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Mr SKY & the lovely MISS BIG BABY (BB) are to be wed in JANUARY 2014
date to be announced
Baby is the LOVE-OF-MY-LIFE- , and always will be.

THE SPOTLIGHT ON CARING blogs will resume in November 2013 with Polly & Zippy



Sky was a bird that was extremely abused early in his life. He sustained many injuries that where never treated.
At 2 years old SKY was rescued and went to live in a parrot rescue near London, Ont. He lived there for 7 years. It became necessary to rehome SKY into a forever home with someone who would accept and make allowances for his disabilities. By chance I saw something regarding Sky on the internet and decided to check it out. I am so glad that my curiosity brought us together. HE is a true gentleman and a spokes bird about abuse and rescues.
He travels around Eastern Ontario where he & Momma Deb speak to people or groups about humane bird care, about abuse and about bird rescues etc.
HE is a home town celebrity, with people stopping in to visit with him regularly.
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Hi! My name is SKY

I am a Green-Winged Macaw from Napanee, ON.

SKY BOY, Momma's Boy,
The King of HEARTS,
and Momma's big man/bird


12 years old   M

Green-Winged Macaw

Sky loves bananas, cantaloupe and Macaroni with cheese, pizza, oatmeal, spaghetti, and everything food....

On the front porch with his Momma, and his play stand that he shreds weekly and has to be rebuilt.

Having his tail touch. He doesn't like his almonds to touch his walnuts in the bowl.

I love when Momma holds my feet so I can fly. I can't fly due to a injured wing but when she runs with me I feel like I could fly for miles

Bird of the Day, Dec 22, 2011
BOTM- Dec. 2012
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BOTM-December 2012
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  Heya, Sky!
Well, gotta say it was a sort of nice day today. Rain came this afternoon. Great day to nap, only Mom was at work. So I had to nap in my house. Perfectly okay though. Mom says she would have loved to be able to take a nap--with work winding down, there is not a lot for her to do, and she is bored. Guess it could be worse, huh? Getting paid for being bored!? Ha.

Have a great rest of the day, and will cya tomorrow!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/30/2015 08:26.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal , Oki
flying by your page
today Monday to stamp U
Your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

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03/30/2015 01:48.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
this is a continuation of birds intelligence from blog on 3-27. we messed up on the order.
Examples of bird intelligence include…
Carrion crows in Japan that deliberately place nuts in roadways, wait for cars to crush the nuts then retrieve the nut meats, all while coordinating around traffic lights to keep safe.
Woodpecker finches in the Galapagos Islands that trim sticks to the proper length for use as tools to forage for insects.
Green herons and other heron species that use bread fed to ducks or picnic leftovers as bait to attract fish for their hunting.
Blue tits in the 1920s that learned which color of milk caps on delivered milk had the most cream (whole milk) and pierced those caps to drink the cream.
Western scrub-jays that hold funerals for dead birds by making loud noises and avoiding the corpse, behavior that may be warning other birds of fatal threats.
Northern mockingbirds that recognize individuals who may be a threat to their nests and will attack only those individuals rather than attacking all passersby indiscriminately.
Aplomado falcons that hunt cooperatively in pairs and thereby increase their hunting success by a large margin through this teamwork.
Jays that cache hundreds of seeds and nuts in fall and manage to retrieve the majority of them over the course of the winter, exhibiting great recall for their hiding places.
Other well known examples of bird intelligence that could be attributed to instinct but still show at least some higher mental capability include:
Amazing nest architecture with intricate construction
Returning to the same ranges, even the same nests, for many years
Ability to navigate migration safely despite changing landmarks
Play behaviors, including taunting cats or playing with objects for entertainment
Recognizing who refills feeders and interacting with that person
Curiosity when responding to pishing or investigating new stimuli
Showing emotions through courtship, caring for nestlings, etc.
Some Are Smart, Some Are Stupid
Like any animal, not all birds are equally intelligent. Ornithologists generally agree that corvids (jays, ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, etc.) and parrots are among the smartest bird species and that social, gregarious birds often exhibit more intelligent behavior than solitary species. Still, every backyard birder has seen that one "stupid" bird at their feeders who just can't figure anything out, while another bird of the same species seems to be an Einstein in comparison. Watching birds and witnessing their intelligent behavior can be a joy for backyard birders, and learning more about bird intelligence in quantifiable ways is sure to keep ornithologists busy for decades to come.
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03/30/2015 11:36.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
That was a beautiful service for Angel Mario yesterday. What a great way to celebrate his life. We were there, but silent, as mom was working. On Willie's page are 2 pics of what she was doing yesterday. One of them shows where she was set up, right by the camel driver and lions, and the other shows what she had out on the cart: lion pelt, cheetah pelt, sable horn covering, giraffe ankle bone, an impala skull, a gorilla skull, and a warthog skull. The pelts were new, and got a lot of attention. It was a good afternoon for talking to folks.
Today at the center, mom did the RVS room again, and was supposed to feed the bats. When she got to the treatment room, Jess (staff) had already fed 4 of them, and cleaned their terrarium. She was feeding one of the baby squirrels, and invited mom to feed the other one. Mom gladly did that! She hasn't fed babies for nearly a year, so it was a nice change.
Speaking of squirrels, when mom walked the dogs this morning, there was a squirrel near the bird feeders in front of the house. It ran when it saw mom and the girls, and it ran right into the hide box that mom brought home and got nailed up last week, so it was one of the new kids! Mom was happy to see that. She got more squirrel mix while she was at the center, as things aren't really growing outside yet. So they will have food for at least another week.
I hope you are having a good day and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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03/30/2015 11:09.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Monday morning mr. Sky
What a weekend ! Celebration after celebration - great milonga, BOTD, Mario's beautiful celebration of But it was wonderful seeing all my friends - you guys are just the best ! Thank you for being here !

Still chilly, but at least the sun was out ! Even better ? It's a short week for mom and then spring vacation starts Friday ! Total Cookie time :) And only this week of soft foods for dad ! Friday he goes back to have to tooth finished . . .

Happy Monday - love Cookie

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03/30/2015 01:24.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
Not much happening here. It was a lovely day with Mom. Colder, with winds that gusted to 40 mph. Sounded like winter when you were near the window in Mom's bedroom. Nice and toasty inside though.

We stopped over at Mario's memorial too, but think we mixed up the times. In any case, we did get there and it was lovely.

Wing hugs from your buddy,
Kaji

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03/29/2015 08:41.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal Oki
flying by your page
today Sunday to stamp U
your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
Go to church if you can
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

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03/29/2015 12:29.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
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03/29/2015 11:24.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
We want to thank everyone who hosted and worked hard for another successful milonga. Kiddo, Taz, Sam, Lizzie, and everyone else, including the dancing leprechauns, made it a great event. Congrats to all the picture winners, too. It was tough to vote this time, all the pics were outstanding.
Yesterday was a busy one for mom, and today looks to be a bit better. She is working at the museum from 1 to 4 on the African wildlife cart. It should be interesting, they got the giraffe ankle bone (cannon bone) back on the cart, and added a lion and cheetah pelt. There are also some cool skulls there to put out, a gorilla, a horn from a sable, and a few other things. It should be a fun afternoon.
After mom gets home, she's ours for the evening. It's still cold here, so I know mom will come straight home to be with us. Of course, she'll clean cages first, but then she's ours! I hope you are having a terrific day, getting lots of cuddles, scritches, and maybe even an extra treat. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

03/29/2015 08:35.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
What a great party ! It was just what I needed - a night of green after it snowed all day long yesterday ! Yep, snowed ! Only about an inch and only on the grass and trees, but still . . . it's spring and April is just a couple days away ! Then this morning ? 13 degrees when mom woke up :( Jeeeesh ! I hope it warms up for her vacation !

Relaxing today and helping mom with some school work :) The kids are working on fractions so if I nibble a corner, they can figure out how much ! har har har !

Thanks to Kiddo, Taz, Lizzie, Sam and the Scruffy Birds, and Miss Chyna for the wonderful evening of fun !It is always a good time getting together :) love Cookie

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03/29/2015 02:58.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
We are supposed to get sleet and snow tomorrow. UGH. It was nice but a bit chilly today. Lots of sun.

Mom is not sure what happened, and neither am I, but I bumped my head someplace, and now I have this big old patch of bald!! My feathers were on the floor, and Mom heard a noise when she was in the bathroom. I made a beeline for her, and when she saw me, no feathers! I think I beaned my noggin. Oh, are those feathers gonna drive me nuts when they grow in. My cleaned the area off, and put a bit of antibiotic on it cuz there was a red spot. She is worried about me getting a concussion, but so far I am eating and being my usual self, so I guess I am doing okay.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/28/2015 09:53.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Today mom got some bad news. Quincy and Danny, the bob white quail who lived at the center, got put down yesterday. It's a shame, but both boys were close to 9 years old! In the wild, they live for a year or 2, and in captivity they can survive to 5, so we were lucky to have the boys for nearly 9 years. Mom cried, of course, but she realized a few months ago that their time was short.
In other news, mom attended a mammal handling class today, and at the end, they said to take mammals off site the volunteer first had to go with staff a time or 2. Mom asked if that was necessary for her, since she's been doing that for 13 years! They told her no, they would grandfather her in, haha.
Then she worked at the museum for the Preservation Fair today. She worked at a table that showed the effects of things like water, abrasion, light, and even using the wrong kind of pen could damage artifacts, prints, photos, etc. Did you know that Sharpies are not permanent, and can cause damage to your CDs? Mom found that out today. She writes on all the CDs she burns, and uses a sharpie. Guess that stops today.
I hope you are having a great evening. We'll talk more tomorrow. Hugs to you, Peppino

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03/28/2015 07:54.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
Birds That Play
All birds engage in playful behaviors, and more intelligent bird species need greater amounts of the mental stimulation that comes from play as they develop. Bird species that can seem especially playful include…Jays, crows, rooks, ravens, magpies and other corvids,Parrots, parakeets, macaws and Keas,Tits, chickadees, nuthatches and small finches,Gulls, terns and related species.
Many social and adaptable birds also play, as do young birds of nearly all species as they socialize with their siblings in the nest. The extent of play and how much play each bird species carries into maturity varies, and different birds engage in different types of play to help them develop a range of skills.
Types of Bird Play
There are many different behaviors birds engage in that could appear to be play. The most common playful actions include…
Manipulation: Using the bill or talons to drop, toss, bend, tear, rip or otherwise manipulate objects, even objects without any food value.
Investigation: Seeking out unique objects or trying a wide range of different foods, continually noting new objects and poking or prodding them.
Chasing: Following one another in short or acrobatic flights, or chasing other objects such as insects or fluttering leaves.
Taunting: Teasing or deliberately harassing one another or other creatures, such as teasing a domestic cat or instigating fights.
Balancing: Swinging, swaying or dangling on wires or weak branches, possibly releasing and reattempting different acrobatic actions.
Curiosity: Responding to pishing or other unique noises, such as being attracted by ringtones, mechanical noises or music.
Mimicry: Imitating an adult's behavior, including physical actions such as foraging or preening as well as songs and sounds.
Not all playful birds will engage in the same behaviors, but they often try different actions and activities as they are learning new skills and refining their abilities. Play may be only between birds of the same species, while some types of play, particularly chasing or taunting, may be between birds of different species.
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03/28/2015 10:58.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal,Oki
flying by your page
today Saturday to
stamp U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

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03/28/2015 09:20.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey mr. Sky
Happy Saturday !

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03/28/2015 02:43.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
You'll love this, Willie has about demolished the train! Maxine is happily chomping on her pegboard, and I am taking the rings off the tugboat, and mom is putting them back on for me! Hugs, Peppino

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03/27/2015 11:17.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
Birds do a lot of activities that may seem smart, but how much of their behavior is instinct instead of intelligence? Ornithologists are continually studying birds and learning new information about their brains, how they think and why they behave why they do.

Deciding just how smart birds are depends on how intelligence is defined. Birds exhibit a wide range of intelligent behaviors, including good memories, extensive communication, planning for the future and remembering the past. Some birds can solve problems, and others have been observed playing – both activities that indicate more than just basic instinct. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines intelligence as:The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations or the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment.
Do birds do this? Scientific studies indicate that yes, birds do learn, and every backyard birder knows birds are capable of adapting to new environments and conditions. Quantitative measurement of bird intelligence is difficult because birds cannot take intelligence tests or attend classes to be measured with their peers. Observations and studies of birds are revealing that birds may be far more intelligent than initially believed.
Bird Brain Structure
Brain size and structure is not an automatic gauge of intelligence, but it can be a clue. Birds may be small, but they have a proportionally large brain compared to their overall body and head sizes – in fact, bird's brains are similarly proportioned to primates. Studies of birds' brain anatomy also suggests that while the structure is different than that of mammals' brains, birds may have a higher degree of connectivity between the sections of their brains, which could indicate more intelligence and faster reasoning than previously believed.
Evidence of Bird Intelligence
The best indication of how smart birds are is direct observations of birds acting intelligently. While some observations have been made under scientifically controlled circumstances and through laboratory experiments, other observations have come from casual birders who notice their favorite birds behaving in peculiar ways, ways that seem planned and premeditated.
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03/27/2015 10:09.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Friday to stamp
U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

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03/27/2015 09:27.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Morning mr. Sky
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

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03/27/2015 02:04.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
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 09:50.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Mom had little kids yesterday for her tour. They were preK, so around 4 years old. You can imagine it was hard to keep them focused. They started in Bird Hall, though, so they liked looking at the pretty colors.
Well, today is going to be one great day for us birdies, after mom gets done scrubbing the cages, that is. She has a few errands, but they won't take long, and the day is ours! We love days like this, they are rare this time of year. The museum will be super busy from after Easter until mid June, so this may be our last whole day for awhile.
I hope you are having a fun day today, getting some springlike weather, and of course, lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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03/26/2015 09:38.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your pal Oki
flyingby your page
today Thursday to
stamp U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

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03/26/2015 09:37.06 AM Report This Comment  
  morning mr. Sky
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

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03/26/2015 02:09.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
Well, it is that Wednesday again and Mom is working to get a bunch of acceptance criteria written. Ugh. So it is a fast blog today cuz she has to get the stuff done so it can be ready by tomorrow.

I was happy to see her come home early. I took a huge bath, and she told me that she thought she had a flood in here. Water everywhere. That is the best part about baths--how far can I get the water to go?

Have a great night.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/25/2015 04:46.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Last night's dinner with Gene was a success, he's actually a pretty good cook. Mom also loved spending time with her niece and nephew and their mom, Aunt Ginny. The food and conversation were both quite good, and champagne never hurts anything, either.
Mom is back! She did a tour with preK kids this morning, which they had scheduled for an hour. She wishes the visitor service people would stick to 45 minutes for little kiddies. It's too hard to keep their attention for an hour. After the tour, mom stopped at Trader Joe's for a few things, but now she's back and ours for the rest of the day. We know she's planning to read a few chapters in her book, but other than that, I think we will be getting all the attention we so richly deserve. I hope you are having a good day, getting some spring like weather (It's up to 50 today here), and getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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03/25/2015 11:44.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
HAPPY HUMPDAY
OBSERVING NESTS (PART2) from yesterday

7)Search carefully: It is critically important that we avoid damaging nest sites. Nests that have yet to be discovered are particularly vulnerable. When searching for nests, move slowly through dense foliage, being careful not to dislodge any nests. The nests of ground-nesting birds, such as Killdeer, Ovenbirds, Bobolinks, and many waterbirds, are difficult to see, so tread lightly and be cautious around potential ground-nest sites.
8)Be wary of nest predators: Avoid leaving tracks that can direct predators to nests. Nest predators are everywhere—on the ground, in vegetation, and in the air—and many are smart enough to watch you, so be careful that predators such as cats are not following you! Also try to not damage or trample vegetation that could expose nests.
9)Minimize disturbance at the nest: It is important not to startle a bird as you approach the nest; this may cause it to accidentally knock out eggs or young when it flies off. Before approaching the nest, try to see if a parent is sitting on it. Whenever possible, wait a few minutes to see if the bird leaves on its own. If they do, this is the ideal time to check the nest. If a sitting bird does not leave on its own, do not force it off the nest. In this case, you will need to come back later. Remember to keep each visit brief.
10)Never handle birds or eggs in the nest: Eggs can be easily cracked or small nestlings injured, and there is no reason to touch these fragile younglings, despite how cute they may look. Small nestlings are remarkably helpless and may not be able to crawl back into the nest cup if displaced, even inside of a nest box. Children observing nests should always be under the supervision of an adult.
11)Don’t leave a dead-end trail: If you plan on visiting the nest frequently, try to take a different route away from the nest site than the route you took to reach it. Walking to the nest and back along the same path leaves a dead-end trail that can lead predators directly to the nest.
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03/25/2015 10:56.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Wednesday to
stamp U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
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03/25/2015 08:05.44 AM Report This Comment  
  hi Sky
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

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03/25/2015 01:51.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
Cold here to day. Wind chills in the teens. The snow was gone which is great. Tomorrow we are supposed to have rain. Further north they will have freezing rain and snow. Glad we are not there! Even though it is supposed to be in the upper 40's tomorrow, Mom is wearing her winter coat. And then it is cold again the rest of the week. Go figure.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/24/2015 07:47.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
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 11:30.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flaying by your page
today tuesday to
stamp U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

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03/24/2015 09:25.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi mr. Sky
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 02:12.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
Snow started after 4 AM this morning. Stuck to the ground but the roads were okay. Mom went to her doctor appt. and then picked up some good stuff at a local store, and then went to the new Wally World near the house. She had to pick up my bubble wrap for my mini-sesame sticks and my almonds in the shell. She cuts it in strips and then wraps the goodies in it and puts it in my house in varying locations. I love bubble wrap--especially when I can pop it and it makes a sound. Hehe.

Then she got me in my carrier and we went for a ride in the car. I was so happy and was hollering away, and laughing. Until we got into the vets, that is. I don't mind the toenails, but the wings? No thank you. When they brought me back out, I just glared at Mom. Kept it up all the way home, too. She figured it would be an hour or more before I came over to her. Ha!! Twenty minutes, tops. I am velcroed to her now, and have been pretty much all after noon.

Tomorrow is back to work for her. She is not excited. It is nice to have time off, that is for sure. And time with me? She says it is the best.

Have a great Monday!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/23/2015 07:19.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
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 02:59.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Mom had a leisurely day yesterday, and ended up finishing the book she was reading and going to get her nails done. She got a blue polish with fish. Today mom did the RVS room and the bats again. She talked to the volunteer coordinator, though, and told her it has to be one or the other in her time slot. If she wants her to do the RVS room, that's okay, she can do that and one other small room, but not the bats. If she wants her to do the bats, that's fine, but with 7 of them, it's about a 2 hour job to collect the mealworms, feed them all, and get their cages done.
Mom got the box of squirrels today, too! They caught 5 of them and put them in a nest box, and sent it home with her. One of the other volunteers came here with a long ladder, and they nailed it way up in a tree in the yard. She scattered food under it for them, so they won't go hungry. We will continue tossing food out to them until stuff starts growing here and they can find enough for themselves.
Mom's daughter also came over today to help with the downstairs curtains. Mom wanted everything on all the windows washed and put back up, and Jamie didn't want mom on a ladder without supervision, hahaha. Anyway, now all the window stuff is done for the spring, and it looks and smells better in here.
I hope you are having a great day, getting lots of cuddles, scritches, and good weather. (It's still cold here, but sunny today at least.)
Hugs, Peppino

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03/23/2015 01:27.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal,Oki
flying by your page
today Monday to stamp U
your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Chip257319/ & Oki,/Vote BOTM BooBoo162724/Mournin- g Gizmo.

03/23/2015 09:37.02 AM Report This Comment  
  morning mr. Sky
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

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03/23/2015 01:58.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
We are due for that icky white stuff tonight. Mom saw some pictures from Madison area on Twitter, and it is snowing there. It was only 29 today, and a damp one, too. Brr. So it was nice that Mom was home with me so I could perch on her shoulder pretty much all day. She went by Grandpa tonight, and that was fine. I watched outside from my perch on the top level of my playgym.

She cleaned my house today. Washed it out and washed everything. UGH. Now I have to get it back the way I like it. Why does she do that?

Have a good rest of the night, and hoping we are not going to get the 1-3 inches we are supposed to be getting.

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/22/2015 09:34.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Sunday to stamp
U your daily votie
Have a greyt one
be a good birdie
Go to church if U can
see U tomorrow
wings hugs

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Chip257319/ & Oki,/Vote BOTM BooBoo162724/Mournin- g Gizmo.

03/22/2015 12:26.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
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 11:20.30 AM Report This Comment  
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