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I have had Chico over 16 years now, found him in the local newspaper, went to see him and instantly fell in love. I had to have him..

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Hi! My name is Chico's going for the 10k! Thanks for the support!

I am a Moluccan Cockatoo from Dorchester, NE.

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Moluccan Cockatoo

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She loves me so very much, and gives me all kinds of hugs.

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  Heya, Chico!
We are supposed to get sleet and snow tomorrow. UGH. It was nice but a bit chilly today. Lots of sun.

Mom is not sure what happened, and neither am I, but I bumped my head someplace, and now I have this big old patch of bald!! My feathers were on the floor, and Mom heard a noise when she was in the bathroom. I made a beeline for her, and when she saw me, no feathers! I think I beaned my noggin. Oh, are those feathers gonna drive me nuts when they grow in. My cleaned the area off, and put a bit of antibiotic on it cuz there was a red spot. She is worried about me getting a concussion, but so far I am eating and being my usual self, so I guess I am doing okay.

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03/28/2015 09:54.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9103
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?
I'm busy getting ready to party at the Milonga tonight ... see you there or blog you on Sunday.
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Chyna

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03/28/2015 12:00.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
I usually help mom with my blogs here to all my friends on BC. Sometimes I will sit behind her on the couch and just watch. Other times I get down by the key board and wipe my beak or get mom to hold me a bit. Well if you ever want to get the parronts confused just hit that one that says caps lock. Yep that sure messes everything up especially when they need to sign in or do the pass word on something. Then to top things off trying to log into BC is bad enough but oh boy when I hit that key sure takes lots longer but now I notice mom is checking to make sure that cap lock isn’t on when she cant get on BC. Yep I try to help as much as I can LOL. “When I count my blessings I count my BC family” Leaving a vote with my note, hugs from Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/28/2015 11:26.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 10:20.22 AM Report This Comment  
  The foodateers
start preparing for Easter . . . they're going to try their wing at some bread !

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03/28/2015 02:49.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9099 .... cool number!

Today I went for a ride in the car with mom. I saw some sun and asked if we were going to Florida? She said no but we should be. Dad was using some smelly ant stuff in the basement so, we had to be gone most of the day.
Very sad news today for the Pitts-Hays Eagle parronts. The remaining egg cracked open but was not viable. Mom eagle is so sad and staying with the lost baby. I hope to see them again next year.
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Chyna

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03/27/2015 08:34.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
Today was a laid back sort of day. I think mom was just tired from the two trips to Pittsburgh with daughter in law and the grand this past week. I did get my bath and blow dried and sure like the blow dry its the best of the whole thing. It got colder here again, Mom says March is for flying kites but the month is almost over and sure could of never flown any kite on any days in March. Hopefully next month will start to warm up some. “When I count my blessings I count my BC family” Leaving a vote with my note, hugs from Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/27/2015 06:02.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 10:31.01 AM Report This Comment  
  tornado season
keeps us worrying about you guys . . .

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03/27/2015 02:12.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
This morning mom was washing clothes and the bed sheets. She was making stuff towards supper and then she wiped up the floors so that all kept us busy …well mostly mom ..I just watched. It was another Pittsburgh trip for mom and DIL with the grand and was raining here so took longer too. Dad was home so we hung out till mom got home again. “When I count my blessings I count my BC family” Leaving a vote with my note, hugs from Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/26/2015 05:36.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9092
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 02:17.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 09:28.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Cookie and the foodateers
drag some snacks underneath their new laundry basket fort !

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03/26/2015 02:18.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9087
Woke up this morning to freezing rain. Then it turned to snow coming down very heavy. The roads were really bad. Dad was out there plowing. Now it's going down to really cold again. My sunglasses and flip flops have been put away. I have a pot of hot chocolate ready, come join me.
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Chyna

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03/25/2015 08:14.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
On Monday and Tuesday the one grand had try outs to get on the middle school softball team. She was so excited and scared too but has wanted to play on the team since she was in grade school even, Mom kept thinking of her all day after school and hoping she would have her dream fulfilled. Finally last evening the grand called and mom was scared to ask what happened but finally the grand yelled, “I got it Gram!!”. She will still be on the travel team too she has been with for quite a few years now but will play for the school also. “When I count my blessings I count my BC family” Leaving a vote with my note, hugs from Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/25/2015 05:09.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Chico!
Well, it is that Wednesday again and Mom is working to get a bunch of acceptance criteria written. Ugh. So it is a fast blog today cuz she has to get the stuff done so it can be ready by tomorrow.

I was happy to see her come home early. I took a huge bath, and she told me that she thought she had a flood in here. Water everywhere. That is the best part about baths--how far can I get the water to go?

Have a great night.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/25/2015 04:47.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 10:38.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey foodateers
what if we each get a laundry basket ?

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03/25/2015 02:13.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9080
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.
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Chyna

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03/24/2015 09:21.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Chico!
Cold here to day. Wind chills in the teens. The snow was gone which is great. Tomorrow we are supposed to have rain. Further north they will have freezing rain and snow. Glad we are not there! Even though it is supposed to be in the upper 40's tomorrow, Mom is wearing her winter coat. And then it is cold again the rest of the week. Go figure.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/24/2015 07:49.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
Today mom went to the local grocery store and the beloved fruit stand . She didn’t get too much at the grocery store but sure came home with some goodies from the fruit stand. Mom hurried to put stuff away and pretty soon moms cousin came to visit a bit. When she laughs I yell loud too. Mom said it must be the pitch of her laugh. “When I count my blessings I count my BC family” Leaving a vote with my note, hugs from Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/24/2015 06:56.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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.
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03/24/2015 10:53.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Chico
mom showed me your silly video last night ! ha ha ha

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03/24/2015 02:19.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Chico!
Snow started after 4 AM this morning. Stuck to the ground but the roads were okay. Mom went to her doctor appt. and then picked up some good stuff at a local store, and then went to the new Wally World near the house. She had to pick up my bubble wrap for my mini-sesame sticks and my almonds in the shell. She cuts it in strips and then wraps the goodies in it and puts it in my house in varying locations. I love bubble wrap--especially when I can pop it and it makes a sound. Hehe.

Then she got me in my carrier and we went for a ride in the car. I was so happy and was hollering away, and laughing. Until we got into the vets, that is. I don't mind the toenails, but the wings? No thank you. When they brought me back out, I just glared at Mom. Kept it up all the way home, too. She figured it would be an hour or more before I came over to her. Ha!! Twenty minutes, tops. I am velcroed to her now, and have been pretty much all after noon.

Tomorrow is back to work for her. She is not excited. It is nice to have time off, that is for sure. And time with me? She says it is the best.

Have a great Monday!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/23/2015 07:20.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9072
Hope you had a greyt weekend. Look at you ... over 9K!
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03/23/2015 06:02.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
Mom was doing house hold chores around here this morning and I kept helping her. She said she would of never gotten done (or was that ever get done??) with out all my help. So glad I put my wing in to help her though. She had to go with DIL to take the grand to Pittsburgh to the dentist so she left here around noon. Mom said DIL was going to drive and mom was going to read off the directions to get there. Dad was home and mom had me pretty well set up with everything before she left. “When I count my blessings I count my BC family” Leaving a vote with my note, hugs from Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/23/2015 05:01.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 03:48.17 PM Report This Comment  
  The foodateers
get home and start to pull out sugar, flour, butter - they're going to make Easter cookies ! Hey, where the bunny cutter ?

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03/23/2015 02:18.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Chico!
We are due for that icky white stuff tonight. Mom saw some pictures from Madison area on Twitter, and it is snowing there. It was only 29 today, and a damp one, too. Brr. So it was nice that Mom was home with me so I could perch on her shoulder pretty much all day. She went by Grandpa tonight, and that was fine. I watched outside from my perch on the top level of my playgym.

She cleaned my house today. Washed it out and washed everything. UGH. Now I have to get it back the way I like it. Why does she do that?

Have a good rest of the night, and hoping we are not going to get the 1-3 inches we are supposed to be getting.

Your buddy,
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03/22/2015 09:35.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9065
Hope you had a greyt weekend.
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03/22/2015 09:24.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
Mom had mentioned to dad that there was a band group playing at the Casino Theater in a town not from our house and said she would like to go see them perform. Well dad never responded but then yesterday morning he said he would get tickets if mom wanted to go see them. That left me home alone last night but that is better then in the day time if they go anywhere together. I had a good nap and when the parronts got home mom covered me up for the night and they went to bed too. “People often ask, how can you be friends with someone you never met and mom tells them, you have never been on BC I bet and that about sums it up my friend” BC is family!! Your kin, Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/22/2015 05:53.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 11:39.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Come on fellow foodateers !
I think spring is here and we should go get some jellybeans :) Orange ones !

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03/22/2015 03:06.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Chico!
Well, it was definitely a cool day here. And getting colder. The sun was out, but without a lot of warmth as the wind kicked in. Mom did her shopping, and then she went over to Kim's. Of course, I got some goodies to munch on before she left. Fresh sugar snap peas, carrots (oh yummy!) and matoes. Mom said that she set Kim up with a Medicare Advantage plan, as her Medicare starts in April, and her health insurance will stop at the end of March. And then she set up her tablet computer for her. They visited and then Mom came home. I have been on her shoulder a lot.

Tomorrow we get snow in the evening. Typical. Heck we have had snow in May, so I guess this is just WI.

Have a great Sunday!
Your buddy,
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03/21/2015 09:46.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
#9060
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03/21/2015 01:56.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chi9co
Today mom and dad went to Tractor supply which is a farm store. Dad wanted to get some wild bird seed that was on sale and mom just goes to look though she did get another fly trap for this summer to hang out and catch the flies in. Mom said they were just setting up the baby chickens area and had the first order in for people to raise at home. There seems to be more people doing that now to have fresh eggs for their family. There was one place mom read in the paper that actually rents the whole set up for people to try out and do too. “People often ask, how can you be friends with someone you never met and mom tells them, you have never been on BC I bet and that about sums it up my friend” BC is family!! Your kin, Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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03/21/2015 11:29.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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 11:12.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Chico~~
Happy Spring!!!!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

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03/20/2015 09:07.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
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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.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/20/2015 08:40.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Chico
This morning after breakfast mom was busy chopping and cutting some things up. She said she was going to make Chili since it’s a chilly day here and will hit the spot too for supper. We sure didn’t expect it to get this cold again and certainly didn’t expect to have snow again. Oh well mom says the weather does what it does and what can we really do about it any way? “People often ask, how can you be friends with someone you never met and mom tells them, you have never been on BC I bet and that about sums it up my friend” BC is family!! Your kin, Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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