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Hi! My name is Sam says, Lots of fun in the summertime!

I am a Timneh African Grey from Waxhaw, NC.

Sammie, SamIAm

9 years old   M

Timneh African Grey

Cinnamon Toast(no sugar!), cashews, peanuts, apples, grapes, lettuce, peppers, oatmeal & CORNBREAD although I request it, she doesn't always comply! Hmph!!

On top of my cage when inside the house & when she takes me outside on the back deck getting my suntan!,

Getting misted. Hey, buddy, let me tell ya what I'd like to do with that bottle!!!

Something about her scritches that I just can't get enough of!

Sam likes to swing from his piñata & tear it up with his feet as well as his beak. I had to move his piñata because Sam broke most of his tail feathers off acting like Tarzan!.

When you're happy & you know it, stomp your feet!!.

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  Morning Sam m'man, from LaLo Lee
Well it's a little cooler today, but most importantly much less humid! Happy hump day to you and all our friends, not a lot happening today, just more cage duty for dad, it keeps him off the streets, LOL! Dad's buddies called yesterday and there will be a Sexton Ford old timers lunch date this Friday, that is always a fun time, dad worked with most of these people for 38 years! Have a great day dear friends, and give my love to all in your sweet home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny & the Dallas family

PS~ My love to my sweet aunt Robin also, she is special in our home...

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm riding Jen's pig Ham Bone, in to win!, Jen Lynn~Come on BC beach party, & all Zon Guys, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Ready for the BC beach party, alone!, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/23/2014 09:05.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom made a recommendation to readers in the BC Library (Cookie's page), if anyone likes thrillers/mysteries.
Dinner last night was good, the groupon was for a local Japanese restaurant, but not traditional Japanese, one of those places that puts on a show of cooking on the hibachi. It's called Saga, and the chef came out and cooked in front of mom and her sis. They shared a sushi roll for appetizers, and her sister had a tempura banana for dessert. Mom was much too stuffed to have any dessert, though. Plus, a fried banana didn't sound appealing.
Mom has her mammogram and bone density appointment today. There is a women's imaging center that does both at the same site, so that's where she'll go. They are predicting rain today, but if the walk with the dogs this morning is any indication, it will be another bright sunny day, so pool time again!
I hope you are having a bright sunshiney day with lots of hugs. Hugs from me too, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

07/23/2014 07:37.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sam!
Woo...we were toasty today! It got to 88 degrees, but the humidity was super high, so it felt warmer. The nice part was that it was kinda windy where Mom works, so that helped cut the heat from feeling as warm as it was. Mom did get a walk in though after lunch--she said there were not many sailboats out on the lake today. Guess people are working or something. It was a good day though, and the time pretty much flew by. I don't know anything about time flying, do you? I don't see it. Do you?

Hoppy Tooooosday!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/22/2014 08:21.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
I must say that I agree with what your concern is in the breeding of color mutations. The rarer the color the more it is necessary to carry out a certain percentage of in-breeding to "lock" the genes in to allow for truer breeding results.
My Momma Deb was one of the first in Ontario many years ago to breed Pineapple mutations--today they are plentiful and very inexpensive.
I think that over-emphasis on coloring will weaken the health and longevity of the species. When one breeds for any one or two specific qualities in an animal or bird something has to go--often it involves health. Weakened joints, hearts and immune systems being the primary targeted areas.
Zeena

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07/22/2014 05:28.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
Hello my dear friends. Thank you all for the lovely words of encouragement and your faithful daily votes. i hope you are enjoying viewing a few very rare and uncommon Parrots and birds. All the birds I have discussed are species that are kept in captivity. Some we will not see, or won't see available for a long time due to their rarity.
Today we will stop by to visit some very common friends, in some very interesting and striking colors. Momma Deb has raised many Green Cheeked Conures in her lifetime but none like those we will see today. Many are only available to breeders at this time due to their difficulty in reproducing their colors. I hope you will enjoy what you see.
Momma Deb and I tried to locate the current price of many of these beauties and have listed them here, just for your information sake--

American Dilutes--$2000.00 US a pair and up
American Dilutes yellow-sided---$ 3800 to 6000Us a pair
Red-Faced Yellow-sided----$2500 to 7000.US a pair
Sun Cheek -------$ 4500 to 8500US a pair
Moon Cheeks---$7000Us and up for good stock
Mint-----$5000 to 10,000US a pair
Turquoise---$500 US a pair and up
Cinnamon Turquoise---$750 US and up a pair
Recessive Pied-----$4000 to 8000US a pair and up
Red-Factored Pineapples--$300US and up per pair
Dilute Moon Cheeks---$7000US and up per pair

There are by far not all the new and shocking color mutations available but will give you a good idea of what has been hatching in Green Cheeked Conure nest boxes lately.

Habitat:
Seen in dense, low forests and woodlands. Also in moist, mossy cloud forest on E Andes where seen up to 2900m (9512 ft).

Threat Summary:
Probably declining in E Bolivia because of rapid forest clearance. They are found on CITES
Appendix II. There are flocks living in both Florida and California which can be seen in company of the wild Amazon Parrots.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/22/2014 02:27.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi my darling Fun Man Sam, from LaLo of Illinois
It will be very hot today with temps in the mid-nineties, and heat indexes well over 100! The high humidity is a killer for dad's old COPD lungs, we are going to keep him inside today! JL was mocking dad's morning cough, he was worried about her until he realized what she was doing, the little witch, I would kick her vent if I could, she is one bad ass! Have a happy ToosDay, and give my love to all in your pretty home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love from Jenny & our family

PS ~My love to our sweet aunt Robin, that lady rocks, my whole flock really loves her and although it is not possible, my dad would love to meet her, give her a big hug, and kiss her on the forehead, and sit across the table from her and just talk bird and life...

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm riding Jen's pig Ham Bone, in to win!, Jen Lynn~Come on BC beach party, & all Zon Guys, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Ready for the BC beach party, alone!, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/22/2014 09:50.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam,
Stopping by with a vote.
Have a good day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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07/22/2014 08:21.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
That's a wonderful pic of you dancing with Queen CCP. HOpe Aunt Betty sees it. You really said that to mom? I think it a lot, but I've never said it. Mom must have been reading my mind this morning, though. She was outside watering the plants, and brought me all the flower tops from the basil! Not all for me, unfortunately. I had to share with Maxine and Peppino. Still, that is some good stuff, and I grabbed the longest one for myself.
I hope mom is feeling better today.
It is a gorgeous day today! I think it's the best one of the week. Tomorrow we're supposed to get thunderstorms again. Usually by this time in July the grass is brown and dry, but everyone has green grass still. Mom has some grocery shopping to do, but it can wait. She needs to buy fresh fruits and veggies, but we have enough to tide us over for a few days. Today is definitely a pool day, and tonight mom and her sister will go to a Japanese restaurant for dinner. Mom bought a groupon a few weeks ago and wants to use it before it expires. Tonight will also be cage cleaning night, so we all have to be prepared to fix up our homes as soon as mom is done destroying them.
I hope you are having a bright and beautiful sunny day and getting lots of attention that you deserve. Hugs, Willie

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07/22/2014 07:54.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start this week with one of the worlds most well known Parrots. Today we stop to visit the Senegal Parrots and their mutations. I wish to thank you all for your greyt support and daily votes in my quest to earn the Title of Bird of the Month for August.
Over the last 30 years as many as 3 million wild Senegal parrots have been removed from the wild – 811,408 CITES Export permits have been issued since 1975. Unregulated trade in African parrots peaked in the 1980s and ’90s, and still exists today. This lucrative black market industry is fueled by profiteering middlemen who exploit wild bird populations. In 2005, the Senegal parrot was the most traded bird on the CITES Appendix II, with an average of over 45,000 individuals being removed from the wild each year. Today, African parrots remain among the most traded species on earth.
The Poicephalus parrots, including Senegals, Red-bellied and Myers etc are among the hardiest parrots on earth being able to survive in the harsh, African subtropics. All of their ranges are under serious pressure from the booming charcoal industry, out-of-control commercial logging , burning by local people for pastures and agriculture, as well as climate change. Deforestation rates on the continent are now twice that of the rest of the world. Africa has lost one half of its old-growth forests and forest restoration has become absolutely essential to save endemic forest bird species.
Long-lived forest specialists like Senegal parrots and rose-ringed parakeets are particularly sensitive to forest degradation. The added pressure of the wild-caught bird trade is often catastrophic, resulting in local extinctions in many Africa countries. Meyer’s parrots have all but disappeared from South Africa, African grey parrots are no longer seen in Kenya or Tanzania, Ruppell’s parrot and the brown-headed parrot have disappeared from much of their ranges in Namibia and Mozambique respectively, and the Cape parrot is only found in small forest refuges in the high mountains. Anyone who has traveled by road in Africa will tell you that every time you are in or near a forest you will start seeing parrots in cages or with their feet tied up on the roadside. Africa is exporting its parrots, its wildlife, its birdlife, its natural heritage,at alarming rates.
The Senegal Parrot is now extinct in many of it's ranges. The only way to stop this trade in wild-caught Parrots is to refuse to purchase birds that are not born in captivity.
Many devoted Senegal breeders have been working with a few unique mutations that have appeared in nestboxes starting in the early 1990's. These rare and beautiful mutations are still expensive and normally available only to other breeders, they include the yellow, pied, opaline, dilute and cinnamon. Regardless of color Senegal Parrots will remain one of the most common family pet birds kept the world over.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/21/2014 03:17.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hope your week is off to a good start!!
Have a good day! Leaving you a vote.

*Reminder-Basketball Camp starts today!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/21/2014 02:07.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
The mate is a jerk! We already knew that, though. HOpe mom is feeling better today than she was yesterday. What's with Bob, he hasn't learned yet?
Just a quick note today to let you know we're thinking of you. Mom cleaned the skunks, foxes, groundhogs, and coyotes today, all outdoors, and very muggy, so she was happy to get to the pool. We need her tonight, though, so we're making her hurry up with our blogs. Hope you are having a wonderful summer day with lots of love coming your way. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

07/21/2014 01:30.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sam!
Nothing brave about it--I love to go places with Mom! Car wash, Farmer's market---those are super places to go, cuz they involve the CAR, and that is my favorite thing. Of course I don't see a whole lot cuz I am in my carrier, but just being with Mom is the best ever!

Another wonderful day with Mom, though I am grumpy today cuz she did not get up until 8 AM! I was up and ready to go at 7 but that lazybones did not get out of bed until later. Now mind you, 8 AM is not super late, but she is normally up by 7 on Sunday. So I had to wait a whole hour for her! Sheesh. But we had a good day, and now she is getting things ready for her return to work tomorrow, and I am not happy about that at all. So I am velcroing myself to her shoulder. Get me to move? No way.

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/20/2014 07:43.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam, I AM I am
Hi everyone, Zeena, here with your Sunday BOTM POST. I want to take a moment to thank you all for all your support and votes during this month's BOTM campaign. Today, we will visit with some unique and usual Budgie mutations. Known by many names, Parakeet, Budgie, and officially Budgerigars. these fun-loving, friendly members of the avian family are loved the world over.

Feather Dusters
Feather Dusters are a rare mutation produced solely at random, mostly among English Budgies. These birds are huge compared to other budgies and have abnormally growing, very long feathers. As the name implies they do look rather like the feather dusters used for dusting furniture. They must eat constantly to try and supply their bodies with the nutrients they need because of the heavy demand put on them by the constant feather growth. They generally don't live more than a few months, cannot fly, and are usually blind. They are also thought to be deaf and may even be afflicted with what is known in humans as Down's Syndrome.


Half Siders

Half-Siders a randomly occurring rare mutation in which the bird is split right down the middle with each half representing a different color or variety. One side may be blue and one half green, one half normal and the other half pied, etc. When one of these is at a show, you can tell exactly where it is in the room because of all of the people standing in front of the cage doing double takes. As they say, you have to see it to believe it. Quarter-Siders, in which only one quarter of the body is affected, also occur.

CRESTED

In this variety, the feathers on top of the budgie's head point awry, forming a crest.
There are three types of crested budgies: full-circular crest, half-circular crest and the tufted crest.
Crested Budgies are both a random occurring mutation, and one for which breeders can breed to produce them. They are relatively rare and sell for upwards of $100US each and more depending on crest.
Helicopter Budgies

These unusual Budgies are bred to produce long, silkie feathers at the shoulder and upper wing margins. The more complete the covering the higher the quality and price. They are especially popular in Japan and Asia where pairs can sell for up to $55,000US

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/20/2014 02:38.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope you are having a great day! I saw that you were out and about and decided to come by to see how my Aunt Robin is feeling today. Mom and I both hope she is feeling a whole lot better. We've been sending prayers her way and we hope that it is helping!!
We imagine that sleep is the best thing for her and we hope she's getting lots of it!!
Please don't worry about blogging back until you mom feels like!
Stomped on that vote button and left a whole bunch of hugs right next to it for you!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/20/2014 01:59.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam,
Hope you're having a great weekend!
Leaving you a vote. Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/20/2014 08:12.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Yesterday at the birthday party it rained all afternoon. They have a large garage though, and set up picnic tables indoors for everyone. The children played in the rain, of course. They found a cute little brown toad and showed it to everyone. Most of the women were grossed out. Mom thinks they were surprised when she picked it up after it hopped off Ryan's hand. She was a science teacher, though, so she has handled lots of animals. She made sure they put it back where they found it, too.
Mom's niece's husband took mom's sister's old bed and made a bench from it. It's an antique bed, about 100 years old, but was really starting to show its age, so mom's sis bought a new one and gave the old one to Rich. He did a great job! The headboard is the back of the bench, the footboard is the sides (armrests), and the sideboards are the front. What a clever reuse of something old.
Today is either laundry, pool, or both, as well as our cage cleanings. Hope you are having a good day with sunshine and love. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

07/20/2014 08:06.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Good morning Sam Hall & sweet aunt Robin-from LaLo
Good Sunday morning dear friend, the bird club meeting went very well last night! Our dear aunt Teresa called us yesterday afternoon, to tell us Cheeta and Casaur are recovering nicely, at least as good as can be expected! Dad was given permission to relay the news to our friends, and while Ceasaur had developed an infection, it is treatable with antibiotics, and Cheeta has only slowed down a little with her damaged wing, she has that indomitable spirit of all Caiques, Cindy knows what I mean! It has finally been decided that Limon will be our bird, and we couldn't be any more pleased! Have a great Sunday dear friends, and give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Sunday love from Jenny & our Dallas flock

PS~Theresa thanked all of you for your prayers, and our prayers will continue, for her and her birds, thanks and God Bless you all...

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07/20/2014 07:33.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sam!
Hehe, silly fellah! Lizzie says you looked like a spinning top! Thanks for stopping by, too! Holy moley, I have that many votes?! Wow!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/19/2014 07:14.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam,
Just stopping by to say hello and leave you a vote!
We're having a cool weekend. Hope you have nice weather too. Enjoy your day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper.

07/19/2014 01:47.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning slam bam Sam I Am, from LaLo I Am
It is a beautiful Saturday at our home and later dad has go our bird club meeting, it is toy making night, and he really likes all those nice bird people! We are supposed to learn more about Limon's status with us, but the people are so indecisive, we don't just know yet, but dad is tired of playing their silly games! Have a great day dear friends, and give my love to all in your happy home...

Saturday love from your friend, Ms Lalo & my family

Come visit me, Mr Ziggy~I'm riding Jen's pig Ham Bone, in to win!, Jen Lynn~Come on BC beach party, & all Zon Guys, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, ANGEL CHRISTY~Ready for the BC beach party, alone!, Ms LaLo~I got my face painted, thanks aunt Denise & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/19/2014 08:43.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Oh no, your poor mom! Nothing worse than an infection in the mouth, that can be dangerous! It's good she saw the dentist when she did, so now it's getting the meds she needs and healing for her. The bridge is no big deal once her mouth heals. Poor mom! The lupus can't be fun either, it's a terrible thing to have because it rears its ugly head whenever it has the opportunity to cause more suffering. Tell mom to sleep, get well, and not worry about anything else until she's better!
It's raining here, pretty hard, but it's supposed to end by midday. Mom is going to another birthday for yet another grand nephew today. He is getting to be a big boy now, 8 years old. She thinks she'll give him cash, as it is hard to buy for kids who have a lot of stuff. The party is this afternoon, so no pool today. That's okay, though, we don't care, we'll still get mom when she gets home, no matter where she is. I hope you are having a fun day with lots of scritches and sunshine. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

07/19/2014 07:36.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It was a pretty nice one here. We had some computer problems but mom ran a scan and it all seems to be running okay now.
I spent the day supervising chores and playing with toys. Dad is home and he is a bit messy. There is of course tons of laundry stacked in the living room! Really kind of boring around here but that is just fine by me!
Mom did the market thing early today since dad had 2 doctor appointments. He has to squeeze them all in when he is home. I don't know when he is going to go back out on the road.
Enjoy the evening and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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07/18/2014 08:01.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sam!
Today was another lovely, sunny day, that was not too hot or too cold. Mom said she walked to the spot near the Art Museum to watch the sailboats--there were a lot of them out there today, cuz it was just a perfect sailing day. She hated to go back in to work, that is for sure.

And if things go good, the weather should be good for me to go with Mom to the Farmer's Market. That is gonna be the most wonderful ever. Mom stopped at Sam's Club tonight on the way home from work. So that is one less run to the store for her. She shops at different stores cuz they have different things that she likes, and are on sale. Or they carry the watermelon with seeds. When the farmers have their watermelons for sale, she buys from them. That won't be for a while yet, but we sure do have a great time buying local and really fresh!

Time for a great headscritch. Got one or two earlier, but I always get one before I perch. Spoiled, huh?

Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/18/2014 07:55.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Sam I Am fella, from your friend LaLo
It is Friday once again and like so many say, TGIF! We will be slowly warming up a little bit here in Western Illinois, but the cool break has sure been nice! Tomorrow we have a QCPS bird club meeting,and dad is looking forward to seeing his many bird friends! Limon is the only one that could go, his wings are clipped, and we are all fully flighted! Have a great Friday, and please give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Ms LaLo & the Dallas flock

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07/18/2014 12:49.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
Hello everyone, Zeena here with a special tribute to my frother Lupe'. Lupe' left us recently after he sustained severe injuries to his feet by another bird. Rest in peace, "Momma's Special Boy! I love you forever!"
Today's special Parrot is the Tucaman Amazon. This post was very difficult for me to write.

The Tucumán Amazon (Amazona tucumana) is native to Northern Argentina where it is found in the provinces of Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy as well as Southeast Bolivia in provinces of Chuquisaca and Tarija. They prefer forested areas between 3,400 and 7,300 ft; but may migrate to lower altitudes in autumn and winter. They inhabit woodland areas . The main concentrations of this species in Bolivia occur in Montes Chapeados, Villa Serrano and Tariquía Flora and Fauna National Reserve, with 1,643 individuals recorded at various sites during a recent study) A dedicated national population census and monitoring initiative is required to provide an accurate estimate of the Bolivian population and to locate, measure and monitor local populations and post-breeding roosts.

The Tucumán Amazon is a mostly green, short tailed parrot 31 cm (12 in) long. The green feathers of the upper-body have black margins. There is red plumage on the forehead and fore-crown, and the red does not extend around the white eye-rings. It has red primary wing feathers and no red at the bend of the wing. It has orange thighs and red at the base of the green tail. They have a horn colored beak, orange-yellow irises, and pinkish-grey legs. The male and female are identical.

This species is classified as Vulnerable as it is experiencing a rapid population decline owing to habitat loss and capture for the cage bird trade. On the CITES APPENDIX 1 trade is now illegal, but in Country trade has not been enforced. These rather plain individuals were not of primary concern to breeders when imports were allowed owing to their low ability to learn human speech. Therefore there is a limited gene pool of breeding lines available worldwide.

Lupe'; bold, protective and gentle. An awesome and devoted pet. Limited in speech he made it up in love, entertaining antics and personality. If protective measures are not put into place in their wild habitat, these gems of the Amazon family will disappear.

Fly free little frother, we all miss you, but we will see you again!

with love, tears and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/17/2014 12:09.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom just found out Anna won't be able to watch us in October, so she is going to try for interns or one of the staff from the wildlife center to come stay with us while she's gone. If not, she'll have to board us, because she's not gonna miss Parrot Palooza!
Falco was so surprised today when mom did NOT grab her with a towel. She was right when she said yesterday was Falco's last day for meds.
Last night mom got her hair cut, and more importantly, got to see Lena before she and her boyfriend go off to the west. They are going to Las Vegas for a couple of days, then off to Lake Havasu, the Grand Canyon, and Sedona. It should be a fun, active trip for both of them.
Today is going to be a good pool day, so mom will head over there in a while. Last night on the way home, she stopped for General Tso's chicken at a local Chinese restaurant. They gave her enough to feed a family! So, that's what's for dinner tonight again. Maybe we and Maxine will get a taste of the chicken. Falco might have a bit of rice, and if mom offers it, we will too.
I hope you are having a good summer day with sun and flowers and love. Hugs, Willie

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07/17/2014 08:01.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy Sam Sam, from your pal LaLo
Happy hump day to all who celebrate such days! Dad's visiting nurse comes this morning, but the check up should be mostly routine! He is working on increasing his potassium levels, and has plenty of pills to do that! We are still having unseasonably cool temps with a record low for last night, with no rain in sight! Our daily chores are done, so we are going to get on with our day, please give my love to all in your family, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Ms LaLo, & my family

PS~Limon is doing just fine & we haven't heard back from Theresa regarding Cheeto & Ceasaur, I am sure she is very busy caring for them...

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07/16/2014 03:26.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom had a lazy day today, got her mani/pedi this morning, then hung out at the pool this afternoon. Tonight she is going to the shop where Lena works to get a haircut so she can have it done before Lena goes on vacation.
Hope you are having a great day today! Hugs, Willie

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07/16/2014 01:16.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
Hi everybirdie. Zeena here today with another very unique and endangered bird that is fighting for survival .The Nicobar Pigeon.
The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas. They drink water without having to raise their heads in the process; their chicks are helpless at birth but develop at an amazing pace . What is more, they forage for fruits of plants that have evolved with them the entire time. The Nicobar is planning and planting forests as they forge and eat.


It is a large pigeon, measuring 18-22 inches in length. The head is grey, like the upper neck plumage, which turns into green and copper hackles towards the breast. The breast is grey. The tail is very short and pure white. The rest of its plumage is metallic green. The cere of the dark bill forms a small blackish knob; the strong legs and feet are dull red. The iris is dark. Females are slightly smaller and less colorful.

The Nicobar pigeon roams in flocks from island to island, sleeping on offshore islets where no predators occur and spends the day in areas with better food availability,. Its food consists of seeds, fruit and buds, and it is attracted to areas where grain is available. A gizzard stone helps to grind up hard food items. Its flight is quick. Unlike other pigeons groups fly in columns or single file, not in a loose flock. The white tail is prominent in flight when seen from behind . The young birds' lack of a white tail is a signal of their immaturity clearly visible to an adult Nicobar pigeon, it is obvious at a glance which flockmembers are neither potential mates, nor potential competitors for mates.

This species nests in dense forest on offshore islets, often in large colonies. It builds a loose stick nest in a tree. It lays one elliptical faintly blue-tinged white egg.

Nicobar pigeons are hunted in considerable numbers for food, and also for their gizzard stone which is used in jewelry. The species is also trapped for the local pet market, but as it is on CITES Appendix I, such trade is generally illegal. Internationally, captive breeding is able to supply the birds demanded by zoos, where this attractive and unusual bird is often seen. Direct exploitation of the species, including the illegal trade, might be sustainable on its own; however, its available nesting habitat is decreasing. The offshore islets which it requires are often logged for plantations, destroyed by construction ,or polluted by nearby industry. Also, increased travel introduced predators to the breeding sites, and colonies of the Nicobar pigeon may be driven to desert such locations or be destroyed outright. There is an estimated 1,000 adult birds remaining, its long-term future is increasingly being jeopardized.

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

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07/16/2014 11:50.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam
I'm doing better today. I was up kind of early looking for mom to come and give me a feeding. I started making a lot of hungry noise, and she finally came and got me. We had breakfast at the kitchen table. I guess I just needed a few bites of my baby formula to get me started for the day.

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07/16/2014 08:35.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
July 15th BOTM POST
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's topic. The African Grey Mutations. Please note that all mutations occur spontaneously. A hybrid is made by combining two species from the same family group. Mutations do occur in the wild, but often fail to survive due tot heir coloration making them easy prey.
Several mutations occur naturally in the wild, like the F2 Pied Mutation, which results in a broad red band across the abdomen. 1998 saw the first created Grey mutation when South African bird breeder Von van Antwerpen and New Zealand partner Jaco Bosman selected F2 Pieds and created the first red African Grey. These early red pigmented Greys sold for more then $250,000 US each. Since the early 1990s red-factored Greys were being caught in the wild and sold to breeders who in turn attempted to propagate the coloration. This first red baby saw the beginning of a number of spontaneous mutations occurring all around the world.
Today there are a large number of beautiful, rare mutations available to breeders and collectors. Each mutation possesses the same personality traits, intelligence and healthy composure as their normal Grey relatives. Although some argue that mutation breeding weakens the lines, to date this has not proven to be true, since these mutations occur from F1-2 generation parents, and often from visually normal grey parents who carry the mutation coloring.
Today we will stop and take a look at several of the more common, and some fairly new and uncommon mutations available. Each has it's merits, and following. It takes many years and generations to stabilize a new mutation to breed true-to-type. Dedicated breeders work hard to breed the strongest, healthiest birds from the chosen mutations. The road to success it wroth with pit-falls and disappointments, but the desire to perpetuate their selected mutations makes it a labor of love to continue onwards.
Most of the mutations shown today in the gallery are unavailable to the public. Those that are sell from $5000 to over $150,000US each. I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful birds, some for the very first time.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/15/2014 01:48.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi again sweet Sam, from LaLo
...I certainly do remember coming to several new homes, with the overwhelming hurtful feeling of not being wanted, those days are behind me forever now and hopefully for sweet Mr Limon also, dad still don't know what the lady wants to do but he is getting tired of screwing around! This Summer is slipping away much to quickly to suit us, we are approaching the middle of July already, jeepers, where does time go! We are in a huge cool down here the midwest, it sure feels good to have the doors and windows open! When dad picked up our paper, and visited Christy's grave for their daily prayer, he said it was actually chilly, can you believe it! Have a great day my dear friends, and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya all tomorrow...

Love from Ms LaLo Lee & my family

PS~More prayers for Cheeto, Ceasaur, & aunt Theresa

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07/15/2014 09:08.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Some people are just slow learners, you know.
We're sending a big thanks to Aunt Rose for all of our summer pics, they are all so well done.
We're having some pretty nasty rain and thunderstorms here, have been since Sunday. Mom says it's okay, though, because so far she has managed to walk the dogs between showers, and doesn't mind reading with and to us in the house when it's bad outside. This morning she fed the outdoor birds and watered the plants on the porch right before the rains came. I hope you are having better weather today and getting sunshine and cuddles. Hugs,Willie

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07/15/2014 08:41.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
Well, this sure is an interesting place, and I am adjusting to my new home very well. I'm use to being up early, but my new Mom is not a morning person. I started making a racket kind of early, cause I was hungry. I'm still on one feeding a day, and usually I get it a little earlier. I didn't eat too much, but I like the idea of being fed by her. I really like to ride around on her shoulder, and see all kinds of new places in the house.

Come visit me, Cinn-A-Bun.

07/15/2014 06:50.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam,
GOOD MORNING!!!

Dropping off an early vote!
Have a great day!!!

Your friend,
Chipper

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07/15/2014 06:14.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sam!
Thanks for the vote! And I love the idea of a baseball game, too--gosh, I sure do miss playing. I bet if folks heard about it, we could have two teams in no time! Hmmm....All Star Game for the humans is tomorrow. Would be great if we could have a fun game like that again.

Not a lot going on here. We have a cool down coming--some places will be in the 40's tonight. Brrr! No fair! Too cold for July 14th, that is for sure! It was nice out today though, Mom said. Got really windy out, too. There is something radically wrong with being this chilly in the middle of summer!

Anyway, I love having Mom home tonight, and getting in some good snuggle time!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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07/14/2014 07:29.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Sam~~~~
Sugar waddles in and throws her wings around her friend!!

"Thanks for the compliment on my avatar! Pippo and I got really bored so we decided to join the circus for a while! I always wanted to try my wing at aerobatics!!!

Have a great day buddy!!!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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07/14/2014 12:04.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Yesterday mom left the party around 5 because it was raining so hard in South Park, she was afraid it was going to be dark before she got home. She drove in the driving rain and dark skies until she was almost home, when suddenly it was bone dry. It hadn't rained near our house at all. It did start last night around 9 and has been raining off and on since then, though. We need the rain, for sure! The party was fun, but crowded. There were lots of people there. They sang Happy Birthday to the twins right before mom left, too. Johnny, her graduate grand nephew, seemed so happy to see everyone. He got a massive haircut, mom almost didn't know him, hehehe.
Mom worked in the avian nursery today with flickers, sapsuckers, starlings, jays, robins, wrens, sparrows, and a baby duck. She just loves that room!
Falco's leg seems to be getting better, and mom says she just has 2 more days of antibiotics to go.
Thanks to Aunt Rose for Peppino's and Falco's pictures with the flowers! She is so talented!
I hope you are having a great day with summer sun and lots of love. We will have mom all day long! Hugs, Willie

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07/14/2014 10:21.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
July 14th BOTM POST
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start of this week with a visit to one of the planet's wonders in the avian field. It was a special request from our dear friend Mr. Kiddo. We need to be very quiet as we visit these unique and highly endangered gems of the bird world. I wish to thank everyone for their votes and input.
The kakapo (Maori: kakapo, night parrot), also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea found only in New Zealand. It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length. A combination of traits make it unique among its kind; it is the world's only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate, no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous breeding system. It is also possibly one of the world's longest-living birds. Its anatomy typifies the tendency of a bird's evolution on oceanic islands, with few predators and abundant food: a generally robust physique, quick movement efficiency at the expense of flight abilities & reduced wing muscles, . Like many other New Zealand bird species, the kakapo was historically important to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. It was hunted and used for both for its meat as a food source and for its feathers . It was also kept as a pet.
The Kakapo lays one to three eggs in a ground concave usually only raising one or two chicks per breeding season. The species is in a critically endangered position due to poaching, habitat distraction and the introduction of predators such as feral cats. Man's infringement on their breeding territory is causing a drastic and rapid decrease in numbers with only 6 chicks in 2012 surviving to maturity. A key part of the Recovery Plan is the supplementary feeding of females. The kakapo breeds only once every two to five years, when the Dacrydium cupressinum (rimu), produces protein-rich fruit and seeds. Observations of the relationship between intermittent breeding and the plant's mast year help biologists choose which suitable supplementary foods to increase kakapo breeding frequency. In 1989, six preferred foods (apples, sweet potatoes, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts) were supplied to 12 feeding stations. Males and females ate the supplied foods, and females nested on Little Barrier Island in the summers of 1989–91 for the first time since 1982, although nesting success was low. In March 2014, with the kakapo population having increased to 126, it sits on the verge of extinction. As man's awareness of their plight becomes known it is hoped that Conservation efforts will see a greater success in breeding these wonders of the Parrot World.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/14/2014 10:08.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam,
Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the water bottle can be used to train a cat. You can spray them if they go on something you do not want them to be on or do something you don't want them to be doing. When they get sprayed enough, they know better not to do it again. That does not work for birds. At least that I'm aware of. Too bad they didn't know that!

We're starting off with another hot week and a lot of rain. Hope you had a good weekend with nice weather. Enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote for you.

Your friend,
Chipper

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07/14/2014 06:47.16 AM Report This Comment  
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