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12-14-13-It is with heavy heart to report Punkin's friend, our frother, Ike was found on the bottom of the cage today. Although he was with son in law we kept track of him and yesterday got the sad news. He was greatly loved by SIL and skin sis as well as us. We will miss him very much.

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Ipo (EE poe),is a fancy GCC. Her person had been keeping an eye on him at PetCo and Ipo had been there nearly a year. When he purchased Ipo he thought he would have time to spend with her, but found he was traveling very much and wanted Ipo in a good home. So Ipo was turned over to be adopted. I brought the lovely bird home fully intending on adopting her out. Sidney adopted her and so with us she will stay.
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Hi! My name is Ipo *SPRING IS SHOWING ITS FACE*

I am a Green-Cheeked Conure from Mt. Pleasant, UT.

Hot Shot, Little Imp, sweetheart

4 years old   F

Green-Cheeked Conure

fruits and toast in the morning

on mom

Sophie tryin to take over mom!

She loves me so much
I love tangling myself in mom's long hair too.


flies around the house to look for mom and lands on her head.
Mom's ear is a good pacifier too.
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  Hello Ipo~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It was a pretty nice one here. We had some computer problems but mom ran a scan and it all seems to be running okay now.
I spent the day supervising chores and playing with toys. Dad is home and he is a bit messy. There is of course tons of laundry stacked in the living room! Really kind of boring around here but that is just fine by me!
Mom did the market thing early today since dad had 2 doctor appointments. He has to squeeze them all in when he is home. I don't know when he is going to go back out on the road.
Enjoy the evening and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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07/18/2014 08:04.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 01:18.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 04:06.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! It is very
HOT HOT HOT and I HATE HATE HATE it!hahahahahahaha
We have not had to use the portable AC yet and I only need to make it through the next couple of days and it will be over!
Somehow Rio and Skye were not on the Hatchday list for today so I hope you can get over to wish them a Happy Hatchday! Their page number is 242433. Thanks!
Enjoy your Saturday! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/12/2014 12:41.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 04:29.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 05:15.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 09:06.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo and flockily
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 04:56.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo sweetie
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 02:54.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 01:53.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo and flockily
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 05:47.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are all having a wonderful 4th of July! We had some dork across the street blowing off fireworks at 10am this morning! It's sunny out!!!HELLO!!! What fun are fireworks in the sunlight! Anyway about an hour into his sunlight show we smelled smoke and the fire department showed up! I feel so very sorry for firefighters on a day like today! They are going to be so very tired! I hope if he decides to do a nightime show he is more careful.
Fireworks are not allowed in my complex which I am very happy about. I like looking at them but I'm glad they are not allowed around here.
I hope you have just a wonderful night!!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/04/2014 05:31.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo sweetie
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 02:43.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
In honor of reaching his 10 Thousandth vote a recption will be held for Mayo at the 10K HOF Club house 197082.

Maxie is not available at the moment but please feel free to stop by and congratulate Mayo and enjoy some food!

Thank you all so very much!

How is everything going? It's been a while since we chatted and I just hope all is well!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/03/2014 12:50.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo and flockily
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 11:20.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo and flockily
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.
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07/02/2014 12:06.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 01:33.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
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 11:06.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you had a great day! I had a pretty good day. Mom has a sinus infection so we just spent a quiet day together.
I have 3 new cousins! Mom's sister took in 3 budgies from a family who moved to Ohio. They had a nice flight cage but no toys and the family just left them in a back room and didn't pay any attention to them! They didn't even have any names! Mom suggested that her sister name them Prue, Piper and Paige after the 3 sister in Charmed. They are 3 little ladies who are 3 years old! Mom told her sister not to look at them directly in the eye and to give them some time to get use to her. She has already bought them all kinds of toys and perches! I think they will be very happy there!
Have a great night! I hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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06/26/2014 08:42.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
I hope Sophie and Oatie really show their voices, the family needs to know what to expect!
Mom took a whole bunch of pics at the center, but only 5 turned out okay. So she posted the skunk baby and the possum baby on Falco's page, the baby robins and sparrows on my page, and the baby hawks with foster mom Maxine on Peppino's page.
Mom spent the afternoon at the pool after waiting for her tour group to show up at the museum this morning. They were supposed to be there at 10, mom left at 11:10, and just found out they showed up at 11:40, can you believe that? The woman who does the scheduling, mom's immediate boss, took them around for a little while, as both mom and the art docent had gone by then.
I hope you are having a lazy summer day with mom and enjoying lots of sunshine and kisses. Hugs, Willie

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06/24/2014 01:31.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a great day! I'm having fun so far!
I intended to get around to say hello yesterday but dad put a new wireless mouse on the computer and somehow my Computer Wizard of a mom keeps shutting down the computer! She thinks she has it figured out now! I certainly hope so since my social life is very important to me!!
Really not much going on but I do like to get by often and say hello and see how things are going with you! How are things with you??? I'm just hanging out watching a Criminal Minds DVD with mom and Jennifer. This is the last disc for season 8 and season 9 in not out yet! It's a gruesome show but for some reason mom and Jennifer find it fascinating!
I do hope your day is just perfect! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar

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06/24/2014 11:41.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Thank you.
Thank you so much for honoring Olly and making the pie shop Business Of The Day. You all are part of our family and we love you all.
Pearl
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06/22/2014 09:00.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Happy Summer!

Our first day of summer did not start out so well. There was a dead pigeon on the balcony this morning and it made us all very sad. We could hear the other pigeons cooing and we wonder if they knew what had happened. There was no obvious signs of what it died from so maybe it was just old and it was it's time to go. Still, it was a lousy way to begin summer.

We have a few chores to get done and dad is going to take the rest of his stuff over to his truck. He will leave tonight. Mom will drop him off on her way to work since the truck terminal is in the same town mom works in.

I hope your day is just perfect! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
With love from Sugar

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06/21/2014 11:03.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
I'm so glad you are healing so well! Guess you are one tough chick, eh? Thanks again for the anise and pine nuts, I love them both, and even Peppino and Maxine are eating them too. I don't like the idea of sharing, but mom says I have to. Hope you loved your turkey dinner, and got a taste of that gravy. Mom has been giving us rose petals and dandelions to try, too.
Our birdicures were faster than ever before! Mom got a big towel and wrapped Falco in it first. It was the easiest time she ever had with Falco's toesies. I yelled, of course, because I'm the king of drama. Peppino was very very quiet, but cooperative. The doves are always easy, mom doesn't even use a towel with them, just picks them up and holds them for Bree.
Not much new here. It rained this morning while mom was walking the dogs. Last night we had a huge thunderstorm, too. Mom is hoping it clears up later today, but right now it looks pretty dismal out there.
I just wanted to come by and say hi today, and wish you a day of sun, warm breezes, and love. Hugs, Willie

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06/19/2014 08:06.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Ipo!
Oh, now that meal sounds just perfect! I love turkey and stuffing--especially the stuffing! Yummy!! And glad to hear Sophie is keeping your Mom informed of the things going on outside. Is Sophie doing better? We know how much she loved her Dad. And glad your Mom is doing okay, too. Mom heard where a lot folks are getting asthma, or have allergies--it is a bad year for those, and sure does make breathing hard.

We had storms again last night! When Mom went to bed, she heard something going pop-pop-pop outside and on the roof. Yup. Hail. It was raining and hailing out. That is so crazy! And lightening and wind! Mom turned on the air conditioner in her bedroom cuz it was so humid. She slept pretty darn good. And then this morning it was really dark. Tornado and severe storm warnings were on the radio as Mom went into work. Good thing she made it inside, cuz she could hear the thunder from her desk. And she could see from the windows at the end of the hall that it was dark out, too. The rain stopped around lunch time, but it sure was chilly outside, as the wind picked up. By the time she got out to go home, it was nice, but still cooler than they said it would be.

Me? I was nice and safe in my house. I ate, preened, and foraged. And I waited for Mom to come home. And when she did: velcro!

Happy Humpday, and hope you had a nice one, too!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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06/18/2014 08:34.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
For over 45 years, the Montréal Planetarium shared its passion for the sky and stars with its visitors, young and old. Today, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, located close to the Biodôme, offers a completely fresh experience of astronomy. Its arrival marks a defining moment in the consolidation of the Space for Life, the world’s first ever site dedicated to both human beings and nature. Together, the Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium form the Space for Life, the largest natural sciences museum complex in Canada. With its bold design, the new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium incorporates the strictest sustainable development criteria. It uses cutting-edge technology to create a unique experience of the universe through two complementary shows – one focused on science, the other more whimsical. Its exhibition, Exo: Our Search for Life in the Universe, enriches this cosmic journey. A true pioneer in the field, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium redefines the very essence of planetariums through its original and innovative approach to astronomy. Get ready for an unforgettable experience! The Montréal Planetarium – formerly known as the Dow Planetarium – was inaugurated on April 1, 1966 by Mr. Jean Drapeau, who was Montréal’s mayor at the time. This event marked the culmination of more than three years of planning and hard work by Dr. Pierre Gendron, who was past professor of chemistry and founding Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa, and an avid amateur astronomer. At the time, Dr. Gendron was also president of the board of directors of Dow Breweries, which later became O’Keefe Breweries (since then absorbed by Molson Breweries). It was through his impetus that Dow Breweries decided to endow Montréal with a world class planetarium, add to the city’s touristic appeal, and to the Montréal Universal and International Exposition of 1967, Expo 67. Plans for the Planetarium were developed by the architectural firm of David-Barott-Boulva. The innovative design echoed an astronomical theme, evidenced by the exterior of the dome, which resembled Saturn surrounded by its rings. The Planetarium was built at a cost of $1.2 million and located on Chaboillez Square, which once served as a parking area. The building and projection equipment were completed in February 1966, and the inaugural show, New Skies for a New City, premiered on April 4, 1966. Between 1966 and 2011, some six million spectators attended over 250 original productions created by the Planetarium to bring the fascinating universe of astronomy and space exploration to the masses. A renewal of the Planetarium became necessary to modernize its facilities and equipment in order to incorporate the latest technological innovations. Another imperative was added: to move the Planetarium closer to the institutions of the Space for Life in order to consolidate this museum complex.

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06/18/2014 08:21.48 PM Report This Comment  
  part 2
Furthermore, the Space for Life commitment to sustainable development demanded a building constructed in accordance with these principles. When it opened in April 1966, the Dow Planetarium offered the people of Montréal and Québec a revolutionary approach to astronomy. In April 2013, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, built close to the Biodôme, picks up the baton and innovates again, breaking new ground in terms of its architecture, technology and visitor experience. In keeping with the movement initiated by the Space for Life, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium boldly forges ahead with a view to bringing humans closer to nature.
You will never get closer to the stars than this!
The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium invites you to experience the Universe like never before! Going beyond scientific knowledge, it draws on creativity and the most up-to-date technology in a fascinating encounter of science and emotion. Inside, two theatres of immersion offer an unconventional setting for a planetarium. Two different complementary experiences are offered: one in a poetic vain, and the other, with a scientific outlook on our Universe. This shows the Space for Life's desire to introduce a new vision of astronomy, by offering a permanent creative space in its new planetarium. The creative Montreal tandem of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon were charged with the artistic direction of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. On the strength of their knowledge of new technology and their experience designing bold new shows, these multidisciplinary artists have presented a truly original vision, in which art and science are closely connected. On their impulse, the Chaos and Milky Way theatres propel visitors into a new universe.
A breathtaking meeting of technology, art and science!

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06/18/2014 08:17.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a great day!
I am hosting a Bridal Shower for Little Angel who is marrying my buddy Dixie on July 4th. Every bird is invted!
I put up the party page for Little Angel. It is page number 270690 but it's attached to my page so you can find it there. I hope you can make it on Friday! All the info is there and I hope you can all make it!
Enjoy the day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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06/18/2014 01:39.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are enjoying the day!
We had a crazy day. The fire alarm people did not show up until nearly noon. They started on the other side of the complex! We had already done all our chores and were just waiting for them to show up. Mom had just gotten on Facebook and went to click on a Linkin Park Video when the fire alarms went off! Mom thought it was feedback from the video and turned the sound down! When the screeching kept going she final realized it was the alarms!hahahahaha
Mandy, Merlin and I were taken into mom's bathroom to wait for the inspection to be done. It was only for 10 minutes but Mandy was freaking out! She was panting hard and kept trying to squeeze behind mom! Merlin just sat in the sink like he always does. I was perfectly okay and just spent time chatting with mom.
Mom had to go to the market after that. She wasn't gone for a long time at least. She and Ian went to the mall to look for shoes for Ian first. He wears a 15 so not all the stores have shoes that big. He found some at Famous Footwear so he's happy! They stopped at Dairy Queen after that. They were taking donations for the children's miracle network at Diary Queen so mom bought a big balloon and put my name on it! It's now hanging at the Dairy Queen in the Mall! I'm gonna be famous!hahahahahaha It's the biggest balloon there!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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06/13/2014 06:37.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Tell mom to take it easy if that leg hurts, don't be out planting anything! I'm so glad you are doing well now! You must be pretty much healed if you don't want that spray anymore.
Mom did make it to the pool yesterday for a couple of hours. It started to rain around 2, so she came home. Well, she should have waited 15 minutes, because by the time she got out of the shower, the sun was back out and stayed out until the thunderstorms started around 5. It's okay, though, she thought she wouldn't get any pool time in at all yesterday or today. I think she's gonna try her luck today, as long as it isn't actively raining. Right now, it's cloudy, but not thunderclouds, just those high level ones that block the sun.
I am hoping you have a fun day filled with sunshine and scritches. Hugs, Willie

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06/12/2014 08:52.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Ipo!
Thanks for stopping by! Miss hearing from Punkin. It was a cold and grey and rainy day today. And I have to say COLD cuz it barely was 50 degrees. Mom says that it was so damp as she travelled from building to building for meetings (getting rained on in the process, of course). And then the fog rolled in when she was leaving work. As for me, I spent a nice day napping off and on, and eating my fruit and mini breadsticks and almonds. And napping--did I say napping? Mom says I have the life--what she means, I have no idea.

Just a very quiet humpday.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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06/11/2014 05:39.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~
I hope you are having a great day! I've got sunshine!
I am glad you are doing better. I sure was worried about you! Sophie has a pretty big beak! I think it would be best if you just avoided her from now on!
I just got into my play cage for my apple. I am late today because I was just having too much fun playing on the t-stand! I was flapping my wings and shaking my tail! Mom said I was a real "dancing queen" this morning. She just loves it when I shake my tail! (Sugar demonstrates her tail shaking for Ipo) Pretty good aren't I?hehehehehe
Not much else going on today. Ian just got called into work but that is nothing new. There seems to be a lot of people who either don't show up or want to switch shifts with him. It gets him lots of hours so he is just fine with it.
Enjoy your day and I do hope it's just perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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06/11/2014 12:40.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Ahoy Ipo and flock...
After a scenic Pirate Ship Adventure, something I never before did in my life, and I must admit I LOVED it, we docked at the Old Port Harbour, and it is here I will continue my campaign…
Montreal Old Port is the historic city center of the capital of Quebec. It is situated between the downtown skyscrapers and the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal. Located in Old Montreal, it stretches for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River in Old Montreal. It was used as early as 1611, when French fur traders used it as a trading post.This popular tourist destination along the Montreal waterfront is also a highly popular gathering place for residents of the city who also enjoy the restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, and lovely architecture. One of the great appeals of the Vieux Port in Montreal is that you are able to explore it on foot with great ease. You can walk through the cobblestone streets and witness some of the most historic buildings in the city, including those built around the time of Montreal’s founding in 1642. From historic churches, museums, and monuments, to bustling cafes, restaurants, and public gathering places, the Montreal Old Port is easily one of the most exciting places to spend time in this city.This section of town is the excellent venue for sipping a latte or glass of wine, taking in the wonderful gastronomy of the city, and watching throngs of people walk by. It is estimated that over 5 million people visit this tourist attraction along the Montreal waterfront each and every year. As you sit and enjoy yourself at one of the cafes or restaurants, you can watch as ferries cross the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal to the Parc del Iles, the site of the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. One obvious benefit of unwinding in the Montreal Old Port is the beautiful scenery of the ferries, yachts, and motorboats skimming across the gorgeous Saint Lawrence. The boats, quays, and overall atmosphere of the Montreal waterfront in the Old Port is unique in the city.

Come visit me, Leroy, Little Bit & Chloe - Thank you everybirdy!!, Gizmo - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Max, Jasper - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Micky - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, PEPPER-Thanks for BOTM!, TiPaul - Who was 8000??? Who will be vote 9000?, Floop and Porky at the County Fair, Marley - Thanx everybirdy 4 BOTD Carrot cake 4 all, Zak - Thank you everybirdy for BOTD! & Lee-Roial RIP - Thanks for remembering me..

06/10/2014 09:36.38 PM Report This Comment  
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The Montreal Old Port is a center for arts and entertainment for both Montrealers and tourists alike. It is not only restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques you will discover in this part of town, but also a Science and Technology Center, a large, open-air ice rink, an IMAX cinema, and seemingly countless buildings and monuments that hearken back to the time when the Montreal Old Port was fortified with walls. Many of the oldest and most engaging examples of Montreal architecture and history can be unearthed within the confines of this enviable part of the city. Depending on the season, there are many more family-oriented activities, including swimming, boating, biking, and more. Really, activities reveal themselves to first-time visitors of the Vieux Port easily.In June 2012, an urban beach, called the Plage de l'Horloge (Clock Beach), opened adjacent to the Clock Tower. The beach consists of sand, Adirondack chairs, a boardwalk, a bar, showers and misting stations. Visitors are charged a fee for admission. Work began on the site in the fall of 2011, including the installation of parasols. The beach was designed by Claude Cormier, who has also designed urban beaches in Toronto.The Old Port of Montreal changed its name to The Quays of the Old Port of Montreal in 2005. Every 2 years the Cirque du Soleil launches a new show from the Jacques Cartier Quay.There are important remnants of Montreal’s past interspersed with a wonderful selection of modern amenities and accommodations including restaurants and hotels. You can stay in the Vieux Port and enjoy an authentic and unique cultural experience while also being within close range of plenty of accommodations, great cafes, interesting museums, and attractions for the entire family. Nighttime is especially beautiful in the Montreal Old Port when the lights illuminate the facades of the historical buildings and gorgeous hotels and homes.

Come visit me, Leroy, Little Bit & Chloe - Thank you everybirdy!!, Gizmo - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Max, Jasper - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, Micky - Thanks everybirdy for BOTD!, PEPPER-Thanks for BOTM!, TiPaul - Who was 8000??? Who will be vote 9000?, Floop and Porky at the County Fair, Marley - Thanx everybirdy 4 BOTD Carrot cake 4 all, Zak - Thank you everybirdy for BOTD! & Lee-Roial RIP - Thanks for remembering me..

06/10/2014 09:34.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
I am sharing this with Maxine and Peppino. Falco is so fussy, she won't even try anything if it isn't the right pellet, grape (red), or apple (Fuji or Gala). Thanks again, and I'm glad you are healing well. Hugs, Willie

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06/10/2014 09:18.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
I'm so glad to hear you are healing so well. Mom was relieved after she talked to your mom last night, too. It's so neat, mom says, to meet other bird moms, even on the phone. Anyway, you had quite an adventure, but I bet mom won't let you anywhere near Sophie's cage for a time.
You're right, pirates always have scars! You'll have a good one to talk about on the Pearl!
Not much new to report today. In fact, nothing at all! Mom says busy season at the museum is over, so she should be done for the summer. Maybe she'll work an occasional morning tour or evening event, but she won't be nearly as busy. That's good news for us.
The wildlife center is rife with interns right now, too, so she doesn't even have to volunteer an extra shift to help close, as she has done for several years. They stay open to admissions longer in the summer, and the last feedings are done at dusk for the baby birds, so in the past a lot of the volunteers came in an extra day for a couple hours to help out. This year, they have lots of interns, so they can be assigned to closing duties. It means mom might be able to spend longer at the pool, YAY for her.
I hope you are having a good day and getting lots of sunshine, warm weather, and attention. We are gloomy, cloudy, and cool again today. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

06/10/2014 08:25.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
How are you feeling, sweetie? Mom sure wishes she had your phone number so she could check on you.
Guess what we got yesterday in the mail? That's right, star anise and nuts!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! As soon as mom showed me the bag, I reached in and got a star anise. Then mom put a pine nut in my dish, so I dropped the star anise in the dish and got out the pine nut! I just didn't know what to eat first!!! Thanks so much, you made my day (mom says, you probably made my month, heehee).
We are online earlier than mom thought today. She got to the bird fair early, in case the weather was good for the pool. She took a list, silly woman! She found exactly one boingy and one type of food on her list, and nothing else. She will have to go to the warehouse on Wed. or Sat. I guess.
As you may be able to tell, the weather is not favorable for the pool. It happens seemingly every year: the arts festival opens downtown and the heavens open for a week or so of rain. They have moved festival days back a week, but the rain has moved right along with them. Anyway, mom is ours today!
We were so saddened by Lola's passing. We were really hoping she would recover overnight and we'd get good news today. I guess heaven has a new bright angel and we're left with the loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the LaHabra flock and family.
I hope you are enjoying better weather than we are, and that your Sunday brings you many good things! Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

06/08/2014 10:53.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Itching is probably a good sign of healing. At least it seems like it should be. Your mom can find that stuff in the vitamin section or in a health food store, I bet. You keep eating, be good, and get better. We miss Punkin too, mom and I remember her well.
It's been a bit cool this week, but it's supposed to warm up over the weekend. Mom sure hopes it does, as the pool will be open daily at noon from tomorrow on, at least til August.
Today mom was in the avian nursery again, and it was the usual madhouse. The baby screech owl is so cute, and there's a baby crow now, too. The incubators are full, the cage banks are nearly full, and this morning there was a steady stream of intakes while mom was there. They are at about 1060 animals so far this year. When mom walked into the avian nursery this morning she saw a bird fly out to the squirrel porch. It set itself free, but then it went into the next building. Our education person carried it back to the clinic and said it just flew in and was walking on the floor! The center got a pair of red tailed hawk babies the other day. The mom dive bombed a woman under her nest who was washing the car. She called the game commission, and they removed the nest, the branch it was on, and the babies. Mom feels so bad for their parents, but the babies will be raised and released from the center.
Tonight mom is working an evening event at the museum, so she'll have to dress up a bit. It's okay, though, she cleans up well enough.
We hope everyone gives a thought to D-Day today, and says thanks to the Greatest Generation.
I hope you are having a fun day today, no matter what your weather is like, and that you are getting tons of attention. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

06/06/2014 10:01.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ipo~~
Sugar waddles in to check up on her friend.

"How are you feeling today?? I hope your boo boo is getting better. I've been praying for you and I want you to get better really fast!
Do you feel like listening to a story? Let's just sit quietly for a while and read a story!"

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06/05/2014 02:26.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Ipo
Tell your mom if there is swelling to use aconitum, it's a tiny pill she can just pop into your beak. If you are in pain Arnica is the way to go. They use both routinely at the center for most animals who come in injured. They won't hurt, and they might be a real help.
I do hope you are feeling better each day, sweetie.
Mom took Peppino and Maxine outside yesterday. It was cloudy, so she left Willie and me inside in case it started to rain. Maxine was a lot more comfortable being moved out in her own cage, rather than the travel cage mom tried before. Both of them got spritzed with the spray mister, and got a visitor, too. A lady walking her dog came up the walkway to see them. They were both very quiet out there, though, so mom isn't sure if they liked it or not.
Today mom is off, so she will get some gladiolas planted, then have some time with us outside. Later she and her sister will go out, though, before she cleans our cages tonight.
I hope you are having a great day, filled with love and sunshine. Hugs, Falco

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Kaji, TiPaul, and Sky for 10k!, Peppino, In Divo's memory & Falco, Mikey and Chipper for 10k.

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