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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
BOTD-Dec 28th 2012


BOTM-December 2012
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  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
wings hugs

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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  
  Hi Sky
Mom had 3 different tours yesterday, which was good for her, she didn't have to remember if she said something or not when she changed groups. The first 2 tours were samplers of the museum, so mom always lets the group pick where they want to go. The first ones wanted Egypt and Dinosaur Hall, and they were elementary aged kids, so that was a piece of cake. The second group were high school kids and they wanted Gems and Minerals and Dinosaurs. Another easy trick. The third group was a cub scout den who wanted PA Natural History, so mom spent that hour on the second floor, in Botany Hall, then in North American Wildlife, sticking to PA plants and animals. The parents were just as interested as the kids, which is always good for a tour group.
Last night mom and Aunt Ginny went out for dinner and the opera. They ate at a great Thai place which is more and more crowded every time they go there. The good news is that Aunt Ginny made indoor reservations, as it was chilly outside. Dinner was fantastic, as usual. The opera was Carmen, which both mom and Aunt Gin have seen many times. It was a good performance, well balanced cast, nice scenery, and good dancing, too. The orchestra was just right, not too loud. All in all it was a great day for mom, but we spent the day in lockdown. Today mom says it's going to be a lot better. She is off! She may run some errands, but otherwise she is ours for the day.
I hope you are having some good weather, and especially getting lots and lots of Sunday cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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03/22/2015 09:45.50 AM Report This Comment  
  morning mr. Sky
Another cold one, but at least no snow ! I had a great yesterday with mom and dad home :) Mom did go out to run a few errands (like finding soft things for daddy to eat), then she did some laundry and made baked macaroni and cheese :) I got to have some macaroni before the cheese got mixes in ! Yummy in my tummy :)

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

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03/22/2015 02:01.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Wow, thanks for voting me Bird of the Day yesterday! You guys are all so nice, I really appreciated it! I am settling in well in my new home. Today my new momma gave me head rubs. I asked her for them, all I had to do was say "head scratchin' " 5 or 6 times, and she came over and did it, hehe. After she gave me my scratches, she left my door open and told me I could come out if I wanted to. I haven't been out in awhile. But, I decided to try and climb out on the door. It wasn't bad at all, and then I went and sat up on top of my cage. She let me sit up there for a few hours, and I was really happy. I didn't remember how nice being out was. I went back in my cage when she put a treat in my treat bowl. I hope I can come out again, it made me really happy. I also got a new toy today, I've already started working on it! (: Well, it is nice to meet all of you! I'm really excited to be here! (:

~ Grey Bird

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03/21/2015 11:26.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
Well, it was definitely a cool day here. And getting colder. The sun was out, but without a lot of warmth as the wind kicked in. Mom did her shopping, and then she went over to Kim's. Of course, I got some goodies to munch on before she left. Fresh sugar snap peas, carrots (oh yummy!) and matoes. Mom said that she set Kim up with a Medicare Advantage plan, as her Medicare starts in April, and her health insurance will stop at the end of March. And then she set up her tablet computer for her. They visited and then Mom came home. I have been on her shoulder a lot.

Tomorrow we get snow in the evening. Typical. Heck we have had snow in May, so I guess this is just WI.

Have a great Sunday!
Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/21/2015 09:45.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Just a quick c/p today to let you all know we are fine and thinking of you. Mom had 3 tours today at the museum, and now she's home for a couple of hours, then it's off to dinner and the opera. Mom and Aunt Gin are going to Pusadee's Garden to eat, it's a fabulous Thai place, and mom is hoping that Aunt Gin made reservations for inside, not the garden, since it's too chilly. They will see Carmen tonight. This is good for mom, but not so good for us, we will remain in lockdown for the rest of the day!
It's good for mom, too, because it's keeping her mind off Divo today.
I hope you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

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

03/21/2015 12:40.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
HELPING NESTING BIRDS WITH FOOD

The plants in your neighborhood can be a big help to nesting birds! Grasses and weeds might be used to build the nest, and having varied habitat in your yard or local park is really important for birds to be able to nest and reproduce successfully, since some birds like to build in bushes, some in small trees, some near the water, some on the ground, some in tall trees, and so on.
Many plants and flowers provide fruit that birds use to feed themselves and their babies. Cedar Waxwings, for example, nest much later in the summer than other birds because they like to eat fruit, and it is more likely that fruit will be ripe later in summer.

All birds need water, both to drink and to keep themselves clean. If you put a birdbath, or even a small shallow container of water, out in your yard, you will probably attract birds! Keep it clean and provide some small stones for them to perch on so they don’t get into deep water.
When female birds are laying eggs, they need more calcium to create strong shells that will protect their young. What’s the best source of calcium? Broken-up eggshells from the eggs in your refrigerator work just fine! After rinsing any yolk residue out of the shells, crush them in a tray and see if the birds come pick them up and carry them away. Some birds use clay or grit to obtain their calcium from their natural environment. Birds also like to collect feathers to line their nests, so you can start a collection of feathers you’ve found outdoors and put them all out one day to watch them get carried away for re-use!
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03/21/2015 11:41.26 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 you tomorrow
wings hugs

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

03/21/2015 10:19.41 AM Report This Comment  
  morning mr. Sky
Mom ended up with an early dismissal yesterday cause of all the snow ! It started around noon, right after the kids left. At first mom thought it was silly, but then when she got home, she had to chauffer daddy from dentist to endodontist to oral surgeon . . . poor daddy has a couple more weeks of appointments before everything starts to heal . . . hopefully not in the snow though !

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

Have a great Saturday :) love Cookie

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03/21/2015 01:35.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Happy Spring to all! It was snowing like crazy this morning, but by noon it had turned to rain. Mom didn't walk the dogs until she got back from the center, so they got a walk in the rain. It did prove to them that they won't melt.
At the center this morning, mom had the bunny room and the bats to take care of. The bunny room was still easy, although she thinks the center will get their first baby bunnies soon. The bats, well, there are 6 in one net terrarium and one in quarantine, in a small terrarium of its own. She cleaned and fed that one first. Then she tackled the others. It was fairly easy to clean their cage, as it is tall and the dirt is on the floor. Then came feeding time! She only got 3 of them fed, because they were eating like little piggies again. They each took about 20 minutes to feed, and that meant her shift was over before the bats were done. Jess said she'd finish, though, so mom didn't worry about staying longer.
On our pages today mom posted a pic of the first great horned owlet the center got this year. It's adorable! Mom just loves those owls! Hope you enjoy seeing the new baby. I also hope you are getting lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Peppino

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

03/20/2015 12:01.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky & Flockily
FIRST DAY OF SPRING: its snowing at our house
A sure signs that spring is on the way is the return of the migratory birds. : One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage.
These birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.Many of the birds we consider "our birds," in north america, actually spend less than half of their lives here. They move north as the snow melts and raise young on the plentiful supplies of insects that are abundant only during the long warm days of our late spring and summer. At the end of the breeding season, usually in late summer or fall, they move south again, most of them following only their instincts to reach the traditional "winter" home of their species.

The spring migration, for each species is a specific, optimal time when the birds need to arrive in their breeding areas. The strongest males arrive first and stake out the prime territories, often in the same location where they nested the previous year. When females arrive, they select the males that occupy the best habitats for raising young. The pair must then construct a nest, incubate eggs, and raise their brood in the short period before it is time to start the journey back to the wintering range.

In the last 20 years, many species are arriving earlier, and a significant number of species are also shifting farther to the north. Why? Scientists now believe that climate change caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases is disrupting the timing of migration and sending some species farther north in search of insects.
There has been an alarming decline in the populations of many migratory bird species. This is a result of several converging factors. Species that depend on unbroken forests in their North American breeding range are suffering because of forest fragmentation. The same species face additional threats south of the U.S. border, where logging and slash-and-burn agriculture are rapidly destroying thousands of acres of their habitats each day. Much research has focused on the lives these birds lead during their stay to the south , how they interact with nonmigratory resident species and how the habitat changes taking place in southern forests might affect the migrants.
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03/20/2015 11:49.08 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 goo birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

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

03/20/2015 11:47.46 AM Report This Comment  
  happy spring mr. Sky
Yep, 3-5 inches of snow on the first day of spring ! ! ! What's that about ? Although, mom remembers having snow on her mother's birthday one year when she was a kid - April 12.

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

TGIF with love from Cookie

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03/20/2015 02:22.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Sky!
Supposed to be around 60 tomorrow, then drop down to the 30's with snow showers on Monday. Can you believe that? Mom is so hoping for spring to show up, and so am I!!

Your buddy,
Kaji

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03/19/2015 08:34.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
Well, spring starts tomorrow, and we're supposed to get 4 or 5 inches of snow! Not Fair, I say.
Mom's class on baby mammals went well last night, it lasted for about 2 1/2 hours, which is typical. There were a lot of volunteers there. Mom loved when Jill was talking about baby bunnies, she said she could see people shaking their heads and saying they'd never feed them. The reason is that baby bunnies get tube fed, and it's pretty tricky. Mom knows how to do it, but only does it in a pinch.
Today there were 2 middle school tours on evolution at the museum. During the first one a fire alarm went off, so everyone had to vacate the building. It took over a half hour of standing in the cold before they were allowed back inside. As a result, the tour was extended for that time, and they picked up the second tour a half hour late. That was fine, because they hadn't finished their lunch yet when the alarm went off. What was refreshing to mom is that the kids had a real grasp of evolution and deep time! For middle school kids, they were pretty interested and engaged. She got to show off her 380 million year old ammonite, too, which is always fun. (By the way, it's from New York.)
I hope you are having a good day, getting lots of cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Peppino

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

03/19/2015 11:36.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Sky
This is your Pal, Oki
flying by your page
today Thursday to stamp
U your daily votie
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see you tomorrow
wings hugs

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

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