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My daughter wanted a cockatiel while she was still living at home. He chose me to bond with...when my daughter moved out, she gave him (along with Pepper, her other cockatiel) to me..

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Hi! My name is ANGEL

I am a Cockatiel from Racine, WI.

"Crowboy"

17 years old   M

Cockatiel

millet, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, cornbread, potatoes

my shoulder; perched next to me

He loves to be with me...all the time. He greets every morning with joy...chatters & bobs, says "angelbird" over and over.

"Everything!"

crowing, eats out of my other cockatiels food bowl every chance he gets, will only let me scratch his head.

Birds for all...all for Birds.

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  Hi Angel & Pepper... TiPaul here
Everything is perfect today! We got Mom all to ourselves. We got our internet working faster than it did before, and we are going to party while Mom spends the day with us! She got a special request from her former dance teacher, who has incurable cancer... she wants pictures of Mom with some of us. Mom is going to make her a video of us in the bird room and hopes to get some of us in action. Marley will usually dance, and I will join in, so it should be a fun filled day. The only thing that is against us is the weather, and it is freezing rain outside. Not good, but Mom only has to go to the village later on, and that is an easy enough drive. you have a greyt day. Sending hugs from Quebec.

Come visit me, Leroy, Little Bit & Chloe - Thank you everybirdy!!, Gizmo - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Max, Jasper - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Micky - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, PEPPER-Thanks for BOTM!, TiPaul - Thanks for helping me get to 10K!, Floop - Thanks for BOTD!, Marley - Thanx everybirdy 4 BOTD Carrot cake 4 all, Zak - Thank you everybirdy for BOTD! & Lee-Roial RIP - Thanks for remembering me..

12/17/2014 11:42.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
Thanks for your votes and visits daily! I love hearing from everybirdie.
Yesterday we did everything Heinz, today we are moving to Frick. He was one of those robber baron guys, but he gave back some to the city. Not like Andrew Carnegie, who gave back a ton, but still...
Henry Clay Frick gave Pittsburgh Frick Park, a beautiful space in the eastern part of the city with tennis courts, many playgrounds, walking trails, a nature center, a running track, an exercise track, a bowling green, as well as many picnic pavilions. In my pics today, the fifth and sixth ones are of Frick Art museum, right across from the bowling greens of the park. The Museum isn't part of the park, though. It's a small museum with many beautiful paintings. In a neighboring block is Clayton, a Frick city mansion. One of the pics is the garage. A friend of mom's is curator of the cars. The mansion itself is huge, the rooms are incredible, there is great woodwork inside. Right now it's decked out for the holidays. I don't know if you can see it, but one of the pics shows the staircase draped in greens. There are tours conducted there when people request them.
I hope you are still enjoying your tour of Pittsburgh. I'm having fun bringing to you all the great areas of the city. Hope also that you are having a great day! Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/17/2014 08:39.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Flying by with a vote. Hope you're having a good week!! We are having a nice one. It is warm for this time of year. Have a good day!

*It's baking day at the KB! Hope you will join us!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/17/2014 07:55.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
.i sure hope santabird is paying much attention to me i am also biting more. when mom plays with me for my exercise sometimes if she gets me so worked up i can't tell the difference between her hand and the toy she is using to play with me so mom always tries to keep the toy in front of her hands. tonight mom was watching tv and i came over and bite her on the nose. luckily for mom is was just a play bite mom tries very hard to keep me away from her head and when mom kisses me she holds my beak so i can't bite but when i see an opportunity i take it. anyway i am back to making a cave out of the pillows and dragging my egg carton in there to shred it so maybe it is a little hormonal.

of course i would never bite you my love. well maybe a little love nip

THOSE THAT HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO KNOW ALSO HAVE THE DUTY TO ACT……….Albert Einstein

love Cori

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12/16/2014 10:40.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Angel, Hello Pepper~
I hope your day was just perfect! We had some very dark clouds to the west but sunshine to the east! It looked very pretty. We didn't do a whole lot today. Mom is off tonight and tomorrow night and we have lots to get done around the house. Dad will be home Wednesday and he gets to stay home until Christmas is over!!
Mom went to the mall today to the Hallmark store to get Ian an ornament. She got him the Spiderman one this year. Mom has been buying him a Christmas ornament every year since he was born. This will be ornament #32! He has a strange collection of book characters, Godzilla, spaceships and action figures! The very first one was the Poky Little Puppy! That was his favorite book at the time!
I hope your evening is just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/15/2014 08:03.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you for the Congrats Angel!
Thank you for the congrats on BOTD Angel! You are a cute birdie!

Love,

Beenie, Baby, Mommy

Come visit me, Baby & Beenie.

12/15/2014 01:30.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel & Pepper, from Jen & Ziggy
Our sun seems to have forsaken us, it is gloomy and overcast once again, with a good chance of rain, but it is warming up nicely! After cage duty comes more Christmas Card prep, a true labor of love! Last year we sent out over 50 cards, but may not finish that many this year, it is a time constraint thing, and dad can't sit up straight for very long, his back starts to hurt really bad! Have a Greyt Monday, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow, dear ones...

Love always from Jenny & our Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

12/15/2014 01:17.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hope your week is off to a good start! We are having a nice day and warmer weather. Have a good one!! Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/15/2014 12:32.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
Thanks for the votes every day! I really love hearing from you, too.
Before we leave the Strip, we have to visit St. Stanislaus Church, it's right in the center of things, there on Smallman Street! The first 2 pics in my gallery show one of the oldest churches in Pittsburgh, St. Stanislaus in the Strip. I thought while we were seeing churches, we could go back to Oakland and see St. Paul's Cathedral, the next 2 pics in my gallery. This is the biggest Catholic church in the area. The last 2 new pics are of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, built by the Mellons in the 1800s. The people in Pittsburgh at the time called it Mellon's Fire Escape! Maybe it was, who knows? Today at that church, there are organ recitals every week, and Taize music some evenings. If you don't know the Taize stuff, you should google it and listen to a piece or 2, it's beautiful singing.
So, tomorrow we will go back to Oakland to see other things, including Heinz Chapel.
You may have noted Heinz field, Heinz History museum, and now Heinz chapel; what's that all about? We'll talk more tomorrow! Hope you have a spectacular day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/15/2014 11:01.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper
You have to come to the castle for a day of fun,food,friends and downright partying with me!Can you believe this is my third time here with you this week?Come share in my special day,there are so many things to do at the castle and we can have such a fun time together!It just wouldn't be the same with out you here by my side joining in the celebrations!Sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses! Love Kallie

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

12/14/2014 08:04.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Angel (and Pepper, too!)
Holy moley, wasn't that a lousy game? Grandpa asked Mom which team played the Bills--he thought it might have been the third string players for the Pack. Just awful! Almost as painful to watch as that Badgers game....

Do you have the big FOG like we do?

Your buddy,
Kaji

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote PEPPINO #262561 for BOTM in January!.

12/14/2014 07:30.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Stopping by to bring a vote for you. We're having a good day with nice weather. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/13/2014 10:34.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
Thank you for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are visiting another area of Pittsburgh which used to be little known, but now is pretty much known to any tourist who comes here. It's the Strip District. No, people don't strip to go there, it's a strip along the Allegheny River very close to town. It used to be a large warehouse district where greengrocers, butchers, and other merchants went early in the day (think 3AM) to get fresh supplies for their stores. The public could also go there and shop. In mom's family, they went in the fall to get whole pigs for sausages and crates of grapes for wine. Over time, as more of the public went there to shop for goods, it became specialized into ethnic shopping areas. There were stores like the Pennsylvania Macaroni company, catering to Italians, Stamboolis, catering to near eastern groups, Greek and Asian markets, etc. Today, the strip has become more genteel, so to speak. There are no longer hucksters in the streets, and lots of the big warehouses are now art galleries, bars, dance clubs, or broken into groups of smaller shops, like the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The oldest stores, like PennMac (Mom's favorite), Wholey's Fish market, and a few others are still up and thriving, but smaller markets, like the biscotti company are doing well too. They have even started sidewalk cafes in the strip for the summer trade. It retains some of its old flavor, though, which makes it still a great place to walk and shop.
Have a wonderful day, don't forget to give out kissies for those scritches. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/13/2014 08:16.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi my beautiful Angelbird
for some reason mom didn't want to play with me tonight and kept dozing off so i kept picking up my big black rubber dog toy with the bell in it and hitting her with it. finally i woke mom up. then i decided i didn't want to play with her anymore so i went to my shoe box for some major shredding time. moms watchig tv and i am bored. lets go on a walk outside and look at all the pretty sparkling xmas lights.Cori and Angel stroll wing in wing down the streets oohing and awing at all the festive displays before stopping under a mistletoe, Cori had hung earlier. and giving each other lingering beaky kisses

love Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

12/12/2014 11:25.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper
Thanks so much for the info on our next practice sessions!I will definitely be there and make sure I write it down on my calendar so I myself don't by pass it in all the confusion with my Mom constantly going out lately!
Love always,Dixie

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

12/12/2014 08:33.16 PM Report This Comment  
  We are having nice weather so far today. Yesterday it snowed but not much. Hope you are enjoying your day!

Have a good weekend! Leaving a vote for you!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/12/2014 05:13.34 PM Report This Comment  
  HI ANGEL & PEPPER
THE LAST PRACTICE WAS ON WED DEC 10TH 3PM CENTRAL TIME. THE REST OF THE PRACTICE DAYS ARE WED DEC 17TH AND WED JAN 7th.

WILL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. YOUR FELLOW TEAMMATE SWEETPEPPER

Come visit me, Digger Sept 29, 1998 - June 11, 2005, KACEY & MIKEY'S WEDDING PAGE MARCH 3, 2012, MAY 9,2009 THE WEDDING OF SWEETPEPPER & KIDDO, MAXIMILLIAN AUG 25,1992-MARCH 14,2010 R.I.P., SWEETPEPPER LUVS KIDDO, TIEL TERRORS BASEBALL TEAM PRACTICE FIELD & KACEY LUVS HER MIKEY.

12/11/2014 07:55.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper
Mom was so busy with my and my frother's thank you's for BOTD that she totally forgot it was Thursday but I will see if my Mom will be available to have me have a practice session with everyone next week sometime!Jedi's Mom had to have shoulder rotator cuff operation on Monday so she won't be able to type for awhile.I'm sooo sorry I didn't remember,but as soon as I can clear a day for a practice session with my Mom for next week I'll let everybirdie know on the calendar page!We do need to practice as the championships will be starting soon and we do want to win this year!You are so right and I can't thank you for reminding me of this fact!
Love,Dixie

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

12/11/2014 07:49.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear from you!
Leaving a vote for you. Have a good evening!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/11/2014 07:44.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper
Please join me in the Castle with Queen Ruby for a day filled with fun,food and friends to help share in my special day,it wouldn't be special without all my friends joining me!Come and partake of all the fun and festivities that I have planned for the day and night here!Lots of food and fun things to do!It wouldn't be a special day for me unless you are there by my side sharing it with me as if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be here to enjoy it!
Thank you for the congratulations on my being the most senior tiel here(I think)LOL!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm tiel hugs and soft tiel kisses!Loving you always and forever! King Peepers

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

12/11/2014 06:50.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel and Pepper
Come on over and join the party in the Castle with me and Queen Ms Ruby!There's so much to do there and the celebrations will go on well into the night!Lots of greyt food by Lizzie and plenty of fun things to do all day and night long!It wouldn't be a special day for me without you both there as its all because of you that I'm enjoying this special honor!You deserve to be there as well as I!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses! Loving you always and forever,King Dixie

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

12/09/2014 07:57.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
we think dad moved the wrong way and pinched a nerve causing his arms to go numb for about 5 minutes. the doctors have no answers.

i think a nice glass of merlot will be good for us. we can savor the taste and each other. Cori and her Angelbird snuggle together just happy being together.

love your Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

12/08/2014 10:44.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Just flying by to say hello and leave a vote for you! Hope your week is off to a good start. Thanks for stopping by. It's good to hear from you. Enjoy your evening!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/08/2014 08:38.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
No new pics today because we're revisiting the parks momentarily. I did post the Pirate parrot and the Penguin penguin, though. As I said yesterday Pittsburgh has some rabid sports fans, and there is sports memorabilia for sale in a lot of places in the city. But Pittsburghers also love to participate in sporting events. There are baseball and softball areas in all the parks, as well as tennis courts, some soccer fields, basketball courts, even places to play tetherball. Frick even has a bowling green and leagues that play there all summer long. As well as the ball parklets in the parks, there is an ice skating rink at Schenley Park, and swimming pools at both Schenley and Highland Parks.If a person isn't so sports minded, there are family picnic pavilios, many of the parks offer community gardens, Frick has a nature center with programs, and of course there is the zoo and aquarium at Highland Park. We'll talk more of that tomorrow.
I hope you are having a good day, and maybe even thinking of visiting our city at some point. Mom loves to take folks around. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/08/2014 10:58.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
dad is ok. the hospital didn't know what was wrong with him and sent him home after a cat scan. mom is just super tired today. she didn't get to bed until 6am

today is the day my mom and dad got married.

I've torn out my alarm system & de-registered from the Neighborhood Watch.
I've got two Pakistani flags raised in my front yard,
one at each corner and the black flag of ISIS in the center.
The local police, State Police, FBI, Secret Service
and other intelligence services are all watching my house 24/7.
I've never felt safer.

love Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

12/07/2014 09:01.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angelbird
mom says the flu shots won't protect you from getting the flu because the virus is constantly mutating but if you have the shot it shouldn't hit you as badly because it will still cover some of the bases. mom is thinking about getting the shingles shot because that will prevent you from getting shingles and some people can get shingles on the face and that can't be good.

i am riding Rudolfs head as he practices for the sleigh ride with santa bird.

dad just informed mom he going to the emergency room because his arms feel numb so this will b brief.we haven't seen any sun for about 2 weeks now. at least the rain stopped but its getting cold outside and probably will snow. mom cleaned the fish tank today and saw the fish tank stand is shot and now has to scramble to get a new one before it collapses. saw some nice ones on the internet but wants to check them out in the petstore first.
our budgies Paddy and Piddy flew down to the floor to visit with Boo Boo and Boo Boo was about to go after them but mom was right there and stopped it then she put everybirdy to bed.

i miss you also. even though i sometimes play with the other boy birdies you are still my one and only . they are my friends but you are my sweetie.
talk to you tomorrow.


love Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

12/06/2014 11:30.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Angel, Hello Pepper~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Lots of cleaning and some cooking going on here. Kind of boring really but I have a new toy in the play cage to keep me occupied.
Mom put the Trans Siberian Orchestra CD on for us to listen to. She just love the Christmas Canon. She love the Canon and this version of it is very beautiful! I'm enjoying it. The new computer does not have the same music program as the old one so mom has not figured out how to get more music on her MP3 player! Ian gave mom his old IPod since he got a smart phone and it does everything the Ipod does. Now mom has to figure out how to use it! She can turn it on and off! So far that's about it!Hahahahahaha It's rather embarrassing to have a mom who is so clueless when it comes to technology!
You enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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12/06/2014 01:08.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Flying by with a vote! Thanks for liking my profile pic and also for your vote. Have a good weekend!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

12/05/2014 01:41.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
and Pepper, too. Thanks to Sam and Aunt Robin for the pic of me with the tree. I am finding time to decorate, after all.
Thanks for your support today and every day. I posted some of the Nationality room pics in my gallery, as well as some of Schenley Park.
Today, we are still in Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Carlow Universities, as well as the museum where mom works, and lots of other good things.
I want to talk about the green spaces in Pittsburgh today. The city has several large parks, Frick in the East End, Mellon Park also in the east, Schenley Park in Oakland and others. Pittsburgh can be proud of its green spaces, where lots of people make use of the paths, the playgrounds, the tennis courts, the swimming pools, and the dog 'parks' within the parks. The pics in my gallery show Schenley which is near both Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. The sky view in one of them shows the Cathedral of Learning as well as the rest of the Oakland skyline. The city has a lot of things to be proud of, and we think the parks are right up there at the top of the list. See you tomorrow, hope you are having a good day today. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/05/2014 11:57.26 AM Report This Comment  
  while Cori sips the eggnog loaded with rum and cuddles next to her Angelbird all her aches and pains from playing in the milonga turkey bowl football magically disappear.
don't worry i am all bluff. i was putting on a show to scare those indians.

love your Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

11/30/2014 10:01.28 PM Report This Comment  
  HI Guys
Thank you so much for congratulating me on BOTD! Wow! A two day celebration! It really doesn't get much better than that! I just don't know how I will ever get back to leading a normal life after this:) Hope you have a great evening;)

hugs,

Poppy...Thank you for remembering Joey:)

Come visit me, In loving memory of my beloved Joey, Cleo, Chicklet, Poppy-Thanks so much everybirdy for BOTD!, Jazz-Thanks everybirdie! What a great surprise! & Sunny.

11/30/2014 07:34.14 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, Msrs Angel and Pepper!

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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 03:45.23 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 03:45.16 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Msrs Angel and Pepper! 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/28/2014 06:01.28 PM Report This Comment  
  My Dear Angelird
i am very thankful this thanksgiving for having you in my life. even though we are many miles apart you are forever in my heart.

GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

love Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

11/27/2014 09:08.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angel
we just received your lovely thanksgiving day card .thank you so much. the mailman had it tied up in a bundle of our mail that a mailman had delivered to the wrong house.

mom always does our blogging for us after we go to bed at night.last night while mom was playing with me before bedtime she noticed this sour smell coming from my mouth and nares. naturally mom panicked and first thought that came to her mind was sour crop which can be very dangerous. i of course was acting fine, maybe not playing as much as usual but sure wanting lots of head scritches. no loss of appetite cause mom gave me a cashew and i gobbled it right down. i did seem to be very thirsty so mom added a tiny amount of apple cider viinegar to my water and i drank quite a lot of it. mom was going to take me to the vet first thing in the morning but instead of doing our blogging she was doing research on sour crop. this morning when mom got up the sour smell had dissipated quite a bit but is still there. i am still eating and drinking and acting fine so mom will continue with the vinegar and see if the smell goes away completely.

mom had to run to the store for a few things and after coming home and bringing her packages inside she noticed 2 house wrens that seem to be tangled up in something who were making quite a ruckus. mom left her packages on the front porch and got a step stool from inside to stand on so she could reach the braanch. they had somehow gotten their legs caught in a birdhouse mom had stuffed with our doggies hair clippings from this spring. mom tried to pull the hair out with one hand while holding the birds with her other hand but she coudlnt pull the hair out. she then gently pulled the birds legs out of the hair. she doesn't know if all the hair was off the legs or if their legs were damaged but , man, did they ever fly way fast. mom then pulled out all the tightly packed doggie hair clippings from the bird house and threw it away.something else for mom to feel guilty about.

HAPPY HUMPDAY

love Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

11/26/2014 05:54.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Angel~~
Happy Thanksgiving!
Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

11/26/2014 10:47.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Angelbird
yesterday was quite a day for us. it was mom and dads 37anniversary and they were actually going to leave the house and go out for dinner. dad asked mom to trim Boo Boo's beak because he said the top was way to long and she couldn't eat properly with it. so long. when mom took a look she saw that Boo Boo had somehow broken the bottom half of my beak off and my top beak was about 3/4 of an inch longer. she wrapped Boo Boo in a tea towel and got a good grip of my head and held her beak together and started filing away with the emery board. she moved fast because she doesn't want to hold her in that position for very long. at one point she noticed blood on her hand and thought maybe i had bitten her so she stopped to checked and make sure Boo Boo was ok . here Boo Boos top beak had started to bleed where she filed it down. you have to realize mom always is working on our beak and nails and so was very surprised to see what had happened in the first place and in order for Boo Boos beak to fit properly she had to file it down to the right length which made it bleed. when mom saw the blood she became ill and thought she was going to vomit. she grabbed some flour and dipped her beak in it. then she uses a cloth and wiped the blood off, then she dipped her beak in flour again. at this point we suspected mom was putting batter on Boo Boo to eat her for dinner. mom was so upset she told dad no way was she going out for dinner when Boo Boosbeak had been bleeding. what if it started bleeding again while they were gone. dad said ok and went out and brought dinner hone from a nice local italian restaurant. that night mom let Boo Boo chase a live cricket around and she did catch it and ate it all up. i was fairly upset that Boo Boo got so much attention. mom gave me a cashew to cheer me up. Boo Boo is still mad at mom but acting a little better and eating with her beak. mom says withBoo Boos beak so short she really look like a baby bird now.
mom also says i am looking better and better and my beak is looking better and better also. i am keeping my weight at 474 grams which is good for me. mom says my eyes also have a sparkle to them which she hasn't seen for a few years.


love Cori

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE PEPPINO BOTM 262561.

11/24/2014 10:51.56 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Mr Angel and Mr Pepper!

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°.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 12:29.58 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´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 12:29.48 PM Report This Comment  
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