. Well I better go mom has to go to work for a few hrs. Hang tough

Mowgli and mom

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03/29/2015 08:27.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Love the pink ears!
Is your mom following you around with one of those kits? LOL! You'd better be a boy! I think all the big birds should have it done and maybe some conures.
Thanks for liking my pic. But, no one does photos like your mom ... she's the best!
I guess I should tell you that I have my derby hat for next year! It's black & white. And, as you know my mom has 2 derby hats she hasn't worn yet ... one is for this year. So, she just ordered another ... LOL!
Oh yeah, I'd love to get together again. I sure wish you could come up here. Silly bird getting car sick!
Did I tell you that I thought I saw those migrating birds wearing winter coats?
That Alfie is after my mom again ... too funny ... is Alfie really a boy? hehehehe.
We are out of the teens and back to sun with high 20's today. More snow coming on Sunday.
My parronts are cleaning the basement, why they do these un-fun things I just don't know?
That sure was a fun party at the Milonga tonight. Congrats to all who won the photo contest.
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Chyna

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03/28/2015 07:09.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Momma are there and understand how we all feel!We love you all so very much and can't thank you enough for always being there for us!You are our world!
Loving you always and forever,Dixie

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03/28/2015 03:58.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
runs into RaneBeau's warm welcoming Harlequin Macaw hugs and holds him so tightly,ever so glad that he's here!Mom has been having a tough time with everything and trying to be everywhere at once and then to top it off I'm refusing to eat and I haven't been eating since the day Mario left us.I really miss him and Mom had to take me with her to Nana's house yesterday in order for me to get something to eat,Nana made me eggs and I got to share hers right from her plate on the table and I even got to pull some of her toast from her hands too!Then in the afternoon she chopped up some fresh fruit for us and she gave me my own bowl full of cantaloupe,oranges,blueberries,and grapes and I ate the whole thing.But when Mom took me home I wouldn't even eat anything.Mom tried this morning to get me to eat and I simply refused,she's tried everything that I like and I still won't eat it,even my favorite peanut butter Cheerios!Its been snowing all day here after we got the heavy downpouring rain first.And its so cold too down to 32.
Oh I have lots of favorite memories of Mario,the one favorite of mine is of how he used to preen me and serenade me with his sweet tiel song!We even used to play together quite nicely too,and that is what I'll really miss,Mario playing with me and preening me and I would even get to preen him and he'd like that too!He'd love to snuggle up close to me when I could hang onto a perch and we'd just take a late afternoon nap together.
We are still so quiet now and whenever Mom comes into the house after being gone all day none of us yell to greet her like we usually do.She even yells out to us as she comes in the door and we just don't answer her back so she always comes running into our room to make sure we're all still there.Mom would rather us scream and yell than to be so quiet.Even Kallie who's a big mouth is quiet.Candida just wails this sad long screeching kind of sound that sounds so mournful.Oh the sun coming out and shining so nicely would be so perfect for us,we so miss being outside and feeling the warmth of its rays on our feathers.
Oh do Mom and I sure do miss those crocus'starting to bloom in our front flower garden,the garden is still buried under a snow mountain,though its getting smaller with each rainfall we get,I'll bet all this heavy snow really killed our flowers this year.Oh how wonderful it must be to see all the pretty flowers starting to bloom now,I only wish that some of them would start to show up here!
Mom and all of us here can't thank you enough for the wonderful floral arrangement you sent us!It really means so much to me and everyone here!You just don't know how much you all mean to us,its so comforting to know that you are right there beside us!
Dixie is so happy and comforted being wrapped in RaneBeau's warm gentle and loving Macaw wing hugs,soaking in all the love and tenderness that RaneBeau has to give him.He and his Mom and flock feel so comforted knowing that you and your wonderful sweet M

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03/28/2015 03:57.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi EasterRabBeau, LOL, from Jenny & Ziggy
It is still very cold here, but the sun is shinning brightly! We have a casual day planned, but we will be at the Irish Milonga, to bump wing elbows with our friends! Ziggy will be sitting at the band table with Ms Chyna, that little YCM surprised dad today by flying into the kitchen! He is fully flighted but rarely does fly, he was following his so called girlfriend 'Jen Lynn', who flies over the place! Daddy just smiled, he loves it (a little bit), LOL! Hope to see you all at the Milonga tonight! Saturday love from our home to yours, and spread our love to all in your sweet home, see ya all tomorrow...

Forever love from Jen, Ziggy, & our Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy~Happy Easter & thanks aunt Mary Haines, Jenny Lynn~Happy St Patrick's Day my friends!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Happy Easter every birdie, Ms LaLo~Happy Easter dear friends... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

03/28/2015 02:07.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Saturday / Mario's Celebration
Hello, Every Birdie
There will be a Memorial Celebration for Mario Adler Sunday afternoon at 1pm in the Castle Ballroom.

The Ballroom will be open all day Sunday for friends. Please stop by Page #276082 Thank you.

--King Flitzer

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03/28/2015 12:28.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Birds That Play
All birds engage in playful behaviors, and more intelligent bird species need greater amounts of the mental stimulation that comes from play as they develop. Bird species that can seem especially playful include…Jays, crows, rooks, ravens, magpies and other corvids,Parrots, parakeets, macaws and Keas,Tits, chickadees, nuthatches and small finches,Gulls, terns and related species.
Many social and adaptable birds also play, as do young birds of nearly all species as they socialize with their siblings in the nest. The extent of play and how much play each bird species carries into maturity varies, and different birds engage in different types of play to help them develop a range of skills.
Types of Bird Play
There are many different behaviors birds engage in that could appear to be play. The most common playful actions include…
Manipulation: Using the bill or talons to drop, toss, bend, tear, rip or otherwise manipulate objects, even objects without any food value.
Investigation: Seeking out unique objects or trying a wide range of different foods, continually noting new objects and poking or prodding them.
Chasing: Following one another in short or acrobatic flights, or chasing other objects such as insects or fluttering leaves.
Taunting: Teasing or deliberately harassing one another or other creatures, such as teasing a domestic cat or instigating fights.
Balancing: Swinging, swaying or dangling on wires or weak branches, possibly releasing and reattempting different acrobatic actions.
Curiosity: Responding to pishing or other unique noises, such as being attracted by ringtones, mechanical noises or music.
Mimicry: Imitating an adult's behavior, including physical actions such as foraging or preening as well as songs and sounds.
Not all playful birds will engage in the same behaviors, but they often try different actions and activities as they are learning new skills and refining their abilities. Play may be only between birds of the same species, while some types of play, particularly chasing or taunting, may be between birds of different species.
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03/28/2015 10:59.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Birds do a lot of activities that may seem smart, but how much of their behavior is instinct instead of intelligence? Ornithologists are continually studying birds and learning new information about their brains, how they think and why they behave why they do.

Deciding just how smart birds are depends on how intelligence is defined. Birds exhibit a wide range of intelligent behaviors, including good memories, extensive communication, planning for the future and remembering the past. Some birds can solve problems, and others have been observed playing – both activities that indicate more than just basic instinct. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines intelligence as:The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations or the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment.
Do birds do this? Scientific studies indicate that yes, birds do learn, and every backyard birder knows birds are capable of adapting to new environments and conditions. Quantitative measurement of bird intelligence is difficult because birds cannot take intelligence tests or attend classes to be measured with their peers. Observations and studies of birds are revealing that birds may be far more intelligent than initially believed.
Bird Brain Structure
Brain size and structure is not an automatic gauge of intelligence, but it can be a clue. Birds may be small, but they have a proportionally large brain compared to their overall body and head sizes – in fact, bird's brains are similarly proportioned to primates. Studies of birds' brain anatomy also suggests that while the structure is different than that of mammals' brains, birds may have a higher degree of connectivity between the sections of their brains, which could indicate more intelligence and faster reasoning than previously believed.
Evidence of Bird Intelligence
The best indication of how smart birds are is direct observations of birds acting intelligently. While some observations have been made under scientifically controlled circumstances and through laboratory experiments, other observations have come from casual birders who notice their favorite birds behaving in peculiar ways, ways that seem planned and premeditated.
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03/27/2015 10:10.45 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Mr RANE~BEAU, YOUR SYMPATHY
FLORAL GIFT FOR Mr DIXIE's Flock, IN MEMORY OF Mr MARIO, IS READY.

A pickup notice has been posted on Mr Dixie's page.

Thank you so much for your order and please come visit us again soon.

Regards,
♥ Miss Alex, Miss Ruby, & Mr Mikey ♥
The Pretty Rose Flower Shop
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03/27/2015 03:44.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
I just heard from Squeaks ... Kirby is a girl! Oh my ... is there something in the water over there? I would be very careful if I were you!!!
A little more snow is coming on Friday :(
Today was an all day snow. This is a good day to hang out on the perch in my fuzzy robe and slippers. I hope we get early spring weather for us ... middle of April. Where is the sun???
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Chyna

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03/26/2015 10:35.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey RaneBeau,
I need your help buddy. I've asked King Flitzer if we could use the Castle grounds to hold a Celebration of Life in Little Mario Adlers name.

He says okay so I will need some help with the decorating.

Can you and your flock give us a wing?

I'm gonna be asking more friends for help in making this a nice memorial for Mario Adler, Dixie's lil frother.

Pookie bows and says the Castle Ballroom it is!

Can you help spread the word for us?

Mom only has her phone thingy and its a little slow at times.

I'd really appreciate all the help we can get.

Mario was a sweet sweet little guy and he will be sorely missed, especially by me and my flock.

I'll gather some friends and well decorate the ballroom.

Thank you so much again for all your help and for letting us use the Castle Ballroom.

We just hafta spread the word so that no one gets left out.

Sending big birdie hugs and a vote.

We want to hold it this coming Sunday.

Love,

Pookie, Laka Aolani and Angel Sallykins

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03/26/2015 12:54.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Bald Eagles are nesting on all three of Pittsburgh's major rivers! Who knew the day would never come when Pittsburghers would be cheering for the Eagles…Bald Eagles, that is!

It has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. In the 18th century, suitable nesting habitat in the form of mature tall trees was stripped from the hillsides flanking the rivers to meet the lumber and fuel demands of a rapidly growing human population in the area; second, industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on; third, beginning in the mid-20th century eagles (and many other birds) showed signs of succumbing to the unintended side effects of widespread use of the pesticide DDT (developed for use in World War II) which eventually caused chronic nesting failure for the species. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting Bald Eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania, all of these in the northwest corner of the state.
One nest, located on the Monongahela River in the community of Hays is the most famous because a web camas been set up to view the nest. millions of people are viewing the nesting activity. Last year this pair successfully raised three eagle babies. this year they only layed 2 eggs. one of the eggs had a crack in it and the mom tried to keep it together but when the dad eagle came to sit on the egg he saw the crack and threw the egg out of the nest. during a recent snowstorm the mom eagle was totally covered in snow while incubating the single egg
The Bald Eagle,has made a tremendous comeback throughout its range in the lower 48 states. Its recovery is due to enforcement of federal laws protecting it from persecution, the banning of DDT, which bio-accumulated in eagles and other piscivorous (fish-eating) birds, eventually causing complete reproductive failure through the thinning of their egg shells to the point that eggs simply broke when parent birds tried to incubate them; passage in the same year of the federal Clean Water Act, and, direct recovery measures taken by our Game Commission, which brought nestling Bald Eagles from healthy populations to hacking sitese when the state’s breeding population was down to just a few nesting pairs. Similar efforts by game agencies in surrounding states also have contributed to the rapid increase in the number of nesting Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania. By 2000, there were about 50 known nesting pairs of eagles in the state; as of 2012, more than 200 nesting locations are known for Bald Eagle in Pennsylvania, including nests in almost every county!
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03/26/2015 09:51.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya RaneBeau~
I hope your day was perfect! Too much cleaning going on around here and it is so boring!! We have a long way to go but we are getting more and more done everyday. It may take us a month to complete it all but we'll get it done!
Mandy is doing okay. She was 2 hours late for breakfast this morning and it freaked Ian and Jennifer out a bit. Mom figured that we were up late last night since mom was off so Mandy just wanted to sleep in! She did eat breakfast and had a cookie too so it's all good.
She spent the day hanging out in the living room watching mom clean so that was good too. We just take it one day at a time.
It rained on and off today but that is the way it is suppose to be this time of the year. Just think that spring is here finally and it won't be too very long before you get to stretch your wings out in your aviary!! It's going to be awesome!
Have yourself a wonderful evening my friend and thanks for the note. It always brings a smile to my beak to see a note from you on my page!!
A very big Zon hug from me to you!
Sugar ♥

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03/25/2015 09:29.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey RaneBeau,
Mom let me preen today but I kept going to pick at my Boo boo so mom put the poncho back on me.

But hey I tried my bestest not to pick my boo boo. I was just trying to preen my poor poor feathers that haven't gotten any attention since I had the surgery. Shish, give me a break!

So that was my day today, only partially preened. Maybe mom will let me preen myself again tomorrow then I can finish the other half of my body? I wonder? :)

Here's a vote for you, hope you had a great big birdie day. :)

Love & hugs,

The half preened Pookie

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03/25/2015 08:13.10 PM Report This Comment  
  r,now we sure would love to go for a walk on a nice summer day!
Dixie holds onto RaneBeau's warm Harlequin hug for as long as he can before he has to go!Dixie can feel the warmth and love and caring that RaneBeau always has given him.With the tears falling slowly down his little Green Cheeks he silently waves RaneBeau Good bye as he takes his leave,wishing that he'd come back real soon again,he really made his day so special like he always does whenever he gets to see him on his page!I love you RaneBeau!Always and forever!Big Little Green Cheek hugs to you,my awesome buddy! Love forever,Dixie

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03/25/2015 06:17.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Dixie
runs as quickly as his little twisted toes can take him into RaneBeau's comforting big Harlequin wing hugs he loves so much!He finds so much comfort and loving care there within RaneBeau's welcoming wing hugs from the pain he's in from losing his tiel frother.Oh how quiet it is right now in our room without his tiel calls out to us and to Mom now.
This morning was another bright sunny morning with the high's of 43 and the lows of 35,its 37 right now.Mom got us up early and fed us and then did a major clean up of our room.She cried the whole time having to look at Mario's empty cage and all his things in it. I think she washed his cage more with her tears than with the soap and water and Poop Off she was working with.After she scrubbed every inch of his cage she took it out of our room because Kallie wouldn't stop trying to sit on it.Mom moved it out to the spare room in the front of the house and shut the door so she wouldn't have to be reminded of it and not ever going to see Mario again.Candida kept making these loud mournful sounds which only made Mom cry more.And on the whole we were all very quiet today,we didn't even call out for our late day snack.Mom left shortly after she vacuumed and washed our bird room floor.Dad took her to Nana's so she could help her and dad fixed Nana's mailbox which had completely fallen over.While dad went to the hardware store to get some lag bolts to fix the mailbox with,Nana had Mom call in some nachos for their lunch.Skin sis and skin bro came down and so did the VNA to give Nana a shower the first one since she came home.The VNA thought that skin bro did a wonderful job of installing the hand held shower and it really felt good to Nana to have a nice hot shower.After the VNA left Mom and skin sis went down to Bobby Byrnes to pick up the nachos and all five of them sat and ate together.Mom cleaned up the kitchen and then they left shortly afterwards so Nana could get some rest.Nana will be seeing the surgeon tomorrow so Mom will be back to bring her there with skin bro.When Mom and dad came home,the house was very quiet,we all usually yell out to her when she walks through the door,she panicked when she called out to us and we didn't answer her back.So she ran into our room fast.We just have been in a very quiet mood lately,missing our frother,Mario and wondering just why he's not in his cage beside us anymore.
I don't think Mom will be able to get any breaks to stay home for a long long time because in a few weeks skin sis will be moving our frother and fister home here with us and then she'll probably be staying here for the next three months so Mom can run her errands and take care of her too as she may not be able to walk for a while.Last year it was my dad and this year its going to be Nana and skin sis,Mom is so getting tired of hospitals and rehabs!She keeps praying that maybe,just maybe she'll be able to get on the deck with us and soak up some sunshine or even take us all for a walk in our strolle

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

03/25/2015 06:16.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
HAPPY HUMPDAY
OBSERVING NESTS (PART2) from yesterday

7)Search carefully: It is critically important that we avoid damaging nest sites. Nests that have yet to be discovered are particularly vulnerable. When searching for nests, move slowly through dense foliage, being careful not to dislodge any nests. The nests of ground-nesting birds, such as Killdeer, Ovenbirds, Bobolinks, and many waterbirds, are difficult to see, so tread lightly and be cautious around potential ground-nest sites.
8)Be wary of nest predators: Avoid leaving tracks that can direct predators to nests. Nest predators are everywhere—on the ground, in vegetation, and in the air—and many are smart enough to watch you, so be careful that predators such as cats are not following you! Also try to not damage or trample vegetation that could expose nests.
9)Minimize disturbance at the nest: It is important not to startle a bird as you approach the nest; this may cause it to accidentally knock out eggs or young when it flies off. Before approaching the nest, try to see if a parent is sitting on it. Whenever possible, wait a few minutes to see if the bird leaves on its own. If they do, this is the ideal time to check the nest. If a sitting bird does not leave on its own, do not force it off the nest. In this case, you will need to come back later. Remember to keep each visit brief.
10)Never handle birds or eggs in the nest: Eggs can be easily cracked or small nestlings injured, and there is no reason to touch these fragile younglings, despite how cute they may look. Small nestlings are remarkably helpless and may not be able to crawl back into the nest cup if displaced, even inside of a nest box. Children observing nests should always be under the supervision of an adult.
11)Don’t leave a dead-end trail: If you plan on visiting the nest frequently, try to take a different route away from the nest site than the route you took to reach it. Walking to the nest and back along the same path leaves a dead-end trail that can lead predators directly to the nest.
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03/25/2015 10:57.23 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Ranebeau
Thanks for giving me the message I thought I had lost my buddy Saber, tell your mom my mom says thanks. Tell Saber I learned a new song and some new things to say and I'm driving my mom crazy with the cops and laser too, hehehe!! Hope you all are doing well

Mowgli and Mom Cindy

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03/25/2015 12:37.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Nope, that was just a bookmark ... I'm up! It would say goodnight if that was it for me. The BC keeps freezing up and dropping words ... being a real pain in the tail feathers tonight.
Yeah, better ease up on the juleps ... we have a way to go.
I guess my parronts will be driving down state for Easter with them. Mom would rather stay home. I'd rather keep going and come and see you! I hope to come see you again.
We are waiting for the snow/ice mix to come soon .. oh joy!
Spring migration has begun in Mackinac Straits (50 miles from my birdie condo). They say it's a strong start with eight species of hawks, 113 bald eagles and 224 golden eagles. As for me, I'll stay in my condo and chew up some wood toys and eat some treats. I'll wing wave as they go by.
YCM HUGGIES
Chyna

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03/24/2015 11:33.32 PM Report This Comment  
  ing out his cage in the morning and she couldn't even bury Mario as the snow is still too deep and the ground underneath is too frozen to even try to dig up.Mario will be resting in the freezer until the winter goes away and we can put Mario in his final resting place.
I think you are so brave going out to your Dad's shop with all those noisy machines going,but that paper and cardboard stuff really gets a birdies beak to drooling!It must be so interesting to watch those machines doing their thing too!I agree with you that there needs to be more bird friendly nuts out there just for you whenever you visit!
I so like your idea of having a clone of my Mom.She's never home anymore and the only time we get to see her is late at night after all her own house chores are done and dinner is over and the kitchen is cleaned up.Candida gets her time every night for dinner with dad,but I always have to wait in my cage til Mom can come for me.Nana thinks my Mom is going to get sick running from our house to hers and working both places everyday and she's afraid that when skin sis comes here to live with us and running to take care of her,she'll be here for three months at least,Mom will wear herself out for sure,but Mom has no choice but to keep going.
Oh RaneBeau it's so good to see you here on my page.Dixie runs into RaneBeau's warm comforting Harlequin wings and holds him so tight,little GCC tears rolling down his green cheeks for missing Mario.Dixie hugs RaneBeau so close and tells RaneBeau that he always knows how to make Dixie feel so much better!
One more big little GCC hug for RaneBeau before he has to leave and Dixie watches til he can no longer see RaneBeau.I love you RaneBeau!Always and forever!Love,Dixie

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03/24/2015 04:27.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
It was another bright sunny but cold morning,with the highs of 34 and the lows of 25.Both my Parronts got up early at 7:00am and got dressed and Mom was going to leave us til she got back from helping dad drop off her car,but as they were leaving skin bro was already in the driveway so my dad told Mom to stay home while he and skin bro dropped Mom's car off.Mom went back into the house and cleaned our cages and fed us but our frother Mario wasn't really feeling good so Mom just picked him up and gave him a kiss on his little tiel beak and told him she'd be back to give him some snuggles when she got home,but that never happened.By the time Mom came home Dad met us in the garage with a bag and Mario was in it.Dad had checked on us earlier and we were fine and then in the late afternoon he went to give us our snacks and found Mario on the bottom of his cage.Mom is so upset right now.She doesn't even feel like doing anything else.She feels that maybe she should've done more for Mario,taken him with her or spent a little more time with him.
When skin bro came back with my dad from dropping Mom's car off at the repair shop,Mom got right in his car and they went to Nana's.They all had some breakfast there and some tea with Nana and then Mom vacuumed Nana's whole house,her bird room,bedroom,hall and living room and kitchen.Then the PT VNA came and put Nana through another grueling workout with her legs.She brought resistance bands with her and Nana did both strengths and told the PT person that they were easy to do so she gave Nana the harder of the two bands to work out with.After she left,Nana whispered how bad her legs ache right now!Then skin bro and Mom took off to find Nana a hand held shower head so she can start having showers instead of the sponge bath thing.So skin bro drove them to WalMart and they found one there and they ran one errand for Nana and then skin bro went to West Falmouth Market and bought all three of them a Gobbler sub,(turkey,stuffing,cranberry sauce)and they went back to Nana's and ate together.Then skin bro installed the new shower for Nana and Mom helped him and he did really greyt.The one mistake they made was forgetting to put the washers inside so when skin bro turned the water on to test it it leaked from the top where the connections were so he had to take everything apart and do it all again but they finally got it right.Now when the VNA that comes to give Nana a bath tomorrow,Nana will be able to have a shower and use her shower seat.My dad worked on the TV room ceiling all morning after he got the car back,he had to walk up to get the car and it only took him 25 minutes so now Mom has a new battery,new tires and an alignment so she's good to go.The TV room ceiling looks so much better without having to look at all those big brown stains from the snow and rain.Mom is feeling a little bit down and still crying over losing Mario so please forgive us for not hanging around too long tonight.Mom has to deal with clean

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03/24/2015 04:26.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
RULES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN OBSERVING NESTING BIRDS
OBSERVING NESTS (PART1)
1)Nest visits shouldn’t last much longer than 1 minute: Please exercise extreme caution and responsibility when searching for nests to ensure the safety of birds, nests, and nest contents; observations of nests should never jeopardize the well-being of birds!
2)Don’t check in the early morning: Most birds lay their eggs in the morning, so plan on visiting nests in the afternoon. Also, most adults will temporarily leave the nest when you are near, and eggs and young nestlings can become cold quickly if left alone in the morning.
3)Avoid nests during the first few days of incubation: If necessary, observe nests from a distance and approach only when the female leaves the nest.
4)Do not approach nests when young are close to fledging: When the young are disturbed during this stage, they may leave the nest prematurely. Young that fledge prematurely usually do not stay in the nest despite attempts to put them back, and their survival rates away from or outside the nest are low. So when young birds are fully feathered and very alert, only observe the nest from a distance.
5)Avoid nests during bad weather: If it is cold, damp, or rainy, postpone checking nests until another day. Checking nests during this time can be very stressful for birds.
6)Don’t check nests at or after dusk: Females may be returning to the nest for the night, and be alarmed by your presence. The exception to this would be owls, which typically leave the nest at dusk.
i hope you are finding these facts interesting
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03/24/2015 11:31.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet paranormal-mutuel clerk, from the Jen
...if ya want to, you can erase my name and no birdie will ever knowI came to your page for your friendship! I have always liked you a lot, but from a distance, or at least from Alfie's cage! We got 28 degrees, cloudy and rainy, here in Rock Island, that is no hill for climbers like our flock! Tomorrow our VA Nurse comes to check our daddy out, it will hopefully be another routine visit, and after she leaves, it is off to Sexton Ford to have our SUV repaired, we cannot afford a new one! So many things about our beloved BC has changed, it just don't seem the same, so many of our really old friends have all but dropped out, and yes it hurts a lot! The FB is better than nothing, but it is so hard to achieve the same closeness we have here! Have a great ToosDay dear friends, and as usual, give our love to all in your fabulous home, see ya tomorrow...

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03/24/2015 10:52.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey RaneBeau!
Yeah I had a boo boo about an inch in diameter. Mom found blood drips on the floor and in my cage pan so she checked me out and sure enough I had to go to the ER.

But first mom brought me to work with her as she found out about it then had to make some calls to the vet to see if they could take me.

Long story short I got stabbed by one of my branches that wasnt Guava. It was a loose branch and dad figured it out that when I landed on it the branch turned and stabbed me.

So I went to the ER on the other side of the island that could take me in. Mom was devastated and in shock at the same time. She had to leave me over night but got to pick me up the next morning.

Mom told the vet my nick name is Sneaky Pookie and explained why but the vet didnt listen to mom. So when I came out of recovery no one was watching me and so I took off all the stitches. Then the vet called mom at 3 am and told her that they had to suture me up. Then the vet listened to mom and they put the cone on me before I woke up.

Having 2 surgeries isn't much fun I tell ya, especially if your name is Sneaky Pookie! Hahaha

So mom made me a new material cone as the plastic one had made a bare ring around my neck.

Mom fastened the new Camo with Velcro so that I don't take it off.

So far that thing is like glue! But I'm working on getting it off! :)

I'm on 2 different kinds of antibiotics and mom hasta put the cream on my boo boo once a day now. I go back to see the vet on Saturday again, hopefully the collar can come off.

Here's a vote for you, big guy! I can only imagine how big your collar would hafta be?

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03/24/2015 01:39.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Oh yes, I love your hat. I also see you are starting early with the mint juleps ... hehehe. I'm putting up my hat right after Easter. I can't wait. Mom has found another hat to buy. She has two right now that she never wore.
I heard that we will have a lot of things coming to the house that my parronts ordered. Dad just ordered a sign for jockey parking only ... hehehe. Mom will try to get a pic of me next to that photo thing so you can see it. We just talked to a guy at Churchill Downs, Derby Museum tonight. He told mom that the last 2 items will come in the next week and then another box will be coming here. I like to see all the stuff coming.
The weekend went way better than ever eggspected. I even played ball with the dad on Sunday.
It's still winter up here. Wednesday, we will have all day snow with lows in the negative. Looks like the high on Thursday will be 12 degrees. Back to the winter boots and hot chocolate for me ... bummer.
Ahhh yes, I want it to be warm for flip flops, shades and sundresses!

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03/23/2015 11:50.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
It seems that birds may not be as faithful to their mates as we’ve been led to think.The use of DNA by scientists has provided new food for thought to people who had assumed that most birds were faithful to their mates, if not for a lifetime, at least for a single breeding season.

It turns out that there is more hanky-panky going on in the back fields and woodlands of the country among birds than anyone could imagine. DNA studies of songbirds have shown that among any four baby birds in a single nest, it is typical that only an average of two are the creation of the parent birds that are raising them. The other two nestling have either a different father or mother, or both. In other words, it is a common practice among songbirds to copulate with birds other than their mates, thus producing broods of nestlings with mixed parentage.

Not Every Partnership Lasts The Season
Divorce is also common among birds, particularly in birds of prey. If a mated pair of hawks, for example, is not successful in producing a brood of youngsters, an avian divorce often arises and one or the other will seek another mate.

Some birds that are faithful to their mates.Although there are a few exceptions, parrots are monogamous breeders which nest in cavities and hold no territories other than their nesting sites.The pair bonds of the parrots and cockatoos are strong and a pair remains close even during the non-breeding season, even if they join larger flocks. Eagles, some Owls Geese, Swans and some seabirds are uncommonly faithful, often for life. Indeed, true love does seem to exist in the bird world, though it is hard to find.

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03/23/2015 03:00.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Monday Musings
Sunday afternoon Dad had a friend over for BluRay Day. They watched Stanley kubrick's long, slow and magnificent film "BARRY LYNDON".
I got bored and played with a spoon and ate seeds. HA.

At "Intermission" [whatever that is] they had Pizza and Wings.
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Cold in Buffalo with some unexpected snow showers Sunday morning. Hopefully Spring will struggle it's way back on the stage this week.
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03/23/2015 03:55.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
HELPING BIRDS WITH NESTS
NESTBOXES

‘Cavity-nesting birds’ like different boxes to nest in, depending on their size. You can build nestboxes for birds as different as owls, bluebirds, certain ducks, kestrels, and other species! Another great citizen science project at the Lab of Ornithology, NestWatch, works very closely with nesting birds, and has fantastic tips and learning aids about nestboxes, among other things. Here are some helpful links from the NestWatch program regarding nestboxes:

Nestbox plans: Be sure to check out the sections on protecting from predators and dealing with invasive competitors.


Features of a good nestbox: If you do decide to use kits instead of building boxes yourselves, please make sure that they are good for birds. You’ll want to make sure they have proper ventilation, no perches by the entrance hole (they often help predators access the nest), a sloped roof, drainage holes, thick walls, and a tight-fitting roof that does not permit water to enter the box.

TOMORROW more on watching nesting birds

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03/22/2015 11:21.39 AM Report This Comment  
  RaneBeau!
Hey there friend! Well Spring is Finally here and the recent snow melted. Hope that's it for a good while
Hope all is good with you?
We are enjoying the sunshine in our window. Mom's just hanging around doing one thing or another. Halley's on her eggs so we will see what happens in another week or so
This is her second set that she laid two weeks ago!
Otherwise not much going on here
All the best
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03/21/2015 11:47.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
HELPING NESTING BIRDS WITH FOOD

The plants in your neighborhood can be a big help to nesting birds! Grasses and weeds might be used to build the nest, and having varied habitat in your yard or local park is really important for birds to be able to nest and reproduce successfully, since some birds like to build in bushes, some in small trees, some near the water, some on the ground, some in tall trees, and so on.
Many plants and flowers provide fruit that birds use to feed themselves and their babies. Cedar Waxwings, for example, nest much later in the summer than other birds because they like to eat fruit, and it is more likely that fruit will be ripe later in summer.

All birds need water, both to drink and to keep themselves clean. If you put a birdbath, or even a small shallow container of water, out in your yard, you will probably attract birds! Keep it clean and provide some small stones for them to perch on so they don’t get into deep water.
When female birds are laying eggs, they need more calcium to create strong shells that will protect their young. What’s the best source of calcium? Broken-up eggshells from the eggs in your refrigerator work just fine! After rinsing any yolk residue out of the shells, crush them in a tray and see if the birds come pick them up and carry them away. Some birds use clay or grit to obtain their calcium from their natural environment. Birds also like to collect feathers to line their nests, so you can start a collection of feathers you’ve found outdoors and put them all out one day to watch them get carried away for re-use!
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03/21/2015 11:42.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
You look so dashing in your mutuel clerk hat. You will drive all the ladybirds crazy ... oh yes and my mom!
Mom says we will be in derby mode as soon as we are done with this weekend. She has already started on it a little bit. Another box came yesterday for the party. She even has one of those silly photo things with the face cut out. You stand behind it and stick your face in there ... take a pic and you are a jockey riding in the race! That is new for this year.
Did the horse pics help for the Milonga Derby?
First day of spring and it was cold and dark. Today is my skinsis's b-day, we had cake. Saturday, there is a party for her and we will have over night guests. So, I won't be on the BC until Sunday, see you then.
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03/20/2015 10:48.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
nice derby hat. you look very dashing! FIRST DAY OF SPRING: its snowing at our house
A sure signs that spring is on the way is the return of the migratory birds. : One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage.
These birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.Many of the birds we consider "our birds," in north america, actually spend less than half of their lives here. They move north as the snow melts and raise young on the plentiful supplies of insects that are abundant only during the long warm days of our late spring and summer. At the end of the breeding season, usually in late summer or fall, they move south again, most of them following only their instincts to reach the traditional "winter" home of their species.

The spring migration, for each species is a specific, optimal time when the birds need to arrive in their breeding areas. The strongest males arrive first and stake out the prime territories, often in the same location where they nested the previous year. When females arrive, they select the males that occupy the best habitats for raising young. The pair must then construct a nest, incubate eggs, and raise their brood in the short period before it is time to start the journey back to the wintering range.

In the last 20 years, many species are arriving earlier, and a significant number of species are also shifting farther to the north. Why? Scientists now believe that climate change caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases is disrupting the timing of migration and sending some species farther north in search of insects.
There has been an alarming decline in the populations of many migratory bird species. This is a result of several converging factors. Species that depend on unbroken forests in their North American breeding range are suffering because of forest fragmentation. The same species face additional threats south of the U.S. border, where logging and slash-and-burn agriculture are rapidly destroying thousands of acres of their habitats each day. Much research has focused on the lives these birds lead during their stay to the south , how they interact with nonmigratory resident species and how the habitat changes taking place in southern forests might affect the migrants.
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03/20/2015 11:50.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya RaneBeau~
Love that derby picture! You look so very handsome! I suppose I'll get to work on a picture when Easter is done! We love looking at all the hat pictures because some of them are just crazy!

No rain today yet but I'm sure it will happen. There are lots of dark clouds out there and it is totally normal for this time of the year. Helps those plants get to growing strong! We have had blossoms and trees budding for weeks. The frog have even returned to the moat below my bedroom window. They are so goofy because anytime some one drives up to enter the gate into the parking area, they go completely silent! It's like they are trying to hide!

Mandy is doing okay for now. She started having the leg jerks with the right leg. It's got something to do with nerve impulses going haywire. Unfortunately this means the disease is in the end stages. Mom thought she would be ready for it but she's not. It could be another few weeks or it could happen overnight. Mom will still do what she has to do for Mandy. The vet assures mom that Mandy will stop eating when the time comes so that is how we are judging it. She is still eating today!

Oh shredding clothing is so much fun! I get old flannel shirts and t-shirt too! When the family saw what I could to with a t-shirt was when I was banned from running around the laundry basket! They are all worried I might rip up everything they own. I suppose it's a possibility! I imagine Reba enjoys it as much as you do!

I hope your sunshine comes and stays very soon! I know how much you love being in your aviary!
Please give mom and the flock our love and have the most wonderful day every!

Leaving the most super, warm and fluffy hug I can!hehehehe
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03/20/2015 10:47.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RanBeau
What Can We Do to Save the Bees?
1) Garden Organically – Honeybees are very susceptible to pesticides and insecticides. In your own yard, choose organic means of pest control rather than toxic chemicals. Use companion planting techniques and disease-resistant seed varieties to reduce the need to spray more potent compounds in your garden or landscape.
2) Avoid Neonicotonoids that treat the seed before it’s planted. They essentially render the entire plant that grows out of that seed toxic to whatever insect feeds on it. Do not buy seeds treated with neonics, or plants that have been cultivated from them and encourage the garden centers not even to carry them.
3) Avoid Insecticidal Dusts – When bees collect pollen or nectar from a plant dusted with insecticide, they carry the insecticide back to the hive, where it can cause serious bee kills within the hive for many months. If you must apply insecticides, do so in the late evening or very early morning when fewer bees will be foraging, and when it is not windy.
4) Support Local Beekeepers who are on the front lines of keeping honey bees alive. Support their efforts to reduce pesticide spraying. The drift from the spray can infiltrate their beehives and kill off the bees.
5) Provide Water – Bees need lots of fresh, clean, unpolluted water to help them make their honey. Is there room in your yard or patio to add a small pond with a fountain or water filter to keep the water moving while providing lots to drink for the bees?
6) Urge the U.S. EPA to Test Pesticides That Could Be Causing Bees to Die Off
7) Plant A Variety of Blooming Plants – that bloom at different times of the spring summer and fall to provide a steady source of pollen. Native plants like purple coneflower (Echinacea) and Chokecherry can be ideal.
8) Encourage your neighbors to care for trees, flowers and bushes organically. Identify fields that your city or town can leave unmowed so that bees and other insects can feed on the pollen and nectar that will be available from weeds left to grow wild. Testify about the importance of protecting bees at your local city council or town hall meetings.
9) Buy Honey From Local Beekeepers –! You can find it online, at farmers markets and in natural and whole foods stores.
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03/19/2015 11:03.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Honeybees do more than make honey. 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide are bee-pollinated. Almost every food you eat exists because bees pollinated the plant they came from. Honeybees populations are dying out in alarming numbers. Since 2006, 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion, have been lost .Scientists and beekeepers have several theories about why honeybees are dying off.
1) Bees live in colonies, with one queen and many drones and worker bees. During winter, the queen lays eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs hatch into females that become the worker bees. Their job is to forage for food and take care of the colony. Unfertilized eggs become drones or honey bee males. For any colony to survive, the queen must lay fertilized eggs and those eggs must become worker bees. There is only one queen per colony. She mates once, but it counts when she does, as normally she collects more than 5 million sperm, enough so she can fertilize eggs throughout her life. When a queen can no longer lay eggs, new queens become responsible for mating and laying honey bee eggs. One theory behind the collapse of honeybee colonies is that the queen is not getting enough sperm from the male bee that she mates with. Another theory is that the queen is dying earlier than usual, which means she has less time to fertilize eggs. fewer fertilized eggs give rise to fewer worker bees that can help maintain the bee colony. If the queen dies out and is not replaced by a new queen, the hive will die out.
2) Many bee hives have been found to be infected by a tiny parasite called a varroa mite are wreaking havoc on bee colonies. The mites suck fluid from bees’ bodies, making the bees weak and compromising their immune systems. The mites also pass along viruses that can paralyze the bees. It is hard to kill off the mites without harming the bees
3)–, bees need food and water to survive. In their case, food comes from the pollen they collect from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and trees. They also need unpolluted water sources. Urban sprawl and industrial development are taking the place of fields that used to provide the plant variety that kept bees thriving. regions suffering from drought, annual flowers aren’t blooming and perennials aren’t producing as much nectar.
4)Neonicotonoids – is a systemic pesticide. It’s not sprayed on plants. Instead, seeds are treated with the chemical. As the plant grows, the pesticide infuses its plant tissue. If a bee nibbles on a plant grown from neonic-treated seed, it could be lethal.TOMORROW: HOW WE CAN HELP THE BEES
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03/18/2015 11:14.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
HAPPY ST PADDYS DAY
if you wear, eat or drink anything green you will have good luck. anyone not wearing green must be pinched

four leaf clovers are lucky because they protect from witchcraft. if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover you will have a rash of good luck.

A bird stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink.
"Why of course," comes the reply.
The first bird asks: "Where are you from?"
"I'm from Ireland," replies the second bird.
The first bird responds: "You don't say, I'm from Ireland too! Let's have another round to Ireland."
"Of Course," replies the second bird.
Curious, the first bird then asks: "Where in Ireland are you from?"
"Dublin," comes the reply.
"I can't believe it," says the first bird.
"I'm from Dublin too! Let's have another drink to Dublin."
"Of course," replies the second .
Curiosity again strikes and the first bird asks:
"What school did you go to?"
"Saint Mary's," replies the second bird.
"I graduated in '62."
"This is unbelievable!" the first bird says.
"I went to Saint Mary's and I graduated in '62, too!"
About that time in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar. and asks "whats up"
"Nothing much," replies the bartender. "The O'Birdy twins are drunk again."

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03/17/2015 08:54.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
The Prairie Chicken is one of americas best dancers and their courtship performance is the sort nature documentaries love to feature.

Prairie chickens are native birds of North America. There are two kinds of prairie chicken, and both are chunky, brown, chicken-like prairie natives. The Greater Prairie-Chicken is the larger of the two varieties and has a broader range, encompassing eleven Midwestern and Plains states. Greater Prairie-Chickens prefer tallgrass prairies, Lesser Prairie-Chickens choose a shortgrass prairie habitat. Once rather widespread, Lesser Prairie-Chickens now exist only in northern Texas, western Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas, and southeastern Colorado.the Greater and Lesser have suffered catastrophic decline due to loss of habitat.

Prairie chickens are called arena birds because of the males tendencyto pick out a special area, or arena, in which to display for interested females. The male prairie chickens arrive at their arenas just before sunrise. The arenas, also called leks, look no different to humans than the rest of the prairie — that is, until a female or two glides or struts onto the scene, and the males start trying to impress.Bending forward and raising their tail feathers and the special dark feathers near their heads, the male prairie chickens then inflate the air sacs along their throats (orange in the Greater and pink or purplish in the Lesser). From these sacs the birds let out great booming calls, which resonate across the early morning prairie lands. “Ooo-loo-loo, ohh-loo-loo” echoes from all around as the suitors serenade females. Sounds is similar to an amplified sound of blowing across the top of an empty bottle. To top off the performance, the anxious males rapidly stamp the ground as they call, thus creating a strange song-and-dance routine.
It’s quite a site and puts most other courting rituals,to shame.
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03/16/2015 05:27.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi RaneBeau
Beware the Ides of March.

Caesar, as he passed the soothsayer on his way to the senate chambers, mocked and called Spurinna a false prophet- for the Ides of March had come to pass and he remained unscathed. But the prophet warned that though it had indeed come, it had not passed. Then Caesar, entering the senate conclave, headlong into the hands of fate did violently perish.
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The Kingbird's Omen

A king-bird flew in Pompey’s Hall
Pursued by others from the grove
With laurel sprig in hand it strove
To hard elude the brawl

But overcome by violence wide
It fell the victim of its foes
And as they there in triumph rose
On purple floors it died

These symbols in Spurinna stirred
And warnings out to Caesar went
But fruitless was the message sent
The omen went unheard

Then there he was near Pompey’s Hall
Pursued by fate and too by Jove
And as he toward the senate strove
There Caesar met his fall

For overcome by violence wide
He fell the victim of his foes
And as they there in triumph rose
On scarlet floors he died

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  Flitzer Hello
Happy Sunday from King Flitzer and his man-servant

Come visit me, Mario Adler Memorial Celebration & King Flitzer. Mario Celebration: Page 276082.

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