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Hi! My name is Dino

I am an African Grey from Upplands vasby, Intl.

Lots n´lots:) In swedish...

21 years old   M

African Grey

Oatrings and peanuts (trying to cut down on those tho but I just love ´em;) Also bananas, liverpaté (yeaaaah, I know), apples, tomatoes, cooked ham, eggs, carrots, chickpeas. ...Popcorns!

Top natural perches, me climbtree in the kitchen, the Patio, and sometimes in a closet I decide to inspect

Being at the Vet´s, neighbours drilling holes in the wall, rain on my head, insects buzzing around my head;).....PINS in my NECK:(

When she sings and talks to me. When she let me snuggle up in her bed, and the scritches. ...when I´m up for it that is;) Our sessions of learning new things and all the praise I get after:)

Hanging like a bat while mom clean me Homey. Looking inside all the closets, known and unknown, peekaboo´s behind doors.....

Never give up and a new day will come with new possibilities..

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  Hello Dino~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's been too long since I got blogs out to every bird and I wish I had something exciting to share but it's been rather dull around here.
Dad is home for the day since he had to go to his doctor. Just the usual 6 month check up because of the cholesterol medicine he takes. You would think the cat would be all over him since he doesn't see him much but Merlin is still following mom everywhere. She is the one who feeds us so I can't blame him for sticking close by! You wouldn't want to miss a snack!
I will be having "turtle tank" cleaning duties once mom gets back from dropping Ian off at work. He wasn't suppose to work today but someone called out again! Ian picks up most of his hours that way!
I have the very important job of watching George and Gracie while mom washes the tank. They go into a little box which mom calls there summer home! I watch to make sure they don't escape! Gracie is always wanting to get out although I have no idea where she thinks she is going to go. It's a turtle thing I guess!
Love all the new pictures! Did your mom make the dreamcatcher. It's just beautiful!
I hope your day is just wonderful! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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03/30/2015 11:30.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
this is a continuation of birds intelligence from blog on 3-27. we messed up on the order.
Examples of bird intelligence include…
Carrion crows in Japan that deliberately place nuts in roadways, wait for cars to crush the nuts then retrieve the nut meats, all while coordinating around traffic lights to keep safe.
Woodpecker finches in the Galapagos Islands that trim sticks to the proper length for use as tools to forage for insects.
Green herons and other heron species that use bread fed to ducks or picnic leftovers as bait to attract fish for their hunting.
Blue tits in the 1920s that learned which color of milk caps on delivered milk had the most cream (whole milk) and pierced those caps to drink the cream.
Western scrub-jays that hold funerals for dead birds by making loud noises and avoiding the corpse, behavior that may be warning other birds of fatal threats.
Northern mockingbirds that recognize individuals who may be a threat to their nests and will attack only those individuals rather than attacking all passersby indiscriminately.
Aplomado falcons that hunt cooperatively in pairs and thereby increase their hunting success by a large margin through this teamwork.
Jays that cache hundreds of seeds and nuts in fall and manage to retrieve the majority of them over the course of the winter, exhibiting great recall for their hiding places.
Other well known examples of bird intelligence that could be attributed to instinct but still show at least some higher mental capability include:
Amazing nest architecture with intricate construction
Returning to the same ranges, even the same nests, for many years
Ability to navigate migration safely despite changing landmarks
Play behaviors, including taunting cats or playing with objects for entertainment
Recognizing who refills feeders and interacting with that person
Curiosity when responding to pishing or investigating new stimuli
Showing emotions through courtship, caring for nestlings, etc.
Some Are Smart, Some Are Stupid
Like any animal, not all birds are equally intelligent. Ornithologists generally agree that corvids (jays, ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, etc.) and parrots are among the smartest bird species and that social, gregarious birds often exhibit more intelligent behavior than solitary species. Still, every backyard birder has seen that one "stupid" bird at their feeders who just can't figure anything out, while another bird of the same species seems to be an Einstein in comparison. Watching birds and witnessing their intelligent behavior can be a joy for backyard birders, and learning more about bird intelligence in quantifiable ways is sure to keep ornithologists busy for decades to come.
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03/30/2015 11:29.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
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03/29/2015 11:07.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Birds That Play
All birds engage in playful behaviors, and more intelligent bird species need greater amounts of the mental stimulation that comes from play as they develop. Bird species that can seem especially playful include…Jays, crows, rooks, ravens, magpies and other corvids,Parrots, parakeets, macaws and Keas,Tits, chickadees, nuthatches and small finches,Gulls, terns and related species.
Many social and adaptable birds also play, as do young birds of nearly all species as they socialize with their siblings in the nest. The extent of play and how much play each bird species carries into maturity varies, and different birds engage in different types of play to help them develop a range of skills.
Types of Bird Play
There are many different behaviors birds engage in that could appear to be play. The most common playful actions include…
Manipulation: Using the bill or talons to drop, toss, bend, tear, rip or otherwise manipulate objects, even objects without any food value.
Investigation: Seeking out unique objects or trying a wide range of different foods, continually noting new objects and poking or prodding them.
Chasing: Following one another in short or acrobatic flights, or chasing other objects such as insects or fluttering leaves.
Taunting: Teasing or deliberately harassing one another or other creatures, such as teasing a domestic cat or instigating fights.
Balancing: Swinging, swaying or dangling on wires or weak branches, possibly releasing and reattempting different acrobatic actions.
Curiosity: Responding to pishing or other unique noises, such as being attracted by ringtones, mechanical noises or music.
Mimicry: Imitating an adult's behavior, including physical actions such as foraging or preening as well as songs and sounds.
Not all playful birds will engage in the same behaviors, but they often try different actions and activities as they are learning new skills and refining their abilities. Play may be only between birds of the same species, while some types of play, particularly chasing or taunting, may be between birds of different species.
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03/28/2015 10:50.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Happy Easter to you too.
I'm enjoying a bit of time without my collar. Mom thought I needed to have a good preening time. Now I'm hiding from her cause I do NOT want it back on.
Winter has reared its head again this weekend, but we can see that spring is winning.
So fun to see the sun for longer times.
Polly

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03/27/2015 11:31.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
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 10:38.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
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 09:42.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
What a pretty Easter card you posted! You look fabulous in it, too. Thanks, I think mom will be able to download those pics from the phone.
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, Falco

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03/25/2015 11:30.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
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 10:47.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
I like your profile picture. We are having a major heat issue here !!!
By this weekend a major heat wave is going to be here and it get's from hot to hotter to hottest !!!
That's so not right !!! I hope your weather treats you better than ours !!!

Have a Happy Humpday
Love your buddy
Panther

Ps my mommy broke even playing slots in Las Vegas...
Better luck next time !!!

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03/25/2015 09:39.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
We have a moderate threat today of severe weather so mom is on hyper weather alert ... its the time of year to beware the nasty tornado season. Ugggh. Maybe mom will come home early? Have a great day. V4U. Hugs.
Love Cappy

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03/25/2015 07:55.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
I love your Easter pic, very nice.
Oh wow! You were in Florida. We were on the gulf side in southern FL (Port Charlotte). It's a couple of hours south of Tampa.
We are waiting for the snow/ice mix to come soon .. oh joy!
Spring migration has begun in Mackinac Straits (50 miles from my birdie condo). They say it's a strong start with eight species of hawks, 113 bald eagles and 224 golden eagles. As for me, I'll stay in my condo and chew up some wood toys and eat some treats. I'll wing wave as they go by.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/24/2015 11:11.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino!
Love your picture buddy! It's awesome!
Yeah....I'm trying to be really good so the Easter Bunny will leave me a treat! Hope you get one too!
So your spring is late? March and Appril can't be quite unpredictable here! You can have winter until May? Yikes! We have spring flowers blooming here too!
Was the eclipse neat to see?
So Granny has her surgery March 30th? We will keep her in our prayers.
Are those pictures in you gallery of your mom and dad??? Love the picture of you driving your car! Heehee!
Hey buddy...hope you had a great day today!
Much love to my good friend,
Raffikki

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03/24/2015 09:42.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino!
Love your picture buddy! It's awesome!
Yeah....I'm trying to be really good so the Easter Bunny will leave me a treat! Hope you get one too!
So your spring is late? March and Appril can't be quite unpredictable here! You can have winter until May? Yikes! We have spring flowers blooming here too!
Was the eclipse neat to see?
So Granny has her surgery March 30th? We will keep her in our prayers.
Are those pictures in you gallery of your mom and dad??? Love the picture of you driving your car! Heehee!
Hey buddy...hope you had a great day today!
Much love to my good friend,
Raffikki

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03/24/2015 09:08.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Those squirrels have been released into our yard/woods. Their hide box is up in a tree, and mom is putting food under the same tree, but they're out of there!
We loved seeing everyone's St. Pat's pics up, and now we are loving all the Easter pics. BC moms and dads are so creative!
Mom was at a meeting this morning at the museum. It took all morning, but it was the spring luncheon, too, so at least the food was good. Mom took some pics of the very end of the meeting, which was a lot more interesting than the beginning. The staff got to see the latest museum outreach program about Spinosaurus, complete with a spinosaurus 'baby' which is a 6 foot animatronic/human puppet! It was really neat! Mom will try to post pics if she can figure out how to get them off her phone.
Tonight mom is going to Gene's for dinner, as he's leaving for Germany again on Saturday and won't be back for awhile. She has some fudge to take over there, as what she made for the luncheon didn't get all eaten up.
I hope you are having a good day and getting lots of scritches and cuddles. It's still cold here, hopefully you are having springlike weather. Hugs, Falco

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03/24/2015 11:26.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
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.
i hope you are finding these facts interesting
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03/24/2015 11:21.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino
Thanks for the hatchday wishes buddy...I t was my hatchday on the 16th and Jedi's hatchday on the 20th...
Another hot day today YUCK !!!

Have an awesome day
Love your buddy
Panther

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03/24/2015 08:58.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Thanks, I wish the sun would shine! We are so very cold up here and getting more snow.
I wish we could go back to Florida!!!! Dad says maybe next year we will go again.
It's still winter up here. Wednesday, we will have all day snow with lows in the negative. Looks like the high on Thursday will be 12 degrees. Back to the winter boots and hot chocolate for me ... bummer.
Enjoy your new toys ... have a good chew.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/23/2015 11:19.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino!
Hey buddy! How are you doing? I cant wait for Easter too. The Easter Bunny will come and leave me something! Yay! Can't believe it's almost Easter!
So you got some new chewing toys? Awesome!
Oh no! You had some snow? Is that normal for you this time of year? We are having beautiful spring weather !
Sounds like you are having fun shredding you bedding! Way to go buddy!
Thanks for the link for the kickboxing DVD! My mom will check it out.
Thanks for sending your sunshine my way!
No..we didn't see the eclipse. Did you?
Hope your day was awesome my good buddy!
Much love,
Raffikki

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03/23/2015 05:14.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
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 03:56.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
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 11:47.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
HELPING NESTING BIRDS WITH FOOD

The plants in your neighborhood can be a big help to nesting birds! Grasses and weeds might be used to build the nest, and having varied habitat in your yard or local park is really important for birds to be able to nest and reproduce successfully, since some birds like to build in bushes, some in small trees, some near the water, some on the ground, some in tall trees, and so on.
Many plants and flowers provide fruit that birds use to feed themselves and their babies. Cedar Waxwings, for example, nest much later in the summer than other birds because they like to eat fruit, and it is more likely that fruit will be ripe later in summer.

All birds need water, both to drink and to keep themselves clean. If you put a birdbath, or even a small shallow container of water, out in your yard, you will probably attract birds! Keep it clean and provide some small stones for them to perch on so they don’t get into deep water.
When female birds are laying eggs, they need more calcium to create strong shells that will protect their young. What’s the best source of calcium? Broken-up eggshells from the eggs in your refrigerator work just fine! After rinsing any yolk residue out of the shells, crush them in a tray and see if the birds come pick them up and carry them away. Some birds use clay or grit to obtain their calcium from their natural environment. Birds also like to collect feathers to line their nests, so you can start a collection of feathers you’ve found outdoors and put them all out one day to watch them get carried away for re-use!
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03/21/2015 11:24.52 AM Report This Comment  
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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 11:41.51 AM Report This Comment  
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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 11:30.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
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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love you ~ Sugar ♥

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03/19/2015 10:51.43 AM Report This Comment  
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Mom just has a sore arm from that shot. Hope it goes away soon.
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, Falco

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03/18/2015 11:10.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Honeybees do more than make honey. 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide are bee-pollinated. Almost every food you eat exists because bees pollinated the plant they came from. Honeybees populations are dying out in alarming numbers. Since 2006, 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion, have been lost .Scientists and beekeepers have several theories about why honeybees are dying off.
1) Bees live in colonies, with one queen and many drones and worker bees. During winter, the queen lays eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs hatch into females that become the worker bees. Their job is to forage for food and take care of the colony. Unfertilized eggs become drones or honey bee males. For any colony to survive, the queen must lay fertilized eggs and those eggs must become worker bees. There is only one queen per colony. She mates once, but it counts when she does, as normally she collects more than 5 million sperm, enough so she can fertilize eggs throughout her life. When a queen can no longer lay eggs, new queens become responsible for mating and laying honey bee eggs. One theory behind the collapse of honeybee colonies is that the queen is not getting enough sperm from the male bee that she mates with. Another theory is that the queen is dying earlier than usual, which means she has less time to fertilize eggs. fewer fertilized eggs give rise to fewer worker bees that can help maintain the bee colony. If the queen dies out and is not replaced by a new queen, the hive will die out.
2) Many bee hives have been found to be infected by a tiny parasite called a varroa mite are wreaking havoc on bee colonies. The mites suck fluid from bees’ bodies, making the bees weak and compromising their immune systems. The mites also pass along viruses that can paralyze the bees. It is hard to kill off the mites without harming the bees
3)–, bees need food and water to survive. In their case, food comes from the pollen they collect from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and trees. They also need unpolluted water sources. Urban sprawl and industrial development are taking the place of fields that used to provide the plant variety that kept bees thriving. regions suffering from drought, annual flowers aren’t blooming and perennials aren’t producing as much nectar.
4)Neonicotonoids – is a systemic pesticide. It’s not sprayed on plants. Instead, seeds are treated with the chemical. As the plant grows, the pesticide infuses its plant tissue. If a bee nibbles on a plant grown from neonic-treated seed, it could be lethal.TOMORROW: HOW WE CAN HELP THE BEES
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03/18/2015 11:05.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino
We are getting rain and cooler temps today YIPPPEEEEE !!!

Have a Happy Humpday
Love your buddy
Panther

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03/18/2015 09:04.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
There is a spring that you have to break and once that's accomplished those are easily opened. Have a great day. V4U. Hugs.
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03/18/2015 04:42.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Actually, we in the states celebrate St Patrick's day more than the Irish do! I guess we are party people ... LOL!
Still have way too much snow on the ground and getting tired of the cold! I hope we get a good summer this year ..NOT like last year's cold one.
I woke up to new snow this morning but, it wasn't green. At least we had sun this cold afternoon. Tonight we are having computer problems, I hope to get to all my blogs. Hope you had a nice Happy St Paddy's day. Anyone for some tea?
Hugs
Chyna

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03/17/2015 10:54.45 PM Report This Comment  
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Hey buddy! Thankmyounfor the St Patrick's Day wishes! So you don't celebrate St Paticks Day?
Jeezzzzz....hope you don't get more snow!
Oh buddy! The shamrock cookies are so yummy!
Oh you are most welcome. We will keep Granny in our prayers until she is all better. When does she have her surgery?
Which kick boxing video odes your mom have?
Hope your Woden pencils come soon. What kind of bedding do you have in your cage?
Hope you get some nice sunshine your way!
Much love to my best buddy,
Raffikki

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03/17/2015 08:37.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Holy guacamole!
BOTD? After my first day back? I'll take it! Thanks so much for all of the love and hospitality I received yesterday. Feels almost like I never left ♥

I assume you already know about the struggle Maine has been going through with the weather (though surrounding states have had it far worse!). The temps were starting to rise to much more comfortable heights (40° to even 50°!!!), but alas, we're back down to the 20's and 30's again. That's a Maine spring for ya!

Happy St. Patty's day, by the way! Did you know that "Patrick" wasn't even his real name? Patrick’s ‘real’ (i.e. Brythonic) name was Maewyn Succat! He took on the name Patrick when he became a priest. Who would've known?

I hope your holiday is going fantastically well! We'll talk again soon, and thanks again for this honor. Love & snuggles to all!

Yours truly,
Spirit ♥ xo

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03/17/2015 03:43.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
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 11:48.37 AM Report This Comment  
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We wish Granny lots of luck and fast healing with the cataract surgery. She will be better in no time! She will see better than she has in years, is our guess. If mom likes light mysteries, she'll love Donna Andrews.
Did mom have a good birthday? We hope she celebrated it in a special way.
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 doctor 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, Falco

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03/17/2015 11:04.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Dino
Thank you for the hatch day wishes and Happy SP Day to you too...

Enjoy your day
Love your buddy
Panther
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03/17/2015 09:25.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
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 09:11.03 AM Report This Comment  
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Well I can always pop welds but that does take me a little time ... would prefer to just be able to open locks .... I know ... I need a lock pick lol. Have a great day. V4U. Hugs.
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03/17/2015 04:35.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Dino
Good to hear from you. Lucky bird having nice weather. Ours was so bitter cold this year. We broke records! So, my parronts and I took a 3 week vacation to Florida. The weather was sunny and warm and we all enjoyed it. Then we had to come back to the snow and cold :(
It's another dark day with rain starting at 6pm and hasn't stopped. They say we'll have some snow while I'm sleeping. I've got the kettle on for some tea.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/16/2015 11:00.10 PM Report This Comment  
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Hey buddy! Good to hear from you! Sounds like your mom has been busy with work!
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Do you have a special Irish meal? We will have our corned beef, cabbage , potatoes, Irish Soda Bread and shamrock cookies! I can't wait to taste it all!
Well, spring is finally here. Having really nice temps and lots of sunshine! So your temps are still cold?
Granny will be so happy after she has her cataract surgery ! She will see so much better. My dad had both of his eyes done...not at the same time. We will keep Granny in our prayers.
We think kick boxing would be hard to learn. Don't think my mom could do that. She probably would trip over her own feet! Heehee!
Those wooden pencil sticks sound awesome buddy! Bet you can shred one pretty fast!
Much love to my best buddy,
Raffikki

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03/16/2015 09:23.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Dino~
I hope you had an awesome day! So you still have Day light savings time to go through? It's really stupid because it's still the same amount of daylight. If someone needs more light time they should just get up earlier!!!
We never had much of a winter on the west coast so spring is here already. We have cotton wood trees all over and they are all pink! They will go white later on but for now it's very pretty. Mostly evergreen trees up here so the pink looks pretty next to them!
Mandy is doing okay. Some days she is more interested in what we are doing than others but she is still eating and following mom around. I don't know why the disease is mostly in German Shepherd's. We are just taking it one day at a time.
Dad will be home tomorrow so I'm looking forward to seeing him. I think he is only staying a few days and then he will be back on the road.
Enjoy the evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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