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I adopted Rally at 5 weeks old from a breeder-friend. Rally was born with an extra toe on his one foot and the pet stores weren't interested in him. I hand fed Rally from his arrival and he quickly became everyone's favorite boy.
Rally has learned to sign a number of words using different wing/foot and beak combinations including food, eat, thank-you, you'er welcome and hello.
Rally is married to Lacie a beautiful cinnamon Green Cheeked Conure
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Hi! My name is Rally and Lacie

I am a Blue-Crowned Conure from Napanee, ON.

Rally-Rallyo

5 years old   M

Blue-Crowned Conure

Rally loves pizza, pomegranites,co- rn -on -the cob, and apple juice.

Rally's favorite places are up on his Momma's shoulder, on top of Lacy's house and hiding on the top of the Budgie breeding cages where no one can reach him.

Cockatoos, people who stick their fingers in his face

Momma plays, Peek-a-boo with me all day long. I love to hide and jump out and yell PEEK at her. Momma jumps and always squeals because I scared her. I love when Momma sings my special Rally songs for me.

Rally uses sign language to express his needs,
singing when he's bored
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My Momma always knows what's best for me.

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  July 30th BOTM POST
Hello to all my BC friends. Zeena here with today's BOTM Post. Today we will take a look at one of natures most beautiful birds, also my Momma Deb's" dream-bird", the Hyacinth Macaw.
The largest species of macaw, Hyacinth grows to be up to 40 inches (1 m) long. The Hyacinth Macaw survives today in three known distinct population in southern Brazil, eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay. In 1990, the wild population was estimated to be 2,500 birds. The world’s captive population is probably much larger, numbering in the thousands. Today, the wild population is less then 600 individuals. They are critically endangered in their native habitat.
Of the 145 species of parrot in Central and South America, 45 are in danger of extinction. All 18 species of macaws are threatened. The primary causes are habitat loss and heavy exploitation for the pet trade. The Hyacinth Macaw is especially vulnerable to capture and habitat destruction because it is noisy, intrinsically fearless, predictable, and dependent on palm trees. Hyacinth Macaws do not breed every year even under the best circumstances, so the predation on chicks is particularly bad for the species’ survival. Since captured young survive so poorly (up to 99 percent die between capture and final sale), adults are sometimes trapped through liming of perches or use of baited clap-nets. Still, for every macaw that arrives safely abroad, it is likely that five died on the way.
The United States is the largest market for the exotic pet trade. In the last decade, 8.5 million birds, at least 85 percent of birds captured in the wild, were imported or smuggled into the United States. Even when the export of birds is controlled, the domestic bird trade often is not regulated. Another threat to the Hyacinth Macaw is the increased commercial sale of feather art by the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire in southern Brazil. The feathers from up to 10 Hyacinth Macaws are needed to make one headdress. In addition, ranchers kill Macaws because they believe that Hyacinths damage palm trees, which ranchers use for fenceposts, and scare cattle with their noisy behavior. In some places, local people still hunt Macaws for meat. Add to this clear-cutting of Rainforest and you can see the danger the Hyacinth population has to becoming extinct within the next decade.
Compound all the above and it is easy to calculate that their best chance of survival as a species is through captive breeding. Selling in Canada at upwards to $40,000US each these beauties of the Rainforest will remain one the worlds most desired Macaw species.
One more Question for Thought.
It is often people’s love of animals that causes them to desire exotic animal pets. What can be done to educate pet owners about the impacts of wild-caught birds and other animals?
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/30/2014 12:59.39 PM Report This Comment  
  July 30th BOTM POST
Hello to all my BC friends. Zeena here with today's BOTM Post. Today we will take a look at one of natures most beautiful birds, also my Momma Deb's" dream-bird", the Hyacinth Macaw.
The largest species of macaw, the brilliant-blue hyacinth grows to be up to 40 inches (1 m) long. The hyacinth macaw survives today in three known distinct population in southern Brazil, eastern Bolivia and northeastern Paraguay. It is possible that smaller, fragmented populations occur in other areas of its range. In 1990, the wild population was estimated to be 2,500 birds. The world’s captive population is probably much larger, numbering in the thousands. Today, the wild population is less then 600 individuals. They are critically endangered in their native habitat.
Of the 145 species of parrot in Central and South America, 45 are in danger of extinction. All 18 species of macaws are threatened. The primary causes are habitat loss and heavy exploitation for the pet trade. The hyacinth macaw is especially vulnerable to capture and habitat destruction because it is noisy, intrinsically fearless, predictable, and dependent on palm trees. Hyacinth macaws do not breed every year even under the best circumstances, so the predation on chicks is particularly bad for the species’ survival. Since captured young survive so poorly (up to 99 percent die between capture and final sale), adults are sometimes trapped through liming of perches or use of baited clap-nets. Still, for every macaw that arrives safely abroad, it is likely that five died on the way.
The United States is the largest market for the exotic pet trade. In the last decade, 8.5 million birds, at least 85 percent of birds captured in the wild, were imported or smuggled into the United States. Even when the export of birds is controlled, the domestic bird trade often is not regulated. Another threat to the Hyacinth Macaw is the increased commercial sale of feather art by the Kayapo Indians of Gorotire in southern Brazil. The feathers from up to 10 Hyacinth Macaws are needed to make one headdress. In addition, ranchers kill Macaws because they believe that Hyacinths damage palm trees, which ranchers use for fenceposts, and scare cattle with their noisy behavior. In some places, local people still hunt Macaws for meat. Add to this clear-cutting of Rainforest and you can see the danger the Hyacinth population has to becoming extinct within the next decade.
The Hyacinth breed only every few years at best, laying one to three eggs with one chick being fledged per nest. Compound this with the above and it is easy to calculate that their best chance of survival as a species is through captive breeding. Selling in Canada at upwards to $40,000US each these beauties of the Rainforest will remain one the worlds most desired Macaw species.
One more Question for Thought.
It is often people’s love of animals that causes them to desire exotic animal pets. What can be

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07/30/2014 12:55.10 PM Report This Comment  
  July 29th BOTM POST
Hello to all my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we will take a look in brief at a touchy subject that has people lined up on both sides of the debate. It involves the breeders verses conservationists. I am not sharing this to side with either group, but as a general interest topic. These are exerts from an interview with Tony Silva a world renowned expert of Aviculture.
Interviewer; In light of all the talk about breeders, verses the conservationist groups, how can we make our legislators, the animal rights radicals, and the conservation elitists, understand that what we as private aviculturists do, is valuable and should be encouraged, not strangled with laws and regulations which in the end, will result in extinction, not preservation, of exotic birds?

Tony Silva: "We need an active, strong avicultural industry. Breeders must be allowed to breed for the pet industry, unimpeded by regulations and laws that simply do not work for us or the birds. The birds we raise for the pet industry supports the work we do with endangered species. And we have to do this, because third world countries don't care about what happens to their birds, they simply don't care. We have to look at individual species like the Spix. If it weren't for private aviculture, there would be no Spix Macaws. And the Brazilian government recognizes this! They say, 'Look, we don't care if we ever reintroduce Spix Macaws. We're just happy that authorities say we'll still have the species around, even if it's not in the jungle. '
Interviewer; Has the establishment of the CITES treaty curbed the exploitation of wild Parrots

Tony Silva: I never would have thought imports would stop, because to these countries, birds are a renewable resource. In Southern Argentina a number of years ago, they were packaging up Patagonian Conures in cans and selling them to the Japanese as delicacies because nobody wanted to buy them as pets or to breed.

Look at the Tucuman Amazon. It is so rare they are difficult to locate in their habitat or aviculture. Officials in their range gave permits to shoot them because they were raiding the cornfields . Then there's the Scarlet Macaw in Surinam. It is on CITES Appendix I, but it is perfectly legal to bag up to 3 a day. The natives use them for food. Trade in birds' countries of origin will go on because these people have to survive. There is such a lack of education -- and you're going to tell them not to shoot this or that bird, or to protect this tree! And people won't believe this unless they see it. It's like the Hyacinth Macaw study. The researchers have a few lunches with bird trappers and gives their opinions as first-hand knowledge. But it's not accurate. Without captive breeding many species of Parrots the world over will cease to be in the next ten years. We need breeders to guarantee there will be any Parrots left in the end.
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07/29/2014 01:10.36 PM Report This Comment  
  July 28th BOTM POST
Hi everybirdie, Zeena here with Monday's BOTM POST. Today we visit a beautiful song bird making a new comeback in homes around the globe. The Pekin Rokin, a song bird of extraordinary talent. I wish to thank all my many friends for their votes and stopping to leave comments on my page. I read them all.
The Red-billed Leiothrix or PEKIN ROBIN (Leiothrix lutea) is usually found in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Burma and parts of Tibet. This species is a bird of the hill forests, found in every type of jungle though it prefers pine forests with bushes. It has also been found at elevations ranging from near sea level to about 7,500 feet.

The species was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in 1918 and spread to all the forested islands except Lanai. Its population on Oahu crashed in the 1960s and it disappeared from Kauai, but is now common and increasing on Oahu The leiothrix was released in Western Australia but it failed to become established. This species was also introduced in Great Britain but permanent establishment was unsuccessful. It was introduced to France, where it is now established in several areas.
Adults have bright red bills and a dull yellow ring around their eyes. Their backs are dull olive green, and they have a bright yellow-orange throat with a yellow chin; females are somewhat duller than males, and juveniles have black bills. It has also been introduced in various parts of the world, with small populations of escapees having existed in Japan since the 1980s. It has become a common cagebird and amongst aviculturists it goes by various names: Pekin Robin, Pekin Nightingale, Japanese Nightingale, and Japanese (Hill) Robin, the last two being misnomers as it is not native to Japan.
Pekin Robins don't fly frequently, except in open habitats. This bird is very active and an excellent singer but very secretive and difficult to see. It makes a wonderful addition to a mixed aviary with good cover provided. Housing one pair per flight.
The standard fare for Pekin Robins in captivity comprises a mix of dried insect food, fresh fruits and mealworms. they especially like fruitflies and live crickets especially in the breeding season.
Pekin Robins are difficult to find for sale but well worth the expenditure and effort to find them.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/28/2014 12:24.52 PM Report This Comment  
  July 27th BOTM POST
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's BOTM POST. Today we head to the warm tropical Island Luzon, Philippines and visit an unusual and exotic species of Dove. The Luzon Bleeding-Heart. The Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) is one of a number of species of ground dove in the genus Gallicolumba that are called "bleeding-hearts". They get this name from a splash of vivid red colour at the centre of their white breasts. The Luzon Bleeding-heart is the species in which this feature is most pronounced, and on first sight it is hard to believe that the bird has not recently been wounded. A reddish hue that extends down the belly furthers the illusion of blood having run down the bird's front. The Luzon Bleeding-heart was featured on a Philippine 2-peso postage stamp in 1994.


The Luzon bleeding-heart is classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List and is listed on Appendix II of CITES., since it is commonly trapped. Local people use it for meat, but its striking appearance means that there is also a market for it in the pet trade. A captive breeding project has been started in Australia, and the Philippines. Habitat conservation is a priority but it will also be necessary to bring some of the three other species of bleeding heart doves (Negros, Sulu and Mindoro) into captivity, to prevent their extinction. Recently the first captive population of Negros bleeding heart doves has been established in the Philippines.

Only two of the five species of bleeding heart doves are held in captivity in Europe at present: the Luzon and the Mindanao. The European breeding programs for these species are coordinated by Bristol Zoo Gardens. They are being managed to provide a self-sustaining captive population and to develop important care and breeding techniques for use in the Philippines.

Identifying the areas where Luzon bleeding heart doves are found and the numbers that are left is the next step needed to secure this species in the wild. Once sites have been selected with the local community, the area will be protected to ensure the survival of the species in that area.

The areas where the bleeding heart dove lives also contain many other birds unique to these islands, all of which have been threatened by deforestation. In addition, some are threatened by hunting and illegal collection for the pet trade. By highlighting the plight of the bleeding heart dove, conservationists work to save the habitat for all the species in the area.

Although extremely rare in Aviculture 2 pairs were found for sale at $5000.US per pair.
I want to take this time to thank everyone of you for your daily votes and awesome, informative comments.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/27/2014 11:32.12 AM Report This Comment  
  July 26 BOTM POST
Hello my dear BC friends. It was a long day without our beloved BC family but we are happy to say once it was up and going it was actually much faster then before. I had a special request from one of my friends to example the breeding of mutations. As this is a limited BOTM series I will touch on it briefly. For anyone interested in more in depth study I have a number of very good links and references.
In simplest terms a "mutation" is any deviation from the "normal wild-type" of any species of animal or bird. They occur spontaneously in the wild, as well as in captivity. In the wild MOST mutations have a very limited life-span owing to their coloration or other physical characteristics that make them more visible and easier prey. An example of a successful mutations are the red markings on normal Congo African Greys. These individuals integrate well into existing grey colored flocks.
In Captivity mutations are able to live and mature thereby offering breeders an opportunity to reproduce like marked/colored offspring. An excellent example is the Blue Budgie. These spontaneously occurred in several continents. By breeding Blue offspring back to normal parents the breeders were able to produce more of the same. Through selective culling and breeding of F2-second generation-blues the color was stabilized. Mutations can continue to occur even in a new mutation color--such as the blue Budgies who then produced offspring with yellow-Lutino or albino pigments. Inbreeding, selective crossing and out crosses to other colored mutations has given rise to all the many colors common in Budgies.
When looking specifically at Quaker Parrots, whose natural color is green/grey we find that the first mutation was a Blue baby hatched in Belgium in the 1940s. It is a complete replacement of the normal green plumage by blue. The gene for blue plumage is Autosomal Recessive and both hens and cocks can be heterozygous or ‘split’ for or‘carriers’ of blue – depending upon your favored terminology! This means--both parents must carry the gene to produce blue even though they are visually "normals" Today there are a large number of mutations being bred.
With all mutations, breeders must cull out the colors they do not want and breed the desired colors into the gene pool. Through consecutive generations of offspring the color is improved upon, often mutating from the original mutation thereby adding yet another new color for serious breeders to work with. Mutation possibilities are limitless as they occur spontaneously and can not be "created" by humans. Hybrids must not be confused with mutations. Hybrids are the result of breeding two diverse species within the same Genera together--examples of which are the Hybrid Macaws, Blue/Gold mated to a Green Wing etc.
Today we will visit a selection of mutations from a number of different species, I hope you enjoy the results.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/25/2014 03:10.48 PM Report This Comment  
  July 23 BOTM POST
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here with today's special guests. I had a few problems getting them to settle down and then a few chewed their way out of the box, but finally I bribed them with a few Almonds. Today we pause briefly to visit a few very beautiful and interesting Cockatoo mutations. Cockatoos have been cross species bred for a number of years, giving rise to some odd and uncommon looking individuals. However, the birds we will stop to visit today are natural occurring mutations, some of which have been hatched in the wild. Ok, guys, climb down from there please, it's time to get a few photos.
Cockatoos are found in the wild in only a limited area of the world. They are found primarily in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, as well as surrounding areas in the South Pacific.

The cockatoo (of the family Cacatuidae) is one of the most well-known birds in the parrot family because it’s quite noisy; in fact, it’s the loudest of all the parrots. Their loudness comes from a history of having to communicate long distances with one another in dark, thick forests. Cockatoos are found in Australia and some surrounding islands, mainly in forested areas. These birds form flocks, with sometimes up to three different types of cockatoos, to feed together on berries, nuts and seeds. Most cockatoos even stay in the same flock they were raised in and often mate in long-lasting pairs.

Like all parrots, cockatoos are zygodactyl, which means they can use their feet to grasp objects, making them excellent climbers. Although parrots are often colorful, most cockatoos are actually black and white because they lack a certain texture in their feathers that reflects light. In the 1970s, many cockatoos were trapped for the pet trade and their numbers in the wild have decreased dramatically. In fact, some Indonesian cockatoos are now thought to be extinct in the wild. Others are quickly declining due to hunting, poisoning and illegal poaching. Looked upon as pests and nuisances they fight to maintain their territories with ever growing human invasion.

Cockatoos are gregarious, sensitive, demanding and classed as high-maintenance. They have a powerful beak they freely use to chew and tear woodwork and furnishing in homes if left unsupervised. Not a bird for most novices, those who have loved and been loved by one, will forever be a Cockatoo fan.

I hope you enjoy the photos of some of the wonderful mutations available today.

with love and scritches Zeena 255116.

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07/23/2014 03:02.28 PM Report This Comment  
  July 22 BOTM POST
Hello my dear friends. Thank you all for the lovely words of encouragement and your faithful daily votes. i hope you are enjoying viewing a few very rare and uncommon Parrots and birds. All the birds I have discussed are species that are kept in captivity. Some we will not see, or won't see available for a long time due to their rarity.
Today we will stop by to visit some very common friends, in some very interesting and striking colors. Momma Deb has raised many Green Cheeked Conures in her lifetime but none like those we will see today. Many are only available to breeders at this time due to their difficulty in reproducing their colors. I hope you will enjoy what you see.
Momma Deb and I tried to locate the current price of many of these beauties and have listed them here, just for your information sake--

American Dilutes--$2000.00 US a pair and up
American Dilutes yellow-sided---$ 3800 to 6000Us a pair
Red-Faced Yellow-sided----$2500 to 7000.US a pair
Sun Cheek -------$ 4500 to 8500US a pair
Moon Cheeks---$7000Us and up for good stock
Mint-----$5000 to 10,000US a pair
Turquoise---$500 US a pair and up
Cinnamon Turquoise---$750 US and up a pair
Recessive Pied-----$4000 to 8000US a pair and up
Red-Factored Pineapples--$300US and up per pair
Dilute Moon Cheeks---$7000US and up per pair

There are by far not all the new and shocking color mutations available but will give you a good idea of what has been hatching in Green Cheeked Conure nest boxes lately.

Habitat:
Seen in dense, low forests and woodlands. Also in moist, mossy cloud forest on E Andes where seen up to 2900m (9512 ft).

Threat Summary:
Probably declining in E Bolivia because of rapid forest clearance. They are found on CITES
Appendix II. There are flocks living in both Florida and California which can be seen in company of the wild Amazon Parrots.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/22/2014 01:24.46 PM Report This Comment  
  July 21st BOTM POST
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start this week with one of the worlds most well known Parrots. Today we stop to visit the Senegal Parrots and their mutations. I wish to thank you all for your greyt support and daily votes in my quest to earn the Title of Bird of the Month for August.
Over the last 30 years as many as 3 million wild Senegal parrots have been removed from the wild – 811,408 CITES Export permits have been issued since 1975. Unregulated trade in African parrots peaked in the 1980s and ’90s, and still exists today. This lucrative black market industry is fueled by profiteering middlemen who exploit wild bird populations. In 2005, the Senegal parrot was the most traded bird on the CITES Appendix II, with an average of over 45,000 individuals being removed from the wild each year. Today, African parrots remain among the most traded species on earth.
The Poicephalus parrots, including Senegals, Red-bellied and Myers etc are among the hardiest parrots on earth being able to survive in the harsh, African subtropics. All of their ranges are under serious pressure from the booming charcoal industry, out-of-control commercial logging , burning by local people for pastures and agriculture, as well as climate change. Deforestation rates on the continent are now twice that of the rest of the world. Africa has lost one half of its old-growth forests and forest restoration has become absolutely essential to save endemic forest bird species.
Long-lived forest specialists like Senegal parrots and rose-ringed parakeets are particularly sensitive to forest degradation. The added pressure of the wild-caught bird trade is often catastrophic, resulting in local extinctions in many Africa countries. Meyer’s parrots have all but disappeared from South Africa, African grey parrots are no longer seen in Kenya or Tanzania, Ruppell’s parrot and the brown-headed parrot have disappeared from much of their ranges in Namibia and Mozambique respectively, and the Cape parrot is only found in small forest refuges in the high mountains. Anyone who has traveled by road in Africa will tell you that every time you are in or near a forest you will start seeing parrots in cages or with their feet tied up on the roadside. Africa is exporting its parrots, its wildlife, its birdlife, its natural heritage,at alarming rates.
The Senegal Parrot is now extinct in many of it's ranges. The only way to stop this trade in wild-caught Parrots is to refuse to purchase birds that are not born in captivity.
Many devoted Senegal breeders have been working with a few unique mutations that have appeared in nestboxes starting in the early 1990's. These rare and beautiful mutations are still expensive and normally available only to other breeders, they include the yellow, pied, opaline, dilute and cinnamon. Regardless of color Senegal Parrots will remain one of the most common family pet birds kept the world over.
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07/21/2014 02:24.05 PM Report This Comment  
  July 20th BOTM POST
Hi everyone, Zeena, here with your Sunday BOTM POST. I want to take a moment to thank you all for all your support and votes during this month's BOTM campaign. Today, we will visit with some unique and usual Budgie mutations. Known by many names, Parakeet, Budgie, and officially Budgerigars. these fun-loving, friendly members of the avian family are loved the world over.

Feather Dusters
Feather Dusters are a rare mutation produced solely at random, mostly among English Budgies. These birds are huge compared to other budgies and have abnormally growing, very long feathers. As the name implies they do look rather like the feather dusters used for dusting furniture. They must eat constantly to try and supply their bodies with the nutrients they need because of the heavy demand put on them by the constant feather growth. They generally don't live more than a few months, cannot fly, and are usually blind. They are also thought to be deaf and may even be afflicted with what is known in humans as Down's Syndrome.


Half Siders

Half-Siders a randomly occurring rare mutation in which the bird is split right down the middle with each half representing a different color or variety. One side may be blue and one half green, one half normal and the other half pied, etc. When one of these is at a show, you can tell exactly where it is in the room because of all of the people standing in front of the cage doing double takes. As they say, you have to see it to believe it. Quarter-Siders, in which only one quarter of the body is affected, also occur.

CRESTED

In this variety, the feathers on top of the budgie's head point awry, forming a crest.
There are three types of crested budgies: full-circular crest, half-circular crest and the tufted crest.
Crested Budgies are both a random occurring mutation, and one for which breeders can breed to produce them. They are relatively rare and sell for upwards of $100US each and more depending on crest.
Helicopter Budgies

These unusual Budgies are bred to produce long, silkie feathers at the shoulder and upper wing margins. The more complete the covering the higher the quality and price. They are especially popular in Japan and Asia where pairs can sell for up to $55,000US

with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/20/2014 01:05.00 PM Report This Comment  
  July 17th BOTM POST
Hello everyone, Zeena here with a special tribute to my frother Lupe'. Lupe' left us recently after he sustained a severe injury to his feet by another bird. Rest in peace, "Momma's Special Boy!"
Today's special Parrot is the Tucaman Amazon. This post was difficult for me to write.

The Tucumán Amazon (Amazona tucumana) is native to Northern Argentina where it is found in the provinces of Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy as well as Southeast Bolivia in provinces of Chuquisaca and Tarija. They prefer forested areas between 3,400 and 7,300 ft; but may migrate to lower altitudes in autumn and winter (1,000 ft). They inhabit woodland areas . The main concentrations of this species in Bolivia occur in Montes Chapeados, Villa Serrano and Tariquía Flora and Fauna National Reserve, with 1,643 individuals recorded at various sites during a recent study) A dedicated national population census and monitoring initiative is required to provide an accurate estimate of the Bolivian population and to locate, measure and monitor local populations and post-breeding roosts .

The Tucumán Amazon is a mostly green short tailed parrot 31 cm (12 in) long. The green feathers of the upper-body have black margins. There is red plumage on the forehead and fore-crown, and the red does not extend around the white eye-rings. It has red primary wing feathers and no red at the bend of the wing. It has orange thighs and red at base of the green tail. They have a horn coloured beak, orange-yellow irises, and pinkish-grey legs. The male and female are identical.

This species is classified as Vulnerable as it is experiencing a rapid population decline owing to habitat loss and capture for the cage bird trade. On the CITES APPENDIX 1 trade is now illegal, but in Country trade has not been enforced. These rather plain individuals were not of primary concern to breeders when imports were allowed owing to their low ability to learn human speech. Therefore there is a limited gene pol of breeding lines available worldwide.

Lupe'; bold, protective and gentle. An awesome and devoted pet. Limited in speech he made it up in love, entertaining antics and personality. If protective measures are not put into place in their wild habitat, this gem in the Amazon family will disappear.

Fly free little frother, we all miss you, but we will see you again!

with love, tears and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/16/2014 04:27.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you!
Thank you Zeena for voting for my flock and your guidance left in your message navigating the site & your kind words! I am going through your flock to vote for your beautiful flock! I look forward to everything offered on this wonderful site! God Bless, Marcy

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07/16/2014 07:49.52 AM Report This Comment  
  July 16th BOTM POST
Hi everybirdie. Zeena here today with another very unique and endangered bird that is fighting for survival .The Nicobar Pigeon.
The Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica) is a pigeon found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau. It is the only living member of the genus Caloenas. They drink water without having to raise their heads in the process; their chicks are helpless at birth but develop at an amazing pace . What is more, they forage for fruits of plants that have evolved with them the entire time. The Nicobar is planning and planting forests as they forge and eat.


It is a large pigeon, measuring 18-22 inches in length. The head is grey, like the upper neck plumage, which turns into green and copper hackles towards the breast. The breast is grey. The tail is very short and pure white. The rest of its plumage is metallic green. The cere of the dark bill forms a small blackish knob; the strong legs and feet are dull red. The iris is dark. Females are slightly smaller and less colorful.

The Nicobar pigeon roams in flocks from island to island, sleeping on offshore islets where no predators occur and spends the day in areas with better food availability,. Its food consists of seeds, fruit and buds, and it is attracted to areas where grain is available. A gizzard stone helps to grind up hard food items. Its flight is quick. Unlike other pigeons groups fly in columns or single file, not in a loose flock. The white tail is prominent in flight when seen from behind . The young birds' lack of a white tail is a signal of their immaturity clearly visible to an adult Nicobar pigeon, it is obvious at a glance which flockmembers are neither potential mates, nor potential competitors for mates.

This species nests in dense forest on offshore islets, often in large colonies. It builds a loose stick nest in a tree. It lays one elliptical faintly blue-tinged white egg.

Nicobar pigeons are hunted in considerable numbers for food, and also for their gizzard stone which is used in jewelry. The species is also trapped for the local pet market, but as it is on CITES Appendix I, such trade is generally illegal. Internationally, captive breeding is able to supply the birds demanded by zoos, where this attractive and unusual bird is often seen. Direct exploitation of the species, including the illegal trade, might be sustainable on its own; however, its available nesting habitat is decreasing. The offshore islets which it requires are often logged for plantations, destroyed by construction ,or polluted by nearby industry. Also, increased travel introduced predators to the breeding sites, and colonies of the Nicobar pigeon may be driven to desert such locations or be destroyed outright. There is an estimated 1,000 adult birds remaining, its long-term future is increasingly being jeopardized.

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

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07/15/2014 05:57.20 PM Report This Comment  
  July 15th BOTM POST
Hello everyone, Zeena here with today's topic. The African Grey Mutations. Please note that all mutations occur spontaneously. A hybrid is made by combining two species from the same family group. Mutations do occur in the wild, but often fail to survive due tot heir coloration making them easy prey.
Several mutations occur naturally in the wild, like the F2 Pied Mutation, which results in a broad red band across the abdomen. 1998 saw the first created Grey mutation when South African bird breeder Von van Antwerpen and New Zealand partner Jaco Bosman selected F2 Pieds and created the first red African Grey. These early red pigmented Greys sold for more then $250,000 US each. Since the early 1990s red-factored Greys were being caught in the wild and sold to breeders who in turn attempted to propagate the coloration. This first red baby saw the beginning of a number of spontaneous mutations occurring all around the world.
Today there are a large number of beautiful, rare mutations available to breeders and collectors. Each mutation possesses the same personality traits, intelligence and healthy composure as their normal Grey relatives. Although some argue that mutation breeding weakens the lines, to date this has not proven to be true, since these mutations occur from F1-2 generation parents, and often from visually normal grey parents who carry the mutation coloring.
Today we will stop and take a look at several of the more common, and some fairly new and uncommon mutations available. Each has it's merits, and following. It takes many years and generations to stabilize a new mutation to breed true-to-type. Dedicated breeders work hard to breed the strongest, healthiest birds from the chosen mutations. The road to success it wroth with pit-falls and disappointments, but the desire to perpetuate their selected mutations makes it a labor of love to continue onwards.
Most of the mutations shown today in the gallery are unavailable to the public. Those that are sell from $5000 to over $150,000US each. I hope you enjoy seeing these beautiful birds, some for the very first time.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

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07/15/2014 01:28.17 PM Report This Comment  
  July 14th BOTM POST
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here to start of this week with a visit to one of the planet's wonders in the avian field. It was a special request from our dear friend Mr. Kiddo. We need to be very quiet as we visit these unique and highly endangered gems of the bird world. I wish to thank everyone for their votes and input.
The kakapo (Maori: kakapo, night parrot), also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot of the super-family Strigopoidea found only in New Zealand. It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length. A combination of traits make it unique among its kind; it is the world's only flightless parrot, the heaviest parrot, nocturnal, herbivorous, visibly sexually dimorphic in body size, has a low basal metabolic rate, no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous breeding system. It is also possibly one of the world's longest-living birds. Its anatomy typifies the tendency of a bird's evolution on oceanic islands, with few predators and abundant food: a generally robust physique, quick movement efficiency at the expense of flight abilities & reduced wing muscles, . Like many other New Zealand bird species, the kakapo was historically important to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. It was hunted and used for both for its meat as a food source and for its feathers . It was also kept as a pet.
The Kakapo lays one to three eggs in a ground concave usually only raising one or two chicks per breeding season. The species is in a critically endangered position due to poaching, habitat distraction and the introduction of predators such as feral cats. Man's infringement on their breeding territory is causing a drastic and rapid decrease in numbers with only 6 chicks in 2012 surviving to maturity. A key part of the Recovery Plan is the supplementary feeding of females. The kakapo breeds only once every two to five years, when the Dacrydium cupressinum (rimu), produces protein-rich fruit and seeds. Observations of the relationship between intermittent breeding and the plant's mast year help biologists choose which suitable supplementary foods to increase kakapo breeding frequency. In 1989, six preferred foods (apples, sweet potatoes, almonds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts) were supplied to 12 feeding stations. Males and females ate the supplied foods, and females nested on Little Barrier Island in the summers of 1989–91 for the first time since 1982, although nesting success was low. In March 2014, with the kakapo population having increased to 126, it sits on the verge of extinction. As man's awareness of their plight becomes known it is hoped that Conservation efforts will see a greater success in breeding these wonders of the Parrot World.
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07/13/2014 02:03.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Flyin' by to say hi
Thanks for your post on the ARA project: a necessary and worthwhile project. Zena has an avian vet appointment for a beak trim on Friday. Her lower beak got her bit out of alignment so we have been going more frequently before the lower beak gets overgrown. Trying to fix her cross bite. The vet is a two hour round trip, but its worth it. My wife has been seeing if anyone local can do it, but for now we'll stick with the avian vet.

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07/08/2014 04:23.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Kill the bell!
This morning, I found Tessa's bell (hanger and all) in her water dish! That will teach that thing to make so much noise!!

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06/30/2014 06:11.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Flitzer
Flew by to leave you a Vote and a Hug. Have a great day.
Wings up!
--Flitzer

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04/24/2014 06:31.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rally!
Thanks for coming by to visit, I left you a vote. You are a very smart bird, I read your story. Have a great day!

Tobie

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04/16/2014 12:10.09 PM Report This Comment  
  OH NO, not another idea Little Angel
Spot Le' Blaze-atiel 242573

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

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11/12/2013 11:49.14 AM Report This Comment  
  A sticky situation
Spot LE' Blaze-atiel 242573

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

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

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11/11/2013 11:56.53 AM Report This Comment  
  hello Rally
Chuey here,stopped by with a vote for you

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11/10/2013 03:40.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Spot peaks out from behind his night time cage cover as the light begins to filter in through the window. Quietly he slips out of his cage and flies to the table where he has all the decorations and craft materials sitting out in neat piles.
"HELLOOOOOOOOOO!" calls Little Angel as she knocks on the front door. " SPOT, you up yet?"
Spot flies to the door and quietly opens it. " SHHHHH, Little Angel, Momma is sleeping. She doesn't feel good today so I thought we could go visit our friends and let her sleep for a while longer."
"Greyt idea Spot. I have an idea. Why don't we visit King Dixie in the Castle for a while?" Little Angel smiles at her own idea.
"Ok, I'll leave a note for Momma Rea first and we can head off on our way to the Castle."
Spot carefully writes a note and leaves it where Momma Rea is sure to see it when she wakes up.
Spot and Little Angel close the door softly and walk out into the dull, damp morning. The sun peaking out occasionally at them as they walk to the BC Castle. On their way Little Angel gathers some colorful leaves to make a decoration for the Thanksgiving Banquet.
"Look" Little Angel says happily, as she opens her pocket on her jacket, " I have glue and sparkles"
"I wanted to ask you about that. Ipo stopped by last night and she had sparkles on her tail feathers. Do you know anything about that?" Spot asks raising and eye brow.
"Well, ahhhhh. Yes I sorta do. I was stopping by to visit Ipo and I tripped on a shoe on the floor and somehow the lid on the glue popped off and the glue, and I went flying through the air and it landed on Ipo's tail....Ok. I'm busted " Little Angel says with a stomp of her foot in annoyance.
"I stopped to visit Ipo and she was asleep. I decided to surprise her by making her tail look all pretty and glittery with sparkles."
Spot shakes his head. Poppa Sky had said she was hard to keep out of mischief.
Soon the Castle comes into view. The guards standing tall at the gates, smile as they see Spot with Little Angel. They remember all too well her Reign as BOTM Queen.
"I wonder what we'll get into today???" King Dixie says looking out the Castle window

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11/09/2013 07:14.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Everybirdie, King Casey here once more with the continuing Adventures of the CASTLE GHOST HUNTERS. I trust all are well and good and enjoying these last greyt days of the fall. Momma Deb has been having wrist problems and was told to do less blogging for a while but I promised to continue our exploration of the dungeons far below the BC Castle.
Every eye turns to look at the old, wooden door with the rusty lock.
"Are you sure this is the way we go?" Cookie asks " Maybe we better check the map again."
"Good idea" Cori adds flashing her flashlight towards King Casey and Kiddo's direction.
Holding the flashlight in his beak King Casey opens the folded map and looks at it carefully. Kiddo leans over to check it out too. "HHHMM, I see there was a second hallway. I believe this is correct, we just have to....."
Suddenly out of the pitch darkness a voice says " PHEW, made it just in time" The surprise of another voice in the dark, cold hallway causes every bird to gasp in fright. " It's us, Hulk and Chipper." we were late and had to hurry to catch up to you."
"I brought a bag of snacks with me, in case anybirdie gets hungry" Chipper holds up the heavy bag.
"Splendid idea Chipper." Falco adds with a smile.

Popeye finishes up with the squak a tiels and and saying farewell to Jenny Lynn and heads back to her office in the Castle. There she remembers that she was going to tell King Casey about an error in the map. She finds a guard and tells him "to find King Casey and let him know to go left, not right, at the end of the long hallway. If they go right, they'll be sorry."
I think we are heading in the right direction, we followed the stairways, turned right and followed the hallway to the very end, just like it shows in the map." Polly says as she studies the map in King Casey's wing-tip.
"Ok, let's keep going. Kiddo, you have the key?" King Casey inquires eager to continue on their adventure.
"Yep, here it is." Kiddo holds the key up above his head. "I'll try it in this lock" Carefully Kiddo inches towards the old door, dust and cobwebs blocking his way.
Slowly he inserts the key into the heavy padlock and turns it. The old lock grunts and groans then pops open with a scary creaking noise.
"Let's go" King Casey calls wing resting on George's soft fur. " Keep close"
They birds hurry to enter the opened doorway, afraid to remain behind the group.
"AHHHHHHHH" screams Piddy, " Something furry touched me again.
"It's just a spider" Boo Boo exclaims, " Told you I'd eat it" she giggles to herself when the others say " Uck and uuuwwwie"
"All right let's hold wing tips. I'll lead off straight ahead, I see there is a small door over in the far wall. Everyone stay close together."
"Ok,.....AWWWWWWWWW! OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Screams King Casey, Kiddo and George in the front of the group as the floor suddenly drops out from under their feet sending all the birdies tumbling downwards into the black unknown.
with love
King Casey

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10/17/2013 11:54.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello everyone. King Casey here with the continuing Adventures of "the Castle Ghost Hunters". With Halloween just around the corner, no doubt the BC Castle is filled with scary, creepy, Ghosts and other hidden Monsters. I sure am glad to have such a brave, tough group of fellow explorers with me.
"Hey something furred brushed my leg" squeals Paddy grabbing tightly onto Peppino and Waddles.
" Where is it? Let me at it!" says Cookie with determination in his voice. Cookie flashes his light in the direction the voice of Paddy had come from.
"It was likely just a spider" George says, " Let's keep goingggggggg!"
"What was that?" asks Willie listening intently. " sounds like someone or something is heading our way fast."
"We'll check it out" Kiddo exclaims, grabbing King Casey by the wing. "Willie? Where did the sound come from?"
Willie points back the way they had just come.
"Maybe we better stay together" Piddy adds nervously.
"Perhaps if we move on, whatever it was won't find us?" Falco tells the group of explorers standing restlessly in the dark, cold dungeon hallway.
"OH THANK GOODNESS!" comes a voice out of nowhere, causing all the brave Ghost Hunters to jump. " It's us, Cookie, Mango, Poppy and Sunshine. We brought Raffi and Angel too."
" Hi, glad you made it. We're just about to
Go where no bird has been before." Kiddo replies.
"Yes, we are going to the very lowest and long abandon caves and dungeons in the very bowels of the earth' King Casey says a little nervousness in his voice.
The team of world-class BC Ghost Hunters make their way cautiously down the final hall, stopping outside an old, wooden door with a large rusted lock on it. King Casey hands the key Popeye had given him to Kiddo. Slowly he takes it in his outstretched wing, moving cautiously towards the old padlock. "There's something I forgot to tell Casey about that map. Part of it is wrong. What ever you do, don't go....Oh wait, my phone's ringing. I'll go tell King Casey as soon as I am finished." Popeye picks up the phone. Jenny-Lynn's voice comes across the lines. " There's been a sightly of Sqawkatiels we better go check out.."
'Now, what was it I was going to do..?" Popeye thinks for a moment. "Oh well, it mustn't have been important. I better go meet JEnny-Lynn we need to keep a careful eye on those Squawk-atiels" Out the door she heads on official BC Homeland business.
With shaky wing Kiddo tries to insert the key. " It won't go in the lock" he turns to the others.Angel turns her flashlight on, revealing another wooden door across the blackened hallway.
"Let's try this one Kiddo" Polly suggests, " Maybe this is the right door!"
King Casey and Kiddo make their way through the gathered crowd and stand facing an even older wooden door, with an even rustier lock on it................
with love King Casey

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10/09/2013 10:30.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello everyone, King Casey here with the Continuing Adventures of THE CASTLE GHOST HUNTERS.
Baby and Sky head off towards the long, windy, dark stairway that leads to the deepest recesses of the BC Castle.
'Ok, with our flashlights, a map that Popeye gave me and..."King Casey takes a deep breath.
"I guess we're ready to go find is some Ghosts."
"I don't remember any Ghosts' Zippy says, " but Miss BB says they're there now."
"You aren't afraid are you Zippy?" Polly asks eying her fister.
"OF course not!' standing tall she turns on her flashlight to check that it works.
"The map says to take the north stairway down to the dungeons then go to the far end and take the stairway to the very bottom, far under the Castle" King Casey hands Kiddo the map for a second opinion.
"Yep, that's it. Come on, let's go everybody" Kiddo and King Casey take the lead followed by Polly Zippy, Falco, Willie and Peppino.
"WAIT!" calls Cori and Boo Boo we're here, we also brought Piddy and Paddy to help us. They're very brave."
"Greyt, the more the better." King Casey says, " George you coming?"
George looks nervously around and finding no easy escape agrees, "OOOOOOOk, I'm coming too." he takes a deep swallow and falls in behind the rest.
They explorers reach the heavy wooden door and gather together. Kiddo and Cori give the big door a hard push and it creeks open with an eerie groan. The hallway is dark and dusty, with big, sticky cobwebs hanging down to the floor. The group slow enter the short hallway and stop at the top of the narrow, stone stairs that lead down to the dungeons.
"Stay close together" Falco says from among the group.
"I'm staying close to you George" Piddy and Paddy say a hint of concern in their voices.
"Zippy, Boo Boo" King Casey exclaims
"We're here' they flash their lights to show their location.
"Every birdie stay together and go carefully down these old stairs" George warns.
The stairs are cold and the dust lays heavy upon them rising in great clouds as the explores cautiously descend one at a time. King Casey and Kiddo lead the way, cutting through the spider webs, as thick as a fisherman's net.
"EEEEE!!!!" screams Cori, " a spider touched me, OOOWWWW"
"Where is it? I'll eat," Boo Boo calls from next to Willie
"GROSS!" Falco giggles making the others burst out in nervous laughter.
"WHAT?" Boo Boo asks innocently
The group of brave explorers reach the bottom of the first stairway and open the door at the bottom that leads them to the hallway past the dungeons.
"We have to go to the very end and there is a wooden door there, we have to open it and descend the second staircase to the very depths of the BC Castle. If anybirdie wants to turn back now?" George says.
"NO" comes the resounding answer.
"OK, then let's go. It's very dark here but we need to save out flashlights, so hold onto the birdie's wing before and after you." Kiddo adds
"HEY, something furry brushed my leg" says Paddy with a squeal.......

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10/05/2013 02:49.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi my dear friends, Casey here on this final day of September with the continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. I must say it is sad to think that our adventure is over. BUT, I can continue to write them if others wish to read them.
I wish to thank Mr. Kiddo for his help and support during this month. You are a wonderful adventurer and guide.
George, thank you for a safe, fun time this September as we together visited various places in the Bird Channel Castle.
Last but not the least; thank each of you for continuing to support me over the last 29 days. I have met many new friends along the journey. Making friends was the most special part of this month.
"Well Casey, the month is over. I think before we return you to your home we should make one final visit. This is one of my favorite places to go. Come on, let's go and you'll see why" Kiddo explains
Saying a fond farewell to Lizzie, the three Adventures head on their way. Down the hall and up the stairs. At the top of the stairway George turns to the left and goes to the far end stopping before a large white door. " We're here, "The Magic Music Room".
""King Floop built this room when he was BOTM. There is every kind of musical instrument here. You can try any one you wish. The room is sound proof. The stage is built for birdies to practice and for having musical concerts."
"Kiddo, I think I'll try the trumpet" Casey says picking it up off the wall. " WOW," Casey jumps back as another musical instrument appears to take it's place.
Holding the trumpet to his beak he blows hard into the mouth piece." making a face he says, " Now I see why the room is sound proof."
"I will try the drums " George says, starting bang them with the sticks
"ME,? I will try the saxophone" Kiddo tells them picking it off the wall. As soon as he had removed it, a xylophone replaced it.
Three noisy birdies play and dance. Changing instruments they try several until they find the ones that they play best. " Let's try to play a song?" Casey suggests.
"Sore. How about You are My Sunshine?" Kiddo adds.
"One, Two, Three" the group start to play. As the song goes along they get better and better.
"This is so much fun" Casey squeal delighted in his instrumental skills.
Looking at the sky George says, " Casey time to take you home"
see you tomorrow
with love and votes
Casey 225323

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09/28/2013 12:42.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Sunday every birdie. Casey here with the continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. With only two blogs left I wish to thank you for all the help you have shared with me this month. It was wonderful to be able to use some of your blogs in my Adventures. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have sharing them.
George quickens his pace as they cross the bridge into the Castle. Passing through the wide, opened doors, they turn to the right. George jogs down a long corridor and descends a stairway to arrive at the door to Lizzie's Cave.
"Hello? Lizzie you here?" Kiddo calls out
"Hello, yourself my dear friend" lizzie replies hurrying into the room. "Oh my, you have brought George and our new friend Casey"
"Hi Lizzie, nice to meet you in birdson" Casey says
"I can smell BBQ chicken wings Lizzie" George purrs.
"Yes, I made them especially for you" Lizzie smiles. " I will be back shortly with your dinner. How about showing Casey around while I get things set up?"
"Of course" George replies. " Let's see the rooms first. There are fifty rooms here, all decorated and supplied with everything a bird could ever desire. There are spas, hot tubes, you name it. Birdies come here to visit and enjoy the lap-of-luxury" George chuckles.
"Amazing" Casey says as he looks through the various rooms. " There is nothing lacking here for a birdie to enjoy the stay."
"Let's show Casey the Herb Gardens." Kiddo suggests
King Merlin planted them for Lizzie. They are here so that Lizzie can come here to gather whatever fresh herbs she needs when cooking or baking one of her scrumptious dishes." George takes the lead as they walk carefully into the Garden.
"Lizzie did this all by herself?" Casey asks. "There are so many varieties of herbs here.."
Casey and Kiddo walk through the garden enjoying the fresh scents of Basil, Parsley and Mint. " Oh what is that wonderful smell" Casey takes a deep breath.
"That is Oregano"
As the three friends wander around the Garden they try different herbs. "This is greyt" Casey nibbles on fresh Parsley.
"DINNER!" comes the familiar voice from the Cave.
"Oh Boy" George says with a wide Tiger grin. "Let's eattttt!" George helps Kiddo and Casey onto his back and trots back quickly along the path.
"YIPPEEEE!" Casey exclaims as they enter the room. "My favorites" on the table laid out before them was every dish the three Adventures enjoyed most"
"Lizzie how did you know?" Casey questions, " You've made my very bestest foods."
"I knew!" was her reply with a smile she heads back to the kitchen for the rootbeers returning to sit down with the Explorers.
"I'll ask the blessing" Casey says. Every one bows their heads. At the Amen three hungry friends dive into the food like they hadn't eaten for days.
"Lizzie this is all so delicious" Casey says politely, " Thank you for making this feast for us."
Lizzie grins and sips her Rootbeer. "I love to cook"
see you tomorrow
with love and votes
Casey 225323 for BOTM

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09/28/2013 12:30.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello every birdie, Casey here with today's continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. I trust your weekend is off to a greyt start. Today I want to thank you for your kind words, votes and support during the past weeks. I am having lots of fun visiting various places in the BC Castle, and sharing it with my buddy Kiddo and all of you has made it extra special to me.
" WOW, I can't believe how beautiful this Orchid Greenhouse is. It looks like the Rain Forest when we visited Brazil with my frother King Sky in November. So many wonderful flowers, and the palette of colors is endless: Casey sighs in contentment as he stroll along another pathway enjoying all his eyes see.
"It is delightful here." Kiddo adds.
"Wonderful Gardens To Take A Stroll In & Collect....one's thoughts! " the sudden appearance of SamIAm startles the three adventurers. "Sorry didn't mean to scare you" Sam says as he hugs everyone before continuing on his walk.
" Let's go take a look at the Magic Gardens" George says, offering Casey and Kiddo a paw up onto his back. " Queen Falco built this Garden when she had the Green House built. Birdies can come to the Magic Garden and pick flowers" opening the door they head out into a beautiful Garden filled with all varieties of flowers; Roses, Mums, Daisies, Gladiolas and more then any bird could name as far as the eye can see.
" Casey and Kiddo jump down from George's back to have a closer look at all the lovely blooms. "I think I'll pick a bouquet for my lovely wife-bird Sweetpepper"
Kiddo picks a perfect red rose first. As soon as the flower is removed another perfect red rose appears in it's place.
"OH!" Casey exclaims in wonder. " It really is a Magic Garden. I think I will gather some flowers for my sweetheart Tiamaria. The two boys wander through the huge garden selecting flowers to make their bouquets. Each time one is picked another one comes to replace it.
"This is indeed a Superb Garden. I am so happy you and George brought me here." Casey says a smile on his face as he thinks of Tia and how happy she'll be with the flowers.
" Next stop is very special to everybirdie on BC. The Dragon's Cave" George announces as the three friends start off towards the Castle along the winding pathway. The sky above is clear and blue, the sun shining brightly to warm the earth. Turning the next corner the Castle comes into view. " We will cross the bridge here and go see the Dragon's Den."
Casey is eggcited about this visit knowing he will see Lizzie the Dragon. Every birdie knows how Lizzie cooks and bakes the best foods ever for the Milonga and other events. Just thinking of it makes Casey's tummy rumble. " I sure hope we can have a snack there" Casey says
"I am sure we will. Lizzie knows we are coming. I am sure she has something special for us to try" Kiddo replies patting his own belly. " I love Lizzie's food..."
see you Sunday
with love and votes
Casey 225323--for BOTM

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09/28/2013 11:41.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Yippe, it's Friday again. It's been one very busy week for us here at the SKY flock but weekends are always the best when life slows down and every birdie takes it easy. I hope that your weekend is GREYT and filled with lots of special time with your parronts.
Casey looks around the Angel Wings Toy Shoppe taking in all the wonderful toys and play stands." WOW, this is toy central" Casey giggles as he checks out a wood toy with yellow duckies on it.
"Yes, Romeo and Angel Christine put lots of wonderful times into this shoppe. It was their dream to be able to make hundreds, even thousands of other birdies happy by making and shipping toys to them from this Shoppe" George explains
"they do not sell toys, they make them as gifts for their friends." Kiddo adds
"I know many birdies that have received toys from The Angel Wings Toy Shoppe, including me" Casey says proudly, " everybird loves their new toys. Mine were extremely tasty. I still have part of one of mine left I play with all the time" LOL
' Yes, Casey it is a labor of love. Romeo has continued to open the Shoppe daily since his one true love Christine left for the Rainbow Bridge. Her presence is still felt here in the love and caring that this Shoppe represents." George smiles thinking of all those happy birdies worldwide.
"There are so many toys here. What a wonderful place." Casey sighs looking around one more time.
"Well, I think we should continue on our way now" George says softly, " so much more to see at the Castle"
Casey and Kiddo climb up onto George soft, furry back as they wave good-bye to Romeo and the Toy Shoppe. "What a beautiful day it is, and so eggciting. Seeing all the many places on BC that I have never seen before." Casey grins widely as he and Kiddo chat about all the toys they had seen. "Look" Kiddo points out as an enormous glass building appears in the distance. " Let's visit here" Kiddo tells George who purrs in agreement.
"IS this a Green House?" Casey asks as they grow closer to the glass building. "Oh yes, I can see flowers"
Cassey is happy to visit as he loves looking a flowers.
"The Orchid Greenhouse" says the sign above the door. George carefully opens it and carries his two fellow explorers inside. The air is warm and humid, alive with the smells of many flowering orchids. "Look, butterflies too"
Casey and Kiddo hop down and walk along the pathway looking at all the beautiful flowers in a rainbow of colors and various sizes. " Queen Falco built this Greenhouse while she reigned as BOTM in the Castle." Kiddo tells Casey who is carefully smelling a pink blossom. "it is attached to the "Magic Gardens. We will go there next"
"It is amazing in here. Just like the Rain Forest" Casey admires the plants along the path...............
see you tomorrow
with love and a vote
Casey 225323

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09/27/2013 08:41.13 AM Report This Comment  
  .Hello everybirdie, it's Casey here with the Continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. Wow, time sure has flown by. As fall moves in we can stop to reflect on the past summer. Problem is we in Canada didn't get summer, unless it was those few days back in July. HHHHmmmm?
Little Angel's sheer delight at seeing her good friend Ranebaeau is impossible for her to hold in her tiny Conure body. "Rane--BEAU" she squeals happily as she uses her frother SKY as her launch pad.
Dixie and all the others who were hurrying to catch up with Little Angel all rush to help poor Sky get up off the ground; where Little Angel tackled her frother in true football fashion. They all help Sky brush his feathers off and set himself back straight. "She is just getting to be a bit tooo much,"Sky grinds his beak and his eyes are like burning coals of fire! He turns to see RaneBeau with Little Angel wrapped around his neck ready to scold his fister but..
"RaneBeau laughs out loud as he wraps his yellow and blue wings around his Little Angel friend, as he hugs her close. " You sure get eggcited don't you LA when you see your friends?"
Little Angel hugs Ranebeau again, then jumps down grinning from ear to ear. It is then, that she sees SKY watching her with a frown creasing his brow.
"Little Angel, you need to start to contain yourself. You must stop getting into so much mischief and tackling me like that...Momma Deb isn't goin' be happy to hear about this"
Little Angel looks sadly at Sky and Dixie and the gang. " OK. I'll behave myself. I'm sorry SKY for knocking you down... I promise to be good" She hugs Ranebeau once more giving him a kiss on the beak before Dixie takes her by the wing and leads her in the direction of the castle.

"Where are we?" Casey asks Kiddo and George as a huge building comes into view. There is a sign out front but it's too far for Casey to make it out.
"This is the famous ANGEL WINGS TOY SHOPPE. The Angel Wings Toy Shoppe was created by Romeo and Christine to represent all the toys that are shipped from the Rock Island Toy Factory by the Dallas Flock and Uncle Chuck.".
"Romeo & Angel Christy continue their dream of making hundreds of birds happy with their toys, operated by Romeo with the divine guidance from his Heavenly Angel Christine." George explains to Casey and Kiddo
" I have two toys that came from here but I didn't know where the Shoppe was."
"Come on, we'll take a peak inside." Kiddo says, " There's always lots of toys and things to see here."
Opening the door, a bell softly dingles announcing their arrival. " OH MY look at all the toys!" Casey exclaims as he takes in the room filled with birdie toys of all kinds..
see you tomorrow
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Casey 225323 for BOTM

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09/24/2013 06:26.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello my friends, Casey here with the continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. It was so much fun at Saturday's Milonga. Congratulations to all the winner, and a big cheer for my pal Cookie for the over-all win for the 2nd annual pig races.
"Casey, did you hear that?" Kiddo asks a frown on his handsome face. " It sounds like Dixie"
"Yep, sounds like Little Angel has come up with another idea" the three explorers chuckle knowing full well that Little Angel was bound to get into mischief before too long.
"Think we better head back and see what is going on?" George the Tiger asks. He looks in the direction from which they had just come.
"Chirps is there, everything will be fine." Casey assures him. George grins and turns back to the path ahead of them. Rounding a corner a large building comes into view. "Where are we?" Casey asks,
"You'll see..."
Kaji and the others with Little Angel had walked a short ways ahead of her and Dixie, when suddenly the air was shattered by Dixie's shrill alarm call. " NO, OH NO"
Kaji turns to Queen Muffin and Miss Chirps "Oh, gosh...Little Angel's had an ideas!!! I wonder what mischief she will get into?! And will need rescuing from?" they start laughing knowing the truth in those words.
Dixie tells Little Angel she should forget the idea and the two of them could just " go for a quiet walk through the Castle grounds and enjoy the warm day." Dixie takes Little Angel's wing in his and pulls her gently in the opposite direction of where Little Angel had focused her eyes! Little Angel pulls back from Dixie's grasp and starts taking off . "Wait Little Angel." It was a mere second before she disappeared around the corner. The others turned back to follow with Dixie.
"I wonder where LA is off to?" Queen Muffin asks out loud to one bird in particular.
"Oh I sure hope she doesn't get herself into any trouble." Dixie replies as they hurry their foot-steps to try to catch up with a very fast Little Angel.
" It was him" Little Angel says softly as she comes to the edge of the Tropical Fruits Garden. " Running as quickly as she can she makes a bee-line as fast as a bullet towards where she can hear Ranebeau and her frother Sky talking and laughing. Ducking under a berry bush she stops. "HMMM" she thinks to herself as she watches them from under cover. Unaware that she is there. Dixie and the gang reach the place that L.A. is spying from just seconds after she launches herself like a rocket across the open space between them, and crouching low she tackles her frother SKY sending him tumbling to the ground. Using SKY as a spring board she flings herself into Ranebeau throwing her wings tightly around his neck.
"RANE---BEAU" she squeals in delight of finding her good friend in the garden....
Dixie and the others go to SKY's aid who is fluffing his feathers in annoyance.......
see you tomorrow
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Casey 225323

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09/23/2013 02:28.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi friends, Casey here with the continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. What a wonderful time we all had at the Milonga last evening. Congratulations to all the riders on an eggciting race, and especially to the winners of each heat. Thanks for your votes and encouragement.
After one final lap around the Lake the tired Lake Monster turns towards the shore and the watching birds. Swimming effortlessly to the water's edge, he lowers his long neck until his head is touching the soft green grass. Little Angel leans forward from her position on his huge neck, and whispers softly into the Lake Monster's ear before carefully climbing down.
Sadness fills the Lake Monster's big eyes. Little Angel turns around and gives him a BIG kiss on the tip of his sore nose, " I'm sorry I hurt you. Thanks for the ride, it was so much fun." A wide smile crosses the monster's face. "you're welcome Little Angel"
"Hello Casey and Kiddo, I figured you'd stop by on your Adventures but not quite this way"he carefully touches his nose, " the Lake Monsters in BC Lake are all friendly. Actually I am a dragon. I had stopped in for a swim when suddenly a car came flying my way, landing with a splash in the Lake."
" The Castle and Lake have existed a long time but just recently Miss Big Baby decided it was time to create a page devoted just to it. She carefully selected only the best and friendliest Lake Monsters to live here."
Casey nods and sighs with relief. Little Angel was safe all along. " You sure had us scared when you came out of the water behind Little Angel." Casey hugs the friendly dragon before George, Kiddo and himself head off along the winding pathway. Kaji, Chirps, Queen Muffin, with Dixie and Little Angel all say their good-byes to the Lake Dragon before heading off themselves in the other direction. As the group walks along, Little Angel turns to Dixie and says, " I HAVE AN IDEA" "NO OH NO!. " Dixie screams with a worried look on his face.
Kiddo and Casey, sitting on George's back hear Dixie's frightened yell, " YEP! Little Angel just came up with another idea..."
see you tomorrow
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Casey 225323

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09/22/2013 08:06.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi everyone it's Casey here with our TGIF continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. It is hard to believe that this month is soon over as we head into October, and the wedding of my Frother SKY to the lovely Miss Big Baby.
"Little ANGEL!!" Casey screams as loudly as he can, " SWIM, MONSTER!!"
Little Angel is simply having too much fun bouncing her go-kart-boat in the BC Lake to pay any mind to those watching on shore.
Dixie terrified and trembling with the worst fright he has ever eggspierienced screeches out his loud Conure screech to Little Angel,who is oblivious to the dangers lurking just behind her on the lake! "Little ANGELLLLL! SWIMMMMM for your life right NOW!!!!!" Casey,Kiddo and Queen Muffin,Ms Chirps and Dixie all set their specific alarm calls out across the lake waters to Little Angel who has no intentions of coming in as she bobs up and down on her go-cart boat!Dixie scolds in his shrillest voice to Little Angel that this is NOT fun! As all the friends on the lakeshore are trying to get Little Angel to listen to them, the Lake Monster is coming sooo much closer to Little Angel.
The Lake Monster swims smoothly across the waters stopping a few feet away from Little Angel. SLOWLY, it creeps forward inch by inch until it is only a bare foot away. Little Angel suddenly feels its hot breath blowing onto her feathers and startled she snaps around to face it. The Lake Monster opens it's large toothy mouth and reaches down towards Little Angel.
On shore Casey, Kiddo, Dixie and the others can't watch as they see what is about to happen. Dixie closes his eyes tight in fear. Casey stands beak open, frozen with fear. No birdie can move or make a sound.
Little Angel stares at the huge, Lake Monster as it reach for her tiny birdie self on her go-kart boat. Stomping her foot she jumps at it, biting it square on the nose. The terrified Monster let's out a frightened scream "HELPPPPPP, the bird is after me!!"
Little Angel let's go, as tears well up in the Lake Monsters big eyes. "Come here" she says softly. The giant reaches cautiously down towards her until his face is inches away. Little Angel leans forward and kisses the red, swollen BOO-BOO on his nose. " I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare you like that" She gives him a hug and wipes his tears from his eyes.
On shore the others open their eyes fearing the worse. All they see is the huge Lake Monster and a now empty go-kart bobbing in the water. "OH NO, it ate Little Angel" They stand looking sadly out into the lake. Suddenly the Lake Monster takes off at top speed across the water. Little Angel holds on tightly to her new friend, squealing happily as they do several laps around the lake.
"Look" screams Casey to Dixie and Kiddo, pointing to the place where Little Angel is sitting on the back of the monster's scaly neck, waving her wings in delight. She's ok. "I hope she doesn't hurt him"......
see you tomorrow
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Casey 235323

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09/20/2013 06:06.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello every birdie, Casey here with the continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. I know I have said it before but THANK YOU all for the wonderful support this month. It's been lots of fun sharing the adventure with Mr Kiddo and all my friends.
Before going on, just a quick reminder to go to the Calendar page to check out the upcoming raffle for Marley's Menagerie a registered non-profit rescue located in Quebec Canada. Having been there myself I can tell you, it's a wonderful cause. There are greyt prizes too!
Little Angel looks around the lake where her go-cart has splash landed. "WOW, that was fun. I sure wanta do that again" she claps her wings happily, laughing at the wonderful fun she had.
Dixie is such a wreck,thinking all awful thoughts of what could've happened to his Little Angel when he pushes through the grass and sees her floating on the BC Lake laughing and clapping her wings!Dixie's heart was pounding in his chest and he was so upset that she might've been drowned or worse!"Little Angel,"he calls out to her" you get right back up on this land right now! That is not very funny. You had me sooo scared,I wouldn't know what I would've done without you by my side anymore!" Little Angel looks up to see Dixie on the embankment and waves her wing. Casey, Kiddo and George soon join Dixie at the water's edge.
"I'm havin' fun Dixie" she calls out jumping onto the front of her go-cart boat. "Watch" she bounces up and down making the go cart bob up and down.
"Little Angel, come on this isn't funny" Casey calls annoyed at his fisters stubbornness.
Just then Gary the Gorilla arrives at the lake shore, seeing what has happened he shrugs and rushes back to find Queen Muffin and Miss Chirps. Curious they had started to following the trail. They didn't get very far before they heard Gary crashing through the trees, coming back towards them! Gary says, "Oooh ooohooh,ahhahhahhhh,hahahaha!!!!"
Queen Muffin says," what did he say?"
Chirps interprets and says, "Little Angel landed, go cart and all, in the BC lake on the other side of those trees! And she's laughing and bouncing around on the go-cart-boat."
"That figures," says Queen Muffin.
"Well we might as well go and see," says Chirps! They inch their way under the low branches and emerge where the others have gathered watching. Suddenly far out in the lake Casey see a huge, ugly Lake Monster rising out of the lake. Pointing he cries out, " LAKE MONSTER! Little Angel swim for shore!!!!!!!!"
Dixie lots out a terrified Conure screech as every eye focuses on the huge lake Monster making it's way towards an unsuspecting Little Angel..............
see you all tomorrow,
with love and votes
Casey 225323

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09/19/2013 03:16.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Rally mom and i left a vote for you have a good day

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09/18/2013 02:17.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Humpday to everyone. Casey here with our continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. I must say I thought we, Kiddo George and I had our get away without my fister Little Angel seeing where we went. However I was some how not surprised to see her zipping past us on the go-cart track to only disappear over the nearby trees. Life with Little Angel is never dull! LOL
Dixie arrives with Kaji, to have some fun. Hearing what happened from Queen Muffin and Miss Chirps he says to them, " OH no Casey and Kiddo, will really have to keep a good eye on her or else she'll get into some big disaster again",Dixie stops to think better of it and tells them he'd better go and check and see just where she flew off the road too. Dixie quickly follows in the direction they had last seen Little Angel and her go-cart flying. Kaji yells to Casey, "Heya, Casey! Oh no! Queen Little Angel is at it again! Holy moley, but she does keep you on your toes, doesn't she?! Hope she is okay." a worried look crossing his handsome face.
' Come on George, Kiddo we better follow Dixie and find Little Angel" The three hurry to catch up to Dixie.
"I heard a splash from behind the trees" Dixie says frantic to find his sweetie.
"Let's spread out and search for her" Kiddo suggests. " Two go this way" pointing to the left ' and two to the right"
"Greyt idea" they all agree hurrying off in search of a flying go-cart. "Little Angel" Kaji calls out loudly. No answer come to reply. Kiddo and Casey head to the left and push through the heavy tree branches. Dixie and Kaji go to the right calling out to Little Angel all the time as they work themselves through the tangle of branches and long grass.
"Oh no, I wonder where Little Angel is?" Chirps says to Queen Muffin. " we better go help find her. She sure can get into mischief. She's so much fun to play with"
"We'll find her" Queen Muffin says before calling to the Royal guards to aid them in their search.
"Don't worry about LA! I'll get Gary to look for her!
Chirps lets out a budgie yell 'CHICHICHIICHICHICHICHI!
Hey says Queen Muffin, that sounds like a Tazan yell!
Yeah, I learned it watching Tarzan and Jane movies with mom!
Soon they hear the unmistakable sounds of a huge Silver Back gorilla hurrying through the jungle towards them.
'Gary', Chirps says," LA was going too fast and went airbourne over those trees! Can you find her and bring her back?" Gary says "Oooh, ooh,aah,aah aah," which means 'sure, I'll be right back!' in gorilla-eese.
Chirps says, "well that's settled, come on let's follow to see what Little Angel is into now...."
Dixie pushes his way through the grass and there, floating on BC Lake is none other then his mischievous Little Angel. She is laughing and clapping in delight.....
see you all tomorrow
with love and votes
Casey 225323

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, little angel,, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, VOTE ME BOTM in JULY!!!! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

09/18/2013 11:28.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Happy Tuesday to every birdie. Casey here with the continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. I sure to enjoy watching baby animals. They look so cute and cuddly. You all should stop in at the Wildlife Center for a visit.
At George's urging a reluctant Casey and Kiddo bid farewell to their furry friends. Sitting comfortably on George's soft back they headed back along the winding pathway. In the distance Casey can hear a roaring sound and wondering what it might be he asks, " Kiddo? George? Do you know what that sound is coming from ahead behind the tree line?"
Listening Kiddo and George giggled and said, " Just wait and see Casey" They quickened their pace as they grew closer tot he source of the odd, roaring sound. Ducking through the trees Casey can see what all the noise is about.Kiddo. "GO CARTS!!!!!!" squeals Casey jumping down from George to get a closer look.
"Yes, go carts. Come on, let's go take a spin or two around the track' Kiddo exclaims happily.
"The go carts are a gift to the BC Castle grounds from King Hulk. They are so much fun every birdie just has to come try them out" George adds. " They were a gift to his dear friend King Huey who reigned in March 2010. King Huey had ramps and special changes made to accommodate handicapped birdies."
Casey can barely hold his eggcitement in as the three Adventures head inside the fenced in area and pick out their go carts. " I think I'll try this red one."
The three friends pick out their go-carts and put on their helmets. 'Let's goooooo!" yells George heading onto the track in a blur of orange and black. ' Hey wait for usss!' call Casey and Kiddo trying to catch that Tiger as he makes his third lap around the track. Casey is having so much fun that he didn't see the other three go-carts heading onto the track until suddenly " HELLOOOOO CASEY!" Little Angel yells waving her wing as she zips past him followed by Queen Muffin and Miss Chirps.
"OH NOOOOOOOOOO!" yells Casey as he sees his fister driving by. " look out Kiddo, George here comes my fister Little Angel"
Little Angel zips by them as fast as she can go, rounding the second curve. It was here that Little Angel had a thought.
" Casey" she yells loudly let's race!'
"I don't think it is a good idea Little Angel" Kiddo and George pull up beside Casey who has come to a complete stop. "Little Angel NO racing!" calls Kiddo and GEorge but it is too late Little Angel is off like a shot whipping around the first, second and heading into the third curve......
Suddenly her go-cart is air borne heading over the nearby trees and disappearing out of their sight.......
see you tomorrow
with love and votes
Casey 225323

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, little angel,, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, VOTE ME BOTM in JULY!!!! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

09/17/2013 04:00.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi my friends, Casey here with our Monday blog. The day has started out sunny but very cold. I am starting to wonder if I missed that two days of summer this year? Oh well, the weather at the BC Castle is always warm and sunny. Happy Monday. Now, for the continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo.
Casey was very eggcited over the visit to the Bailey Memorial Flight. The huge Raptors were so happy and beautiful. Kiddo eggplained to Casey how Bailey and Miss Falco; King Willie's fister, had fallen in love. " Bailey was Falco's one true love."
Casey and Kiddo climb back up onto George's back and started off towards the Coach Duty Wildlife Center. George tells Casey about the Center as they trot along the walkway. " While King Willie was running for Bird of the Month, he took us on a virtual tour of a real-life Wildlife Center where his Momma volunteers. Inspired by the good work they do there, King Willie began work on the BCs very own Wildlife Center. With the help of others, it was quickly built and the first inhabitants were moved in, in September 2011.
"This is a wonderful addition to Bird Channel's Legendary Castle. Let's hurry I can't wait to see all the little animals that are staying there. " Casey flaps his wings with enthusiasm. Kiddo grins widely at Casey, happy to see his eggxcitement.
"We must be quiet when we visit so we don't frighten the baby animals." Kiddo warns, " There it is! The Coach Duty Wildlife Center." A large sign hung boldly over the door welcoming the Adventures to visit.
"As they three friends approach the door opens wide and King Willie and Falco step out to welcome their guests. " HEllo Casey, I am happy to see that George and Kiddo have brought you by for a tour. You are going to enjoy yourself. There are lots of little animals here right now.' King Willie gestures for Casey, Kiddo and George to follow him inside, while Falco makes sure that the door is firmly closed.
"Oh my" Casey exclaims taking in the large room filled with pens, cages, enclosures and nursery boxes. Peering carefully into an open box, Casey giggles as 2 baby squirrels chitter at the stranger. Moving on Casey sees a large pen with a litter of small raccoons playing on their tree house. " Hello, nice to met you." Casey waves as he walks past to the next enclosure. ' Kiddo look! Baby deer" The twin fawns blink and stand up to get a better look at the visitors.
"Casey come meet Penelope Possum" Falco picks up the small animal in her wings. " She has been here for a while, and loves to meet everyone who stops in for a visit." Falco smiles as she pats Penelope on the head before putting her back into her pen.
"I could stay here all day and visit with every little animal" Casey says, looking into a cage with a tiny Bluebird.
"We must keep going Casey, I have so much more to show you" George purrs softly,....
see you all tomorrow
with love and votes
Casey 225323

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, little angel,, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, VOTE ME BOTM in JULY!!!! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

09/16/2013 08:55.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello to everyone. Casey here, at long last with the Continuing Adventures of Casey and Kiddo. I was blocked off BC for two whole days but things seem to be back to normal, well as normal as life can be living with a human. hehehe. Thank you for a stopping by with your votes while I was sqauwk-atieled both Friday and Saturday.
Casey watches with eyes wide-open as the huge Coach Duty Wildlife Center and the Bailey Memorial Flight come into view. George the Tiger, stops for a brief second, then trots in long, effortless strides towards the outdoor flight where Baldwin the Eagle is perched waiting.
"Kiddo, this is totally amazing. Look at the natural habitat and pools of water for the Raptors to drink from." Turning this way then that taking it all in. "Baldwin, this is amazing"
"Come on, I'll give you three a tour, after all I stayed here myself for a spell"
Happy to be heading into a new Adventure, Kiddo, George and Casey willingly agreed. Baldwin, told them all about Bailey, a Blue Crowned Conure; their friend Chyna's frother, whose sudden passing to the Rainbow Bridge had touched the hearts of so many BC birdies, that King Willie, during his September, 2011 Bird of the Month Reign, had at the suggestion of his fister Falco, begun construction of the Raptor Flight pen."
"Kiddo, Casey, let's go check in on some of the Raptor inhabitants" Baldwin effortlessly flies in the door as George holds it open with his massive paw.
"You're going to enjoy this Casey. There are so many things to see and learn here." Kiddo smiles as the three adventurers follow Baldwin into the Flight Pen. Casey is shocked at how big, and roomy it is. The natural trees and landscape is truly beautiful. The flight has several angled walls covered by vines to encourage the large birds to use their wings to investigate.
" The walls were added to give the visitors a reason to stretch their wings in flight. This way they can't just see from one end to the other. They have to fly there to see what's happening." George stops briefly while Casey and Kiddo take in the scene, then walks softly on following Baldwin.
Casey stops to talk to a red-Tailed Hawk.
"Hello Mr Hawk. How did you come to be here?" The Hawk pins his wise looking eyes onto Casey. " I was flying through a field searching for supper when I hit a power-line and broke my wing. A nice man picked me up and brought me here to get better. One day I will be released back into the wild." One by one Casey, Kiddo and George met the resident Raptors. "This is very impressive. King Willie has done a wonderful thing building this Bailey Memorial Flight Pen."
Kiddo agrees, a the three explorers thank Baldwin before moving onto the Coach Duty Wildlife Center............
see you tomorrow
with love and votes
Casey 225323

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho, Thank you friends for BOTD, Jack, thank you all for BOTD, sassy, Casper, you fought a good fight l'il man, amando, sky, Angel Lupe', I will see you again!, little angel,, broken wings, broken promises, casey, LittleAngel & Dixie's wedding album, Jesse,, flynn, angel girl, Sarah little bird, Zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA, VOTE ME BOTM in JULY!!!! & sweetie, thank you friends for BOTD.

09/15/2013 08:40.50 AM Report This Comment  
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