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Hi! My name is TAZ..HAPPY EASTER

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

My newest one from Uncle Chuck...Chain Saw

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Tazzie


18 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....

Chew wood whenever possible and treasure friends....

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

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

This is my last day of my campaign and I want to thank all of you for your help in making my campaign a success. it has been so much fun visiting with each of you every day. i apologize for not being able to answer all your comments individually but i did read every one and enjoyed them very much. i love you all so much.
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03/31/2015 11:50.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 11:10.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 10:54.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 10:26.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 09:19.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 10:13.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 10:49.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 03:44.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Well, a faithful few (and you all know who you are) came and voted yesterday and today in the Irish Milonga Contest, but there are lots of birdies out there (and you also know who you are) who have not showed up at all to vote. This is kind of like donating to NPR or PBS, but way more important! (Whoops, Mom says I can't say that, but hey! I'm a bird!). If you haven't come by the milonga page #165848 to cast your votes, please do. And do it every day, PLEASE!! Heck, at least come vote for yourselves. We aren't even getting as many votes as we did entries!

Now that I have my rant out of the way, I would like to complain about my mom not getting me outside for a sunbath today. Just because the clouds didn't burn off until 3PM, and it wasn't warm enough is no eggscuse. After all her world revolves around me, right?

And Mom gave Dad a haircut today. Yes, he still has a ponytail, and I intend to get a ponytail ride at the first opportunity, but that was time she could have spent with me. She says it was absolutely necessary, because his hair was longer than hers, which is criminal. I don't get it, do you?

Kiddo

P.S. So if that doesn't get them voting I don't know what will!!

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03/22/2015 03:46.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 11:35.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 11:06.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Tazzy my dear Citron buddy, from Angel Christy
...thanks for your sweet offer to provide us with new pics, our sweet aunt Denise used to do all that for us and dad never did learn how to do it! She is and has always been a dear friend and neighbor, and what a peach! To be in her loving presence is a true pleasure, but we love the mighty Proctor flock equally! Our dear ant Mary Haines did some for us,sge to is cut from the same cloth! Don't let our Scoobs hog all the toys we sent you guys, some are designated just for my favorite Chainsaw Beak! We are not having snow at the moment, but don't hold your breath on that, more will be coming! We are supposed to have a QCPS bird club meeting tonight, but dad is not going! It is'Pass the Parrot Night', which is always a fun time! Dad is working through a few minor medical issues, it is always something with our humans! We hope to see many of you at the Milonga tonight, we will be there until the conversation gets moving to fast! Have a great day and give our love to all in your family, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Angel Christy & our family
PS~Dad gave General Lynn a bath this morning, the bleeding has stopped and he is sure the finger can be reattached, LOL...

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

03/21/2015 07:23.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 11:16.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
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 11:17.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Honeybees do more than make honey. 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide are bee-pollinated. Almost every food you eat exists because bees pollinated the plant they came from. Honeybees populations are dying out in alarming numbers. Since 2006, 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion, have been lost .Scientists and beekeepers have several theories about why honeybees are dying off.
1) Bees live in colonies, with one queen and many drones and worker bees. During winter, the queen lays eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs hatch into females that become the worker bees. Their job is to forage for food and take care of the colony. Unfertilized eggs become drones or honey bee males. For any colony to survive, the queen must lay fertilized eggs and those eggs must become worker bees. There is only one queen per colony. She mates once, but it counts when she does, as normally she collects more than 5 million sperm, enough so she can fertilize eggs throughout her life. When a queen can no longer lay eggs, new queens become responsible for mating and laying honey bee eggs. One theory behind the collapse of honeybee colonies is that the queen is not getting enough sperm from the male bee that she mates with. Another theory is that the queen is dying earlier than usual, which means she has less time to fertilize eggs. fewer fertilized eggs give rise to fewer worker bees that can help maintain the bee colony. If the queen dies out and is not replaced by a new queen, the hive will die out.
2) Many bee hives have been found to be infected by a tiny parasite called a varroa mite are wreaking havoc on bee colonies. The mites suck fluid from bees’ bodies, making the bees weak and compromising their immune systems. The mites also pass along viruses that can paralyze the bees. It is hard to kill off the mites without harming the bees
3)–, bees need food and water to survive. In their case, food comes from the pollen they collect from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and trees. They also need unpolluted water sources. Urban sprawl and industrial development are taking the place of fields that used to provide the plant variety that kept bees thriving. regions suffering from drought, annual flowers aren’t blooming and perennials aren’t producing as much nectar.
4)Neonicotonoids – is a systemic pesticide. It’s not sprayed on plants. Instead, seeds are treated with the chemical. As the plant grows, the pesticide infuses its plant tissue. If a bee nibbles on a plant grown from neonic-treated seed, it could be lethal.TOMORROW: HOW WE CAN HELP THE BEES
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03/18/2015 10:51.03 AM Report This Comment  
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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 09:23.54 AM Report This Comment  
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The Prairie Chicken is one of americas best dancers and their courtship performance is the sort nature documentaries love to feature.

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

Prairie chickens are called arena birds because of the males tendencyto pick out a special area, or arena, in which to display for interested females. The male prairie chickens arrive at their arenas just before sunrise. The arenas, also called leks, look no different to humans than the rest of the prairie — that is, until a female or two glides or struts onto the scene, and the males start trying to impress.Bending forward and raising their tail feathers and the special dark feathers near their heads, the male prairie chickens then inflate the air sacs along their throats (orange in the Greater and pink or purplish in the Lesser). From these sacs the birds let out great booming calls, which resonate across the early morning prairie lands. “Ooo-loo-loo, ohh-loo-loo” echoes from all around as the suitors serenade females. Sounds is similar to an amplified sound of blowing across the top of an empty bottle. To top off the performance, the anxious males rapidly stamp the ground as they call, thus creating a strange song-and-dance routine.
It’s quite a site and puts most other courting rituals,to shame.
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03/16/2015 03:48.46 PM Report This Comment  
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We are already getting entries for the profile pic contest, so I am sure it will be a success. Lots of birdies already have Irish pics made, so there should be a lot of entries.


I had my sunbath a little later today due to a very cloudy morning. Dad referred to "June Gloom" which is a standard weather phenomenon here, but the big dummy doesn't even know it's March! Geesh! Anyway Mom waited till she got home from the gym to take me out, and it was still very cloudy but warm enough and actually a bit humid which is very unusual for us.

Now about Mom's trip to the gym. This was her first zumba class since she didn't have to take it easy from the cortisone shot. Her left shoulder is feeling greyt from that shot, and she had lots more fun in zumba being able to move that arm without any pain. Consequently she really got into it, and at the end of class she was super pooped. Guess I am lucky she didn't opt for a nap when she got home.

And Dad is making a batch of his sketti for dinner! Mom makes it too, but Dad likes his better and Mom is good with letting him play in the kitchen. Either way I am a winner, because I love sketti any way it comes! Mom will definitely share her dinner with me. I can hardly wait, because the whole house smells wonderful!

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03/15/2015 03:42.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sweet Tazzie man, from your Angel Christy
...dad and I have put together a nice box of toys for you and your flock, from the Angel Wings Toy Shoppe! We hope there is enough to go around, you make sure they get delved out fairly! We should be shipping them out shortly, but we are sending several other boxes of toys as well, and dad moves very slowly Have a great day my dear handsome Citron TooMan....

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03/15/2015 11:06.03 AM Report This Comment  
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Beware the Ides of March.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03/15/2015 10:25.30 AM Report This Comment  
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03/14/2015 09:49.14 PM Report This Comment  
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The Red-capped Manakin (Pipra mentalis), aka theRed-capped Manakin Moonwalking Bird is an amazing little bird. Its famous moonwalking behavior captured on film and an all-time favorite bird video.

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

Check out the videos on U-Tube. type in manakin doing moon walk or michael jackson dancing bird.
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03/14/2015 12:45.54 PM Report This Comment  
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In honor of Friday the 13th, here are 13 bird superstitions

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

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03/13/2015 09:10.39 AM Report This Comment  
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Why Does The Cold Cause Blackbirds To Gather In Large Flocks?
The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” is particularly true among blackbirds in winter.

Though many birds band together during winter, none are as notorious for their flocking behavior as blackbirds, including.red-winged blackbirds, European starlings, common grackles and brown-headed cowbirds.This group of a feather often flock together in the many thousands, sometimes the millions. One winter roost in the Great Dismal Swamp on the Virginia-North Carolina border held an estimated 15 million birds. Flocks in the thousands often roost in urban and suburban areas, where their numbers and their noise make them unpopular among the people living nearby.

Many wonder why birds in general and blackbirds in particular gather in flocks in winter. It is generally believed that there is safety in numbers. With many more eyes and ears to search for food and watch for predators, the chance of an individual bird surviving winter is increased.

There are reports of hawks attacking flocks of flying birds time and again, but failing to capture even one when the prey closed ranks to form a mass that the hawk was unwilling or unable to penetrate without being injured.
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03/12/2015 05:18.55 PM Report This Comment  
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SUBIRDIA: Suburbs are bustling with birds.
10 ways you can help birds and connect with nature.
1. Landowners can increase bird use of their turf by reducing its extent, mowing it less often, and skipping the fertilizers and pesticides. Providing shrubs and trees, especially native species, increases food resources. Thickets, brush piles, rocks, standing dead trees and logs contribute cover from predators and safe nest and roost sites.
2. Keep your cat indoors. Our favorite felines are called “house cats” for a reason. Free-ranging cats kill one in 10 wild birds. Plus, living inside extends the average cat’s life by a decade.
3. Make windows visible to birds.Collision is the second most deadly and preventable threat for urban birds. Obscuring just 5 percent of a large window with artistic etching, frosting or simple striping can help. Or use decals that reflect ultraviolet light, visible to birds but not humans.
4. Do not light the night sky. Use light only when necessary and from as dim a source as possible. Bright bluish light is the most disruptive, soft yellow the least. Face outside lighting downward, not skyward, and especially avoid illumination that shines horizontally.
5. Provide food, water and nest sites. Birds benefit from the provision of nest boxes and preserving dead trees or limbs is the best way to ensure a steady supply of cavities for the species that require them.
6. Do not kill native predators. Subirdia needs the natural checks and balances that predators such as hawks and owls provide. Exercise restraint when applying pesticides. The toxins we use to control insects and rodents are deadly to small birds and mammals.
7. Foster a diversity of habitats around backyard landscapes. Many native plants could be retained if we carved lots carefully from existing vegetation, rather than scraping entire lots bare and replanting them with a standard mix of nursery stock.
8. Make roads safer for wildlife. Creating crossings for reptiles, amphibians and mammals increases biological diversity, which is good for subirdia. Enable natural grasses and shrubs to fill in along road verges and medians, and limit roadside mowing of these sites during nesting season.
9. Ask local planning authorities to ensure functional lconnections between land and water including buffers along waterways, vegetated corridors, golf courses or a series of small parks strung together along an abandoned transportation route.
10. Enjoy and bond with nature where you live, work and play! city residents can suffer environmental amnesia and why it is important to conserve nature in urban settings.
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03/11/2015 05:08.54 PM Report This Comment  
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Falcons are more closely related to Parrots than they are to hawks and eagles.
1)Parrots: Plumage in bright, saturated colors. Social. Smart. Most species found in the tropics. Strong hooked bill used to tear apart fruits and nuts.
2)Falcons: Awesome predators. Superlative fliers. Plumage exclusively in earth tones. Relatively solitary. Found from the tropics to the Arctic. Strong hooked bill used to tear apart prey.
3)Hawks and eagles: Everything about falcons also applies to hawks and eagles. Hawks and eagles tend to soar as they watch for prey, while falcons tend to rely on speed for active pursuit of it.
Eagles hawk and falcons are aerial predators it has driven these birds to converge upon one another in solitary lifestyle, body size and shape and color of feathers in what is called convergent evolution and not family history.DNA codes nearly everything about the final form and behavior of an animal. The “complete sequence" of DNA found in an animal (or plant) is referred to as its genome..Through genomes, every living thing, represents one version of “the book of life.” some parts of the story are changing all the time corresponding to rapidly evolving genes, such as immune systems that must change all the time to respond to new threats. Other parts of the story have remained essentially unchanged for hundreds of millions of years. These parts correspond to highly conserved genes, which tend to govern basic life processes shared by all organisms.Compare one species’ story to other species’ versions, and patterns start to emerge and how they relate to one another. More closely related species share more of the story and have fewer discrepancies between versions.Analyses of the entire genome indicate that parrots and falcons shared many more years of evolutionary history They share passages of their stories uniquely with each other relative to all other birds except songbirds, Parrots and falcons shared an ancestral species whose DNA kept evolving l long after they split off from the lineage that led to the “other raptors,” hawks and eagles Parrots and falcons share an ancestral species proven by DNA and years of evolutionary
history
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03/10/2015 05:13.36 PM Report This Comment  
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I am aware that most of us already know this and especially Willies mom but after tomorrows blog you will understand why i have posted this.

Many scientists believe that the demise of the dinosaurs began when an asteroid struck the earth 66 million years ago, near what is now the Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

In the nuclear winter-like conditions that followed, some dinosaurs survived, and among them were the early ancestors of birds. These gave rise to what's been called the Big Bang of bird evolution. Birds underwent an extraordinary diversification, over five to 10 million years.

Nearly 95% of the 10,000-plus bird species now flying, swimming, and walking on earth came out of this evolutionary moment.

Recently a huge international research team sequenced the full genomes of 45 birds of diverse lineages. The group used the unprecedented wealth of DNA data to rewrite avian genealogy. Their conclusions were published in December 2014.

One other finding from this prodigious data-crunching: the common ancestor of today’s birds – among them warblers, parrots, woodpeckers, falcons, and owls –T-Rex- was an “apex predator.” A top-of-the-food-chain carnivore.

So even a seed-eating cardinal has something like T. Rex in its family tree.

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03/09/2015 01:53.11 PM Report This Comment  
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It’s a distressing but all to common sight on winter days at this time of the year to see hawks attacking and eating birds at bird feeders. The typical scenario is a flock of songbirds quietly eating at feeders, when all of a sudden, a hawk swoops in and panics the birds into flight. A hawk may capture one of the songbirds in its talons, and then fly to a nearby tree to eat its prey. hawks learn that even if they miss on the first pass, a bird may fly into a window in panic, and make an easy prey on the hawk’s second pass. Many people are shocked at the sight of a hawk eating a songbird.But it is all part of the balance of nature. Hawks have to eat, too, and a bird feeder is the perfect place to find their food. There are two species of hawks responsible for most of the predation on feeder birds: the Cooper’s hawk and the slightly smaller Sharp-shinned hawk. Both have long tails and short wings for pursuing small birds through trees and bushes.latitudes. All hawks are protected by state and federal laws, and cannot be harmed or harassed. the solution is to live with them, as we live with other bird feeder problems, such as fat squirrels

I always scream and warn mom and dad when i see a hawk

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03/08/2015 11:45.09 AM Report This Comment  
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TONIGHT THE TIME SPRINGS FORWARD1 HOUR AND MANY OF US HAVE A HARD TIME ADJUSTING. The early bird catches the worm. Bright eyed and bushy tailed. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

We belong to a culture that prizes morningness and subtly chastises those who like to stay up late and sleep in. whether you’re chirping like a lark at dawn or hooting like an owl at midnight largely comes down to a matter of genetics.

We are more or less divided into morning (LARKS) and night (OWLS) people set by our genes
Our internal clock, circadian rhythm, is reset by light; but even though the dawning of light on the planet happens consistently, our individual clocks don’t run alike from person to person. Hence, larks and owls.If you have a fast clock you like to do things early, and if you have a slow clock you like to do things late.western society is based around daylight-centered productivity, which means night owls get the short end of the stick."Larks" strength tends to stay steady throughout the day – not just peak early – but night owls have peak performance during the evenings.

Which camp of birds do you fall into? REMEMBER "SPRING" YOUR TIME 1 HOUR AHEAD TONIGHT

I HAVE TO GO WAKE UP MOM NOW

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03/07/2015 02:53.04 PM Report This Comment  
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A bill under consideration in the Senate puts a target squarely on the back of some of our nation's most iconic species like polar bears and bald eagles.Tell your Senators to oppose the anti-wildlife "Sportsmen's Act of 2015" and to reject any similar bills.The so-called "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015" is laden with anti-wildlife provisions. Among them:

Preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from (EPA) addressing lead contamination through ammunition. Millions of birds die avery year from lead poisoning. Eagle, condors, hawks, owls, and at least 70 other wild bird species are poisoned by spent lead ammunition. This bill would prohibit the EPA from enforcing the Toxic Substances Act to remove lead from bullets and fishing equipment--as the country has with toys, paint, and gasoline.

Allowing the import of 41 sport-hunted polar bear "trophies" from Canada. Polar bears are protected as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and the trade and import of their parts violates federal law. Giving an exemption to the trophy hunters that killed these bears would put polar bears--and other imperiled species--at risk.

Requiring federal agencies to open up millions of acres of public lands to hunting and trapping. This provision could wreak havoc on endangered and threatened species like wolves, grizzly bears, and wolverines. Giving the green light to yet more indiscriminate trapping would put native species of all kinds at untold risk.

Directing land managers to build or expand shooting ranges on public lands. Outdoor shooting ranges have been found to be major sources of environmental lead contamination. Just last month, the state of Wisconsin ordered a shooting range operator on the Lake Michigan shoreline to ban lead shot at their facility due to environmental impact. More ranges will mean more lead, all while the Senate handcuffs the EPA's ability to curtail lead in bullets. California condors, eagles, and other imperiled birds and scavengers will be exposed to greater levels of toxic lead under this plan.

This is the third consecutive year that this bill has been brought to the Senate for consideration. It has failed each previous attempt, and with your help it will fail again. Please email your Senators today and ask that they oppose this dangerous legislation.

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03/06/2015 11:21.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet Tazzie my dear friend, from Angel Christy
We have been lead to believe we are headed for a light at the other end of the proverbial tunnel, jeepers, I hope it is not a big 'ol train coming at us, LOL! Our daddy is needing a haircut, (something he hates), he is starting to look like a shaggy dog! We are extending our special prayers for our aunt Rose and her sweet momma Nana, and a very special prayer to our Lord for Mandy McClelland, she is not in any recognizable pain, but her age is way past a normal dog's normal life, she too hurts or hearts! God Bless you Mandy, and aunt Auda also! TGIF dear BC friends, loving ya from all of us in our family, see ya tomorrow...

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03/06/2015 08:23.01 AM Report This Comment  
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I haven't heard from you about the March Milonga, and I am thinking it is late enough in the month we should probably just go ahead and plan on holding it the 21st. If you want to, we can just go with an Irish Pub theme with no contests or anything. Can't really think of any appropriate contests anyway. For April I was thinking Spring/Easter/Passover with guessing how many jelly beans are in the jar. All we need to do is find a pic of a big jar full of jelly beans, which shouldn't be too hard to do.


YAY! I finally got a sunbath today, and it was wonderful. In fact, Mom almost waited too long thinking it wasn't warm enough, but when we got out there at 12:30 she ended up having to roll up her t-shirt sleeves and her pant legs because she was too warm. There was a very nice breeze though, so I liked it just fine....especially with two nutriberries to enjoy while we were out there. And just as we came back inside the neighbor across the street came out to stare at me, so I screamed at him to mind his own business! Mom just chuckled, but I am sure I frightened him.

We had a very nice lunch before we went out there. Mom made a wrap with one slice of deli Black Forest ham and one slice of their turkey with some nice pepper jack cheese to spice it up. In fact, it would have been perfect if she hadn't loaded all that nasty spinach on there. I may even have eaten some by accident, but I am pretty sure I just got meat and cheese. My beak isn't green, is it?

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03/05/2015 01:42.26 PM Report This Comment  
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How Do Birds Survive Winter Storms?
It’s cold out.. where do birds go for protection during severe weather such as blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes?

Many birds have an amazing ability to find refuge from storms and use a variety of ways to cope, depending on the species and the bird’s natural habitat.Some find protection against the cold and storms by communal roosting, often in a bird house. This shares warmth, and keeps the birds out of the wind, rain and snow. cavity nesters, such as chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers, also seek out old nesting sites in dead trees or bird houses in which to roost or find protection during a storm. Nuthatches, which sometimes nest behind a loose piece of tree bark, may seek the same kind of shelter against the cold.Flocks of Rosy finches often roost in an outcropping of rock where they can get out of the cold wind.Bobwhite make a circle of the covey, huddled side-by-side, with head facing out. This allows them to share body heat, while being ready to escape in all directions, should they be attacked.Ruffed grouse take a different tactic. They dive into a snow bank, and may stay there for several days until the storm passes. The Ruffed grouse has the largest range of any grouse species in North America and winter hikers have been surprised by a startled grouse bursting from the snow at their feet.Many other birds retreat to dense, evergreen thickets where they are protected from the elements for the duration of the storm.

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03/05/2015 10:17.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Taz, you're the most handsome Citron on BC-Christy
...sorry for not getting back to your page sooner, life gets intense sometimes, or so my daddy tells me! I still love you all the way from Heaven & Illinois, they are very much the same place ya know! We are looking ahead to Spring and warmer temps, but not the time changeover, it always takes us awhile to adjust to anything new, does any birdie else get a little upset over the DST thing! Not many notes today, dad is having a hard time getting his old motor started, it is hard to explain but when ya get older you will understand! Have a great day dear friends, humpy hap day, and give my love to all in your fabulous home, see ya tomorrow...

Forever real love from Angel Christine, & Ms LaLo

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

03/04/2015 11:07.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
I am sure it was a wise decision to let the Corvette go, but I bet it was difficult to do. That Mustang will be serve as a good comfort for the pain.

I think the March milonga should either be on the 14th or the 21st. Which works best for you? I would guess the theme is obvious!

Well, we finally got our rain last night, but it was only .47" total. The sky is still very dark, but Dad says it isn't going to rain any more. He is usually pretty accurate, better than the weather geeks anyway. Don't know when I will be able to get outside for a sunbath, because there's nothing above mid 60s in the forecast.

When my mom got home from the gym today, she walked into a house that smelled wonderful. Dad had a pork roast on a bed of potatoes in the oven, and Mom started salivating as soon as she walked in the door. She shared a plate with me at 2PM when it was done, and we both loved it. Yumm!

Congrats to Flitzer on winning his crown. He looks mighty handsome in it, and now we start voting for pretty little BooBoo. Her mom will do her best to campaign for her, but let's remember her back is not completely healed up yet. So please get over to page #162724 every single day to vote whether she is able to blog you or not.

Kiddo

Come visit me, BOTM CALENDAR PAGE, BOTM Founding Feathers, Wedding photos & Kiddo says vote 4 BooBoo #162724 for BOTM!.

03/01/2015 03:00.17 PM Report This Comment  
  HI TAZ
March has come in like a lion in our neck of the woods and its snowing snowing, snowing. i would like to start out my campaign by talking about HUMAN POOP. More than 2.5 billion people in the developing world lack access to toilets, and a child dies every 15 seconds from diarrhea, usually the result of food or water becoming contaminated by human waste. Each year, 200 million tons of the world’s poop also goes completely untreated, ending up directly in lakes, rivers, and oceans.

in Kenya, , $324 million is lost every year due to sickness and missed work hours caused by poor sanitation. Nonprofits and businesses have experimented with what to do with human waste. Haiti is famous for distributing “composting toilets” that drastically lower the risk of contracting diseases. by collecting the poop from toilets, treating it, and selling it as fertilizer.

in Kenya Instead of composting the waste to grow food, it’s turning it into energy to cook it by distributing toilets to local families, emptying them each month, and turning the poop into briquettes. After the waste is collected from toilets around town, it’s put it in a solar concentrator that uses mirrors to heat the waste to temperatures that have been shown by the Centers for Disease Control to kill pathogens, making it safe for reuse.

Across Africa and around the world, hundreds of millions of people cook with wood and charcoal. Most charcoal comes from trees that are slowly cooked down in huge earthen ovens, removing the moisture without oxidizing the wood so that it becomes a more efficient source of heat per volume. But the process consumes a lot of trees—four tons of trees produce just one ton of charcoal, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization—and with populations on the continent rising exponentially, deforestation is only increasting. Already, forest cover in Kenya has fallen to just 2 percent, and the price of charcoal is rising.

Moreover, smoke from burning charcoal indoors can be hazardous 6 percent of global diseases and 7 percent of disease-related deaths are caused by respiratory infections. poop briquettes contain one-third less charcoal than normal ones. For now the briquettes being given away for testing purposes.“When you look at the chemical composition of poop, it’s 90 percent organic matter and 40 percent carbon. So not only is there a high demand for fuel, but poop from a chemical composition standpoint already has a great composition to be turned into fuel,” he said.one major obstacle is the “ick” factor. reservations tend to disappear as soon as they try out the odorless briquettes for themselves. the proof is in the smell—or rather, lack thereof. They see it’s not smelling, it’s cooking good.”

THANKYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
LOVE BOO BOO ( the rare BLUE BALI MYNAH)

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE BOO BOO BOTM 162724.

03/01/2015 10:54.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Wishing you a very HAPPY BELATED HATCHDAY ... hope it was a good one.
Hugs
Chyna

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02/03/2015 07:07.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Happy hatchday.I hope you had a great day and got many treats and some new toys too.Have a good night.
P.S.I love your profile picture and the picture of your mom's nails they look great.

Come visit me, Hulk Vote Boo Boo(162724) BOTM.

02/02/2015 11:02.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Taz!
Perfect caption for that picture! We can see the wheels turning!!

Stopping by with this very delicious and very large Hatchday cake made just for you by the lovely Lizzie herself! Plenty big for everyone of your flockily and friends to share in celebration on your special day! And it comes with big wishes for everything you could ever want and even more! Head scritches, treats, toys, and most important...lotsa love! For always and for ever and ever!

Happy Hatchday!
Your buddies,
Kaji and Lizzie

Come visit me, Kaji ~ Vote Boo Boo #162724 for BOTM in April!.

02/02/2015 08:24.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Taz
Sending lots of hatch day wishes your way
On your special day. Hope you have the best one yet and many more!
Your friend, Gus (Rip Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus--Chi chi ♥ RIP & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

02/02/2015 06:13.07 PM Report This Comment  
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