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

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07/15/2014 02:08.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
July 14th BOTM POST
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start of this week with a visit to one of the planet's wonders in the avian field. It was a special request from our dear friend Mr. Kiddo. We need to be very quiet as we visit these unique and highly endangered gems of the bird world. I wish to thank everyone for their votes and input.
The kakapo (Maori: kakapo, night parrot), also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea found only in New Zealand. It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length. A combination of traits make it unique among its kind; it is the world's only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate, no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous breeding system. It is also possibly one of the world's longest-living birds. Its anatomy typifies the tendency of a bird's evolution on oceanic islands, with few predators and abundant food: a generally robust physique, quick movement efficiency at the expense of flight abilities & reduced wing muscles, . Like many other New Zealand bird species, the kakapo was historically important to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. It was hunted and used for both for its meat as a food source and for its feathers . It was also kept as a pet.
The Kakapo lays one to three eggs in a ground concave usually only raising one or two chicks per breeding season. The species is in a critically endangered position due to poaching, habitat distraction and the introduction of predators such as feral cats. Man's infringement on their breeding territory is causing a drastic and rapid decrease in numbers with only 6 chicks in 2012 surviving to maturity. A key part of the Recovery Plan is the supplementary feeding of females. The kakapo breeds only once every two to five years, when the Dacrydium cupressinum (rimu), produces protein-rich fruit and seeds. Observations of the relationship between intermittent breeding and the plant's mast year help biologists choose which suitable supplementary foods to increase kakapo breeding frequency. In 1989, six preferred foods (apples, sweet potatoes, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts) were supplied to 12 feeding stations. Males and females ate the supplied foods, and females nested on Little Barrier Island in the summers of 1989–91 for the first time since 1982, although nesting success was low. In March 2014, with the kakapo population having increased to 126, it sits on the verge of extinction. As man's awareness of their plight becomes known it is hoped that Conservation efforts will see a greater success in breeding these wonders of the Parrot World.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/14/2014 10:30.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Hello to all my BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST/ Today we stop for a visit in New Zealand's lush forests to meet the endangered, but beautiful New Zealand Pigeon. Thank you to all who shared their feelings regarding the cross species Galah Too and Cockatiel. The hatching of this specimen may answers years of debt over the relationship between Cockatoos and Cockatiel.


The New Zealand pigeon, arboreal fruit-pigeon found in forests from Northland to Stewart Island/Rakiura, ranging in habitats from coastal to mountainous .[6 The general morphology is that of a typical pigeon, in that it has a relatively small head, a straight soft-based bill and loosely attached feathers. It also displays typical pigeon behaviour, which includes drinking by suction, a wing-threat display, hitting with the wing when threatened, a diving display flight, a 'bowing' display, ritualized preening and 'billing' during courtship. New Zealand pigeons build flimsy, shallow, twiggy nests and feed crop milk to hatchlings.

The mainland New Zealand pigeon grows to some 51 centimetres (20 in) in length and 650 grams (23 oz) in weight, compared to 55 centimetres (22 in) and 800 grams (28 oz) for the Chatham Island variant.[8] The head, throat and wings are generally a shiny green-purple colour, but with a bronze tinge to the feathers. The breast is typically white and the bill red with an orange tip. The feet and eyes are red. Juveniles have a similar coloration but are generally paler with dull colours for the beak, eyes and feet and a shorter tail.

The New Zealand Pigeon breeds in spring and fall, dependent on the availability of fruit, especially figs. They eat both the fruit and leaves as well as flowers from several species of trees, and plants.New Zealand pigeons nest in trees, laying a single egg, in a flimsy nest constructed of a few twigs thrown together. The egg is incubated for 28–29 days and the young bird takes another 30–45 days to fledge. In seasons of plentiful fruit the pigeons can successfully nest up to four times.

The Department of Conservation is involved in educating the public about the plight of the New Zealand pigeon and encouraging local initiatives to save it. In Northland, the Department has been working with local iwi in an attempt to curb illegal poaching by educating young Maori about the disastrous effect this activity is having on the birds' survival rate. On the Chatham Islands, landowners have helped protect the habitat by creating reserves and fencing remnant bush to keep out stock. Numbers have recovered from a low of about 40 birds in the 1980s to around 525 in 2013.

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07/13/2014 01:12.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
July 12th BOTM POST
Hi everybirdie Zeena here with an interesting article we encountered while studying on the various Cockatoo species. Real or Hoax? We look for your thoughts on this. I know Spot Le' Blaze-atiel will be happy, it gives hope to him with his fiancee Miss Puffin.
HYBRID parrots are nothing new, with various matings occurring over the years, some deliberate, some accidental.

But the latest hybrid that I’ve come across is really incredible, with the environment and the circumstances under which it was bred truly amazing.
Nikki, who lives in New South Wales, has bred a galah-cockatiel cross, which as far as I can ascertain is a world first. She had a 12-year-old male galah in an aviary with five female cockatiels and six male cockatiels. Three pairs of cockatiels were breeding happily and Nikki got the shock of her life when she walked past the cage one day and saw a decidedly different-looking bird sitting on a perch.
“It was a young bird and obviously a cross between the galah and a light yellow coloured six-year-old cockatiel, with the parent birds definitely bonded and together all the time,” she said.

“The young bird is around 25 per cent larger than a cockatiel, with a galah’s body shape that’s grey all over.

“He has an orange galah-style crest, dusty orange chest, deep orange cheek patches, with wings more like a cockatiel in colour but the shape of a galah’s wings.” Joseph Forshaw, the world renowned parrot expert and author of the classic Australian Parrots book, said he had never heard of a galah crossing with a cockatiel anywhere in the world.

“I have never heard of a cockatiel crossing with anything, although I have heard of people trying to cross them with other parrots,” Mr Forshaw said.

He said "recent DNA tests had indicated that cockatiels are related to Australia’s black cockatoos. I guess the fact that the cockatiel has bred with a member of the cockatoo family proves conclusively that it is a part of that family,”

Avian vet Tim Oldfield was skeptical when told of the mutation, but changed his tune when shown the photo. “I have to admit it looks exactly like a cockatiel galah cross, quite amazing,” he said.

The woman who bred the bird took it inside to hand-feed it, intending to make it a pet.

“He’s very quiet and friendly and I’ve been offered $15,000 for him, but people have told me he’s worth a lot more because he’s the only one in the world,” she said. “Three of the logs were used by the cockatiels and the other box was used by the parents of the hybrid baby,” she said."The logs are impossible for a Galah to fit inside easily. There is no other explanation to his appearance in the aviary.

If this indeed is a true cross, it answers many questions of the relationship of our Cockatoo species to the Cockatiels. Whether the baby is fertile and able to reproduce was not indicated. article from 2006.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/12/2014 03:56.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Hello again, it is Zeena with today's BOTM post. Today we head into Bolivia to take a look at the last remaining wild Red-Fronted Macaws. This is a special request from my good friend, the very handsome Mr. Cappy. ( Don't tell him I said that or I won't hear the end of it. LOL). Cappy's beautiful fister Dory is a Red-Fronted Macaw so this will be of interest to her especially.

Red Fronted macaws, Ara rubrogenys, are the smallest of the large macaws. Fairly rare and therefore not well-known, Red Fronted macaws are olive green with bright red on their foreheads, ear coverts, shoulders and socks. Their under-wings are flames of red, orange and yellow. They have teal colored feathers in their wings and tails. One thing to note is that Red Fronted Macaws have a bare patch of skin around the eye but lack the bare cheek patch of the large macaws. Red Fronts are generally around 24 inches in length and weigh between 450 and 550 grams. Their wingspans are generally 32 to 34 inches. Red Fronted macaws are considered to be one of the large macaws. They have a body the size of a medium to large Amazon parrot with a longer pointed tail. Considered by many to be the ideal size of macaw, they are fun loving and make wonderful pets. Red Fronted macaws can become excellent talkers and are quite the comedians. They are not dominant birds.
They are extremely affectionate, intelligent, playful, gentle spirits fids with graceful, moderately sized bodies.
Within their natural range, their numbers have been decimated by and there are now less then 1000 wild individuals, some have counted only 150 total. They are being pushed to extinction by;
.loss of habitat due to conversion of their habitat to agriculture and because of intense grazing;
. harvesting of the nut and fruit trees that provide an important food source.

ingestion of pesticides applied to crops; or deliberately baited food set out for them.
illegal trapping for the pet market.

However, they have been doing quite well in captivity and are reproducing successfully. Even though one can't consider them "common" - domestic-bred birds can usually be found.

Range and habitat

The Red-fronted Macaw is native to a small mountainous area of south-central Bolivia situated about 200 km west of Santa Cruz, in the department of the same name, where the climate is medium altitude semi-desert. The natural vegetation consists mostly of cactus (large and small) and thorny trees and scrub. The climate is semi arid with cold nights and hot days. Rain comes in infrequent heavy storms. It is unusual in that it is the only macaw to inhabit such a climatic zone. Most macaws nest in holes in large trees, however here there are no very large trees in its range so it nests in vertical fissures in cliff faces.

Immediate action is required to stop the Red-Fronted Macaws falling to the same fate as the Spix Macaws
with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/11/2014 04:21.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
July 10th BOTM POST
Hello to all my BC friends. Zeena here today to take a peek into some nestboxes around the world, and take a look at some of the amazing Amazon mutations being bred today. Please note that most are not currently available to the public. Some of these awesome finds are selling for as much as 125,000US each to breeders.
One day these new color mutations will be found in pet homes as newer mutations occur. Their unique beauty and charm is well worth the look. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have. There are several renowned pioneers in color mutation breeding working in the USA in conjunction with international breeders.r Howard Voren is one such dedicated breeder. He has specialized in mutation breeding in several species with great success. All pictures show "pure" mutations, they are not hybrids. Hybrids are a breeding of two diverse species to produce specimens with characteristics of both species.
To breed mutations which occur spontaneously, breeders work with like marked birds or carriers which genetically have the potential to reproduce the desired new mutation. With continuing breeding the new mutation becomes stabilized, and will improve in size, pigmentation and over-all characteristics. Mutation breeding does not weaken the natural health of the species as they are produced from "normal coloured" birds. Many mutations are sex-linked which will only produce specimens of one sex or the other or must have one parent that is the desired mutation to reproduce mutation offspring. Mutation breeding is a challenging and rewarding field of aviculture built on patience and hard work.
I wish to thank everyone for their daily votes and blogs. I read each one and have learned a lot from your input.
I have added the mutation name to each picture for easier identification.

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07/10/2014 05:07.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
The Ara Project Part # 3

Happy Humpday everybirdie. Zeena here with the conclusion of the Ara Project series. I hope you have enjoyed visiting with these highly endangered Macaws, and learning about what is being done to help save the species in the wild. I wish to thank each one of my friends for your continuing votes and words of encouragement. I love receiving input from my friends, and learning more.

The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Although the Scarlet Macaw is listed by IUCN as least concern there is evidence of a population decline in the wild. It is listed by CITES as Appendix I. The declines in this species' population are due to habitat loss and fragmentation (expected to lose 20-35% of habitat within its range over 40 years (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011)), the wild bird trade and hunting for feathers and food. Current population estimates are 20,000 – 50,000; total Central American population no more than 4000. Many outside conditions could suddenly drop numbers to the point where they will be unable to rebuild populations.
Reasons for decline in population;

Exploitation for the former wild bird pet trade
Habitat loss and fragmentation due to logging and agriculture
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers
Shooting for the sport of it
Ecology

The Scarlet Macaw is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Birds are encountered in pairs, parties of 3-4 or flocks up to 30 individuals as they forage on fruits, fruits and nuts of various palms, and seeds, flowers and nectar.

Tomorrow we are going to stop and take a peek into a few nestboxes to discover what eggciting chicks are inside. Bring your cameras for these awesome new arrivals in aviculture.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/10/2014 08:57.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Bentley!!
Hi from Quispamsis! Mommy doesn't like the heat here! I have my good day then a few bad ones.Mommy asked the vet if I could eat baby food,I can! I wouldn't admit it if asked me though!! Mommy says that I have lost weight,my feathers are missing or don't look right. I sleep a lot but it's both my medicine and no get-up-and-go.Mommy will keep in touch with you.Mommy asks if you had a Hurricane Arthur visit you?We still are cleaning up. Bye for now,xoxo to all, Bentley.

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07/09/2014 02:41.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Hello Everybird, Zeena here with the continuing article on the Ara Project. Today we will look at the Great Green Macaw ( Military or Buffon's). We will look at their distribution and what has pushed them to the point of extinction.


Once prevalent throughout the entire Caribbean, Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) populations have declined alarmingly in recent years due to poaching and deforestation, in particular the cutting of Mountain Almond trees. BirdLife International states" that over the past 50 years global populations have been reduced by half." A census conducted in the Cordillera de Chongon Colonche and Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador in 2010 found only 8 birds, with the current population in all of Ecuador suspected to be 30-40 birds (E. Horstman in litt. 2012). Recent conservation efforts in Costa Rica have stabilized numbers with less than 300 birds and an estimated 25-35 breeding pairs remaining (PsittaScene Aug. 2011). There are less then 1000 individuals in South American.
Factors contributing to decline in numbers;

Unsustainable exploitation, poaching for the wild bird trade
Subspecies guayaquilensis reportedly shot as a crop-pest
Conversion of forest to oil-palm and banana plantations, causing the loss of the large Mountain Almond
Increased impact of logging, agriculture, illegal coca plantations, gold mining and hunting
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers

Ecology

This macaw prefers lowland humid forest and also strongly deciduous forest; in Costa Rica lowland primary forest. It is found at altitudes to 600m (1968 ft) in Costa Rica and1000m (3280 ft) in Panama. Less gregarious than other large macaws, it is found in pairs and groups of 3-4 birds, foraging on fruits and flowers.

Tomorrow we will take a closer look at the plight of the Scarlet Macaws, and what we can do to help save the remaining populations.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/08/2014 04:46.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
We have finally arrived at Monday once more. It's hard to realize one week is already gone on my BOTM campaign. Today we will take a short stop-over in Costa Rica to visit some good friends of mine and see what they have been busily working on. Being a Macaw this is one subject that is near and dear to my heart. The Ara Project. The Ara Project is a Costa Rican non-profit organization that’s breeds, for the sole purpose of release into the wild, endangered Scarlet & Great Green Macaws. With only 2000 Scarlet Macaws left in Costa Rica and only around 2500 Great Green Macaws ( also known as Buffon's or Military) left in the world the Ara Project is proving "breeding for release" to be a valuable tool to prevent further declines in the numbers or even extinction of these magnificent birds. They work in conjunction with MINAET (Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, Energy & Telecommunications).
The Great Green or Military(Buffon's) Macaw is endangered, and has been one of the key elements in the proposal for the formation of a new National Park in Costa Rica, Maquenque National Park. Already significant parts of the bird's existing habitat is covered by Nature reserves and other conservation projects. Project Ara is working hand in hand with locals to reestablish a strong breeding pool of wild Macaws with the end result to stop and reverse it's rapid decline.

The Ara Project incorporates breeding techniques and aviary management in order to carry out controlled release programs in conjunction with Costa Rican wildlife laws imposed by MINAET. The Ara Project has released a total of 80 Scarlet Macaws on its release sites. The Ara Project aimed to started their Great Green Macaw reintroduction program in 2011. This will be Costa Rica's and the world's first official reintroduction of the species. To date having released a number of both species
In the 80's retired American couple Margot and Richard Frisius started a licensed zoological park to take care of parrots confiscated by the government or disowned by private owners. In 1992 they officially started a breeding program to participate in macaw conservation, resulting in the establishment of the non-profit organization formerly known as "Amigos de las Aves" (Friends of the Birds). Over the years they created what has become the biggest collection of Great Green Macaws in captivity and, upon acquiring a breeding stock of sufficient genetic diversity, a successful Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program.
with love and scritches Zeena 25116

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07/07/2014 02:40.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Happy Sunday to all my BC friends. Zeena here with a look at a species of bird, well reputed as THE best talker and mimicker. Once abundantly available at low prices, today an often difficult to find and much costly addition to ones Flockily. Momma Deb says as a child she recalls seeing a number of these interesting, entertaining birds kept in Pet Stores, and businesses. She has been searching for one for over ten years and only encounter one at a very costly price.
The Mynah, the loved and disliked Clown of the avian world.
The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled Mynah, also sometimes known as "Indian Myna", is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskrit and Prakrit literature. "Myna" is derived from the Hindi language maina which itself is derived from Sanskrit madana.

The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem".

Mynahs are a lively, confident, aggressive, and noisy bird. It is friendly and perky, and the large flocks that gather at roosting time are usually raucous and grouchy. As pets they have many redeeming qualities including an inmate ability to mimic sounds, whistles and human speech. Once quite common in the pet trade, they now are difficult to locate. The Greater and Lesser Hill Mynahs are most thought of when imaging a Mynah Bird. Their clownish, outgoing personalities winning many a fan in years past.

Mynah's eat a mixture of specially formulated insect mash and fresh foods. Like the Lories, they have watery, odorous droppings, making them difficult to maintain in a home environment. those who endure the mess speak lovingly of their companions who seem to adore children, and adults alike. Daily cage washing, bathing and out of cage time are mandatory for good health. Momma Deb recalls that in her childhood most Mynah's were caged in small cramped cages,eating a diet of sunflower seeds and fruit. Thus living a miserable, short life. As advances came, it was found that Mynah's must have a balanced, more natural diet, and lots of room to move around in their cages. Bonded pairs breed readily in captivity. Babies that are hand-reared average $1200 to 1500 each when available. Bali Mynah's are rare and available to collectors only.

I wish to thank all my friends here on C for their daily support, and words of encouragement.

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

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07/06/2014 01:43.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
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 05:35.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
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 02:32.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
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 239094
with love and scritches
Zeena 255116

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07/03/2014 11:07.34 AM Report This Comment  
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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

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07/02/2014 11:54.27 AM Report This Comment  
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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

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07/01/2014 01:16.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Zeena here to introduce myself. I am Sky's Blue and Gold fister, and your July 2014 BOTM candidate. I promise that we will have a fun filled, interesting July together exploring EVERYTHING BIRD.
I will introduce you to some very interesting and unique members of the avicultral world. New mutations and new finds that have recently been added to the amazing, and wonderful world of birds. Also we will visit a few very endangered and stunning species that are fighting to make a come back.
What would July be without a few funny, and interesting, humorous adventures? So grab your hats and sun-screen as we prepare to take flight throughout the world of Birds.
with love and scritches
Zeena---255116

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06/30/2014 10:49.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mick & the gang & Mama Jean
Hi to all! I haven't been talking to anyone. Ive been looking after Bentley. She is very sick, on medication. It"s not good news for her. It's not going to get any better but worse til she's gone. Dr. Sara says acouple of weeks , maybe a month. How's everyone there in the Zoo? Got to go for now. Bentley,mommy & pop

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06/24/2014 08:33.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi to all !
It's Bentley! Both Mommy & I were very worried about all the tornados down there. Keep safe!!! Mommy & Daddy have had a cold that they have had for a month. How's Mama Jean? Feeling pretty good I hope. Do hope the flock is doing okay. Mommy says we have to go. See you soon. Come visit me Lol xoxo Bentley

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04/29/2014 02:59.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Everybody!
It's Bentley!I won,t be typing for long 11Both Mommy & Daddy are sick as dogs with a colds. I,m typing with my beak.. My neck gets tired! our snow is gone but it,s still cold because of the ice in the rivers & lakes. hope allis well with everyone there! I have to wish all a Happy Easter to all! xoxox Come see me soon! Bye guys & ladies. Bentley.

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04/20/2014 09:23.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mick & the gang & Mama Jean
It's Bentley!How are you? This is the worst winter tjhat we have had in a long time!!! For the last three days, allwe have had is high winds & freezing rain! Hard to sleep, Mommy really spoils me extra!! I don't like wind!!!! How is Mama Jean?My Mommy is the same,always in pain. Pops back is bothering him too! Love Bently,Mommy & pop xxxooo

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04/01/2014 10:11.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mick & the gang & Mama Jean!
Hi from Bentley!I watched the weather forecast & saw you got snow.It's hard on those who aren't ready to deal with it! Ice is worse, no traction! Here we watch the weather. Storm coming, we get what we need. We have a generator for power. Water & pop etc to drink & keep the toilet operating. It's been bone chilling cold with NW wind. Mom is doing the typing for me.I'm trying to snuggle! If I'm good I'll get two almonds in aKleenex box! lol,xxoo to all! Love Bentley

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03/09/2014 10:45.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Magoo, the Styron Zoo & Mama Jean
This is Bentley! Don't worry I'm just as bad re blogs & answering them. Mom varies from day to day as how she feels.I'll break it to you gently, Mick. We don't get inches of snow. It usually ends up in feet or like lately here,a storm every two days with shovable snow!! Mom's going to let me go for now. Love & Kisses,Bentley,mom & pop.xoxoxo

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02/20/2014 07:00.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mick & the gang & Mama Jean!
It's me,Bentley! I'm back or should I say Mommy is feeling better. How's Mamma Jean? the rest of the gang? Mommy was sick with acold & fell twice. She is using a walker. Belated Christmas & New years wishes! What did you get for Christmas? I got treats!! Almonds from Mommy & pop. From Mommy's sister I got honey sticks! Come visit me when you can! Love & kisses to all! Bentley

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01/21/2014 11:12.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Wow! Mrs. Sweetpepper and her husbird,Mr. Kiddo did a greyt job with the pinecone turkeys! We are very happy to see so many of you enjoying the old-fashioned crafts we're doing! Also, many of you have left tips on some differant things that can be done with our craft ideas.
For instance, Miss Falco tells us to roll them in peanut butter and bird seed and hang them out for the wild birds! Greyt idea! At this time of the year, we should all be mindful of our wild friends and what the winter months hold for them. Some birds migrate, but a lot don't, so a little eggstra food hung outside for them is a real blessing to our wild friends! Just remember to hang them where the little birds can keep a greyt lookout for the 'birds of prey' out there! We were also glad to see that some of you have actually made some of the craft turkeys in school, you know, back in the 'dark ages'!Hahaha!!!
Uhoh, gotta run, mom heard that!
Oh, one other tip, remember to pray for those who are in need this year, and volunteer your time to help! This can be the best season of the year when we remember to act out the love of God to others!
Happy Crafting, and Happy Giving!
Luv, Spot?

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11/21/2013 04:45.17 PM Report This Comment  
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Novemebr 20th Spotlight on Caring
Hello every bird, SKY here with our continuing SPOTLIGHT on CARING featuring our good friends Polly, Zippy and their Mom Karen.

SKY; Please continue. Did you get another bird right away?
Mom Karen; No, After taking the opportunity of not having pets to paint and refloor the house,we got another budgie. This time thru the family owned pet store “Preuss”; they advertised in Bird Talk and have a well trained staff in their bird room.
SKY; When did Polly join your family?
Mom Karen; Shortly thereafter, mom was told by another parent at the Middle School that the science teacher was looking to rehome a parrot. This was Polly.
SKY; Did you run into any difficulties when you made the choice to add Polly to your home?
Mom Karen; Polly came to us rather neurotic. We are her 4th known home. She had been taken to a vet and just started on a pelleted diet. Feathers had just started filling in again. She also had a missing toe.

My husband did a bit of looking on the internet about Quakers. Mom just wanted a larger parrot that might live longer than a budgie. Polly was to be my daughter's bird. They did bond well.
Not really understanding the feeding habits of a bigger bird, I may have unintentionally 'starved' Polly initially. She had a food cup FULL of dust or crumbs--but she does not eat dust, crumbs (the cockatiel DOES she eats the pellet dust, crumbs), so I was waiting for the food dish to go down.
My daughter was in high school with all the activities of that time of life. Polly did not get consistent attention, though she did appear in a few video projects.
SKY; Was there any problems that developed from this inconsistent interaction?
Mom Karen; He started pulling feathers again, so I took him to MSU to a vet who taught avian vet medicine. She is the mother-in-law of one of the two avian vets we see at the vet clinic we use. She did not push me to get the $200+ blood work done, and my spouse is not keen on spending on pets, so that was not done until this vet retired and we saw our current vet. He did NOT ask, just did and charged. But that began me becoming VERY familiar with the clinic.

Polly needed vitamin A injections a couple times each year. We tried several kinds of collars. We tried the vet version of prozac. Eventually we took him off the drug because he was too lethargic. Thru the process of being on this drug I had to learn HOW to inject him. That was a bit nerve wracking for me.
See you next week with the conclusion of our interview with Polly, Zippy and Mom Karen.
with a heart filled with love
SKY

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11/21/2013 02:18.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Well, today I have two special guests, Taz and Ranebeau! We are making a bird ornament!
1. Fold a piece of craft paper in half. Lightly draw an outline of a bird on the paper. Make sure that the head and tail are on the fold.
2. Cut out the shape, then cut a half inch slit where the wings would come out.
3. Take another piece of paper, the same or as we have done, a different color. This paper should be about 5inches long. Fold it in half. Cut a curve in the open end of the paper.
4. Open the paper and fan-pleat it in a very fine pleat, slightly less than the slit on the bird!
5. Push the fan through the slit so the fold lands in the middle of the bird.
6. Gently pull the bird out about half an inch to give it a 3 D effect.
7. Bend the wings slightly up and spread out the fans.
8. Draw an eye on each side of the bird.
9. Punch a small hole at the top of the birds back and put a ribbon through for hanging.
You have now made a bird ornament!
If you or your parronts are not very crafty(Chyna) just make a single layer bird by drawing a bird shape out of paper, cutting it out and hanging it. Different types and patterns of paper may be used! Soon you will have a whole flock of birds to hang proudly on your tree!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/18/2013 02:05.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel, 242573!
Today's blog is not about how to make a tree, or any ornament. Today, I want to talk about friendship and love.
You can't imagine how sweet it is to see all my friends on BC supporting my campaign! When I see all the votes, sometimes I want to cry. Not from sadness, but from the pure joy of havinb such wonderful and loyal friends! I'm enjoying sharing these crafts with you and hope you all are trying them at home with your flocks and your parronts! After all, making decorations for Christmas reminds us on a daily basis of the love God showed for us in sending His son to show us how to live!
I think the world has suffered a lot through the commercialization of Christmas. Bringing back the idea of a home made Christmas brings us together(just look at my friends who have come over to help!) in an atmosphere of joy and peace and love.
Special thanks go out to all of you who have helped in unseen ways, particularly my adopted G-ma, Deb! Seeing all of you working and producing such beautiful ornaments truly make the tree special!
OK, enough mush! Tomorrow, Taz and Ranebeau are coming over to help make bird ornaments!
Be sure to look at the trees in the gallery so you can see the variety that can be made!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/17/2013 06:25.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Hi, everybirdy! Today, we will be making 'Victorian cone ornaments'! They look complicated but are very easy.
I have Pringle and Sam I Am to work on them with me! I'm sure they will do a fantastic job!
1. Cut a piece of craft paper in a cone shape. (Put a pencil on a string. Hold the string on one corner of the paper and swing the pencil lightly over the paper in a semi-circle. Cut it out.)
2. Decorate the cone with gold or silver edging, or ribbon.
3.Using glue carefully, glue on or, if you're talented, draw designs on the paper.
3. Glue(or staple) the edges of the cone together and put a ribbon or piece of fishing line on the top by putting a hole on each side of the cone top. Take care and put the holes on the sides away from the join so you won't see it after hanging the ornament!
5. Put goodies in the cones, and hang them on your tree!
You can also put them in glasses on your table with everybirdies name on them as a party favor your guests can take home!
You can do them in any color you want, but again, mom wants that co-ordinated decorator look!Hehee!
Happy crafting!
Luv, Spot?

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11/15/2013 10:31.42 AM Report This Comment  
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OH NO, not another idea Little Angel
Spot Le' Blaze-atiel 242573

Little Angel sneezes so hard she knocks all the bottles of sparkles onto the floor.
Again she sneezes as they echo all around the Great Hall,the sparkle bottles opened up upon hitting the floor and with Little Angels loud windy sneezing fits,the glitter rises softly into the air and scatters in a million different directions of Autumn like color,like leaves falling from the trees,catching the sunlight coming in from the large castle Great Room Windows! King Dixie can feel all the glue just landing on his rain gear with heavy wet glue-y splats and he quickly pulls his hood down to cover his head! After he listens a long while and everything seems quiet,King Dixie uncovers his head and looks over to where Spot sits. His eyes pop open in disbelief! Spot is just sitting there,his snow white crest feathers a multitude of sparkling colors,a rainbow bouncing off his head from the bright sunlight seeping in through the large castle windows. Little Angel pulls herself up from on top of the glue bottle. Astonished to see she has sneezed herself into a nice predicament of splatters of glue here and there all over her belly and chest areas with blue glitters shining up her front like a royal vest! Laughing she gets herself in a standing position and as she turns her head towards King Dixie and Spot,she drops her beak low in horror as Spots eyes meet hers and she sees the mess. Poor Spot not only has sparkles on his crest but all over his beautiful feathers, from head to tail.
"Little Angel," is all Spot is able to get out of his beak. 'Momma Rea is going to be upset to see this mess" indicating the sparkling glitter all over him.
Little Angel tries hard not to giggle but it is just too funny to hold in her laughter. " Spot, you look wonderful, just like a Christmas tree ornament."
King Dixie quickly takes off the raincoat and rushes to Spot. "Guards please bring us some water and wash clothes." The guards arrive carrying buckets of water and clothes.
"Little Angel we assume?" they ask
King Dixie gives Little Angel a cloth. "Let's get this off before it dries."
"WAIT I have an IDEA..."
"OH NOOOOOOOO" yells SPOT and King Dixie in harmony.
"But just wait until I tell you my idea first.........."
luv SPOT

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11/12/2013 04:03.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
A sticky situation
Spot LE' Blaze-atiel 242573

The Castle Guards quickly open the gates to allow SPOT and Little Angel to pass by. They smile politely with a concerned look to their eyes. Every time Little Angel visits something happens. Maybe today she won't get into any mischief.
"Oh No here comes Little Angel and with all that glitter and glue! I have got to find a place to hide or find a nice raincoat so that if, she decides to take out the glue and glitter and there's some kind of mishap I won't be getting it all over my feathers!" King Dixie runs to don a long raincoat, hanging in his closet that has a nice deep hood on it so he's totally covered before he goes down and welcomes Spot and Little Angel into the Castle.
"Welcome Spot" King Dixie calls as he descends the long winding staircase. Shaking wings with Spot, then giving him a big Conure welcome hug. "I'm happy to see you two."
King Dixie throws his wings around his Little Angel, giving her a soft beakie kiss. Little Angel smiles as she carefully opens the glue behind King Dixie's back. "Little Angel, what are you planning to do with that glue in your wing?"
"Nuffin. I was just checking it, that's all" Little Angel says with a sassy grin.
"That's good" King Dixie says with a sigh. " we don't want any glue and glitter accidents, today!" King Dixie leads the two friends into the large hall where the preparations for Thanksgiving are under way.
"I brought some colored leaves so we can make a center piece for the Royal banquet"
L.A. piles them onto the table. We can glue them to a paper plate and add sparkles and maybe a few pine cones." She looks at the leaves and says,
"I have an idea King Dixie" L.A. looks around, " DIXIE? SPOT? Where did you go?"
"Here" they say from behind a big armchair, " we thought maybe we'd dropped something way over here."
"Ok come on" L.A. says grinning happily. " How much mischief can we get into making a decoration?"
Cautiously Spot and King Dixie come out of hiding. "Ok, we will all work together on this" Spot says getting a paper plate from the big craft cupboard. He takes some craft paper, pine cones , and ribbon to the table.

Little Angel claps her wings eggcitedly as she lays everything out neatly. King Dixie takes the paper plate and holds it while L/A. squirts glue onto it. Spot lays red, yellow, orange and crimson leaves in the wet glue. Next King Dixie places the pine cones in a pretty arrangement.
"All we need is sparkles now. L.A. opens the orange, green, red and yellow bottles.
"Just a second, we need the blue sparkles." she races tot he craft cupboard and hurries back. Suddenly Little Angel trips on a toy laying on the floor, landing with a splat on the opened glue bottle sending wet, sticky glue flying all over SPOT and King Dixie. "AHHHH, AHHH CHUUU" L.A. sneezes causing the sparkle bottles to tip over and......
luv Spot

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11/11/2013 12:57.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le' Blaze-atiel peaks out from behind his night time cage cover as the light begins to filter in through the window. Quietly he slips out of his cage and flies to the table where he has all the decorations and craft materials sitting out in neat piles.
"HELLO!" calls Little Angel as she knocks on the front door. " SPOT, you up yet?"
Spot flies to the door and quietly opens it. " SHHHHH, Little Angel, Momma is sleeping. She doesn't feel good today so I thought we could go visit our friends and let her sleep for a while longer."
"Greyt idea Spot. I have an idea. Why don't we visit King Dixie in the Castle for a while?" Little Angel smiles at her own idea.
"Ok, I'll leave a note for Momma Rea first and we can head off on our way to the Castle."
Spot carefully writes a note and leaves in plain sight.
Spot and Little Angel close the door softly and walk out into the dull, damp morning. The sun peaking out occasionally at them as they walk to the BC Castle. On their way Little Angel gathers some colorful leaves to make a decoration for the Thanksgiving Banquet.
"Look" Little Angel says happily, as she opens her pocket on her jacket, " I have glue and sparkles"
"I wanted to ask you about that. Ipo stopped by last night and she had sparkles on her tail feathers. Do you know anything about that?" Spot asks raising and eye brow.
"Well, ahhhhh. Yes I sorta do. I was stopping by to visit Ipo and I tripped on a shoe on the floor and somehow the lid on the glue popped off and the glue, and I went flying through the air and it landed on Ipo's tail....Ok. I'm busted " Little Angel says with a stomp of her foot in annoyance.
"I stopped to visit Ipo and she was asleep. I decided to surprise her by making her tail look all pretty and glittery with sparkles."
Spot shakes his head. Poppa Sky had said she was hard to keep out of mischief.
Soon the Castle comes into view. The guards standing tall at the gates, smile as they see Spot with Little Angel. They remember all too well her Reign as BOTM Queen.
"I wonder what we'll get into today???" King Dixie says looking out the Castle window...

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Zeena 255116 BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon Thank you all for this honor! BOTD.

11/10/2013 11:10.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel,242573
Today, I just had to show ya'll what greyt snowflakes the girls made! The variety is endless, and we're not done yet!
In the upper left hand corner, I wanted you to see an easy 3D snowflake! All you do is cut 2 of the same designs(put two pieces of paper together and cut them out at the same time!). Then cut a smaller one for the middle. Stick them together with a button, or glue, after ironing them of course! Then simply pull the 'leaves out a little from the background! These are especially beautiful in a centerpiece on your table, or on a wall near your tree!
Tomorrow, I'm going to show you one with a different kind of cutout! I'm hoping to get Miss Chipper to help with that one, cause her beak is uniquely appropriate for this design!Hehee!!! That's all I'm saying till tomorrow! Make a blizzard of snowflakes and have a greyt day! Remember, all you hook billed birdies can easily design your very own snowflakes. Have fun and be creative.
Has anybirdie seen my Aunt Little Angel? She's out there someplace with glue and SPARKLES--a dangerous combination.
Luv, Spot?

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Zeena 255116 BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon Thank you all for this honor! BOTD.

11/09/2013 11:47.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel!
Good morning or afternoon! As you can see, Cori and Boo Boo helped out today with the mittens!
These can be made from material or paper! To make them out of material, simply cut two mitten patterns out and put them right sides together. Then sew around the sides, turning down the top and stitching a hem in the open part! Turn them right side out and decorate with whatever trims strike your fancy!
If you make them out of paper, cut out one mitten pattern and decorate it any way you like!
Again, we made blue mittens with gold stars on them for that co-ordinated designer look!
I'd like to thank my helpers today, who also made a mitten for our furball friend!
Also, if you make the material mittens, you can put bird treats in them and give them to your friends!
I'd also like to report that Boo Boo restrained herself with the glitter, eggcept for one unfortunate incident with the glue and blue glitter(check out the back of my head and neck) she was very neat and tidy. (Cori was surprised, but I think it was the look mom gave her after the 'incident' that calmed her down!Hehee)
I do sincerely thank all of you for your support and wish you joy in making your ornaments!
Luv, Spot?

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Zeena 255116 BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon Thank you all for this honor! BOTD.

11/05/2013 03:09.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey blue Crown
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel here! Everybirdy did such a fantastic job on the hearts that I decided to show you an eggsample of one that I know Chirps would have liked! You all know how she loved polka dots!Hehee!!! Anyway, it's also an eggsample of what you can do if you let your imaginations run wild!
Tomorrow, I plan to start making mittens to hang on the tree! I think Cori, and Boo Boo would be greyt helpers on these! So, check by and see us working on mittens as decorations! Bring your glitter and glue, and safety scissors too!Hehee! Little Angel, you be care with that glue! OH NO!! Too late, look out.........Well so much for the Sparkles she had hidden in her pocket. Little Angel Momma Deb told you not to take sparkles with you to the Castle with King Dixie. Now you are you're a glow in the dark, multi-coloured birdie lite. " heheheheh
Luv, Spot?

PS. Ya'll will never truly know how much I love all of you and thank you for your support of my campaign!

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Zeena 255116 BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon Thank you all for this honor! BOTD.

11/04/2013 08:44.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel 242573
To make a heart ornament, simply fold whatever color of craft paper you want, and cut out a heart shape. Then open it up, and using a small brush, brush on Elmer's glue in a pattern you like and put glitter on it. Or, cut out differant shapes, and stick them on with the glue! Then you can put ribbons, or any other decorations of pictures you like on them. As you can see, Parker, Tweety and I chose a red heart for all of ours so we would get that co-ordinated decorations look! You can make individual heart ornaments, or string them together in a garland effect, which can be used on your tree or on a mantel, or anywhere you'd like to put ornaments to brighten up your house! Let your imagination run wild! I'd like to thank Parker and Tweety for coming over and making hearts today! Have fun with yours!
Luv, Spot?

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Zeena 255116 BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon Thank you all for this honor! BOTD.

11/03/2013 02:58.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey
Spot Le'Blaze-atiel, 242573
Hi Everybirdy!
Imagine my surprise when mom went on the 'puter and I was in the spotlight as BOTD! Wow! Thank you everybirdy!
Today, instead of my BOTM blog, I'm going to go everywhere and thank my friends for this honor! Tomorrow, Mr. Tweety and Parker will be joining me in making our first decorations! We'll be making a heart ornament that can be hung individually, or strung together as a garland! Bring all your favorite trimmings to go on your hearts! The choices are as big as your imagination! You can get gold or silver rick-rack trim, or whatever you want for your hearts! Look around your house first for free stuff! Most trims can be bought cheaply at a dollar store! Some of them come in bags with plenty left over for more projects!
Let your imaginations go wild!

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Zeena 255116 BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon Thank you all for this honor! BOTD.

11/02/2013 03:10.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mickey, I need your help
Spot Le'Blaze-tiel for BOTM!
This campaign is dedicated to Ms. Chirps, my fister who flew to the Rainbow Bridge Monday. She loved to make things with her own wings and was very talented at it.
I'd like to thank each and every bird who came over with condolances and flowers and wing hugs and lots of comfort for myself and mama Rea! You cannot imagine what that showing of love and prayers meant to us!
In my Campaign, I will be showing you how to make some beautiful, simple decorations for your Christmas trees and mantels. Chirps and I always loved a homespun look and we hope you all will make some beautiful ornaments, garlands and other decorations for the holiday!

Here's a basic list you will need for most of the projects(most can be found in the dollar stores!)
You will need:
A spool of monofilament fiber(fishing line)
Many colors of craft paper, including black and white.
Some white bird sage glue(like Elmers)
A sharp needle for sewing and/or hole punching.
Differant colored ribbons(differant sizes, too)
A good imagination!
Some glitter(keep it neat Cori, Boo Boo, and Little Angel!)
Some kid proof scissors!
We will do 2 to 3 projects each week! I will show you the patterns and you can get your moms and pops to help you with cutting things out!
Remember, safety, first, last, and always!
I hope you will enjoy our campaign!

Come visit me, Angel Bertie's Rainbow Gym: Thanks for BOTD!, Angel Bertie: Happy New Year!, Chirps: Happy New Year!!!, The Happy Couple!!!, Spot::vote Zeena 255116 BOTM!!! & Lemon Le'BonBon Thank you all for this honor! BOTD.

11/01/2013 04:16.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Magoo, the Styron Zoo & Mama Jean
It's Bentley. So good to hear from you !!! Mom was glad too. I'm sure she's not feeling well today just the way she is. She was to the doc yesterday. She is now using a cane & if the med Doc gave her works she'll stop falling &scaring pop to death!!!Love to all esp. your little dog!!!! Come see me, Bentley. xoxoxo

Come visit me, Bentley.

10/25/2013 04:01.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mick & the gang & Mama Jean
It's been awhile & we know.We couldn't get on the site!!!how's Mickey? Mama Jean? & all? Hope allis well! Getting cooler at night but still the sun is warm in the day. We are all okay except ,a newer car,the stovetop broke.Mommy's nerves are pretty well done. the company who made it; not are problem,extended warranty says the same! Company starts with a "S" !!!Anyway for now, see you in the future. Bentley, Mommy & Pop.xoxo

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