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We have 2 green cheeks and were at the vet with one of them. We were so excited to see this adorable lorikeet in a cage there. We were fussing over him and a worker asked if we were interested in adopting him because his owner was ill and could no longer care for him. We were ecstatic! We contacted the owner and she was pleased to find a family who would love and care for him. So here he is.. ;)

Mom uploaded a Video of me playing in my birdie room yesterday and posted it on here. Check me out. I am so cute! look up mango playing in the playing section of the videos.. Cya later.. hugs xxxx Mango 3/22/10
Mom also put up another video that is the cutest video ever! Look me up .. Mango playing in his tree. ;)

Thank you for voting me bird of the day on 4/20. I had the greatest time ever because of all of you!
Everybirdie on the BC is so special to me..I love you all! Hugs Mango

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Hi! My name is * Mango*

I am a Rainbow Lory from Boynton Beach, FL.

Punkit,cutes , poops ,sweetie, baby and chicken, chicken potpie and chicken dumpling too..

6 years old   M

Rainbow Lory

Any fruit or fruit juice, nectar..Grapes and pumpkin bread are the best!

On my mom and dad or im trying to Jump on the dogs back. Or I sometimes sneak over by the fish tank when no one's looking to stir things up! I also have my own tree outside on our screened patio!

Mom or Dad touching MY stuff!
And..eating in front of this bird is rudeeee and I will letcha know!!!

Mom and Dad give me lots of love , kisses and attention and they dont get mad at me when I poop EVERY where because of my special diet. ;)

talking into the paper towel rolls and laughing..I whistle and Im always talking to Myself while splish splashing in my bath tub! I laugh and say hey baby, Hi birdy and Hi Peete hi peete..Peete and Paulie also taught me how to say bad bad bad! hmmmm.. Wonder where they got that from?
My new words areeee.. .squeeze the beak!gimmee kiss gimmee kiss! And peek-a-boo!
My new words this week areeee are..take a bath! Go ahead mango take a bath..
I don't wanna sound braggy butttt.. I also say.. stop it ..stop that.and.. Wheres daddy ..hi daddy. Hi Hi hi Mango.Birdie birdie birdie birdie birdie!
Would you concider ticking like a bomb that sounds like its about to explode a quirky habit? heehee...
I make the noise of the phone ringing. I also say..Hi mango and go to bed go ahead common mango go to bed . hi daddy,wheres daddy! I imitate my squeeky food doors too..that means..give me food!! I say hello when the phone rings..I sneeze when someone sneezes..
I have also mastered my dog barking skills! I am even better then the Dog at it!! ;)
My newest word is... shut up sheena shut up!
hi birdie, birdie birdie birdie birdie birdie!

mine mine mine!!! Back away from the toys buddy !!!!

Go PHOENIX BASE FLYERS!!Lets kick some tail feather!!!

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  Hi Mango
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 10:56.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Mango!
Doing okay here. Trying to convince Mom to retire early--and I think I am getting someplace with that idea. I mean, how can you possibly want to work when you have your irresistible feather kid wanting you to stay home???

You coming to the Milonga? Sure hope so!
Your buddy,

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03/27/2015 08:44.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Hope to see you this weekend!

Well, it is pretty darned hot here. They were calling for a high of 89 today, but it is 90 out there right now. Looks like they missed it again. Mom took me out for my sunbath as soon as she got home from zumba a few minutes after noon, and it was so warm she sat in the shade and put my outdoor carrier in partial shade. So I still got my sun, but it wasn't nearly as hot as in the full sun.

Mom is in another battle over insurance and medical bill, only this time it is the hospital's fault and Anthem Blue Cross has been struggling with them since Mom's surgery last August! She spoke to a very nice young lady a few minutes ago, and they finally received the records (125 pages!) of the procedure they have been requesting since the whole thing started. Hopefully this time it will be resolved.

Meanwhile I am perched on my mom's knee dictating my blogs. Since she is wearing shorts, she is hoping I will not have an accident. She had better hope I don't get adventurous and climb all over her like I did during yesterday's blogging...Whoops! Here I go!!


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03/27/2015 03:13.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 09:41.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 09:47.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 10:20.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 11:28.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 02:56.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango

‘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 11:18.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango

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 11:38.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How clever your mom was to get her hands on that video. Insurance companies suck!

Well, the entries for the Milonga Irish Contest closed yesterday, and we have a lot of really greyt pics in the Milonga Page gallery. Twenty-six entries altogether, so there are plenty to vote for. And voting begins tomorrow, Saturday the 21st. Each flock gets one vote in each category. I will announce the categories tonight on the Calendar Page and the Milonga Page. So don't forget; that's not one vote per bird, but one vote per flock. However the flock gets to vote in each and every category every day from now to midnight EDT on the 26th. So you won't want to miss voting a single day!

I had a nice sunbath as soon as Mom got home from the gym, even before her shower since it was pretty darned warm out there: 85 degrees! Mom roasted, but we still managed to hang out for a half hour.

Then we shared one of my mom's lo cal frozen lunches: mac and cheese that she stirs cottage cheese into to bring up the protein count. Now I love pasta, and cheese and cottage cheese, so you can bet I was all over that stuff!

And now I am sitting contentedly on Mom's knee dictating my blogs. The plumbers won't be back until tomorrow, since they are waiting for a part to come in, so I have Mom all to myself. Works for me!


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03/20/2015 03:23.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 11:47.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 11:00.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 11:11.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 08:52.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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 05:24.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Mango!
Wow, how cool to hear from ya! And Mom gives your Mom a big hug back, too! Gosh, we have made it thru most of the winter, and Mom is still working. Not sure how much longer, as her contract is up in the middle of June. So she is playing it by ear, though I have to say--how can she play with her ear? Doesn't look like it moves too much, so how can it play? Puzzlement! And me, I am doing great. Grandpa is doing good too but his knees are still giving him grief. We are looking forward to spring. Supposed to be 70 tomorrow. Then it is back to the 40's. Sure hope we don't have any more snow...but it is WI so you know it can still happen.

Super to hear from ya!!
Your buddy,

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03/15/2015 08:17.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
How wonderful to hear from you. We are all doing fine, and I hope you are as well. It's been too long, my friend.

I had my sunbath a little later today due to a very cloudy morning. Dad referred to "June Gloom" which is a standard weather phenomenon here, but the big dummy doesn't even know it's March! Geesh! Anyway Mom waited till she got home from the gym to take me out, and it was still very cloudy but warm enough and actually a bit humid which is very unusual for us.

Now about Mom's trip to the gym. This was her first zumba class since she didn't have to take it easy from the cortisone shot. Her left shoulder is feeling greyt from that shot, and she had lots more fun in zumba being able to move that arm without any pain. Consequently she really got into it, and at the end of class she was super pooped. Guess I am lucky she didn't opt for a nap when she got home.

And Dad is making a batch of his sketti for dinner! Mom makes it too, but Dad likes his better and Mom is good with letting him play in the kitchen. Either way I am a winner, because I love sketti any way it comes! Mom will definitely share her dinner with me. I can hardly wait, because the whole house smells wonderful!


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03/15/2015 03:21.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
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.
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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03/15/2015 09:56.45 AM Report This Comment  
The Red-capped Manakin (Pipra mentalis), aka theRed-capped Manakin Moonwalking Bird is an amazing little bird. Its famous moonwalking behavior captured on film and an all-time favorite bird video.

Manakins are sparrow-sized birds that live in tropical forests in South and Central America. Males perform elaborate courtship displays to impress females. Included in its repertoire is Michael Jackson's moonwalk. Or does Michael Jackson do the manakin moonwalk? Maybe he stole it from the birds! Even people who aren't into birding are amazed by the "moonwalking bird". The film is just slowed-down videography caught on special high-speed cameras. This advanced camera can capture a few seconds of action at up to 1,000 frames per second. So what you are seeing in the video is not real-time. The high-speed film also helped to explain how the manakins made all the weird buzzes and other noises when displaying. It's produced not vocally, but rather by the vibration of their wing tips. They actually move faster than a hummingbird's wings!

Check out the videos on U-Tube. type in manakin doing moon walk or michael jackson dancing bird.
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03/14/2015 12:50.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
flying by to wish you a most Happy Hatchday. Hope you are having a super fun time celebrating on your special day.

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12/26/2014 10:50.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Wishing you a very HAPPY HATCHDAY and many more. Enjoy your special day. I hope you got extra treats today!
Today was a lazy day trying to recoup from all the eggcitement of Christmas. It sure was a dark dreary day. Soon we will have our daily snow with temps in the 20's. But, I have been busy destroying new toys ... a bird's work is never done. Have a good night.
Happy Boxing Day ~ Happy Kwanzaa ~ St Stephen (Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen ...)

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12/26/2014 09:35.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Mango!
Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love! Know you have it already...but want to wish it anyway!

Happy Hatchday!
Your buddies,
Kaji and Lizzie

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12/26/2014 08:26.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Happy hatchday buddy.Woo Hoo another day of presents.I hope your enjoying your special day.

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12/26/2014 07:25.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

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12/26/2014 05:07.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mango!
You and your flock were louder than the adults? Awesome!!!! Love it! Thanks for inviting me over for cake! I will fly right over!

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12/26/2014 04:01.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Mango
Happy 6th hatchday. Here's a vote in celebration. Hope its your best ever. May you have lots of treats, toys and attention. Wing hugs, Pearl and Silver.

PS: Had to laugh at your avatar shoveling since you live in FL!

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12/26/2014 03:59.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatch Day
Happy Hatch Day To You!
Happy Hatch Day To You!
Happy Hatch Day To Mango!
Happy Hatch Day To You and Many Many More!

Wishing you a greyt day filled with lots of new toys,special treats and of course lots of those wonderful scritches that feel sooo good!
Love always,Dixie,Kallie and Peepers

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12/26/2014 03:30.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!!
Hi Mango!

Here's a vote and a nice nearly full bag of almonds to help you celebrate your special day. Now I am not sure if you can eat almonds or not, and I have to admit I ate a few on the flight over but it is a long way from CA to FL. However they will work great for your big party, and it looks to be going strong!


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12/26/2014 03:24.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mango~
Sugar here to perform the Hatchday Song just for you! Are you ready?


Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
Happy Hatchday dear, awesome, spectacular Mango!
Happy Hatchday to you! cha cha cha
And Many Moooooooore~~~CHA CHA CHA

Enjoy your special day!!
Hatchday Hugs ~ ♥

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12/26/2014 03:00.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday!
Hey Mango, another year older? You still look like a chick! We all hope you have a wonderful hatchday, filled with attention, toys, and treats just for you. ♫Happy Hatchday, friend♫ Hugs, Falco and the boys

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12/26/2014 11:56.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mango!
Happy Hatch Day! Hope you have an awesome day today!

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12/26/2014 07:30.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Hatchday !
I hope it's full of extra good things - food, fun, friends, food, family, food ! ! ! Happy Boxing Day too !

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12/26/2014 05:23.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Since Willie wrote to Callie, I'm writing to you. Thanks for your vote. Okay, I'm Peppino, the newest member of the flock. I've been with mom and the flock since September 2013, when I was just a baby. I picked mom out at a bird show, and wouldn't leave her alone, so she figured she might as well take me home, heehee. I think she really likes me, though. I'm very talkative, and have picked up several words and phrases in the past year, which I would be happy to share with you while mom is on the phone or trying to watch TV.
We don't have a theme as such this month, but I'll bring you some fun facts about Pittsburgh, share some pics with you (as soon as BC has things working again), and hopefully get your vote all month long. I return votes, as well. Hope you are having a good day and it looks like I'm off to a good start. Hugs, Peppino

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11/15/2014 09:22.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
It's great to see you! Aunt Rose made our pics, aren't they cute? She's Dixie, Kallie, and Peeper's mom from MA.
Thanksgiving will be here as usual, mom is expecting around 10 or 11 people. It should be fun.
This morning mom got to do the recovery room at the center, YAY! Jess, the staff member who hadn't got the results of her rabies titer, finally got her results so she was able to do the RVS animals today. Mom doesn't mind, but it was getting old. So, today mom did the recovery room. For those of you asking about the pigeon from last week, he/she has gained about 50 grams, and seems to be beefing up and feeling better. Mom had to towel him/her to weigh this morning and the pigeon was struggling, which is always a good thing.
There was a snapping turtle, a wood turtle, and 2 box turtles in there, too, along with a mallard hybrid duck and a red tailed hawk. It was so good to be taking care of animals other than raccoons and bats. Before mom left this morning, someone brought in a ground hog, so he/she will be added to the RVS room, too.
After that, mom went to the hardware store to get a new drain cover for the basement drain, and to the bank to cash a check. Now she's with us for the rest of the day. I think she wants to finish the latest Daniel Silva book, and start a new book. Maybe she'll sew, though, you never know.
It snowed here yesterday, and this morning there was a coating of snow on the lawn, but none on the street. I hope that doesn't mean winter is coming any sooner, we all hate the cold here! I hope you are having a good day, and getting lots of love. Hugs, Falco

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11/13/2014 09:13.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
Thanks for coming by my page. Peeps was at the party, along with all my other Angel friends. Thanks for remembering me. Hugs, Gizmo

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11/13/2014 11:54.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mango
We all love parties, and I must say, yours was one of the best! You had everything a bird could ever want at a party!
Today mom had 2 tours at the museum, one this morning with a few people from a group called Able Gamers. They are having a meeting in Pittsburgh and coming up with strategies to get more physically handicapped people into video gaming as a way to reach out to the world. Mom loved the group, they were fun and lively, and liked everything mom showed them in her Treasures of the Carnegie tour.
The second group was a bunch of 4th graders and the theme was animal adaptations. Many of you know that mom taught 4th grade for a number of years and loved it, so these people were her favorite age group, and they also had a good time looking at birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. The kids were lively and informed, and participated nicely in the tour. Now mom is home so we get our turn on the computer.
We are heading out to the Lakers stadium for hoops practice when we finish blogging, hope to see all our old Laker teammates and maybe a few new ones there too.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of cuddles. Hugs, Falco

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