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Hi! My name is STORMY

I am a Cockatiel from Dingmans Ferry, PA.

Storm Baby

3 years old   M

Cockatiel

He loves millet and pieces of food from the table.

He just likes to be on a perch in the cage.

Will not attempt to even get on the swing.

Mom keeps lots of different foods in our cage. We never get bored with any one type of food.

He likes his brother Sam to preen his head feathers..

Like to eat my Treats and also talking to the mirror..

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  Hi Stormy
V4U today. Well, we had a few warm and sunny days. Yesterday the rain returned along with the cold weather. There are freeze warnings for the weekend. This always happens right before Easter, glad we didn't put our deck plants out yet or we would be bringing them right back in. LOL :) The wild birds have returned to our yard, hopefully we'll be seeing some nests soon. The wasps are back, too. LOL :) Have a good day. From, Marigold

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03/27/2015 05:24.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
That is good to check online about what is available and also a price range. How awesome to get the good deal and to have it delivered free of charge. Can't beat that. Yes, the big box retailers have certainly made it very tough for specialty stores to survive. Guess everyone needs to stretch their $$ whenever possible.

Warmed up here yesterday. We were in the mid 80s. Not too bad (eggspecially since Southern CA was in the 90s) but really too warm for spring. At least the evenings cool down nicely.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/27/2015 04:25.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday
Forecast was for light rain - what we got was heavy snow. Ugh
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Dad's Music Teacher Friend came over last ngiht to see "Whiplash", and liked it very much.

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It was been requested that we have a celebration in the castle. Sunday afternoon the Castle Ballroom will be open for a Celebration of Life for the Late Mario Adler. Let us have a time of joy and thankfulness for our friend.
~Wings Up~

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03/27/2015 03:33.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Stormy . . .
TGIF ! Except for it's still raining . . . but hey, it's better than snow !

Mom is running out of soft food ideas for daddy - all he keeps saying is once his tooth is done he wants to go out for a big fat juicy steak ! Where does that leave me ? I prefer for the parronts to eat here at home so I can mooch off them !

Since mom's vacation starts next Thursday, so will the spring cleaning - I am preparing my list of supervisory duties . . . she can't wait ! Can't wait to clean ? I just don't get her sometimes - jeeesh ! All I'm waiting for is the extra fun !

Have a lovely Friday :) Hugs from Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/27/2015 01:46.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
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 09:58.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
Often when mom wants some new appliance she'll check online at the stores just to see what might be available before she goes shopping. Gets an idea of the prices as well as features. Guess it is a trade off to living in a nice area not to have stores close by. Still, less than an hour drive isn't bad.

The parronts bought the new microwave at Sears. The old one was a wedding gift and came from a specialty (kitchen based products) store that is no longer around.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/26/2015 04:25.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Thursday
Hello every-birdie. Happy Thursday. Much going on, and a lot on Dad's mind, so he's not too helpful with this blog today. Have a blessed day. ~Wings Up~

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03/26/2015 03:38.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey buddy !
Everyday mom feels better and so does dad ! Now that his tooth feels better mom is more worried about him accidentally chomping down on something before the stem gets put in next Friday to secure the tooth.

Rain today :( Dark and dreary - but hopefully it'll wash away the leftover snow ! It's supposed to be near 50 too ! Tomorrow we'll have mud !

Don't forget to go try your wing at Name That Tune (page 231616) Songs that evoke feelings of spring ! Happy Thursday - love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/26/2015 01:49.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
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 09:11.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
Thanks for liking the new pic of the grand. Mom was supposed to babysit yesterday but wasn't needed after all, but she'll be seeing the grand on Sat. Gonna try to get a pic of her standing.

Think the parronts old microwave was about 17 years old too when replaced. However, it was still working but mom was tired of it and wanted a new one with updated features. They aren't that eggspensive these days. Not used for main cooking here either.

Our mom tries to use coupons and buys food on sale as much as possible to get the best value. Good that so many stores are near us so can select where to shop and not waste gas.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/25/2015 05:07.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Mid-Week
Busy shopping Day for Dad as he helps a friend shop for 3 households today.
Have a great day. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

03/25/2015 03:22.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
I've decided that it's not so bad, daddy having a bad tooth ! He's on a soft food diet till next Friday when the root canal is done and the stem put in to secure the tooth. That means mom is making pasta ! Lots of pasta ! I love pasta ! ! !

Last night I was so happy, I had a bath . . . daddy played in the water with me since mom has his cold now. Luckily, she is feeling better this morning so it seems to have been a quick one . . .

Happy Humpday ! love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/25/2015 01:56.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
RULES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN OBSERVING NESTING BIRDS
OBSERVING NESTS (PART1)
1)Nest visits shouldn’t last much longer than 1 minute: Please exercise extreme caution and responsibility when searching for nests to ensure the safety of birds, nests, and nest contents; observations of nests should never jeopardize the well-being of birds!
2)Don’t check in the early morning: Most birds lay their eggs in the morning, so plan on visiting nests in the afternoon. Also, most adults will temporarily leave the nest when you are near, and eggs and young nestlings can become cold quickly if left alone in the morning.
3)Avoid nests during the first few days of incubation: If necessary, observe nests from a distance and approach only when the female leaves the nest.
4)Do not approach nests when young are close to fledging: When the young are disturbed during this stage, they may leave the nest prematurely. Young that fledge prematurely usually do not stay in the nest despite attempts to put them back, and their survival rates away from or outside the nest are low. So when young birds are fully feathered and very alert, only observe the nest from a distance.
5)Avoid nests during bad weather: If it is cold, damp, or rainy, postpone checking nests until another day. Checking nests during this time can be very stressful for birds.
6)Don’t check nests at or after dusk: Females may be returning to the nest for the night, and be alarmed by your presence. The exception to this would be owls, which typically leave the nest at dusk.
i hope you are finding these facts interesting
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03/24/2015 11:38.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
At least you have some sunshine so even if cold it looks like spring outside. Hopefully that snow will be all gone soon too.

Yeah, it is tough to justify spending for a new item if the old one still works. Everything around here is getting old but still work so they'll not be replaced anytime soon.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

03/24/2015 04:28.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Tuesday
Cold but clear in Buffalo today.
Dad and a friend are invited to breakfast - hope he sneaks something good home for me.
~Wings Up~

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03/24/2015 03:24.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy !
Happy Tuesday ! Good thing mom stopped and got me pellets and nutriberries on her way home yesterday . . . she woke up during the night with that cold that daddy had last week ! Jeepers, it's nice that he wants to share, but this is silly ! If mom hadn't missed so much time with her drama club this winter and the fact that their program is about 3 weeks earlier this year, she'd take the day and medicate herself and sleep it away . . .

Daddy had a good check-up with the surgeon so now he's done with dentist appts. till Friday. And that's all the NY news ! Have a great day - I'll be thinking of you since I'll be caged :( Love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/24/2015 02:14.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
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 03:07.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
That is good to have the sunshine even if temps are still cold. Hopefully it gets warmer soon to melt all that snow so it'll be obviously spring.

Oh, that isn't good to have the wind blow the smoke back inside. Guess it could make the new paint dirty. One year our dad had a motorbike (race type, not for the street) and wanted to ensure it worked as he was selling it to a friend and the egghaust smell got into the house! Yuck! It smelled awful! What got rid of the odor was plucking a few gardenias, placing 'em in water and that freshened the place up and the smell was gone.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

03/23/2015 04:23.14 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer's Monday Musings
Sunday afternoon Dad had a friend over for BluRay Day. They watched Stanley kubrick's long, slow and magnificent film "BARRY LYNDON".
I got bored and played with a spoon and ate seeds. HA.

At "Intermission" [whatever that is] they had Pizza and Wings.
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Cold in Buffalo with some unexpected snow showers Sunday morning. Hopefully Spring will struggle it's way back on the stage this week.
~Wings Up~

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03/23/2015 03:26.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning Stormy !
Here it is Monday already . . . where do the weekends go to ? I had another perfectly wonderful day yesterday. Even daddy was up to playing with me finally :) I was so tired out (usually I nap in the afternoon, not yesterday !), I squawked to go to bed around 7:00 !

After school today mom has to go get me more pellets, I'm running low - I'd be happy just sharing whatever she and daddy are eating, but she says no, a bite of what they're eating is fine, but I need my pellets too . . . oh well, it was worth a try !

Have a lovely day - with love from Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/23/2015 01:33.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
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 11:28.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
Ah, ha! Figured the weather geeks might get the forecast wrong since your temps weren't too low. Hopefully you'll get those near 60s as that would handily melt the snow.

Think dad misses having a fireplace. Mom doesn't. Too much work to keep safe unless one has the gas type. It does look nice and feel nice to sit in front of a fire though when cold out and as you know never that cold here.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

03/22/2015 04:27.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey buddy !
Another cold one, but at least no snow ! I had a great yesterday with mom and dad home :) Mom did go out to run a few errands (like finding soft things for daddy to eat), then she did some laundry and made baked macaroni and cheese :) I got to have some macaroni before the cheese got mixes in ! Yummy in my tummy :)

Today, schoolwork . . . I hope I'm allowed to help ! Have a great Sunday my friend - love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/22/2015 02:26.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Sundy
Dad put the Happy Hut back in my cage. He took it out when I was having my behavior problems a couple months ago. We're trying it back in - I was so happy to be sleeping in my wonderful hut.
Great to have it back, at least for now.
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Dad is having a BluRay Cinema Day here. Friends don't own BluRay Players, so they're coming over to see a movie or two in his BluRay collection.

I'm sure I'll get some snacks from them today.
~Wings Up~

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03/22/2015 01:59.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy!
Wow, thanks for voting me Bird of the Day yesterday! You guys are all so nice, I really appreciated it! I am settling in well in my new home. Today my new momma gave me head rubs. I asked her for them, all I had to do was say "head scratchin' " 5 or 6 times, and she came over and did it, hehe. After she gave me my scratches, she left my door open and told me I could come out if I wanted to. I haven't been out in awhile. But, I decided to try and climb out on the door. It wasn't bad at all, and then I went and sat up on top of my cage. She let me sit up there for a few hours, and I was really happy. I didn't remember how nice being out was. I went back in my cage when she put a treat in my treat bowl. I hope I can come out again, it made me really happy. I also got a new toy today, I've already started working on it! (: Well, it is nice to meet all of you! I'm really excited to be here! (:

~ Grey Bird

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03/21/2015 11:19.10 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
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 11:50.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
That is good that temps are going up to melt the snow you just got. Hopefully you'll get more springlike or at least get more sunshine so it looks like spring, heehee.

Sounds like your parronts are gettng their fill of that corned beef stuff while they can. Our mom checked the store she went to here but all of 'em were rather big.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/21/2015 05:24.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Saturday
Dad has a busy weekend with friends, but he makes time to spoil me as well. Today I got carrots (in the correct size and shape). He is so thoughtful.
~Wings Up~

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03/21/2015 02:28.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy !
Mom ended up with an early dismissal yesterday cause of all the snow ! It started around noon, right after the kids left. At first mom thought it was silly, but then when she got home, she had to chauffer daddy from dentist to endodontist to oral surgeon . . . poor daddy has a couple more weeks of appointments before everything starts to heal . . . hopefully not in the snow though !

So it looks like it will be a quiet weekend full of play with Cookie time this weekend :) Of course mom has to go to the market to find soft foods for him to eat . . . maybe I'll get some too ! !

Have a great Saturday :) love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/21/2015 01:17.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
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 11:59.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
It is good to be prepared in case the snow does get to your area but can always hope most of it goes elsewhere or less falls than predicted.

That is good if able to find the smaller amount of meat so it isn't wasted. We don't have Shop Rite in our area but mom saw some smaller cuts the other day. Can't recall what brand it was though.

Sometimes getting rain after being dry so long it doesn't soak it and all runs off. That is wasted since our gutters eventually flow to the ocean. Smart thing would be to have a few rain barrels to catch it and use for the plants since don't water those enough when asked to ration.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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03/20/2015 04:23.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Friday
Happy Spring - well, that's what the Calendar says.
The forecast says snow and rain.
Let's make it a Great Day anyway.
(Great Profile Pic, by the way)

~Wings Up~

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03/20/2015 03:26.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Iove your picture !
Happy Spring . . . sort of - Yep, 3-5 inches of snow on the first day of spring ! ! ! What's that about ? Although, mom remembers having snow on her mother's birthday one year when she was a kid - April 12.

Daddy is home today - he has a really bad toothache and has to see the dentist - I'm sure glad I don't have teeth ! He's been up and down all night - poor guy.

TGIF with love from Cookie

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03/20/2015 02:20.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
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 11:09.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
More snow? Fri is spring. That just is not right. Maybe the weather geeks are wrong.

Hmmm, didn't know there were small corned beef. Mom should've looked for one. She didn't want to end up with a huge one with only her and dad here to eat it.

Any place could flood. The creek a lil farther away from the parronts did flood one year and came within two streets of reaching mom's parronts house.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

03/19/2015 04:40.31 AM Report This Comment  
  King Flitzer on Thursday
Happy Thursday, friends.
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Dad and I watched the Diane Sawyer special with Julie Andrews about "THE SOUND OF MUSIC". It's hard to believe the film is 50 years old. My Dad has loved it his whole life.

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Colder with rain and threats of snow -These warm sunny days were just a tease and we're not getting Spring yet here in the ol Buffalo.
~Wings Up~

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

03/19/2015 03:31.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Glad you like your picture !
It's back into the 20's here ! How can that be ? Tomorrow is spring . . . and it's supposed to snow ? Jeesh ! Is that some kind of cruel trick by nature or what ?

Yesterday I was pretty squawky - daddy thought it was cause of the furniture guys so he gave me a paper towel roll to play with . . . mom was home just a couple minutes when she figured out what I wanted was a bath ! And boy did I splash ! All over !

Hope it warms up later ! Have a fun day - love Cookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/19/2015 01:49.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Stormy
Honeybees do more than make honey. 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide are bee-pollinated. Almost every food you eat exists because bees pollinated the plant they came from. Honeybees populations are dying out in alarming numbers. Since 2006, 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion, have been lost .Scientists and beekeepers have several theories about why honeybees are dying off.
1) Bees live in colonies, with one queen and many drones and worker bees. During winter, the queen lays eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs hatch into females that become the worker bees. Their job is to forage for food and take care of the colony. Unfertilized eggs become drones or honey bee males. For any colony to survive, the queen must lay fertilized eggs and those eggs must become worker bees. There is only one queen per colony. She mates once, but it counts when she does, as normally she collects more than 5 million sperm, enough so she can fertilize eggs throughout her life. When a queen can no longer lay eggs, new queens become responsible for mating and laying honey bee eggs. One theory behind the collapse of honeybee colonies is that the queen is not getting enough sperm from the male bee that she mates with. Another theory is that the queen is dying earlier than usual, which means she has less time to fertilize eggs. fewer fertilized eggs give rise to fewer worker bees that can help maintain the bee colony. If the queen dies out and is not replaced by a new queen, the hive will die out.
2) Many bee hives have been found to be infected by a tiny parasite called a varroa mite are wreaking havoc on bee colonies. The mites suck fluid from bees’ bodies, making the bees weak and compromising their immune systems. The mites also pass along viruses that can paralyze the bees. It is hard to kill off the mites without harming the bees
3)–, bees need food and water to survive. In their case, food comes from the pollen they collect from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and trees. They also need unpolluted water sources. Urban sprawl and industrial development are taking the place of fields that used to provide the plant variety that kept bees thriving. regions suffering from drought, annual flowers aren’t blooming and perennials aren’t producing as much nectar.
4)Neonicotonoids – is a systemic pesticide. It’s not sprayed on plants. Instead, seeds are treated with the chemical. As the plant grows, the pesticide infuses its plant tissue. If a bee nibbles on a plant grown from neonic-treated seed, it could be lethal.TOMORROW: HOW WE CAN HELP THE BEES
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03/18/2015 11:23.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, Stormy
Our mom didn't make corned beef (even though she likes it) but she had it plenty of times as a kid. Her mom always made hash out of the leftovers and she said that was yummy too.

Yeah, some areas do tend to flood or have mudslides if it rains all day. However, people are warned in plenty of time to get sandbags and do whatever they can to protect their homes/businesses. The parronts do not live near a hill and the creeks have recently been upgraded to be more floodsafe.

Think going to outside pool or visiting the ocean need to have a shady spot to get out of the sun and sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are a must.

Have a great day, wing hugs and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

Come visit me, Pearl & Silver.

03/18/2015 05:30.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Flitzer Wednesday
Happy Wednesday from Flitzer and Dad.

Daddy's Dentist Visit went smoothly and all is well.
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Dad and his friends went to see the movie "ONE CHANCE" with James Corden.

I stayed home and sang a bit of opera myself.
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Sunny but back to being very cold in Buffalo

Everyone have a great day. ~Wings Up~

Come visit me, King Flitzer in "Whiplash".

03/18/2015 03:33.21 AM Report This Comment  
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