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Hi! My name is Hello! My name is Sam & this is Miranda!

I am a Timneh African Grey from Waxhaw, NC.

Sammie, SamIAm

10 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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  Hi SamI Am
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 10:25.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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 09:17.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Last night's dinner with Gene was a success, he's actually a pretty good cook. Mom also loved spending time with her niece and nephew and their mom, Aunt Ginny. The food and conversation were both quite good, and champagne never hurts anything, either.
Mom is back! She did a tour with preK kids this morning, which they had scheduled for an hour. She wishes the visitor service people would stick to 45 minutes for little kiddies. It's too hard to keep their attention for an hour. After the tour, mom stopped at Trader Joe's for a few things, but now she's back and ours for the rest of the day. We know she's planning to read a few chapters in her book, but other than that, I think we will be getting all the attention we so richly deserve. I hope you are having a good day, getting some spring like weather (It's up to 50 today here), and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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03/25/2015 11:45.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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 10:12.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Sam Man, some love from LaLo
Very busy day for us, or at least for dad, but we want to wish you all a happy hump day! Please give our love to all in your sweet home, we'll see ya all tomorrow...

Forever love from Ms LaLo & our Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy~Happy Easter & thanks aunt Mary Haines, Jenny Lynn~Happy St Patrick's Day my friends!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Happy Easter every birdie, Ms LaLo~Happy Easter dear friends... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

03/25/2015 06:44.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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 10:48.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi again sweet Sam, from your Ms LaLo
We got 28 degrees, cloudy and rainy, here in Rock Island, that is no hill for climbers like our flock! Tomorrow our VA Nurse comes to check our daddy out, it will hopefully be another routine visit, and after she leaves, it is off to Sexton Ford to have our SUV repaired, we cannot afford a new one! So many things about our beloved BC has changed, it just don't seem the same, so many of our really old friends have all but dropped out, and yes it hurts a lot! The FB is better than nothing, but it is so hard to achieve the same closeness we have here! Have a great ToosDay dear friends, and as usual, give our love to all in your fabulous home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from your Ms LaLo Lee & our Dallas family

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03/24/2015 10:14.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Well, Hello There Mr. SamIAm!
I'm so pleased the Leprechauns and varminty Squawkatiels granted you entrance into the Royal BC this past Saturday otherwise I would've missed out on the pleasure of your company in my brief time in the castle. It just wouldn't be the same if the gallant Sir Sam wasn't able to attend the festivities. It's always a delight to see you, my friend. Truth be told, I was quite surprised to learn that the honor of wearing the crown had been bestowed upon me for the day. Why, the sun was high in the sky when I learned of my good fortune. I have been forced to admit that Saturdays and Sundays around here are not the bird-centered days that Monday through Friday are; I guess the dad appreciates some mom time as much as the rest of us and since he brings home the green that buys the bird feed we McFlocksters really can't begrudge him his wishes. That is how it came to be that half the day was gone before I learned of my royal status.

I do hope the flying beasts and beasties that attempt to thwart your entrance into the Land of the BC cease their pesky ways and grant you a peaceful passing to your page. May all your days be sweet ones, Sir Sam.

With admiration and appreciation~
Kelly *v*

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03/23/2015 03:54.01 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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 03:43.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Thanks to all who came by the KB with hugs, chest bumps, and kisses over the past 2 weeks. To borrow Raffi's phrase, time just flew by! Thanks also for bringing stuff for the pot luck dinner yesterday, that was a lot of fun.
Mom had a leisurely day yesterday, and ended up finishing the book she was reading and going to get her nails done. She got a blue polish with fish. Today mom did the RVS room and the bats again. She talked to the volunteer coordinator, though, and told her it has to be one or the other in her time slot. If she wants her to do the RVS room, that's okay, she can do that and one other small room, but not the bats. If she wants her to do the bats, that's fine, but with 7 of them, it's about a 2 hour job to collect the mealworms, feed them all, and get their cages done.
Mom got the box of squirrels today, too! They caught 5 of them and put them in a nest box, and sent it home with her. One of the other volunteers came here with a long ladder, and they nailed it way up in a tree in the yard. She scattered food under it for them, so they won't go hungry. We will continue tossing food out to them until stuff starts growing here and they can find enough for themselves.
Mom's daughter also came over today to help with the downstairs curtains. Mom wanted everything on all the windows washed and put back up, and Jamie didn't want mom on a ladder without supervision, hahaha. Anyway, now all the window stuff is done for the spring, and it looks and smells better in here.
I hope you are having a great day, getting lots of cuddles, scritches, and good weather. (It's still cold here, but sunny today at least.)
Hugs, Willie

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03/23/2015 01:16.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi again Sammy man, from your Ms LaLo
We woke up to freezing rain this AM, jeepers, when will it end! At least we missed the snow coming down North of us! This will be a very busy week for dad, tons of errands and things that must get done! Visiting nurse on Wednesday, take our SUV in for repair, and pick up the loaner car, it will be gone nearly a week! There are more toy boxes to finish and ship along with the usual cleaning and feeding! Have a great start to your week, and give our sincere love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Grey gal pal, Ms LaLo & our Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy~Happy Easter & thanks aunt Mary Haines, Jenny Lynn~Happy St Patrick's Day my friends!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Happy Easter every birdie, Ms LaLo~Happy Easter dear friends... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

03/23/2015 11:33.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
That was a wonderful set-up for Saturday. But, the Milonga was changed to the 28th and I will be there to sing Danny Boy in the feather. I'm sorry, I had left you a message and I guess you didn't get it.
Hope all is well with you.
I'm back. Today we had some sun with snow and it was very cold and windy. We had a good time with our company. They even played ball with me.
Now, I'm going to relax with a cup of hot tea.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/22/2015 11:12.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
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 11:34.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
The milonga is next week, which is good, because last night we wouldn't have been able to go. We are all sorry to hear that mom is sick, hope she's better soon. Mom may call her later today to check in, she's been thinking of doing that anyway.
You were sure a good boy, going back to your stand for bathroom breaks! I don't think any of us would do that.
Mom had 3 different tours yesterday, which was good for her, she didn't have to remember if she said something or not when she changed groups. The first 2 tours were samplers of the museum, so mom always lets the group pick where they want to go. The first ones wanted Egypt and Dinosaur Hall, and they were elementary aged kids, so that was a piece of cake. The second group were high school kids and they wanted Gems and Minerals and Dinosaurs. Another easy trick. The third group was a cub scout den who wanted PA Natural History, so mom spent that hour on the second floor, in Botany Hall, then in North American Wildlife, sticking to PA plants and animals. The parents were just as interested as the kids, which is always good for a tour group.
Last night mom and Aunt Ginny went out for dinner and the opera. They ate at a great Thai place which is more and more crowded every time they go there. The good news is that Aunt Ginny made indoor reservations, as it was chilly outside. Dinner was fantastic, as usual. The opera was Carmen, which both mom and Aunt Gin have seen many times. It was a good performance, well balanced cast, nice scenery, and good dancing, too. The orchestra was just right, not too loud. All in all it was a great day for mom, but we spent the day in lockdown. Today mom says it's going to be a lot better. She is off! She may run some errands, but otherwise she is ours for the day.
I hope you are having some good weather, and especially getting lots and lots of Sunday cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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03/22/2015 09:31.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam i Am
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 10:53.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Happy Spring to all! It was snowing like crazy this morning, but by noon it had turned to rain. Mom didn't walk the dogs until she got back from the center, so they got a walk in the rain. It did prove to them that they won't melt.
At the center this morning, mom had the bunny room and the bats to take care of. The bunny room was still easy, although she thinks the center will get their first baby bunnies soon. The bats, well, there are 6 in one net terrarium and one in quarantine, in a small terrarium of its own. She cleaned and fed that one first. Then she tackled the others. It was fairly easy to clean their cage, as it is tall and the dirt is on the floor. Then came feeding time! She only got 3 of them fed, because they were eating like little piggies again. They each took about 20 minutes to feed, and that meant her shift was over before the bats were done. Jess said she'd finish, though, so mom didn't worry about staying longer.
On our pages today mom posted a pic of the first great horned owlet the center got this year. It's adorable! Mom just loves those owls! Hope you enjoy seeing the new baby. I also hope you are getting lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Willie

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03/20/2015 12:00.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
FIRST DAY OF SPRING: its snowing at our house
A sure signs that spring is on the way is the return of the migratory birds. : One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage.
These birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.Many of the birds we consider "our birds," in north america, actually spend less than half of their lives here. They move north as the snow melts and raise young on the plentiful supplies of insects that are abundant only during the long warm days of our late spring and summer. At the end of the breeding season, usually in late summer or fall, they move south again, most of them following only their instincts to reach the traditional "winter" home of their species.

The spring migration, for each species is a specific, optimal time when the birds need to arrive in their breeding areas. The strongest males arrive first and stake out the prime territories, often in the same location where they nested the previous year. When females arrive, they select the males that occupy the best habitats for raising young. The pair must then construct a nest, incubate eggs, and raise their brood in the short period before it is time to start the journey back to the wintering range.

In the last 20 years, many species are arriving earlier, and a significant number of species are also shifting farther to the north. Why? Scientists now believe that climate change caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases is disrupting the timing of migration and sending some species farther north in search of insects.
There has been an alarming decline in the populations of many migratory bird species. This is a result of several converging factors. Species that depend on unbroken forests in their North American breeding range are suffering because of forest fragmentation. The same species face additional threats south of the U.S. border, where logging and slash-and-burn agriculture are rapidly destroying thousands of acres of their habitats each day. Much research has focused on the lives these birds lead during their stay to the south , how they interact with nonmigratory resident species and how the habitat changes taking place in southern forests might affect the migrants.
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03/20/2015 11:05.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam You Are, from your loving Ms LaLo Lee
I do not have to tell any of you that this is the first day of Spring, and we welcome it, it has been a long time getting here! However it will put all of us in an iffy weather pattern for awhile! TGIF dear friends, and give our Springtime love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

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PS~Let's all do a happy dance for Spring...

Come visit me, Ziggy~Happy Easter & thanks aunt Mary Haines, Jenny Lynn~Happy St Patrick's Day my friends!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~Happy Easter every birdie, Ms LaLo~Happy Easter dear friends... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

03/20/2015 07:07.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom's class on baby mammals went well last night, it lasted for about 2 1/2 hours, which is typical. There were a lot of volunteers there. Mom loved when Jill was talking about baby bunnies, she said she could see people shaking their heads and saying they'd never feed them. The reason is that baby bunnies get tube fed, and it's pretty tricky. Mom knows how to do it, but only does it in a pinch.
Today there were 2 middle school tours on evolution at the museum. During the first one a fire alarm went off, so everyone had to vacate the building. It took over a half hour of standing in the cold before they were allowed back inside. As a result, the tour was extended for that time, and they picked up the second tour a half hour late. That was fine, because they hadn't finished their lunch yet when the alarm went off. What was refreshing to mom is that the kids had a real grasp of evolution and deep time! For middle school kids, they were pretty interested and engaged. She got to show off her 380 million year old ammonite, too, which is always fun. (By the way, it's from New York.)
I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie O'Willy

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03/19/2015 12:12.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
What Can We Do to Save the Bees?
1) Garden Organically – Honeybees are very susceptible to pesticides and insecticides. In your own yard, choose organic means of pest control rather than toxic chemicals. Use companion planting techniques and disease-resistant seed varieties to reduce the need to spray more potent compounds in your garden or landscape.
2) Avoid Neonicotonoids that treat the seed before it’s planted. They essentially render the entire plant that grows out of that seed toxic to whatever insect feeds on it. Do not buy seeds treated with neonics, or plants that have been cultivated from them and encourage the garden centers not even to carry them.
3) Avoid Insecticidal Dusts – When bees collect pollen or nectar from a plant dusted with insecticide, they carry the insecticide back to the hive, where it can cause serious bee kills within the hive for many months. If you must apply insecticides, do so in the late evening or very early morning when fewer bees will be foraging, and when it is not windy.
4) Support Local Beekeepers who are on the front lines of keeping honey bees alive. Support their efforts to reduce pesticide spraying. The drift from the spray can infiltrate their beehives and kill off the bees.
5) Provide Water – Bees need lots of fresh, clean, unpolluted water to help them make their honey. Is there room in your yard or patio to add a small pond with a fountain or water filter to keep the water moving while providing lots to drink for the bees?
6) Urge the U.S. EPA to Test Pesticides That Could Be Causing Bees to Die Off
7) Plant A Variety of Blooming Plants – that bloom at different times of the spring summer and fall to provide a steady source of pollen. Native plants like purple coneflower (Echinacea) and Chokecherry can be ideal.
8) Encourage your neighbors to care for trees, flowers and bushes organically. Identify fields that your city or town can leave unmowed so that bees and other insects can feed on the pollen and nectar that will be available from weeds left to grow wild. Testify about the importance of protecting bees at your local city council or town hall meetings.
9) Buy Honey From Local Beekeepers –! You can find it online, at farmers markets and in natural and whole foods stores.
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03/19/2015 11:16.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's almost spring even if it is going to snow in the east again! The news pointed out that New York has had snow as late as May so it's not so weird. It's still going to be spring even if it doesn't look like it outside and that is a reason to celebrate!
I'm really sorry I have not been able to blog as much as I would like! Mandy is losing the use of her rear right leg now and it has become more challenging for mom to take care of her. She doesn't stand up for too long anymore and has to move slowly to get from one room to the next. The vet said this is all part of the disease! Mandy is still eating up a storm so that is good news! Yesterday she did not follow mom down the hall to get me from my night cage and mom was a bit concerned. She then realized that dad was in the kitchen making coffee so Mandy was hanging out there! All of us know that dad is a soft touch when it comes to getting snacks! We just have to give him a pitiful sort of look and he caves and gives us something!hehehehehehe
I do hope you enjoy your day and find a fun way to welcome spring! I think a nice cake would be a good idea! I love cake!
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03/19/2015 10:53.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Mom had a tour at the museum this morning with third graders. They were doing American Indian hall, and it was the first time in awhile that mom has done that tour. She had a good time, and apparently the kids did too. One of the boys said it had been awhile since he was at the museum, and he had forgotten how much fun it was.
After the tour, mom picked up a few things to make fudge for next week's staff meeting and spring luncheon. Everyone likes her fudge, but she doesn't do anything special, just follows the recipe on the Kraft marshmallow stuff. It's fairly straightforward and easy.
She then went to the wildlife center to pick up a box of squirrels for soft release on our property. The squirrels weren't ready, so she waited for awhile for the girls to catch them and box them up. The squirrels were getting too stressed, though, so mom decided she'd pick them up on Friday after her shift. She is depending on one of the other volunteers to come here with a ladder to mount the box high enough in a tree for them to feel comfortable.
Tonight is training for baby mammals. Mom and all the volunteers who want to work with babies during the spring have to attend the class. Mom has attended this class at least 12 times in the past 13 years, but each year brings something a bit different, so it's always worth going.
I hope you are having a good day today, feeling spring approaching (2 more days!), and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie O'Willy

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03/18/2015 11:40.33 AM Report This Comment  
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Honeybees do more than make honey. 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide are bee-pollinated. Almost every food you eat exists because bees pollinated the plant they came from. Honeybees populations are dying out in alarming numbers. Since 2006, 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion, have been lost .Scientists and beekeepers have several theories about why honeybees are dying off.
1) Bees live in colonies, with one queen and many drones and worker bees. During winter, the queen lays eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs hatch into females that become the worker bees. Their job is to forage for food and take care of the colony. Unfertilized eggs become drones or honey bee males. For any colony to survive, the queen must lay fertilized eggs and those eggs must become worker bees. There is only one queen per colony. She mates once, but it counts when she does, as normally she collects more than 5 million sperm, enough so she can fertilize eggs throughout her life. When a queen can no longer lay eggs, new queens become responsible for mating and laying honey bee eggs. One theory behind the collapse of honeybee colonies is that the queen is not getting enough sperm from the male bee that she mates with. Another theory is that the queen is dying earlier than usual, which means she has less time to fertilize eggs. fewer fertilized eggs give rise to fewer worker bees that can help maintain the bee colony. If the queen dies out and is not replaced by a new queen, the hive will die out.
2) Many bee hives have been found to be infected by a tiny parasite called a varroa mite are wreaking havoc on bee colonies. The mites suck fluid from bees’ bodies, making the bees weak and compromising their immune systems. The mites also pass along viruses that can paralyze the bees. It is hard to kill off the mites without harming the bees
3)–, bees need food and water to survive. In their case, food comes from the pollen they collect from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and trees. They also need unpolluted water sources. Urban sprawl and industrial development are taking the place of fields that used to provide the plant variety that kept bees thriving. regions suffering from drought, annual flowers aren’t blooming and perennials aren’t producing as much nectar.
4)Neonicotonoids – is a systemic pesticide. It’s not sprayed on plants. Instead, seeds are treated with the chemical. As the plant grows, the pesticide infuses its plant tissue. If a bee nibbles on a plant grown from neonic-treated seed, it could be lethal.TOMORROW: HOW WE CAN HELP THE BEES
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03/18/2015 10:49.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning sweet Sam, from Ms LaLo
Happy hump day to all our friends, we are having a slightly cooler day, but with overcast skies, and we were just getting used to the warmth and bright sunshine! Dad has been going out to our garage to replenish our stock pile of bird toy parts! We are prepping five more boxes of Angel Wings toys for some of our friends! Have a great day, give our love to all in your happy home, and well see ya tomorrow...

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03/18/2015 09:07.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Sam~
Happy St. Patrick's day! I hope you are having a wonderful day. We have corn beef and veggies in the crockpot. Mom has to work tonight so she won't be eating any of it until tomorrow. I'll have a slice of soda bread since I love the stuff!
Dad is running late so mom will be picking him up after she takes Jennifer to work at noon. I'll be busy with a new toy and some snacks until she gets back!
Enjoy your day!!
Love, St. Patrick Day Hugs and a vote too!
Sugar ♥

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03/17/2015 12:30.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Happy St. Pat's day for those of you who celebrate. 4 of the 6 of us are green, so we are seasonally appropriate, haha. The doves wanted to be green today too, but mom said no.
Mom went to see her PCP today, and they took blood. She also got another pneumonia shot, even though the one she had a few years ago was supposed to be the only one. Her doc says this one protects against types of pneumonia that the other one doesn't. Her doc told her she could cancel the foot doc appointment, so mom called them and cancelled when she got home. We think all is well, she looks and sounds the same to us.
I hope you are having a nice day today. It was cloudy this morning, but it looks like the sun is trying to come out now. It's cooler today, though, only in the high 40s right now. I hope you get lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Willie O'Willy

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03/17/2015 11:36.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam I Am
HAPPY ST PADDYS DAY
if you wear, eat or drink anything green you will have good luck. anyone not wearing green must be pinched

four leaf clovers are lucky because they protect from witchcraft. if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover you will have a rash of good luck.

A bird stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink.
"Why of course," comes the reply.
The first bird asks: "Where are you from?"
"I'm from Ireland," replies the second bird.
The first bird responds: "You don't say, I'm from Ireland too! Let's have another round to Ireland."
"Of Course," replies the second bird.
Curious, the first bird then asks: "Where in Ireland are you from?"
"Dublin," comes the reply.
"I can't believe it," says the first bird.
"I'm from Dublin too! Let's have another drink to Dublin."
"Of course," replies the second .
Curiosity again strikes and the first bird asks:
"What school did you go to?"
"Saint Mary's," replies the second bird.
"I graduated in '62."
"This is unbelievable!" the first bird says.
"I went to Saint Mary's and I graduated in '62, too!"
About that time in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar. and asks "whats up"
"Nothing much," replies the bartender. "The O'Birdy twins are drunk again."

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03/17/2015 09:25.16 AM Report This Comment  
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The Prairie Chicken is one of americas best dancers and their courtship performance is the sort nature documentaries love to feature.

Prairie chickens are native birds of North America. There are two kinds of prairie chicken, and both are chunky, brown, chicken-like prairie natives. The Greater Prairie-Chicken is the larger of the two varieties and has a broader range, encompassing eleven Midwestern and Plains states. Greater Prairie-Chickens prefer tallgrass prairies, Lesser Prairie-Chickens choose a shortgrass prairie habitat. Once rather widespread, Lesser Prairie-Chickens now exist only in northern Texas, western Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas, and southeastern Colorado.the Greater and Lesser have suffered catastrophic decline due to loss of habitat.

Prairie chickens are called arena birds because of the males tendencyto pick out a special area, or arena, in which to display for interested females. The male prairie chickens arrive at their arenas just before sunrise. The arenas, also called leks, look no different to humans than the rest of the prairie — that is, until a female or two glides or struts onto the scene, and the males start trying to impress.Bending forward and raising their tail feathers and the special dark feathers near their heads, the male prairie chickens then inflate the air sacs along their throats (orange in the Greater and pink or purplish in the Lesser). From these sacs the birds let out great booming calls, which resonate across the early morning prairie lands. “Ooo-loo-loo, ohh-loo-loo” echoes from all around as the suitors serenade females. Sounds is similar to an amplified sound of blowing across the top of an empty bottle. To top off the performance, the anxious males rapidly stamp the ground as they call, thus creating a strange song-and-dance routine.
It’s quite a site and puts most other courting rituals,to shame.
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03/16/2015 03:47.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Monday morning Sam I Am, from Ms LaLo
Happy Monday everybody, we are wishing all of you a great start to your work week! Today is busy Monday for us, but it seems as though most days are busy! Our weather guessers has predicted that we will have a high temp of 78 degrees today, our doors will be open, yippee! Please give our love to all in your home, be happy, see ya all tomorrow...

Forever love from your buddy Ms LaLo & our Dallas family

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03/16/2015 11:05.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Why, if it isn't ol' SAM I AM!
Golly, it's been a while, hasn't it? I hope you and yours have been healthy and happy! I wish I could say the same for all of us. We birdies have been doing mostly alright, but to be honest with everyone, mother has been hit hard with depression, which is why we've been so inactive and why we birdies haven't been getting as much attention as we used to. Mother's kept quiet about her condition with most people she knows, just to keep things as cheerful as possible. But I guess that's not how life works, is it? Everyone has their ups and downs. And that's normal, natural and actually healthy. And mother shouldn't be ashamed anymore, so we hope everyone understands. So I sincerely am sorry about how my family and I seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth! It wasn't our intent, but that's how things go sometimes.

A lot has been going on in our lives. Mother quit her job because it was not a healthy environment. She had been sexually harassed by multiple people (though didn't tell the management about them all), and despite being one of the youngest people in her department, was pushed to her limits with the load of work she was given. It was all far too much, so she left. That was back in early January. She still hasn't applied anywhere else, but is hoping to build her strength back up to be able to get a job again.

To be entirely truthful, we birdies haven't been getting the same attention as we used to. Mother's working hard to change that, but it's a work in progress.

All five of us now reside in the livingroom where we get much more interaction with people and each other. None of us are ever let out with another bird though. This room is massive, and has two entryways, which mother is hoping to buy removable curtains for so she can cover them up and let us out in here. I haven't gotten much mommy and me time for a while, but since it's my hatchday today, I got let out in the bathroom once again and got to share an apple with mother! Yummm!

You've all been in our prayers and thoughts, and once again, I'm sorry for appearing then disappearing as much as I have. We're working on a change (: Hopefully I'll be keeping you all updated. Much love, Spirit xx ♥

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03/16/2015 09:38.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sam
The Milonga has been changed to the end of the month on the 28th!
That means I will be there and can sing in person ... YAY!

Hugs
Chyna

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03/15/2015 11:25.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey sweet Sam I Am, from your pal LaLo
Dad put our Corned Beef Brisket in the slow cooker this AM, it will take all day to cook down, all the potatoes, carrots, and cabbage will come much later! It was always a family tradition in his Irish/German family, and as for the green beer, he used to partake of that nasty stuff with his buddies, but now has much better things to do these days than swill that nasty stuff, now he will have the occasional shot of a really good Tennessee Bourbon! Christy could always smell it, if he had anything before handling her, that made him quit as much as anything! Have a great Sunday my dear friends, and give our real love to all in your fabulous home, see ya tomorrow...

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03/15/2015 01:16.36 PM Report This Comment  
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Beware the Ides of March.

Caesar, as he passed the soothsayer on his way to the senate chambers, mocked and called Spurinna a false prophet- for the Ides of March had come to pass and he remained unscathed. But the prophet warned that though it had indeed come, it had not passed. Then Caesar, entering the senate conclave, headlong into the hands of fate did violently perish.
****
The Kingbird's Omen

A king-bird flew in Pompey’s Hall
Pursued by others from the grove
With laurel sprig in hand it strove
To hard elude the brawl

But overcome by violence wide
It fell the victim of its foes
And as they there in triumph rose
On purple floors it died

These symbols in Spurinna stirred
And warnings out to Caesar went
But fruitless was the message sent
The omen went unheard

Then there he was near Pompey’s Hall
Pursued by fate and too by Jove
And as he toward the senate strove
There Caesar met his fall

For overcome by violence wide
He fell the victim of his foes
And as they there in triumph rose
On scarlet floors he died

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03/15/2015 10:23.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Come on over to the KB today for some green beverages (lemonade, beer, and sprite) and some special green cupcakes that Falco made for us.
Today mom has to work at the museum. She is doing tours in Dinosaur Hall for the general public again. She likes doing them, because each group is different. We are hoping when she comes home that she will spend the rest of the day with us. I bet she will, as I peeked at her calendar and there was nothing else on it for today.
It's cold again here, guess winter is not quite done with us, even though we're finished with it. In 5 days spring will be here, and we are hoping it will bring some nice springlike weather so our crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips can come out and visit us again. I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie O'Willy

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03/15/2015 08:36.59 AM Report This Comment  
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The Red-capped Manakin (Pipra mentalis), aka theRed-capped Manakin Moonwalking Bird is an amazing little bird. Its famous moonwalking behavior captured on film and an all-time favorite bird video.

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

Check out the videos on U-Tube. type in manakin doing moon walk or michael jackson dancing bird.
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03/14/2015 12:44.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
Happy Pi day and Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein! Did you know this pi day is special? The date, 3.14 is only the start. The next numbers in the series are 15926, so at 9:26 we should all yell happy pi day! 3.1415926
Mom had a meeting at the center this morning and they gave out some numbers: they took in 2974 animals last year. The release rate was ~62%, which is about double the national average. Volunteers clocked in 13,500 hours, which is equivalent to 6 full time and one part time staff worker. Mom also shared the Biscuits Bingo numbers. They made $1227 at their table, and they got $1272 from the gate. Not bad for a day's work.
Guess what the snack was at the end of the meeting? That's right, pie!
We should have mom here with us the rest of the day, it's pretty gloomy looking outside, even though it's in the high 40s. I hope you are getting lots of cuddles and scritches today, as well as some good quality mom/dad time! Hugs, Willie O'Willy

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03/14/2015 11:11.10 AM Report This Comment  
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03/13/2015 02:41.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammy
It sounds like we are all experiencing a bit of spring, and if you are not, it's only a week away! Keep thinking warm thoughts.
Mom and her sister went to a Chinese restaurant yesterday, and mom brought home a bunch of brown rice. She mixed it this morning with some Goldenfeast garden flora blend, and put it in the fridge for those of us who eat that stuff. You know Falco doesn't, because it's not apples, grapes, or broccoli, so it won't pass her beak. The rest of us will love it, though!
This morning mom cleaned some of the outdoor raptor aviaries and the RVS room at the center. As well as the usual bats, raccoons, and ground hog, the education turtles were in there too! Staff decided it was too cold for them in their usual place, so they got moved into the RVS room, where it is small and easier to keep them warm. They have a heating pad, a regular light and an infra red light to help them. Mom was sure surprised to see turtles in the RVS room, though.
Tonight she will be returning to St. Bart's for fish dinners for her neighbor and herself. He enjoys them, and mom usually does, too. She might get shrimp tonight, though.
I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches, not to mention some sunshine. Hugs, Willie O'Willy from the KB

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03/13/2015 10:54.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sammie and aunt Robin, love from Ms LaLo
Happy Friday the 13th, this is the second one this year! Are you all ready for green beer and corned beef and cabbage, St Patrick's Day is on Tuesday! We did laundry most of yesterday, one of dad's least favorite things to do, but in the interim period there was lots of time for parrot love! Today it will be more of the same, with not a lot planned, casual, slow, and easy, the best way to go! Have a wonderful day and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

All our love forever, Ms LaLo Lee & our Dallas family

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03/13/2015 10:09.26 AM Report This Comment  
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In honor of Friday the 13th, here are 13 bird superstitions

1. If a bird poops on your head it is a sign of good luck.
2. Don’t become a sailor if you kill an albatross, as superstition states you will get lost at sea (we just think you shouldn’t on principle).
3. It is good luck if a blackbird makes a nest on your house.
4. If you see 5 crows, sickness will follow; see 6 crows and death will follow.
5. To avoid bad luck tip your hat if you see a magpie.
6. Whatever you do to a robin will happen to you, so be nice!
7. It is bad luck to see an owl during the day.
8. A kingfisher is a very lucky bird.
9. Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.
10. Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it’s unlucky to kill one (again, we think killing any birds is wrong).
11. When a swan lays its head and neck back over its body during the daytime it means a storm is coming.
12. Having a wren around will prevent one from drowning.
13. A bird that flies into a house foretells an important message. However, if the bird dies, or is white, this foretells death.

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