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Hi! My name is TAZ ~ SUMMER IS HERE...

I am a Citron-Crested Cockatoo from Pasco, WA.

My newest one from Uncle Chuck...Chain Saw

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17 years old   M

Citron-Crested Cockatoo

I love almonds, grapes, squash, and bananas

I love to be on or in others cages, when they are not home. I also love to be on dad's shoulder when he is cleaning our cages. I like to be with mom in the evening and get scritches...

I hate baths or showers of any kind, water is not my friend...and that's all I got to say about that!

They treat me great, I have lots of friends, good food to eat, lots of toys to play with and unconditional love even when I am bad...

I love to instigate trouble....

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  Day 21-- The Perils that lurk in the water
Howdy wranglers, Chuey here with today's Cattle Drive Update. It's a warm day as the sun rose over the horizon. The final night watch was in from the herd as Kaji and Lizzie served up a mes of biscuits with gravy, oatmeal and black thick Texas Coffee. A mighty fine feed if ya are askin' me. Mikey was busy loading up the hot-rolls into the Dragon-wagon (chuck-wagon to all ye green-horns) as the light finally began to bounce off the milling herd of critters out on the pasture just north-east of Doan.
I'd been a ponderin' what had become of Jenny-Lynn and the spies we'd left yonder in the hills keepin' an eye on our rustler friends there. About the time I was gettin to frettin' some, Kiddo came galloping into Doan with news. " Jenny-Lynn had decided the only ways to know what a rustler was thinkin' was to become one of them." .she acted like she is running from the law and asks to join them, she knew Kiddo, Panther, Finnegan, & Sweetie had got her back! This is not an attack, merely a fact finding mission to determine fire power and numbers, BUT JL IS READY FOR COME WHAT MAY! She will slip out of the outlaws camp when they are all sleeping like babies cuz they had to much Red Eye to drink! " That left me with some concerns but knowin' Jenny-Lynn she could handle herself, we began to prepare the herd for the River crossin'.
One of the most dangerous parts of driving cattle was the River Crossings. A deep river that was wide like the Red River, and had a strong current from recent rain presented three great hazards. One was the cattle could be swept downstream, making them tired from struggling and causing them to drown. Cattle have no lick-a-sense and can get half way across and change their minds and turn back, causing the herd to become tangled up together and drown. The River banks themselves were a problem As the herd entered and exited the stream they need firm ground, enough to support 800 pounds of wet beef. Sometimes with the wet cattle ahead, followers found themselves mired in quicksand that sucked the cow down where it died a slow terrified death.
When the water was too hazardous to cross it meant delays which caused problems as many herds arrived at the same locale, needing grass to graze and putting the drivers behind schedule. Wranglers worked 24/7 to keep herds separated while they waited on the River to recede.
With all this in mind, we set out to gather the herd of ornery critters back into one place to begin the arduous task of crossing the rapidly flowing Red River, running fast after all the recent rains. With guns blasting into the air, whips lickin the flanks of some very stubborn strays, and ropin' in cows with infant calves at their sides it took well onwards to noon before the herd was back in line to begin the water crossing.
Trail Boss Chuey 245908

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08/21/2014 01:34.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 20-takin' a break in Doan's Crossing
Howdy Pardners; It's a fine day to be settin' back relaxin' in Doan. Now, I must be tellin' ya, that some of these cow wranglin' birdies are inside Doan's Store at the Saloon but all in all it's a mighty good day. The chuckwagon is being restocked as I enjoy restin my vent right here in front of the Doan General Store. Henceforth it's a mighty long trail to the next town along the line. I wanta take today to tell you all a bit about the duties and requirements for each position on this cattle drive.
Trail Boss--must be very experienced, a quick thinker, cool-headed, co-operative and have leadership skills. Carries full responsibility for the entire group-cowbirds, cows, horses. Locates water, grass with the help of scouts, knows how to track different animals, keeps the peace between cowbirdies, and handles all money. Wages in 1880--$90.00 month
Point Bird--High level of experienced, most honored position on the drive, determines direction of the cattle-must be reliable, work in groups, and works in twos keeping lead steer/cow going the correct direction. Wages in 1880--$30-40 month
Swing or Out riders--must have some experience, must be knowledgeable about cattle and using horses to keep them in line on the trail. Position third ways back from the head of herd Wages in 1880 $30-40 month
Flank Riders--must have some experience on trail drives, must know how to ride a horse, Cuts in cattle that stray,rides two-thirds way back from the front of the herd. Wages in 1880 $30-40 month
Drag Riders--Usually an entry-level position--willing to work hard, endure dust & dirt kicked up by the herd, rides at the back of the herd to keep older, calves and cows etc up to herd. Wages in 1880 $30-40 month
Horse Wrangler--Entry-level job, work hard and learn, drives the remuda of horses before the chuckwagon and ahead of the cattle, rounds up extra horses, herds them into a rope corral several times daily, keeps the horses together, eating grass until change over time for cowbirds, makes sure ridden horses get extra feed-corn and grass, keeps saddle horses grouped together, helps the cook gather wood, harness the chuck wagon team. Wages in 1880 $20-30 month
No matter what position a cow bird has, it entails hard work, sweat, and determination and a drive to get the job done. Tomorrow we start our crossin' of the Red River, a dangerous and difficult task for both herd and riders. I think I'll be moseyin' along to the Saloon myself to wet-my-beak.
Trail Boss Chuey 245908

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08/20/2014 12:37.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 19--The Gathering at the River
Yeehaaaaw; Chuey here with a Cattle Drive update. We've been watchin' some would be rustlers whilst the herd was running full out towards the Red River. Trustin' that my wranglers had everything under their control I sat a while and simply watch and listen. The herd slows as it nears the water, as the foamy wet horses breath deeply catchin' a breath after miles of gallopin' all out to keep up with them dawgies.
There's many a peril on the long western trails, from snakes to rustlers, but none is as deadly as the Red River Crossing. Historian Andy Adams described Doan's Crossing:
"Red River, on the northern border of Texas, was a terror to trail drivers. The majestic grandeur of the river, with its red bluff banks, the sediment of its red waters marking the timber along its course, while the driftwood, lodged in trees and high on the banks, indicated what might be expected when she became sportive or angry. The crossing had been in use only a year or two when we forded, yet five graves, one of which was less than ten days made, attested her disregard for human life. It can safely be asserted that at this and lower trail crossings on Red River, the lives of more trail men were lost by drowning than on all other rivers together. Doan was the last town before entering Indian Territory and was the last spot where US inspectors were stationed to inspect herd brands before allowing them to enter Oklahoma.
"The thundering of the herd could be herad clear to Doan and beyond, the dust cloud arriving before the thristin' herd. I figured I'd better get moseyin' along, and keep check on the rustlers later, as the wranglers might be needing me, and the birds to get them back from the water before they drank themselves to death. We creep out real quiet-like and urged our mounts into a gallop and caught up just shy of Doan.
" Boss, what's up with the rustlers?" Sky asked riding fast to catch up
"They ain't movin no where fast, so we left'em settin' and joined back up to bring these dust-bags under control again." Chuey wiped sweat from her forehead with her bandanna.
" Pookie and Snowy have rode up front to cut them back before they hit the water full-out" Cookie yells as he races past on Thunderbolt. " Spot and Chipper are guarding the remuda, to try to keep the horses in check."
The sign for Doan's store whipped pasta s the herd started to pull to a stop atthe river edge, heads down, gulpin' water up like a sponge. " Sugar, Sweetie! Cut them two cows back before they drop dead from over drinkin"" Panther yelled trying to get a red checked bull back into the herd without much success. As the dust began to settle, we could see that the herd had spread out over a mile of river bank in both directions. It would take a lot of skill, energy, and work to gather them back into a herd. Quick horse changing, with Peppino and BonBon saddling and ropin our mounts expertly to keep us movin them Long horned devils back in place.
Trail Boss Chuey 2459

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08/19/2014 08:25.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Day 18--Red River's calling
Phew what a long night. Keepin' watch on them Rustlers,and holdin' the herd close is a job, especially when they smell water. These Long-horned varmints can smell water for miles and when they do, it's a job to keep them from stampeding. With the comin' of mornin' we are still hankered down watching them, keepin' the rustlers under close eye.
Leaving the herd under the care of my trusty cow-hands, they're up and movin by first light. We're headin' to Doan today,at the Texas-Oklahoma line and our first difficult river crossing. Corwin Doan settled at the crossing back in 1878 and built his homestead there in 1881. Doan had a large stock of goos to supply the cowboys who annually drove cattle along the Western Trail. The village of "Doan't Crossing" had 14 or more buildings. Doan, his wife Liddie (1850-1905), and their 3 children entertained people from all walks of life - English lords to Indians - in theirs adobe house. In fact it is estimated more then seven million head of cattle and horses made this difficult crossing between 1876 and 1893.
"You all better head back to the herd," Chuey instructed, " Kiddo, Jenny-Lynn, TiPaul and Cori, you stay hankered down here and keep watch."
"Ok Boss" Boo Boo exclaimed sneakin' back all quiet like to where our horses have been ground hitched.( reins left hanging from the bit, used when horses might be needed to make a quick escape). The others rode back to the south of where the rustlers where hidden out to pervent their horses getting wind of them and tippin' them off.
"I'm goin' sneak up closer to get a better look, see if I ain't able to hear what they have up their sleeve." Chuey crouched down low and worked her way silently towards boulders not more then 50 yards from where the rustlers sat drinkin; their coffee and eattin' grub.
Sugar, Polly, Zippy, Moggie and Susan where riding point today, but the herd was itchin to run from the get-go. They kept turnin' the anxious cows back into the herd. The whole mass of cattle began to trot as they caught wind of the river ahead. Cinn-A-Bun, and Chyna rode from the drag to talk to the Point riders.
"We might as well give'em head and let'em run, we are can't keep them in and the out-riders are spending their time cutting strays back in. If we don't they're goin' a break anyways and we'll be chasing them to the Red anyways."
"You're right, tell the others to pull out a ways and give them their head." Sugar told them
Cinn-A-Bun went to the south side and Chyna took up the north and rode by to tell the others to pull a ways off and let'em run. The herd picked up it's pace as the smell of water grew stronger in their nostrils. Suddenly the lead cow took off on the run, with the others moving like a massive dusty wave over the ground. The sound of pounding hooves would be heard clear to Doan and beyond.
We're in for a fix of troubles now I'd say, sures hope they can get the herd back from the water in time.
Trail Boss Chuey 245908 for BOTM

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08/18/2014 09:53.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
It sure is hot here, and so thankfully Mom got me outside for my sunbath at 9. Any later and it would have been too hot. Instead it was just perfect, and we had a two nutriberry sunbath.

Then by 10 Mom was on her way to the hospital. She was lucky and found a parking spot in the shade although that meant a long walk in the sun (much worse walking back out at 1). She figures that is her exercise for the day, because they moved Dad down to the 1st floor last night (a good thing; a general room), and he is at the far end of the hospital now. He actually got some sleep last night, because they don't come in to do tests every two hours now. And they went for a nice long walk all around the hospital and then down to the cafeteria for a hamburger and fries. Dad carted his IV stand along with him, and he was in a gown and jeans so they knew he was a patient. The nutritionist came out and asked his name before she would let him eat. The burger was mostly for Mom, anyway that is what they told them. Dad had a couple of bites though, and about half the excellent curly fries. That's right the hospital cafeteria actually has good food!! Too bad they don't cook the patient's meals there. The family doc came by while Mom was there and assured them Dad would be able to come home by Tuesday, since Mom will be in surgery on Wednesday and obviously can't pick him up that day!

And now I am continuing my impersonation of a good bird and sitting quietly on Mom's knee while she blogs. This is four days in a row, and Mom is loving it. I hope she isn't too surprised when I go back to misbehaving!!

Kiddo

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08/17/2014 03:00.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Day 17--Keepin' watch on the Rustlers
WHOA there Cutter, we have to stop and post our daily Cattle Drive update. I must say, driven cattle ain't for the weak or faint of heart. It takes a real Bird to sit that saddle 12-14 hours a day, 6 to 7 days of the week. Queen Zeena sent word, that we are headin' for another rain shower before we make Doan, on the Red River. That ain't good news, ain't good at all. I be tellin' why.
" Kiddo and Finnegan comes barrelin' in from the hill country with word that we goin' be havin' company right soon. Jenny-Lynn and her side-kick Sweetie are keepin' watch from a safe distance, keepin' tabs so to speak on them rustler-type birds. The others have taken cover in the hills surrounding their news camp, watching, waiting least they make the decision to try to run off some of our herd during the night-watch."
"Boss, what we goin' do bout them rustlers?" TiPaul asks pushing his hat back on his head.
"Don't rightly know. They ain't done anything yet so we best be watching them, and tendin' to our own business along the trail." Chuey says before slapping Cutter on the flanks to get him off in a quick run.
"Cori, Boo Boo and Peppino, come along with me. We're gonna go take us a better look at these rustlers." Chuey finishes as she dashes past at a fast trot.
"Silver, you and Raffi, take first watch. Keep a good eye on the back of the herd. We gotta keep 'em tight tonight. No strayin'" Chuey stops for a moment then moves on.
Dixie, Jedi, and Snowflake see Chuey and the others comin' from a distance, and ride out to meet them. They exchange a few words before turning their horses in the detection that Finnegan said he saw the riders bedded down. In camp Sugar, Kacey, Sweetpepper and Celine saddle up their night horses preparing to start their shift as night-hawks. Swinging up into the saddle Sweetpepper takes one last parting look at the warm fire burning n the camp before she and Sugar begin their watch. The four riders head in the direction of the herd, listening all the while for any unusual happens in the far distant hills.
" I sure hope there ain't no troubles tonight" Lizzie says to Kaji and Falco sitting by the fire. " we been lucky so far to have not encountered any troublin' situations."
"we're ready for them, if those rustlers wanta try taken our herd" Angel says out loud,
"We're a bad group to tangle with." Chipper adds "Cydney, why don't ya come sit for a spell, no sense in wearin' your legs out."
The Scouts, with Chuey and the others ride down-wind of the hidden camp so as not to alert the horses to their presence. They stop at a safe distance and ground-tie their horse, as they creep closer for a better look."
" home, home on the range, where a cow-bird is watchful all day, lest he falls asleep while countin' his sheep, and a rustler runs off with his herd."
Trail Boss Chuey 245908 for BOTM

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08/17/2014 07:42.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
So glad to hear that your mom had a talk with her PT person. The deep tissue massage should really help. When my mom is having bad days, her trainer does a little deep tissue work on her shoulder at the end of the session and it really helps.

I got out for my sunbath really early today, because it is another very hot one here. I was outside by 8:35 and the temp was just perfect. However after that Mom took off for the gym to train and do zumba. After she got home and showered, she only spent 15 minutes with me before she took off for the hospital to visit Dad. I call that unfair!

However since Dad is not doing so well in there, I guess he needs the company. His blood test numbers are not improving like they should, and in fact they gave him two pints of somebody else's blood last night which I say is just weird. I guess his kidneys liked it though, because things were a little better this morning. Still not good enough though, and now they are saying Dad won't be home until Tuesday, although Mom is still hoping for Monday. They did do three laps around the hospital floor, so that is a good thing. Dad said Mom could have skipped zumba, but I think they move around a bit faster in there from what I hear.

Well, now I am sitting on Mom's shoulder trying to eat her earring while she blogs for me. I have been much better about behaving for blogs lately, maybe because my mom is gone extra hours and I want to be with her when she is home. Or maybe I just decided to be a good boy.....nah!

Kiddo & Freckles eating Lizzie's good cookin'

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08/15/2014 04:28.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Mom got an ice massage at the end of her PT sessions, so they must be totally different. I am sorry they are causing your mom so much pain. Has she discussed it with her doctor? He would know if that is right.

First I would like to thank all my BC buddies for their good wishes and prayers for my Dad who is back in the hospital. Mom talked to the Doc last night, and it looks like this time he will only be in there for 3-4 days. The ER staff were amazed that Dad was coherent and on his feet when they got his blood test results, but he just laughed and said it was much worse last time. Good news: no dialysis this time! Mom says he is too ornery to die, and she has faith he will be home soon. His test this morning didn't show any improvement, but it was no worse either. Guess that's something. I was just glad Mom got me out for my sunbath before she took off to spend the morning with Dad.

Meanwhile the trail drive is getting pretty darned eggciting! Those horse tracks can't be anything good, but Chuey is smart to send Jenny Lynn to check it out and then send back up as well. My fellow scouts and I will find some safe water for the herd, and we will make sure they don't drink too much. Who knew trail herding was such hard work!??

Kiddo & Freckles out on scout

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08/13/2014 12:48.28 PM Report This Comment  
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Come visit me, TAZ ~ SUMMER IS HERE..., Scoober ♥ Chyna..., CHICA ~ Justice for Ozzi, ROSIE ~ HAVING A HOT SUMMER, NAPOLEON & CHI CHI ON THE LAKE, SUZI ~ IN THE WATER WITH GUS, THE GREY'T GREY WINGS - THANKS TEAM, The Proctors... CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAWKS!, SIMON~THANKS EVERYBIRDIE 4 MY HATCH & BOTD WISHES, Chloe ~ MISS YOU SO MUCH GIZZY ♥ & JEWELS ~ Sum, Sum, Summertime.

08/11/2014 11:41.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tazzie from Angel Christy & Limon
We are having a cool and overcast day, with a slight chance of rain later today! We got a phone call from our sweet aunt Theresa yesterday with an update on Cheeta & Ceasaur! All their bandages are off, and they are recovering very well, but have a ways to go! THANK YOU LORD, you have answered our prayers once again! Let's remember to be good to each other, the rest of the world is always ready to pounce on us it seems! Have a great Sunday and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Love always from your Angel Christy, Limon, & the Dallas family

PS~Loving all Citrons...

Come visit me, Ziggy & Hambone at the Fair~We're in it to win it, Jen Lynn~Riding the range with my pal Sweetie.., Limon Dallas~Thanks for BOTD, I love my new home!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, QUEEN ANGEL CHRISTY~Thanks for the honor of BOTD, Ms LaLo-Waiting for the County Fair, such fun! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

08/10/2014 07:52.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Mom said the PT was uncomfortable or even a little painful while they were doing it, but she felt better afterwards. They also told her to ice her shoulder after she got home. Has your mom ever tried Biofreeze? They sell it on Amazon, but Mom found it cheaper on EBay...you just really have to hunt for that good deal with free shipping. It comes in spray (Mom has never tried that), gel pump and roll on. Both of those work great.

I am molting as many of my friends here on BC seem to be doing as well. Mom was checking me out last night, and she had the nerve to say I was looking pretty ratty. What's with that? I do not look the least bit like a rat. I have feathers, not fur! And no whiskers either!!!

Another nice sunbath this morning before the usual Saturday grocery trip. However Mom couldn't find any sugar snap peas at the store! They were all out! So she is going to thaw some frozen peas for my breakfast tomorrow and try a different store tomorrow afternoon. Since peas are the only green food I will eat, she has to have some for me. Good thing I started eating my pellets again.

Kiddo & Freckles riding scout for the herd

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08/09/2014 01:32.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
So how did Mom's 2nd day of PT go? My mom always felt better after PT, so your mom might want to question what they are doing with her doc.

It sure was grueling day out on the range yesterday hunting for new water holes. Jenny Lynn, Panther, Jedi and I rode for a long time, but we found water at last. Good thing, because the herd really needs to keep healthy if they are going to bring a good price at market.

Today is housecleaning day, and I must say I hate it when that big, noisy sucking machine starts roaring around the house. And then Mom decided the kitchen floor needed several moppings before it was clean enough to suit her. That is just more time away from yours truly. Unfair work practices!!

I did get my sunbath before all that nonsense began, so at least there is that. It is a very nice day with a high of only 84, which is so much more comfortable. And Mom is planning a mortadella and provolone wrap for our lunch. She will sneak some fresh spinach in there, but as usual I will spit that out on her shoulder. I do love the rest of it though.

Kiddo & Freckles scouting for water

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08/07/2014 12:44.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning Taz, more love from Christy & Limon
Happy throw back Thursday, for us it is another cooler and overcast day, but we like it! Dad has to pick up a few things from the store but it can wait! Kiddo and Jen are scouting ahead for a good watering hole, and she found one, but Kiddo said it is not suitable for parrots and cow ponies, longhorns don't sit on barstools very well, and now she can't get him out of there! Have a great day and give my love to all in your home, see all you gringos on the trail...

Love from Angel Christy, Mr Limon, & my family

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08/07/2014 07:53.17 AM Report This Comment  
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Come visit me, TAZ ~ SUMMER IS HERE..., Scoober ♥ Chyna..., CHICA ~ Justice for Ozzi, ROSIE ~ HAVING A HOT SUMMER, NAPOLEON & CHI CHI ON THE LAKE, SUZI ~ IN THE WATER WITH GUS, THE GREY'T GREY WINGS - THANKS TEAM, The Proctors... CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HAWKS!, SIMON~THANKS EVERYBIRDIE 4 MY HATCH & BOTD WISHES, Chloe ~ MISS YOU SO MUCH GIZZY ♥ & JEWELS ~ Sum, Sum, Summertime.

08/06/2014 11:12.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Howdy Tazman from Limon & Christy
Happy hump day to all our worshippers of this day, we actually love all days equally except for Sunday, our Angel aways made that day extra special for dad and all of us! We are once again experiencing overcast and a cooler day, what a treat for us! Lots to do, so I'll cut ya loose for now, have a nice day and give my love to all in your home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from your Citron friends Limon, Angel Christy, & the loving Dallas family

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08/06/2014 08:51.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Howdy Cowbirdies, Trail-Boss Chuey here with today's blog. I am pleased to that most have rounded up their cow-pony and have packed their supplies and bed roll. Today we will saddle up and ride to the outer pastures to gather the last stragglers of our herd and bringum' into the corrals. I wanta tell ya a little about the history of the cattle drives, and get ya familiar with our herd of Texas Long-Horns.
In 1874, Captain John T. Lytle and several cowboys left South Texas with 3,500 head of longhorn cattle and a herd of saddle horses. Five years later, the route Lytle cut out of the prairie to Ft. Robinson, Nebraska, had become the most significant and traveled cattle trail in history- The Great Western Cattle Trail. Though less well known than the Chisholm trail, the Great Western Cattle Trail was longer in length and carried cattle for two years longer than the Chisholm. The Great Western Cattle Trail saw over seven million cattle and horses pass through Texas and Oklahoma to railheads in Kansas and Nebraska - an important factor in developing the cattle industry as far north as Wyoming and Montana.
The Texas Longhorn, one of the state's most iconic symbols, has been hoofing through Texas history for centuries. This distinctive breed of cattle played a vital role in Texas' heritage, and the state maintains a herd of traditional longhorn, allowing residents and visitors to experience these graceful animals first-hand. Long-horns are ornery, powerful cattle, well equipped to life on the rugged Texas wastelands. Adorned with massive pronged horns, LongHorns are capable of protecting themselves from predation. Hardy, and muscular they easily traveled the trails from pasture to stockyards with minimal losses on route. A word of warnin' to my trail hands--never get between a cow and her calf.

The Great Western Trail traversing this area with it's origin at Bandera, Texas, just to the NW of San Antonio, about 450 miles south of the Red River, and it's destination of Dodge City, Kansas, about 45 miles north of Indian Territory. Some historians called the trail the old Doan Trail, because it crossed the Red River at Doan's crossing. We will be heading north on the trail into Wyoming.

Well, Let's header on out boyz and girlz, let's get them dawgies corralled so we can hit the trail at sunrise. Tomorrow we'll be dividing into our positions with the herd and remuda of horses. We'll need eight scouts to ride ahead to check on waterin' holes and signs of rustlers.

YEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAW, Ride'm cowbirdies

hugs and kisses Trail boss

Chuey 245908

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08/03/2014 12:32.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tazzie my twin, from Angel Christy
We are having another gorgeous day and the problems of yesterday and the past several days have been effectively solved, at least for now! Things in our home are returning to the controlled chaos of normal! Sorry we didn't get to all your pages yesterday but the fix was an all day project! We hope all of you are having a blessed and peaceful Sunday, and give our love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Sunday love from Angel Christy & the Dallas flock

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08/03/2014 06:16.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Hi everyone, glad to see so many eager birdies ready to saddle up and take a trail ride with me. I had my cousin SKY deliver the miniature ponies and horses yesterday so they'd be well rested
before we mount our trusty steeds and head down the trail. If each of you would please pick out the steed you would like, give it a name and grab your saddle and bridle well get on the way.
Oh yeah, don't forget to strap on your bed roll, canteen and anything else you will need. I've birdsonally asked Sky and Ms BB to come along just in case we run into any problems. Both are well seasoned cow-birds so we're in some mighty fine wings if you were to be askin' me.
Each day we will travel as far as we can from sun up to late afternoon, then we will set up camp for the night, sleepin under the stars (swattin' mosquitoes) and roughin' it like as if we was real seasoned cow punchers.
Ok, one last thing. You need to rope your mount, and get it back to the hitchin' post. "SPOT, stop trying to rope BonBon." Lizzie will be followin behind in the chuck-wagon, ready to serve us up a good feed of beans and bacon. Oh did I mention we are drivin' 5000 head of long horns across the country? They won't be too much trouble ( hehehehehehe). So go catch up your cow pony and we'll be on our way.
I wish to thank everybirdie for stopping by to congratulate me on BOTD. I apologize for not getting around to thank you birdsonally, but I was busy getting our ponies and horses rounded out for our trail ride. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES, AND REMEMBER LET ME KNOW WHAT HORSE OR PONY YOU HAVE.
HUGS AND KISSES CHUEY 245908

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08/02/2014 12:09.29 PM Report This Comment  
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08/01/2014 11:27.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Hello everyone, Chuey here with my very first BOTM blog. I am looking forward to a fun, and interesting month sharing each day with all my friends. Let me first begin by congratulating our new Queen Zeena on her awesome July campaign, and hope she enjoys her reign in the BC Castle,
The party is going strong over there and the food is greyt.
I plan this month on taking us all on an adventure and sharing some interesting information about birds along the way. I've asked my cousin SKY to provide us with his miniature ponies and horses so we can take a trail ride together. You'll need to bring along your sun screen and some extra clothes, just in case.
Today I want to take a moment to formally introduce myself as some of you might not know me yet. I am a very spoiled female Cockatiel who shares my cage and life with Mikey D. Mikey and I have one son, Kasper. Kasper is a very talented whistler and already can whistle the song " shortening bread". Kasper's photos are in my gallery.
I'm off to check on the ponies, but get ready to hit the trail tomorrow on day one of our adventure. "See ya later partners! "
love Chuey 245908

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08/01/2014 09:01.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tazzie buddy, I'm BOTD-Queen Angel Christy
This morning when our daddy finally finished the morning paper changing route and food and water dishes, he sat down and powered up this cursed machine! He was so not ready to see his beloved Angel in the BOTD spotlight, he almost lost it! He had just came back inside from his morning prayers at her grave, today will be a solemn day of celebration at our home! There are certainly more beautiful birds in the world, but none was ever more loved, sadly, there can NEVER be another Christine! We have another fabulous day here in Rock Island, give our love to all in your great home, see ya tomorrow...

Love from Queen Angel Christy, Jenny Lynn, & our loving family

PS~We are all so proud of our Toos, their only demand is to be talked to, loved, played with, and have us spend time with them, that don't seem like to much to ask....

Come visit me, Ziggy & Hambone at the Fair~We're in it to win it, Jen Lynn~Riding the range with my pal Sweetie.., Limon Dallas~Thanks for BOTD, I love my new home!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, QUEEN ANGEL CHRISTY~Thanks for the honor of BOTD, Ms LaLo-Waiting for the County Fair, such fun! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/29/2014 10:50.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mr Proctor, I finally got my own page, Mr Limon
Thanks so much for the honor of BOTD! I am so proud to be here amongst all you fabulous BC parrots! I love all the new found attention I am getting, you know us Toos must have constant interaction with those who love us! I have a lot to learn but my daddy says I am as smart as any Too, and I'm learning very fast! I can see sweet LaLo down the hall, and Jen comes flying by like a fighter jet once in awhile! I don't talk a lot just yet, but dad said I don't have to be loved and show love, much like my sister Angel Christy was! Have a great day and give my love to all in your sweet home, Jen will be back on tomorrow, but this is my day to shine...

My love, it's new & forever, Limon TooMan & my new Dallas family

PS~I want very much to always be friends with you, you are everything I want to style my BC life after! You are so cool, I hope I can catch up with you someday, but for now, will you please just be my friend, like Jen & Scooby are...

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07/28/2014 09:23.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mr Tazmanian Devil, love ya bro from Limon
...it was a pleasure to meet you last night, you are so handsome and just about as cool as the other side of the pillow! I wish to always be friends with you, and I will ALWAYS have your back my dear new friend! Dad is dragging his feet about getting my BC page up, but until then you can contact me on my sister Christy's page! I heard she was a real Angel long before she passed! I regret not having met her, well actually I did while I belonged to my other family! After nearly five years, I was labeled as a MEAN bird, don't ever get my daddy going on that phrase he gets some kind of pissed at people about that statement! I am a healthy, happy, and well adjusted bird, but I am a TooMan, okay you do the math, I do not like being ALONE! I am near my daddy almost 24/7, that's what I am talking about, life is good in the Dallas home! Thanks for introducing yourself to me last night, we are not a fly by night flock, we are very much, the real deal, God fearing parrots, our daddy wouldn't have it any other way! But we have been affiliated with your flock since you first came on the BC, and proud of it, have a great day my friend and give my love to aunt Gail and uncle Burt, see ya later TooManBuddy...

Much love from Limon and my sister Christy Dijon

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07/27/2014 09:49.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Auntie Denise has already agreed to do the face painting, but it would be really helpful if your mom could handle the pie eating contest. Be warned: Sky has asked for a fried pickle pie, and I can't imagine how that would be handled. Also Falco has volunteered to run a booth. I suggested she ask RaneBeau about it, but if you feel up to it why not let her know.

I got out for my sunbath at 9AM this morning and it is a good thing I did too. Our high today is supposed to hit triple digits. When my mom went to get her talons (OK, she calls them nails) done and stop by the library this morning there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Very pretty blue, but no shade to speak of.

So this is Wednesday, which means my mom will leave for the gym right before 4 and not be back until a little after 6. Phooey! I do get her full time after she gets home though. We will watch a little TV, and Dad is locked out (so I won't bite him). It's just mommy and me and the TV recordings. Good times!

Kiddo

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07/23/2014 02:00.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz,

How are you, your Flock and Mom doing? Hope all is well. I have a question to ask you, Taz. When is the August Milonga? See my Sister, Cheyenne is marrying Jedi and my Brother, Apache is marrying Snowflake on Sept. 20th of this year. It will be a double Ceremony at the Castle and EVERYBIRDIE is invited. BUT I, the Maid of Honor and the Bridesmaids are planning on having a Shower for them on Sat. August 16th and just wondering IF that is the day of the Milonga. IF it is, I'll have to reschedule. Please let me know one way or another. I would really appreciate it. By the way, Taz you are always invited to our home. We have the In Ground Pool and it's always a lot of fun with our Friends and Family. Bring Rosie and whoever you want "Too". Here's a vote for you, Buddy. Bye for now and I look forward to hearing from you A.S.A.P. Thanks again.

Love & Winghugs,
Oz (Your Pink Friend)

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07/19/2014 08:32.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Yes, so glad Auntie Denise is up for the milonga fair. Haven't heard back from her about piggy polo, but maybe she is still thinking about it. Or maybe she thinks it is too crazy. We shall see.

Mom had one more surgery to face: she has a hiatal hernia which is what caused the acid reflux in the first place. If she gets that fixed it should be cured.


Well, I was absolutely amazing this morning. Mom was in my room reading and waiting for it to be the right time to go outside because it was overcast even though it was warm already. At 9:45 I decided we had waited long enough, so I climbed up on to my carrier and squawked at Mom! She came over and told me what a good boy I was, and I climbed right on inside! Got two nutriberries for that one! I am no dummy, even if I do get stubborn sometimes.

Mom is battling headaches today and the caffeine boost from the iced tea is not lasting. She may have to break down and take an Excedrin, but she hopes it won't come to that. Meantime she keeps telling me I can't scream while she is in my room. Not sure that is going to work out, but since she leaves every time I do I am starting to get the idea and quiet down.

Kiddo

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07/15/2014 03:36.47 PM Report This Comment  
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07/14/2014 11:14.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Looks like Auntie Denise is up for doing the County Fair Milonga in August! That will be perfect. Don't know about your area, but that is actually when we have our local county fair.

How is your mom's shoulder? They are not to be messed around with, and my mom is proof of that. Sure hope she went to the doc today.

Well, it is slightly cooler (upper 80s) here again today, so Mom was able to take me out for my sunbath at 10AM instead of 9. And yes, I was very good and cooperative. Guess I learned my lesson on Tuesday. We had a nice time, but no interesting pedestrians today. Perhaps they heard I was out there and were too scared to come by.

Mom is so very glad she has her Celebrex now, but apparently she has to build up to them all over again after the nearly two week break. Last night was a very bad and sleepless night due to arthritis pain. Dad had to sleep on the couch, because Mom just couldn't get comfortable. She finally gave up and read for a while. Sitting up in bed is about the only comfy position when it gets bad.

Mom goes to see the GI doc this afternoon to get the results of her endoscopy two weeks ago. Hopefully not only the pre-cancerous Barrett's esophagus has stayed clear, but she is hoping the ulcer is gone too. She has been a very good girl drinking iced tea for her headaches instead of Excedrin. I just realized Mom sounds all sickly, but she really isn't. After all, 4 days and nearly 8 hours a week at the gym must mean she's doing something right!

Kiddo

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07/10/2014 12:32.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi TazMan, great news from my home, Angel Christy
So sorry I wasn't on BC and FB much yesterday, dad was so busy prepping our home and a cage for our new flock member! He is a bird we have known for a long time, and loved him for all those years! He is a Citron Crested Too, and is the spitting image of our Angel! His name is "LIMON", we like that name and we are going to keep it that way! He is very sweet, but like all Toos, he has a stubborn side, we'll just deal with it! His current mom is having severe separation anxiety, and we fully understand that pain! He will be coming to our home tonight, and will became a full fledged Dallas flock member, needless to say, dad and all the rest of us are very excited and full of anticipation to see what the future brings! Have a great throw back Thursday, we certainly plan to, and give my love to all in your happy bird home...

Love from your pal Angel Christy, & my Dallas family, I hope you two can become friends...

PS~Limon has rekindled the spark of love in my daddy he thought was gone forever, life has taken turn for the better, we have not seen him this happy for more than 2 years!

Come visit me, Ziggy & Hambone at the Fair~We're in it to win it, Jen Lynn~Riding the range with my pal Sweetie.., Limon Dallas~Thanks for BOTD, I love my new home!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, QUEEN ANGEL CHRISTY~Thanks for the honor of BOTD, Ms LaLo-Waiting for the County Fair, such fun! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/10/2014 07:18.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Mom can't remember who, but somebirdy told me about liking banana peels. So she washed off her next banana and gave me a strip not eggspecting me to like it. However I did! I seem to prefer it a little green, since I turned my beak up at the more ripe one she gave me a couple of days ago.

Mom and I were so caught up in Dixie's wedding and me being Best Bird, I totally forgot about the milonga!! Mom will email your mom today.

Mom is now having to take the Aleve every 5-6 hours for the arthritis pain. That is more than the recommended dosage, but since it is only for a few days she should be all right. Funny thing is that the shoulder she had surgery on is doing better than the left one, since he cleaned out the arthritis gunk (medical term, you know) when he was in there and it's only built back up a little bit.

Mom got me outside for my sunbath at 9:30 this morning, and it was already too warm for her to sit in the sun. The nice lady with the friendly little dogs came by, and she and my mom discussed the care of gardenias forevvvver! Boring for this bird, so I decided to start squawking, and Mom realized it was time to head indoors. I did get my nutriberry though.

Toy commentary. My lovely SweetPepper sent me a raffia (I think) woven play mat a couple of years ago, and Mom hung it on the side of my cage. It took a little while for me to trust it, but after a while it became one of my favorite places to hang out. Then the next year SP sent me another. Mom moved the first one to the opposite side of my cage and put the new one in place of it. Mistake!!! I wouldn't play with either one! So a couple of weeks ago Mom switched them. I promptly began to play with the favored mat, and last night I decided the newer one was a good place to play as well. It is like the real estate people say: location, location, location!

Kiddo

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07/06/2014 12:03.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Morning Tazzarino buddy, from Angel Christy
...just checking in with an Angelic hug and kiss for you! It is once again a Happy Sunday, and you all know by now how much we love the Sabbath! Our holiday was as good as they get, I haven't heard of any loss of life from Arthur (yippee), and our weather is just what you could expect in the first week of July, with rain forecast for later! Today it is fill the fruit and veggie bowls for us, with all the good stuff, and seed and nut bowls also! Have a great day, and give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Sunday love from Heaven, Angel Christy & the Dallas family

PS~You are so cool, if I was alive, I would chase you all over the planet...

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07/06/2014 09:21.53 AM Report This Comment  
  HI Taz and flock
Sorry its been so long. Hope all are well by you. I had a little beak issue but mom and grandma got it back in shape. Hope you had a great holiday. Hugs to all, Snowy , Toby and Miss Ronnie

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07/05/2014 08:38.40 PM Report This Comment  
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07/05/2014 05:29.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Good afternoon my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM blog. We will once more make a stop in South American to visit one of natures very interesting and unique inhabitants. Our host is one of aviculture's beautiful, and unusual songbirds. The Green Oropendola. The Green Oropendola is of exclusively Amazonian distribution.The Green Oropendola (Psarocolius viridis) is generally common in its wooded habitats that are found in the Amazon and Guianas of South America; specifically Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Largely pale green above, the posterior underparts and rump are chestnut, and the tail is largely yellow except for the central rectrices. The bill is green basally, becoming red towards the tip, and the skin around the eyes and lores is pink. Males and females are similar in plumage, but the latter sex is substantially smaller. Like most oropendolas, this species breeds in colonies, usually of five to ten pairs, and constructing a hanging ‘basket’ nest of woven plant fibers. The species’ displays are similar to those of the Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus).
Related common species include such song-birds as the Meadow Lark, Bobo-Link and Bullock's Oriole to name but a few.
The Green Oropendola eats a diet of fresh fruits, insects, mynah bird food and nectar in captivity. An active, high energy species these birds require a large, long flight to maintain them in good condition. Somewhat difficult to breed, these beautiful birds require an aviary suitable to house a number of mature pairs to have any success in nesting and rearing offspring. Hand reared babies of the Green Oropendola are occasionally available but do not tend to retain tameness once weaned. In the wild they typically nest in colonies similarly to Quaker Parrots, building their hanging basket-like nests in a common tree. Captive breeding is seeing an increase in successful clutches being raised to fledging and adulthood.
These are definitely not a species for the beginner avicultarist, and their pricy purchase costs in excess of $850.00US each leaves them to the more well off and experienced collectors. Their song is soft and melodious, a pleasure to listen to. Their call is often described as flute-like and low.
Tomorrow we will visit with a wonderful, entertaining species of bird, that once filled many living rooms, but today is rare both in captivity and their wild habitat.
I wish to thank all my many friends for their loving support on my quest to be August's BOTM. I couldn't make it without all of you.
love and scritches
Zeena 255116

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07/05/2014 01:03.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Hello everybird, Zeena here with today's BOTM blog. First I wish all my US friends a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday. It is also the day that my little fister Little Angel will marry her beloved Dixie. Their wedding will take place on the BC Castle page number 239094. All are invited to join these two "love-birds" this evening at 6PM Eastern Time as they share their vows of love. The reception will follow on the same page. Today we will take a peek into a few nesting boxes around the world and see what we find. Come on, let's be very quiet, as we explore the many new Blue and Gold Macaw mutations .Color Mutations are considered "pure" birds. They occur in nature, although rarely and if they do, they often don't survive long, if the "new color" is too vibrant and they are easily visible by predators.

Color mutations in captivity are perpetuated by breeding like colored birds to like colored birds (of two birds that carry the color gene). The resultant offspring will often be the color that is desired. Hybrids are the crossing of two species, whereas mutations occur spontaneously.

Most of us know the Blue and Yellow Macaw. Many of us own one or more, however there are some really eggciting new mutations I'd like us to take a look at. We are most familiar with the typical blue and Gold. However there is a larger variant from Bolivia called the Bolivian Blue and Gold Macaw. The Bolivian variety is distinguished by its larger size and its coloring. On all these Macaws the colors are vibrant, but the Bolivian has more of a true blue rather than the teal blue seen in the average Blue and Gold. They all share the same wonderful personality and characteristics.

The Bolivian Blue and Gold Macaw is a variant originating only in Bolivia. It looks just like the typical Blue and Gold, however, it is much larger. A mutation of the Blue and Gold Macaw has also been reported where the yellow coloring is absent creating a blue and white bird. Although seldom seen or available there are many new mutations being bred. Many sell for over $50,0US each.
Momma Deb told me she would love to have one of each, they are so beautiful, I am certain you will have to agree.
photo one--white
photo 2-- white blue opaline
photo 3--white blue pied
photo 4-cinnamon opaline
photo 5--cinnamon
photo 6--lutino
photo 7--blue & white
photo 8-10-Golden or lutino-albino yellows
photo 11--blue and white
see you all tomorrow,
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/04/2014 02:03.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Hello everybirdie. Zeena here with today's Rainforest findings. I wish to thank everyone for their awesome support and hope you will enjoy today's feature species.
The Harpy Eagle is a majestic shadow that silently soars above the Rainforest canopy. Once common, and plentiful, today they rest on the brink of extinction. Previously a common sight in Brazil, the Harpy Eagle has become as rare as seeing a unicorn would be. Hunted to near extinction for their feathers, sport and out of fear and concern for their livestock, these awesome giants of the Raptor world are rapidly disappearing. These birds terrify hapless animals that forage in the shifting sunlight of the high canopy. Harpy eagle is the largest and the most powerful raptor throughout America. They belong to the family of accipitridae. American harpy eagle typically inhabits lowland rainforests but are disappearing from much of its range due to habitat loss and it almost extirpated in Central America.
The Harpy Eagle weighs in at 20 to 27 pounds for a hen and 12 to 17 pounds for a male, standing between 40 and 60 inches in length, sporting 5 to 7 inch talons it is a formidable predator dining on a diet consisting largely of sloth and moneys, with other animals making up the balance. In flight the Harpy flies on strong 5 to 7 foot wide spans, silent and watchful for a meal below in the dense Rain Forest canopy.
With wide spread clear-cutting and man's guns, the Harpy Eagle is soon going to be gone from the wild habitat it once claimed. Nesting in tree top nests, the single chick remains with the parents for up to two years. Pairs mate for life thus making it harder to rebuild endangered populations. Many Harpy Eagles have be poached for the private collector market relentlessly, with current breeding programs being established to help stave off their total elimination. Used by Bird of Prey enthusiasts and trained to hunt on command. Many die from lack of proper diet, and education of would be owners. New Government regulations being in place it is hoped to make owning Harpy Eagles a more difficult objective. Would be owners now have to finish a Government regulated Raptors training program which entails sixteen to eighteen months apprenticeship training in care, training and husbandry.
Tomorrow we will take a closer look at a new and exciting find that is shaking the bird community. Discovered in a nestbox, this unusual baby has enthusiasts in awe.
A quick reminder that on Friday July 4th my fister LITTLE ANGEL THRIFT will wed the handsome Mr Dixie Adler at the BC Castle page number
with love and scritches
Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, LITTLE ANGEL, thank you for BOTD, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, thanks friends for BOTM! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

07/03/2014 09:07.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Taz
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here with today's BOTM post. As we land in Brazil, we are cautioned to be very quiet so we don't disturb the Macaws. SHhhhhh!

The Spix's Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), also known as the Little Blue Macaw, is a macaw native to Brazil.First discovered by German naturalist Georg Marcgrave, when he was working in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil in 1638 and it is named for German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix, who collected a specimen in 1819 on the bank of the Rio São Francisco in northeast Bahia in Brazil.
The bird is a medium size parrot weighing about 300 grams (0.66 lb), smaller than most of the large macaws. Its plumage is various shades of blue, with a grey-blue head, light blue underparts, and vivid blue upperparts. Males and females are identical in appearance, the females being a little smaller on average. The Spix Macaw is reported to be extinct in the wild, with the disappearance of one last single male in 2000. All remaining Spix Macaws are now kept in several private breeding programs without the world. Due to their extremely small numbers none are available for public viewing. The largest colony of approximately 40 birds is currently owned by an Arab sheik who has been working on breeding these beautiful birds with the final hope that they will be able to be released into their former remaining habitat.
The Spix Macaws were destroyed in the wild by excessive deforestation and hunting. The colonies were ruthlessly killed, poached for the pet trade and shot for pure sport until they had been eliminated in their territory. The introduction of predators into their habitat, including rats, monkeys and feral cats also aided the quick decline in wild Spix populations. In recent years there have been isolated reports of Spix Macaws in land in protected, isolated locations but this has not been publicly verified, although it possibly might be true, to protect what remaining wild pairs there are.
A sad note, this past Wednesday PRESLEY, the second to last known wild-born member of the species flew to the Rainbow Bridge after a brief illness. Presley had been kept as a pet in the USA for years, but was returned to Brazil in 2008. He left no progeny. He was 40 years old at his death.
Presley's death is a blow to conservation efforts in both a symbolic and literal sense. Critically endangered, these native Brazilian birds (Cyanopsitta spixii) are believed to be extinct in the wild. Decades of deforestation and rampant wildlife trafficking have besieged the medium-size macaws, who also ended up having to compete for nest space with introduced Africanized honeybees.
Now with fewer then 100 living specimens, most closely related, the Spix Macaws future hangs in the balance. This spring heralded in the hatching of 5 babies, 3 of which were due to artificial insemination. Perhaps someday our grandchildren will be able to see the wild Spixs fly free once more.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, LITTLE ANGEL, thank you for BOTD, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, thanks friends for BOTM! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

07/02/2014 11:28.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello handsome Tazzie man, from your Angel Christy
It is Wednesday, and it is going to be all day long, happy hump day to all! Dad will have the VA visiting Nurse come today, and tomorrow he has an appointment at our VA Outpatient Clinic to see his regular nurse and Case Worker! We are having a nice cool and rain free couple of days, our area needs it to dry out for awhile! I hope everybody will have a great day, and please give my love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...we shall pray that your daddy stays safe in his race this weekend, we love uncle Burt

Mid week love from Heaven,Angel Christy & my family

PS~God Bless all in your home, GOD BLESS AMERICA, & the Red, White, & Blue, these colors don't run...

Come visit me, Ziggy & Hambone at the Fair~We're in it to win it, Jen Lynn~Riding the range with my pal Sweetie.., Limon Dallas~Thanks for BOTD, I love my new home!, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, QUEEN ANGEL CHRISTY~Thanks for the honor of BOTD, Ms LaLo-Waiting for the County Fair, such fun! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

07/02/2014 10:13.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Hello Everybirdie
Today we kick off my month of July BOTM run with a special celebration. It's Canada Day here with all the food,fun, family and firework displays. I hate fireworks, too noisy, but being a Macaw I'm always up for some food, and fun. I want to begin this month by telling you a little bit about myself. Most of you already know my handsome frother SKY, my mischievous fister Little Angel and my adventurous frother Casey, but some may not know me birdsonally.
I joined the Sky Flock in 2013. It was Easter weekend when Momma Deb received the call from my former owner to "come today and get her PLEASE!!!!!" I am sure glad that Momma Deb did, because it was the best thing that happened to me in a long while. I had lived with my first owners for 13-14 years but it became necessary to rehome me and I was sold to a lady who had a whole house full of very large, very aggressive Pitbulls and Rottweilers. I never left my cage and spent a whole year and some living in fear of being attacked by the dogs. I thought things were going to get better when once more I was resold. The lady who bought me had two large dogs who constantly barked and growled at me. I was so stressed I began to pluck some of my feathers out and I never spoke, and hadn't in 2 1/2 years.
It was my best day when Momma Deb arrived to take me away from there. I'd only been there a short while but I was relieved to be going somewhere I hoped would be better. I am very happy here at the Sky Flock, I get out of my cage all the time and love to yell at the other birds to be quiet. Momma Deb discovered I have a rather extensive vocabulary and know how to count to sixteen, and know a number of songs as well.
Enough about me. Let's get our suitcases, cameras and sunscreen ready as we begin our trip to every corner of the world. We will visit some very rare and endangered species, learn about some interesting and unusual birds, and my favorite take a look at some of the awesome mutations showing up around the planet of some of our most common feathered friends.
I will see every one tomorrow.
with love and scritches
Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, LITTLE ANGEL, thank you for BOTD, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, thanks friends for BOTM! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

07/01/2014 12:19.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
I love peanut butter cookies, but Mom never makes them. She just bakes her healthy protein oatmeal/date cookies, which I also like. I will have to stop by to try your mom's cookies.

Well, it's the last day of the month, which means it is your last chance to vote for Pepper for BOTM. Tomorrow we will be hearing from Zeena, although I think she is doing an intro today. You know it will be a fun filled campaign from that flock!

And I am not getting enough mommy time today, and it is that darned insurance company again. This time they are messing with my mom's prescriptions. She put in a refill for mail order on June 21, and they are supposed to ship within 3-4 days. It hasn't shipped yet, and it says it won't until 7/3!! Mom took her last Celebrex which is the med for her arthritis this morning, so she called them and now they say it will ship within 48 hours. She can get 7 days worth from the local pharmacy but it will cost the same as one month's worth=$50!! She is thinking she will just suffer for a week.

At least she is off the phone with them now, and it is my turn again. I got a lovely strip of banana peel with my breakfast this morning. Thanks again to whoever told my mom about that. Then we went outside at 9AM, because Mom knew it would be too hot after the gym. She picked up the blueberries on the way home, so it is pie time tonight!

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote for Ms. Chuey #245908 for BOTM!!!.

06/30/2014 03:12.51 PM Report This Comment  
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