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Mom shopped at the pet store where I was patiently waiting for her. For months she'd stopped and talked to me and my brothers but always left without me. I was starting to take it birdsonally. After my brothers went to their new homes, I had mom's undivided attention yet still she kept leaving the store without me. Then one evening after having shopped for the first Grey in the family and sharing a hello with me through the glass, the parronts headed for home, again leaving me behind. But when Mom commented to Dad that it was just sad to see a sweet little bird waiting week after week for a home, Dad, bless his heart, said, "Why don't you just go back and get her." (I love ya, Dad!) So the car was turned around on a bend in the road, a spot my family now calls "Kelly's Corner" and raced back to the store. Mom was just sure, having made the decision to bring me home, someone else would take me. Obviously that didn't happen. She was meant to be my buddy and my photographer.
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Hi! My name is Kelly *v*

I am a Congo African Grey from Monmouth, IL.

Kelly-Bird*-*-*- *-*-*-*-*-*-*-* I joined the BC on 2.28.2007*-*-*-- **-*-*-*
My Hatchday is 4.16.2004

12 years old   F

Congo African Grey

It used to be an almond that was the first thing I picked out of the nut jar but lately it's been a raw cashew as first choice.

For some reason, I have to perch on the very end of the branch that's suspended from the ceiling in my birdroom. I like to hide in my cardboard box on the top shelf of the closet in my room while the cleaning services are being tended to. I also like to perch on the top of the closet doors when they're open.

When out of the birdroom, my goal is to make it to the kitchen counters whether by flying there or climbing up the handles of the kitchen drawers. This is only necessary during the time my wings have been trimmed.

Nothing much bothers me. If you think you need to touch my tail though, I might think I need to touch your finger.

My mom's happy to be my faithful sidekick.

I learn my new words from Dad but won't talk while he's around. He has to hope a video can be recorded so he can hear my latest words.

If all else fails, pose pretty.

A Hatchday poem found and shared by SamIAm:

Happy birday, our precious friend,
Our love for you, we wish to extend.
Experiences filled, with joy and laughter,
Special memories, we shall recall after.

From the beginning, you made us smile,
Accepted us, without any trial.
Never judged or jumped to conclusions,
Exciting friendship; random infusions.

We cannot ask, for anything more,
So many things, we simply adore.
Hope this birday never ends,
In our hearts, time transcends.

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  Morning Kelly Bird, love from Ms LaLo & Jenny Lynn
Yesterday dad was struggling through another lonely painful day but then our phone started ringing! He got the sweetest phone call from our beloved Mother Barbra! What an absolute pleasant surprise, her soft voice was so reassuring and sincere, she made him feel so much better! Then our precious aunt Eileen called, she broke a bone in her foot, the poor lady! Momma Ruthie called from Hawaii, what a sweetheart Dad did a lot of work in the house yesterday, but is now very tired all over again! Not to much time today for notes, his nurse comes today and she has been staying longer to checkout everything property! Have a nice Thursday dear BC buddies, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love ya all, Jenny, Ms LaLo, & our tired old daddy

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy-Chyna dear I am trying to be a good YCM, Jen Lynn~Good-bye BC, it has been a wild ride!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Love from Christy~Love to my beloved country..., Ms LaLo Lee~Because I love you all so much... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/13/2016 06:17.44 AM Report This Comment  
  My Dearest KellyBird!
Thank you for the wonderful hatchday greetings. It put a smile on my beak and a warm and fuzzy feeling in my heart, hearing from you. Oh the days of BC were so much fun.

I had a wonderful day, though I didn't get to venture outside as time was short. I got a cantaloupe and a wooden train. I know a cantaloupe is an odd present, but I do like the inside and most of it is now frozen. I got to help cut it up.

Sending wishes for a lovely spring....

Your Fluffy one, P*>x<*K

Come visit me, Pepper, Poirot, Pringle & Artistic Avian Avatars.

03/24/2016 10:52.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear pretty Kelly gal-a big hug from Ms LaLo
Yesterday dad's nurse visit went well, all his numbers were great, but he works hard to make that happen! He only cheats once in awhile with sweet things, but never any salt, it is a killer and everybody loves it on their food! Dad has a few errands to go on today but otherwise we have a very uneventful day planned! Have a great day our dear BC friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see you all tomorrow as usual...

Much love from Ms LaLo Lee, & our Dallas family

PS~I miss you on our beloved BC...

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy-Chyna dear I am trying to be a good YCM, Jen Lynn~Good-bye BC, it has been a wild ride!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Love from Christy~Love to my beloved country..., Ms LaLo Lee~Because I love you all so much... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

12/10/2015 07:31.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Dearest Ms Kelly 'V'-Sunday love from Jenny Lynn
That was a wild and crazy Halloween Milonga last night, Kiddo did a masterful job with his Cemetery Tour, it got a little bit scary at some points, but hey, I am an Amazon and not to much scares me, LOL! It is in the mid-thirties at our home, we had to put another log on the fire! Who won the pumpkin skateboard race, we had to leave before it was over! Have a fabulous Sunday dear friends, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from an ordinary Jenny & our Dallas family

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy-Chyna dear I am trying to be a good YCM, Jen Lynn~Good-bye BC, it has been a wild ride!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Love from Christy~Love to my beloved country..., Ms LaLo Lee~Because I love you all so much... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

10/25/2015 11:43.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning sweet Ms Kelly girl-from your pal Jen Lynn
Poor old dad had a restless night and woke up tired, lots of thunder, lightening and pouring rain, but at least it is cooler today! This will be a stay home and rest day for him, but us birds always fit into his game plan at some point, I think he loves us! I wish you all a great ToosDay, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Sept 8th love from Jenny & our Dallas family

PS~Our continuing get well prayers for our dear Staci BigFoot, and our precious aunt Teri Carlson, our Lord listens to sincere Christians...

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy-Chyna dear I am trying to be a good YCM, Jen Lynn~Good-bye BC, it has been a wild ride!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Love from Christy~Love to my beloved country..., Ms LaLo Lee~Because I love you all so much... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

09/08/2015 09:47.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Kelly-Bird,
I figured I would surprise you this time.So surprise!LOL!

So tell me how you been?

I'm doing well this Holiday.Hereing a lot of fireworks,but I'm not afraid.

My parronts were invited out ,so I play with my toys and chewed some woods eat a bunch of stuff and then waited until they returned.

I get excited when they come home.So now I'm eating and watching mom blog to you.

Hope you have a Great 4th of July ,wish you well.

Missing you,Love Jolie

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07/03/2015 08:08.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly!
“Hi, it’s Jester! I am running for Bird of the Month, and I would love if you would stop by and vote for me if you have the time! We are going on vacation all month, and we are having lots of fun together! Today we are headed to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts! This is a place that mom and her family used to go to a lot when she was younger, and she said it is wonderful. (: Our first stop is going to be the Gingerbread Cottages, so let’s go!!” They arrive, and all love cute colorful cottages! Zippy asks if they are really made of gingerbread, but Jester tells her that they are just called that. They stroll down the street, all picking out their favorite houses. Hulk’s favorite is a bright blue one, Picabo likes a yellow one, and Queen Sweetie loves a cute pink one. When they are done looking at the cottages, they head to the Gay Head Cliffs. When on the cliffs, the birds have a lovely view. They snap some photos and enjoy the view, before heading to their next stop. Their next stop is Mad Martha’s Ice Cream. The birds get their favorite ice cream, and sit and enjoy it. When they finish their ice cream, they head over to Oak Bluffs, to visit The Flying Horses Carousel. They get there, and learn that it is the oldest operating platform carousel in America. They birds all get on the carousel, and have a very fun time, going round and round, and trying to grab the rings. They had so much fun, that they decide to ride it again! After their second ride, they head off to their last destination. They arrive at The Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs, to hear Vineyard Sound, a male vocal group. They all enjoy the performance, and have a lot of fun. After that, they head to the cottage they rented, and relax and play games until bed. – See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

Come visit me, Peatree ~ Love you forever, my BC friends!.

06/07/2015 10:07.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly-Bird,
Is your aviary ready for the summer?I was thinking to fly over and get some rays and a play date with you.Does tomorrow sound good?

Love Jolie

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05/16/2015 09:24.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly-Bird,
I love that you surprised me.I thought you were busy like my mom and wasn't on BC much anymore.I have such as big beaky smile on my face mom can't wipe it off.LOL!
I'm doing well.Thank you for asking.
My variety of foods I eat is limited due to allergies I have.
Funny story Kelly-Bird.My Dad had Jenny Lynns Dad on his email lists and didn't know how it got there.Mom figured Jennys' dad must of bought something from my Dad on Ebay.Long story short,small world right.
I remember a blog you sent me Kelly,of course it was a long time ago.You were all excited when jenny-Lynn was going to come over to visit with you at your house for the first time,your excitement was undeniable.At the time I was a bit confused ,"who was this Jenny- Lynn?" like you thought I knew about Jenny Lynn,After, of course, I figured it out.My bird brain said "Is Jenny ynn some sort of Celebrity?"It's funny, we've came a long way since then.
I felt bad when I forgot to wish you a Happy Hatchday this year.If you remember Kelly that's how we became friends on your hatchday.Of course that was years ago,in case you forgot,now your eleven.
I'm going to be 15 this year.
Moms back she had to go and bring the G'kids to youth group tonite.
We'll be eating shortly.It's already 5 mins till 8pm,I'm hungry!
So nice to hear from you again. Gotta go,Love Jolie.

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05/15/2015 04:55.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning lovely Kelly Bird, from your Jenny & LaLo
We are having an unusually chilly morning, but not for long hopefully! It looks to be another busy day for us, but they all are! We are all doing reasonably well, and dad's visiting nurse comes tomorrow for his physical check-up! We are hoping all his numbers are good, have a great day BC friend, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love always from Jenny, Ms LaLo & the Dallas family

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy-Chyna dear I am trying to be a good YCM, Jen Lynn~Good-bye BC, it has been a wild ride!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Love from Christy~Love to my beloved country..., Ms LaLo Lee~Because I love you all so much... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

05/12/2015 09:46.23 AM Report This Comment  
Hi Pretty Kelly!
Thanks so much for stopping by our page! This is the first Mom has been on here in a long time. Saw we had some hatchday wishes and had to thank everyone! Im sorry we missed your hatchday. I hope you had a wonderful birthday with lots of love and special treats! We would have been on here sooner to wish ya a happy day but we have been in the middle of moving. Mom moved me and her two kitties into a cabin with her boyfriend. Mom was very worried about moving me, but Im doing pretty well. Was very chatty in the car and seemed to enjoy the ride. I have been doing good. My usual silly goofy self. How are things over your way? I bet your excited with the nice spring weather now! And fully flighted!! Thats awesome!! You must love that! Well good friend thanks again for stopping by my page! Love ya lots Kelly!

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05/06/2015 09:20.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly!
Grey Bird here! I wanted to fly by and let you all know that I am doing fabulous in my new home. I have a chest full of new feathers, and even more coming in. Mom is hoping that I won't pluck them, so she has been making me new toys everyday for me to play with, so that I don't play with my feathers. We are still working on stepping up, I'm still not so sure of it. I have started to pick up mom's voice! I will say "Go get it!" and "Head Scratching?" in her voice. I like the dog, I try to boss her around, and sometimes she even listens. :P Hugs, Grey Bird

Come visit me, Peatree ~ Love you forever, my BC friends!.

05/02/2015 11:16.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello KellyBird!
Don't pass out--it's just me..Tahoe...finally getting to reconnect! Wishing you a belated Hatchday, Easter,Congrats on BOTD, etc as so much has passed, but we're still here! Mom's able to do more computer time and is doing lots better. I'm just glad that her times of rest have been including my neck skritches!!! I look forward to getting outside for sunshine time in my carrier, but Spring is having a hard time making it's way! I hope you and your flock are doing well. Give Aunt Denise a special beaky kiss...and as well hugs for all! ~~Tahoe

Come visit me, Cookie, Molly & Tahoe.

04/24/2015 08:18.36 AM Report This Comment  
  BELATED Happy Hatchday
Oops I messed up and missed your day. I hope you had a wonderful HatchDay - I'm guessing you did, I know how much you're loved.
You've moving on in your 12 year.
Lovely photo of you and what a pretty crown. :-)

Sylvia, Florissant, CO.

04/19/2015 12:53.52 PM Report This Comment  
  .~*º•º*~. Happy Hatchday! .~*º•º*~.
To the sweetest bird ever! I hope you have a wonderful celebration.

Happy Hatchday to youououou,
Happy Hatchday to youououo,
Happy Hatchday Dear Kelly-birrrrd,
Happy Hatchday to you....
and many more!!!!!

Lots of kisses from your fluffy guy, P*>xxxXxxx<*K

Come visit me, Pepper, Poirot, Pringle & Artistic Avian Avatars.

04/16/2015 10:58.17 AM Report This Comment  
  ~Happy Hatch-Day from Mark & Flitzer~
Happy Hatch-Day!

Enjoy your special day. ~Wings Up~

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04/16/2015 08:20.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
04/16/2015 07:27.35 AM Report This Comment  
Hi Lovely Kelly,
Thanks for the congrats and the hatchday wishes. It was a great day at the castle! You sure look beautiful in your tiara.
Love and Hugs from Finnegan♥

Come visit me, Finnegan - 5K...YIPPEE!! THANK YOU FRIENDS!, Daisy - R.I.P. - BOTW 9/17-9/23/07 & Miss Lucy Blue - FAREWELL TO MY BELOVED FRIENDS.

04/10/2015 10:05.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
There is a rapture on the lonely shore
There is society, where none intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal. -


love Queen Boo Boo

Come visit me, PaddyCake & PiddyGirl, CORI & BOO BOO.

04/05/2015 06:18.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
in trying to encompass my blogs for my campaign i have come up with this-----
the greatest thing you can do to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming is to stop eating meat and go veggie. if the desire for meat is to overwhelming try roadkill. it is very plentiful and found along all roadways and doesn't cause horrific suffering at slaughterhouses. also remember to save your poop for future heat and fuel resources. also all CEO's of Exxon, Shell, BP,etc, Monsanto & Dupont are aliens from another planet intent on destroying earth as we now know it, by their fracking, constant oil spills, pipelines, non-stop plastic containers, chemicals and complete contamination of our drinking and water supplies.. they are very prolific and their offspring are Keurig K-Cups which live on a floating waste pile of plastic, in the Pacific Ocean, which is twice the size of Texas. if the K-Cups were lined up they would encompass the earth 10Xs. Alex from the LaHabra Flock asked about killer Bees. Killer Bees were introduced into Brazil in the mid 1950's by a scientist trying to breed a bee pollinator that was better suited to tropical places. the killer bees do pollinate but they also tried to kill all the native honeybees. Monsanto and Dupont gleefully said they would help by developing a poison so toxic it not only kills all the bees but the trees and plants as well. since this was hurting the Mexican drug cartels profits they have banned the poison in Mexico. to this day the US government is still spraying in south and central america in the 1980s a few killer bees hitched a ride on a Brazilian oil freighter and landed in Southern California where once again the conquering bees tried to wipe out the native bees. a few bees managed to mate with some of the native queen bees producing offspring that aren't as warrior like as the killers but not sweet like a honey bee but they are still pollinating so leave them alone. the month of April is hug a tree month so if you can't plant a tree go hug one and keep developers from chopping more down for shopping malls
love Queen Boo Boo

Come visit me, PaddyCake & PiddyGirl, CORI & BOO BOO.

04/01/2015 10:48.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
Birds can be helpful to each other in many ways. The most familiar form of cooperation is when an owl or hawk appears in the neighborhood, causing every songbird within a quarter of a mile to sound alarm calls and even dive at the predator. Perhaps the most interesting form of help is when young birds of the first brood of the year help their parents raise the second brood of the year. There have been many reports of juvenile eastern bluebirds carrying food to the nesting houses containing their parents’ second brood.American crows and Florida scrub-jays demonstrate some of the same cooperative behavior, when sexually immature one-year-olds help their parents gather nesting material, protect the territory, and carry food for the next generation.Cooperation occurs among acorn woodpeckers of the Far West, when groups of up to 10 birds live together, year-round, jointly defending the communal territory, gathering food, and together incubating eggs and feeding the nestlings of each pair in the group.

Sometimes birds of different species lay eggs in the same nest. This has happened among American robins and northern cardinals. The two species take turns incubating eggs, sometimes sitting side-by-side, and jointly feed the young when they hatch.There are also adoptions. For example, a male Carolina wren started feeding an incubating female house wren. When the eggs hatched, the male Carolina continued by feeding the babies, causing both of the true parents to desert, leaving the rearing of their young to the foster father.

This is my last day of my campaign and I want to thank all of you for your help in making my campaign a success. it has been so much fun visiting with each of you every day. i apologize for not being able to answer all your comments individually but i did read every one and enjoyed them very much. i love you all so much.
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

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03/31/2015 12:09.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
this is a continuation of birds intelligence from blog on 3-27. we messed up on the order.
Examples of bird intelligence include…
Carrion crows in Japan that deliberately place nuts in roadways, wait for cars to crush the nuts then retrieve the nut meats, all while coordinating around traffic lights to keep safe.
Woodpecker finches in the Galapagos Islands that trim sticks to the proper length for use as tools to forage for insects.
Green herons and other heron species that use bread fed to ducks or picnic leftovers as bait to attract fish for their hunting.
Blue tits in the 1920s that learned which color of milk caps on delivered milk had the most cream (whole milk) and pierced those caps to drink the cream.
Western scrub-jays that hold funerals for dead birds by making loud noises and avoiding the corpse, behavior that may be warning other birds of fatal threats.
Northern mockingbirds that recognize individuals who may be a threat to their nests and will attack only those individuals rather than attacking all passersby indiscriminately.
Aplomado falcons that hunt cooperatively in pairs and thereby increase their hunting success by a large margin through this teamwork.
Jays that cache hundreds of seeds and nuts in fall and manage to retrieve the majority of them over the course of the winter, exhibiting great recall for their hiding places.
Other well known examples of bird intelligence that could be attributed to instinct but still show at least some higher mental capability include:
Amazing nest architecture with intricate construction
Returning to the same ranges, even the same nests, for many years
Ability to navigate migration safely despite changing landmarks
Play behaviors, including taunting cats or playing with objects for entertainment
Recognizing who refills feeders and interacting with that person
Curiosity when responding to pishing or investigating new stimuli
Showing emotions through courtship, caring for nestlings, etc.
Some Are Smart, Some Are Stupid
Like any animal, not all birds are equally intelligent. Ornithologists generally agree that corvids (jays, ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, etc.) and parrots are among the smartest bird species and that social, gregarious birds often exhibit more intelligent behavior than solitary species. Still, every backyard birder has seen that one "stupid" bird at their feeders who just can't figure anything out, while another bird of the same species seems to be an Einstein in comparison. Watching birds and witnessing their intelligent behavior can be a joy for backyard birders, and learning more about bird intelligence in quantifiable ways is sure to keep ornithologists busy for decades to come.
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

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03/30/2015 11:34.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Monday
Thank You to everyone who planned, participated, and visited the Memorial Service for Mario Adler.
What a wonderful event.
You can still visit the Memorial Page on Page #276082
- - -
Dad was home all day Sunday - after a very busy week we had a wonderful Dad-n-Bird Day Together. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, Mario Adler & Flitzer.

03/30/2015 08:34.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

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03/29/2015 11:22.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Celebration Day
Happy Sunday
There will be a Memorial Celebration for Mario Adler this at 1pm Eastern Time in the Castle Ballroom.

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

--King Flitzer

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03/29/2015 06:37.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
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.
love TiBOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

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03/28/2015 10:56.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Saturday
Hello, Every Birdie
There will be a Memorial Celebration for Mario Adler Sunday afternoon at 1pm in the Castle Ballroom.

Please stop by Page #276082 Thank you.

--King Flitzer

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03/28/2015 02:26.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
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 09:41.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday
Forecast was for light rain - what we got was heavy snow. Ugh
Dad's Music Teacher Friend came over last ngiht to see "Whiplash", and liked it very much.

It was been requested that we have a celebration in the castle. Sunday afternoon the Castle Ballroom will be open for a Celebration of Life for the Late Mario Adler. Let us have a time of joy and thankfulness for our friend.
~Wings Up~

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03/27/2015 03:46.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
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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love BOO BOO the rare blue Bali Mynah

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03/26/2015 09:48.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Thursday
Hello every-birdie. Happy Thursday. Much going on, and a lot on Dad's mind, so he's not too helpful with this blog today. Have a blessed day. ~Wings Up~

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03/26/2015 03:59.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
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.
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

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03/25/2015 10:54.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Mid-Week
Busy shopping Day for Dad as he helps a friend shop for 3 households today.
Have a great day. ~Wings Up~

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03/25/2015 03:36.59 AM Report This Comment  




Teri, Joliet, IL.

03/24/2015 07:30.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Kelly
Thanks for your lovely Hatchday wishes! I ate too much, and drank too much, but I had fun!
Luv, Spot?

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03/24/2015 05:54.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
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
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

Come visit me, PaddyCake & PiddyGirl, CORI & BOO BOO.

03/24/2015 11:27.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
03/24/2015 11:24.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Tuesday
Cold but clear in Buffalo today.
Dad and a friend are invited to breakfast - hope he sneaks something good home for me.
~Wings Up~

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03/24/2015 03:32.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Kelly
03/23/2015 11:16.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi My Cutie-Pie!
It was wonderful of you to stop by. I loved reading your note. I'm terribly sorry I missed your BOTD day!

I am so thrilled to hear that you're in your current feathered, flighted state of trouble! lol

I'm a Pickle-waa, at least it's my favourite made-up-word, (until I come up with the next!)

Take care my sweetest and sleep tight.

Your ever-so-Fluffy-guy! P*>X<*K

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03/23/2015 10:56.48 PM Report This Comment  
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