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I had heard about her at the pet store and wanted another African Grey so thought about a Timneh. I went to see her and it was love at first site..

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Hi! My name is Mica

I am an African Grey from Gilbert, AZ.

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3 years old   F

African Grey

Pine nut bits, corn and almond pieces.

Top of my cage and on the play gym.

I'm not to sure of strangers and I hate to be alone.

She gives me lots of attention and loves me. She rescues me from my big sister when I insist on going over and making friends.

I am always trying to get on my big sisters cage or playpen, Mariah who is not a bit happy about me and doesn't want me around. "Just like a big sister"..

Life is good. If you like to see more of Mica see her face book page https://www. facebook. com/Mariah. MicaAGparrots?r- ef=hl.

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  Hi Mika
just flying by.. this is max

Come visit me, Rio Z, Max, Sweetie & Rio Rio.

12/01/2014 07:31.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
How are you today.. I am talking away. Thanks for visiting me today. Hope to see you more. Beak hugs Max

Come visit me, Rio Z, Max, Sweetie & Rio Rio.

11/12/2014 04:38.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
July 10th BOTM POST
Hello to all my BC friends. Zeena here today to take a peek into some nestboxes around the world, and take a look at some of the amazing Amazon mutations being bred today. Please note that most are not currently available to the public. Some of these awesome finds are selling for as much as 125,000US each to breeders.
One day these new color mutations will be found in pet homes as newer mutations occur. Their unique beauty and charm is well worth the look. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have. There are several renowned pioneers in color mutation breeding working in the USA in conjunction with international breeders.r Howard Voren is one such dedicated breeder. He has specialized in mutation breeding in several species with great success. All pictures show "pure" mutations, they are not hybrids. Hybrids are a breeding of two diverse species to produce specimens with characteristics of both species.
To breed mutations which occur spontaneously, breeders work with like marked birds or carriers which genetically have the potential to reproduce the desired new mutation. With continuing breeding the new mutation becomes stabilized, and will improve in size, pigmentation and over-all characteristics. Mutation breeding does not weaken the natural health of the species as they are produced from "normal coloured" birds. Many mutations are sex-linked which will only produce specimens of one sex or the other or must have one parent that is the desired mutation to reproduce mutation offspring. Mutation breeding is a challenging and rewarding field of aviculture built on patience and hard work.
I wish to thank everyone for their daily votes and blogs. I read each one and have learned a lot from your input.
I have added the mutation name to each picture for easier identification.

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/10/2014 05:14.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
The Ara Project Part # 3

Happy Humpday everybirdie. Zeena here with the conclusion of the Ara Project series. I hope you have enjoyed visiting with these highly endangered Macaws, and learning about what is being done to help save the species in the wild. I wish to thank each one of my friends for your continuing votes and words of encouragement. I love receiving input from my friends, and learning more.

The Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Although the Scarlet Macaw is listed by IUCN as least concern there is evidence of a population decline in the wild. It is listed by CITES as Appendix I. The declines in this species' population are due to habitat loss and fragmentation (expected to lose 20-35% of habitat within its range over 40 years (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011)), the wild bird trade and hunting for feathers and food. Current population estimates are 20,000 – 50,000; total Central American population no more than 4000. Many outside conditions could suddenly drop numbers to the point where they will be unable to rebuild populations.
Reasons for decline in population;

Exploitation for the former wild bird pet trade
Habitat loss and fragmentation due to logging and agriculture
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers
Shooting for the sport of it
Ecology

The Scarlet Macaw is found in lowland rainforest and savanna, in Mexico remote portions of humid forest, on the Pacific slope in Honduras, in Costa Rica deciduous and humid forest, Colombia in lowland rainforest and gallery forest and Venezuela in rainforest and savanna. Birds are encountered in pairs, parties of 3-4 or flocks up to 30 individuals as they forage on fruits, fruits and nuts of various palms, and seeds, flowers and nectar.

Tomorrow we are going to stop and take a peek into a few nestboxes to discover what eggciting chicks are inside. Bring your cameras for these awesome new arrivals in aviculture.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/10/2014 09:05.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Hello Everybird, Zeena here with the continuing article on the Ara Project. Today we will look at the Great Green Macaw ( Military or Buffon's). We will look at their distribution and what has pushed them to the point of extinction.


Once prevalent throughout the entire Caribbean, Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) populations have declined alarmingly in recent years due to poaching and deforestation, in particular the cutting of Mountain Almond trees. BirdLife International states" that over the past 50 years global populations have been reduced by half." A census conducted in the Cordillera de Chongon Colonche and Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador in 2010 found only 8 birds, with the current population in all of Ecuador suspected to be 30-40 birds (E. Horstman in litt. 2012). Recent conservation efforts in Costa Rica have stabilized numbers with less than 300 birds and an estimated 25-35 breeding pairs remaining (PsittaScene Aug. 2011). There are less then 1000 individuals in South American.
Factors contributing to decline in numbers;

Unsustainable exploitation, poaching for the wild bird trade
Subspecies guayaquilensis reportedly shot as a crop-pest
Conversion of forest to oil-palm and banana plantations, causing the loss of the large Mountain Almond
Increased impact of logging, agriculture, illegal coca plantations, gold mining and hunting
Illegal trapping for in-country trade, food and feathers

Ecology

This macaw prefers lowland humid forest and also strongly deciduous forest; in Costa Rica lowland primary forest. It is found at altitudes to 600m (1968 ft) in Costa Rica and1000m (3280 ft) in Panama. Less gregarious than other large macaws, it is found in pairs and groups of 3-4 birds, foraging on fruits and flowers.

Tomorrow we will take a closer look at the plight of the Scarlet Macaws, and what we can do to help save the remaining populations.

with love and scritches Zeena 25116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/08/2014 04:54.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Mica
We have finally arrived at Monday once more. It's hard to realize one week is already gone on my BOTM campaign. Today we will take a short stop-over in Costa Rica to visit some good friends of mine and see what they have been busily working on. Being a Macaw this is one subject that is near and dear to my heart. The Ara Project. The Ara Project is a Costa Rican non-profit organization that’s breeds, for the sole purpose of release into the wild, endangered Scarlet & Great Green Macaws. With only 2000 Scarlet Macaws left in Costa Rica and only around 2500 Great Green Macaws ( also known as Buffon's or Military) left in the world the Ara Project is proving "breeding for release" to be a valuable tool to prevent further declines in the numbers or even extinction of these magnificent birds. They work in conjunction with MINAET (Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, Energy & Telecommunications).
The Great Green or Military(Buffon's) Macaw is endangered, and has been one of the key elements in the proposal for the formation of a new National Park in Costa Rica, Maquenque National Park. Already significant parts of the bird's existing habitat is covered by Nature reserves and other conservation projects. Project Ara is working hand in hand with locals to reestablish a strong breeding pool of wild Macaws with the end result to stop and reverse it's rapid decline.

The Ara Project incorporates breeding techniques and aviary management in order to carry out controlled release programs in conjunction with Costa Rican wildlife laws imposed by MINAET. The Ara Project has released a total of 80 Scarlet Macaws on its release sites. The Ara Project aimed to started their Great Green Macaw reintroduction program in 2011. This will be Costa Rica's and the world's first official reintroduction of the species. To date having released a number of both species
In the 80's retired American couple Margot and Richard Frisius started a licensed zoological park to take care of parrots confiscated by the government or disowned by private owners. In 1992 they officially started a breeding program to participate in macaw conservation, resulting in the establishment of the non-profit organization formerly known as "Amigos de las Aves" (Friends of the Birds). Over the years they created what has become the biggest collection of Great Green Macaws in captivity and, upon acquiring a breeding stock of sufficient genetic diversity, a successful Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program.
with love and scritches Zeena 25116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/07/2014 02:53.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
Happy Sunday to all my BC friends. Zeena here with a look at a species of bird, well reputed as THE best talker and mimicker. Once abundantly available at low prices, today an often difficult to find and much costly addition to ones Flockily. Momma Deb says as a child she recalls seeing a number of these interesting, entertaining birds kept in Pet Stores, and businesses. She has been searching for one for over ten years and only encounter one at a very costly price.
The Mynah, the loved and disliked Clown of the avian world.
The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), sometimes spelled Mynah, also sometimes known as "Indian Myna", is a member of the family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the Myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments.The Common Myna is an important motif in Indian culture and appears both in Sanskrit and Prakrit literature. "Myna" is derived from the Hindi language maina which itself is derived from Sanskrit madana.

The range of the Common Myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species and one of only three birds in the top 100 species that pose an impact to biodiversity, agriculture and human interests. In particular, the species poses a serious threat to the ecosystems of Australia where it was named "The Most Important Pest/Problem".

Mynahs are a lively, confident, aggressive, and noisy bird. It is friendly and perky, and the large flocks that gather at roosting time are usually raucous and grouchy. As pets they have many redeeming qualities including an inmate ability to mimic sounds, whistles and human speech. Once quite common in the pet trade, they now are difficult to locate. The Greater and Lesser Hill Mynahs are most thought of when imaging a Mynah Bird. Their clownish, outgoing personalities winning many a fan in years past.

Mynah's eat a mixture of specially formulated insect mash and fresh foods. Like the Lories, they have watery, odorous droppings, making them difficult to maintain in a home environment. those who endure the mess speak lovingly of their companions who seem to adore children, and adults alike. Daily cage washing, bathing and out of cage time are mandatory for good health. Momma Deb recalls that in her childhood most Mynah's were caged in small cramped cages,eating a diet of sunflower seeds and fruit. Thus living a miserable, short life. As advances came, it was found that Mynah's must have a balanced, more natural diet, and lots of room to move around in their cages. Bonded pairs breed readily in captivity. Babies that are hand-reared average $1200 to 1500 each when available. Bali Mynah's are rare and available to collectors only.

I wish to thank all my friends here on C for their daily support, and words of encouragement.

with love & scritches Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/06/2014 01:52.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
Good afternoon my dear BC friends, Zeena here with today's BOTM blog. We will once more make a stop in South American to visit one of natures very interesting and unique inhabitants. Our host is one of aviculture's beautiful, and unusual songbirds. The Green Oropendola. The Green Oropendola is of exclusively Amazonian distribution.The Green Oropendola (Psarocolius viridis) is generally common in its wooded habitats that are found in the Amazon and Guianas of South America; specifically Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Largely pale green above, the posterior underparts and rump are chestnut, and the tail is largely yellow except for the central rectrices. The bill is green basally, becoming red towards the tip, and the skin around the eyes and lores is pink. Males and females are similar in plumage, but the latter sex is substantially smaller. Like most oropendolas, this species breeds in colonies, usually of five to ten pairs, and constructing a hanging ‘basket’ nest of woven plant fibers. The species’ displays are similar to those of the Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus).
Related common species include such song-birds as the Meadow Lark, Bobo-Link and Bullock's Oriole to name but a few.
The Green Oropendola eats a diet of fresh fruits, insects, mynah bird food and nectar in captivity. An active, high energy species these birds require a large, long flight to maintain them in good condition. Somewhat difficult to breed, these beautiful birds require an aviary suitable to house a number of mature pairs to have any success in nesting and rearing offspring. Hand reared babies of the Green Oropendola are occasionally available but do not tend to retain tameness once weaned. In the wild they typically nest in colonies similarly to Quaker Parrots, building their hanging basket-like nests in a common tree. Captive breeding is seeing an increase in successful clutches being raised to fledging and adulthood.
These are definitely not a species for the beginner avicultarist, and their pricy purchase costs in excess of $850.00US each leaves them to the more well off and experienced collectors. Their song is soft and melodious, a pleasure to listen to. Their call is often described as flute-like and low.
Tomorrow we will visit with a wonderful, entertaining species of bird, that once filled many living rooms, but today is rare both in captivity and their wild habitat.
I wish to thank all my many friends for their loving support on my quest to be August's BOTM. I couldn't make it without all of you.
love and scritches
Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/05/2014 05:46.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
Hello everybird, Zeena here with today's BOTM blog. First I wish all my US friends a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday. It is also the day that my little fister Little Angel will marry her beloved Dixie. Their wedding will take place on the BC Castle page number 239094. All are invited to join these two "love-birds" this evening at 6PM Eastern Time as they share their vows of love. The reception will follow on the same page. Today we will take a peek into a few nesting boxes around the world and see what we find. Come on, let's be very quiet, as we explore the many new Blue and Gold Macaw mutations .Color Mutations are considered "pure" birds. They occur in nature, although rarely and if they do, they often don't survive long, if the "new color" is too vibrant and they are easily visible by predators.

Color mutations in captivity are perpetuated by breeding like colored birds to like colored birds (of two birds that carry the color gene). The resultant offspring will often be the color that is desired. Hybrids are the crossing of two species, whereas mutations occur spontaneously.

Most of us know the Blue and Yellow Macaw. Many of us own one or more, however there are some really eggciting new mutations I'd like us to take a look at. We are most familiar with the typical blue and Gold. However there is a larger variant from Bolivia called the Bolivian Blue and Gold Macaw. The Bolivian variety is distinguished by its larger size and its coloring. On all these Macaws the colors are vibrant, but the Bolivian has more of a true blue rather than the teal blue seen in the average Blue and Gold. They all share the same wonderful personality and characteristics.

The Bolivian Blue and Gold Macaw is a variant originating only in Bolivia. It looks just like the typical Blue and Gold, however, it is much larger. A mutation of the Blue and Gold Macaw has also been reported where the yellow coloring is absent creating a blue and white bird. Although seldom seen or available there are many new mutations being bred. Many sell for over $50,0US each.
Momma Deb told me she would love to have one of each, they are so beautiful, I am certain you will have to agree.
photo one--white
photo 2-- white blue opaline
photo 3--white blue pied
photo 4-cinnamon opaline
photo 5--cinnamon
photo 6--lutino
photo 7--blue & white
photo 8-10-Golden or lutino-albino yellows
photo 11--blue and white
see you all tomorrow,
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/04/2014 02:42.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
Hello everybirdie. Zeena here with today's Rainforest findings. I wish to thank everyone for their awesome support and hope you will enjoy today's feature species.
The Harpy Eagle is a majestic shadow that silently soars above the Rainforest canopy. Once common, and plentiful, today they rest on the brink of extinction. Previously a common sight in Brazil, the Harpy Eagle has become as rare as seeing a unicorn would be. Hunted to near extinction for their feathers, sport and out of fear and concern for their livestock, these awesome giants of the Raptor world are rapidly disappearing. These birds terrify hapless animals that forage in the shifting sunlight of the high canopy. Harpy eagle is the largest and the most powerful raptor throughout America. They belong to the family of accipitridae. American harpy eagle typically inhabits lowland rainforests but are disappearing from much of its range due to habitat loss and it almost extirpated in Central America.
The Harpy Eagle weighs in at 20 to 27 pounds for a hen and 12 to 17 pounds for a male, standing between 40 and 60 inches in length, sporting 5 to 7 inch talons it is a formidable predator dining on a diet consisting largely of sloth and moneys, with other animals making up the balance. In flight the Harpy flies on strong 5 to 7 foot wide spans, silent and watchful for a meal below in the dense Rain Forest canopy.
With wide spread clear-cutting and man's guns, the Harpy Eagle is soon going to be gone from the wild habitat it once claimed. Nesting in tree top nests, the single chick remains with the parents for up to two years. Pairs mate for life thus making it harder to rebuild endangered populations. Many Harpy Eagles have be poached for the private collector market relentlessly, with current breeding programs being established to help stave off their total elimination. Used by Bird of Prey enthusiasts and trained to hunt on command. Many die from lack of proper diet, and education of would be owners. New Government regulations being in place it is hoped to make owning Harpy Eagles a more difficult objective. Would be owners now have to finish a Government regulated Raptors training program which entails sixteen to eighteen months apprenticeship training in care, training and husbandry.
Tomorrow we will take a closer look at a new and exciting find that is shaking the bird community. Discovered in a nestbox, this unusual baby has enthusiasts in awe.
A quick reminder that on Friday July 4th my fister LITTLE ANGEL THRIFT will wed the handsome Mr Dixie Adler at the BC Castle page number 239094
with love and scritches
Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/03/2014 11:18.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
Hello everybirdie, Zeena here with today's BOTM post. As we land in Brazil, we are cautioned to be very quiet so we don't disturb the Macaws. SHhhhhh!

The Spix's Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), also known as the Little Blue Macaw, is a macaw native to Brazil.First discovered by German naturalist Georg Marcgrave, when he was working in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil in 1638 and it is named for German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix, who collected a specimen in 1819 on the bank of the Rio São Francisco in northeast Bahia in Brazil.
The bird is a medium size parrot weighing about 300 grams (0.66 lb), smaller than most of the large macaws. Its plumage is various shades of blue, with a grey-blue head, light blue underparts, and vivid blue upperparts. Males and females are identical in appearance, the females being a little smaller on average. The Spix Macaw is reported to be extinct in the wild, with the disappearance of one last single male in 2000. All remaining Spix Macaws are now kept in several private breeding programs without the world. Due to their extremely small numbers none are available for public viewing. The largest colony of approximately 40 birds is currently owned by an Arab sheik who has been working on breeding these beautiful birds with the final hope that they will be able to be released into their former remaining habitat.
The Spix Macaws were destroyed in the wild by excessive deforestation and hunting. The colonies were ruthlessly killed, poached for the pet trade and shot for pure sport until they had been eliminated in their territory. The introduction of predators into their habitat, including rats, monkeys and feral cats also aided the quick decline in wild Spix populations. In recent years there have been isolated reports of Spix Macaws in land in protected, isolated locations but this has not been publicly verified, although it possibly might be true, to protect what remaining wild pairs there are.
A sad note, this past Wednesday PRESLEY, the second to last known wild-born member of the species flew to the Rainbow Bridge after a brief illness. Presley had been kept as a pet in the USA for years, but was returned to Brazil in 2008. He left no progeny. He was 40 years old at his death.
Presley's death is a blow to conservation efforts in both a symbolic and literal sense. Critically endangered, these native Brazilian birds (Cyanopsitta spixii) are believed to be extinct in the wild. Decades of deforestation and rampant wildlife trafficking have besieged the medium-size macaws, who also ended up having to compete for nest space with introduced Africanized honeybees.
Now with fewer then 100 living specimens, most closely related, the Spix Macaws future hangs in the balance. This spring heralded in the hatching of 5 babies, 3 of which were due to artificial insemination. Perhaps someday our grandchildren will be able to see the wild Spixs fly free once more.
with love and scritches Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/02/2014 12:04.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica and Miriah
Hello Everybirdie
Today we kick off my month of July BOTM run with a special celebration. It's Canada Day here with all the food,fun, family and firework displays. I hate fireworks, too noisy, but being a Macaw I'm always up for some food, and fun. I want to begin this month by telling you a little bit about myself. Most of you already know my handsome frother SKY, my mischievous fister Little Angel and my adventurous frother Casey, but some may not know me birdsonally.
I joined the Sky Flock in 2013. It was Easter weekend when Momma Deb received the call from my former owner to "come today and get her PLEASE!!!!!" I am sure glad that Momma Deb did, because it was the best thing that happened to me in a long while. I had lived with my first owners for 13-14 years but it became necessary to rehome me and I was sold to a lady who had a whole house full of very large, very aggressive Pitbulls and Rottweilers. I never left my cage and spent a whole year and some living in fear of being attacked by the dogs. I thought things were going to get better when once more I was resold. The lady who bought me had two large dogs who constantly barked and growled at me. I was so stressed I began to pluck some of my feathers out and I never spoke, and hadn't in 2 1/2 years.
It was my best day when Momma Deb arrived to take me away from there. I'd only been there a short while but I was relieved to be going somewhere I hoped would be better. I am very happy here at the Sky Flock, I get out of my cage all the time and love to yell at the other birds to be quiet. Momma Deb discovered I have a rather extensive vocabulary and know how to count to sixteen, and know a number of songs as well.
Enough about me. Let's get our suitcases, cameras and sunscreen ready as we begin our trip to every corner of the world. We will visit some very rare and endangered species, learn about some interesting and unusual birds, and my favorite take a look at some of the awesome mutations showing up around the planet of some of our most common feathered friends.
I will see every one tomorrow.
with love and scritches
Zeena 255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

07/01/2014 01:32.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Zeena here to introduce myself. I am Sky's Blue and Gold fister, and your July 2014 BOTM candidate. I promise that we will have a fun filled, interesting July together exploring EVERYTHING BIRD.
I will introduce you to some very interesting and unique members of the avicultral world. New mutations and new finds that have recently been added to the amazing, and wonderful world of birds. Also we will visit a few very endangered and stunning species that are fighting to make a come back.
What would July be without a few funny, and interesting, humorous adventures? So grab your hats and sun-screen as we prepare to take flight throughout the world of Birds.
with love and scritches
Zeena---255116

Come visit me, Rally and Lacie, Poncho wishing all a Merry Christmas, Jack,, Angel Sassy, Till I see you again,, 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, KING JESSE, Thank you friends for BOTM, flynn, ANGEL GIRL, Santa Birdie is Coming Soon, SARAH LITTLE BIRD,Thank you for BOTD, zeke, thank you friends for BOTD, ZEENA & SWEETIE, wishing you a Merry Christmas.

06/30/2014 11:04.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
We are so sorry it has been a month since our last blogging but the parront has been busy working 5am to 1:30pm for the last 8 weeks. She needs to save some money and also to pay home and car insurance. The A/C broke and she does not know yet how much will be the cost to repair it. The weather is getting hot here already.She also needs a new car, so many expenses.

On Monday 24February she got her first injection on the lower back, there was no much improvement after it, last Monday she got 2 more injections on her lower back, so far her lower back is not bothering her. On Monday 31 she will have another injection on the cervical area.

Also the computer is getting slow, and she does not understand windows 8 yet so she could start using her new laptop.

This is our current situation. Since she is very busy we don't know yet when we will be able to blog again.

This is all for know

See you soon
have a greyt one
be a good birdie
Beaky kisses and V4U
Truly Yours, Baby

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03/21/2014 02:26.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Just wanted to say hello!

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03/08/2014 04:39.36 AM Report This Comment  
  HI MICA
Cori has just had her bath and had her beak buffed by Boo Boo. Boo Boo feels one must always look their best when speaking to the public. Cori clears her throat and continues her speech about bird songs.
male birds sing in the morning to appear more macho and by delivering a lusty dawn chorus he sends out the message he is full of energy and raring to go. blackbirds and song thrushes can do this more than 1-1/2 hours before chaffinches and blue tits. scientists have discovered that the bigger the birds eyes the sooner in the morning it strikes up its song. their singing not only determines their territory but attracts mates and also predators like owls. with their hearing out of action while they warble they must be able to rely on heir eyes to see attacks coming. those birds with smaller eyes need extra sunlight to be sure of their safety. birds pass on songs from generation to generation. fathers pass on their repertoire of chirps and tweets to their sons and mothers give theirs to their daughters. female songbirds learn their songs at a much faster rate than the males do (who didn't know that one). a female cardinal learned her selection of music in one third the time it took her male sibling to learn the exact songs. females are attracted to the male with the largest and loudest songs so those males really have to work it.male birds that imitate other songbirds songs like the mockingbirds, the mynah and the australian
lyrebird are very attractive to the female because they feel if the male knows so much about the other birds songs it must also know where they keep their food
supplies..
tomorrow we will continue along this same vein of thought

HAPPY TGIF DAY

THANKY YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED VOTES

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03/07/2014 04:22.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
We are pleased to make your acquaintance. I am running for Botm of the month and would appreciate any votes you could give me to help me win. i just saw your name on Okis page and thought we would stop by.
HERE IS DAY 6 OF MY CAMPAIGN SPEECH. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ THE PREVIOUS SPEECHES YOU CAN GO TO PADDY AND PIDDY PAGE.
before Coris speech today Boo Boo trills some musical notes for every birdie. Cori then begins:

scientists thinks birds use the same combination of notes, rhythms and pitch as we do.
when researchers slowed down recordings of birdsong from two different species of wren they were surprised to discover they were singing classical music. a white breasted wood wren produced the familiar da da da daaaaah Beethovens Fifth Syrmphony, while a canyon wren sang a trilling cascade that almost exactly echoed the opening of Chopins Revolutionary E'tude. whether or not the composers drew inspiration from the birds song is unclear, but Mozart was at least willing to give credit to his pet starling for inspiring him. when the bird sang his new Piano Concerto in G Major back to him, with the sharps changed to flats,Mozart admitted it was an improvement and incorporated the starlings changes.
Birds produce many sounds made by orchestral musical instruments. the Australian Diamond Firetail Finch sounds like a oboe. the White-bellied green Imperial Pigeon or Strawberry Finch could easily be mistaken for a flute. the Potoo sings like a bassoon. the Western Crowned Pigeon from New Guinea woos its mates with notes that could be produced by a tuba. the Nightingale may have mother natures best musical ear. it can repeat complicated pieces of music containing 60 different "phrases" its singing abilities are exceptional with a repertoire including 900 different types of melody.
tomorrow i will talk more about birds and their singing.
THANKYOU FOR YOUR VOTES

LOVE CORI AND BOO BOO (campaign manger)

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03/06/2014 02:57.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello!
Just wanted to stop in and say hi!

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02/11/2014 09:32.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Sorry I was not able to come back earlier but the parront has been very busy working. She is working 5am-1:30pm because she needs the money. She started last week working those extended hours, she asked the supervisors and they told her yes. Her regular shift is 8am to 1:30PM, and she works 27.5 hours a week officially. She is working 40 hours since last week because they need personnel, they are short. She is still officially a part time employee who is allowed to work 40 hours a week temporarily.

Next Monday she has a follow up medical appointment to see if she needs to get shots on her back for pain.

The weather has been cold recently and this week has been raining as well.

This is all for now. See you again when we have a chance.

Happy Valentines Day in advance!

Have a greyt Saturday
Be a good birdie
Beaky kisses and V4U
Truly Yours, Baby

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02/08/2014 02:10.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Finally the parront is able to do our weekly blogging, sorry we took 2 weeks to come back but the parront does not have much time with her schedule, we don't have home internet and the computer is also getting slow. She has a new laptop but is windows 8 and she does not understand it yet.

She went for her follow up appointment on the 22 because the doctor called out on the 17. She is going now for the injections on her back because her back is bothering her again not as bad as before but she does not want it to get worse.

The weather here has been cold some people say chilly.

This is our current situation.

See you next time we get a chance.

Happy Valentines Day in advance, in case we don't get a chance to blog before that day.

Have a greyt Monday
Be a good birdie
beaky kisses and V4U
Truly Yours, Baby

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01/27/2014 08:07.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Sorry we could not blog before but with the new schedule it is even harder for the parront to find time to do our blogs. We don't have a specific blogging day now. She will blog whenever she has a chance.

We are sorry to hear that BC is closing but we don't know yet if we would continue blogging on facebook. The parront does not have facebook, she does not like it.

So far her back is not bugging her at all. She has a follow up appointment on Friday 17.

Some days the weather has been really cold here. Today is cloudy but it is Ok.

The parront is fasting because her church is doing a 21 days fasting. It will end on the 26th.

This is all for now. See you next time we have a chance.

Have a greyt Friday
see you later
be a good birdie
Beaky kisses and V4U
Truly yours, Baby

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01/10/2014 02:33.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
DAy 8
How are u sweetie? Well, the Polar Vortex is finally heading back to the Arctic Circle, where it belongs! The g-kids had a 2 hour delay on Monday & cancellation yesterday & today! There was supposed to be just a 2 hour delay today, but because of these frigid temps, the school buses wouldn't start. They said that at these extreme temps diesel gas turns to gel...but it will warm up enough for them to go back tomorrow...the temp is going up to 33 degrees...it's going to feel like a heat wave! Monday night we had a low of -13 & Tuesday we had a high of -5!
Today we will continue with: WHEN TO CONTACT UR VET.
CONTACT UR VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:

HAS SIGNS OF GASTROINTESTINAL, URINARY, OR REPRODUCTIVE DISTRESS INCLUDING:
*Straining continually, but unable to produce feces or urates
*Choking
*Swallowing a foreign body (ex: toy, cage decoration, bell clapper)
*Any condition that makes it difficult to eat or manipulate food (injury to a foot or the beak)
*A prolapse or eversion (being turned outward or inside out) at the vent or bleeding from the vent
*Egg binding: straining & having difficulty producing an egg
*An overdose of medication or suspected poisoning
HAS SIGNS OF GENERAL ILLNESS OR NERVOUS SYSTEM OR MUSCULAR DISEASE INCLUDING:
*Extreme weakness, lethargy or depression, unconsciousness, collapse, or coma
*Seizures (flapping wings while lying in the bottom of the cage)
*A head tilt nystagmus (eyes move rapidly from side to side), staggering, walking in circles, difficulty sitting on a perch, or other problems moving
*Severe or continuous pain
*Sudden inability to bear weight on a leg or use a wing
*Swollen or injured foot due to a leg band problem.
Tomorrow we will finish this with: CONTACT UR VET WITHIN EIGHT HOURS.
Have a great day sweetie, I'll see u tomorrow!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/08/2014 09:56.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
DAY 7
How are u sweetie? So sorry no blog yesterday, mom had a medical emergency "ironic, isn't it?!) Her 7 yr old grandson had a horrific nosebleed that mom couldn't get stopped. The specialist (ENT doc) has run every test in the book & cannot figure out why it keeps happening! I've examined him myself!) It's frustrating that it keeps happening & also a relief that it's nothing serious! These nosebleeds come out of the blue, they can happen even if he's sitting quietly, watching TV! At the hospital yesterday, they cauterized his nose...AGAIN! He's doing fine today!
It is FREEZING COLD here today, at 10am, STILL 9 degrees BELOW zero! Tho, this is a heat wave compared to the north-central part of the USA. Grand Forks ND will have a HIGH today of 39 degrees BELOW ZERO!! I can't imagine how cold that is! We heard on the news that it's colder here than it is at the South Pole!!!
The next couple days, we will discuss scenarios & whether to call the vet immediately or whether it can wait. The following info may help u decide which conditions are absolute emergencies & which ones may let u take a "wait & see" attitude. If your bird is sick/injured & u are unsure of the severity, it's best to call the vet's office immediately.
CALL VET IMMEDIATELY IF UR BIRD:
HAS SIGNS OF HEART OR RESPIRATORY DISEASE INCLUDING:
*No heartbeat
*No breathing (open mouth breathing, tail bobbing while breathing)
*Wheezing or clicking sounds when breathing
*A near drowning
*ANY breathing abnormality after an exposure to overheated Teflon (we will cover this in detail), aerosol spray, or other irritants to the respiratory system
HAS TRAUMA INCLUDING:
*A broken bone, or a cut that exposes a bone
*Bleeding that cannot be stopped (ex: from blood feather, nail, or beak)
*An eye injury or the eye appears enlarged or protruding
*An attack by an animal
*Being hit by a moving object
*Puncture wounds
*Any trauma to the head
*Flying into a window or other object
*A severe laceration, or an incision that has opened & the skin is gaping
*Mishandling (ex: squeezed by a child)
HAS HAD HEAT OR COLD RELATED INJURIES INCLUDING:
*Biting on an electrical cord & receiving a shock or burn
*Burns or inhaled smoke
*Heat stroke (panting,holding wings out away from the body)
We will pick up here tomorrow. Have a great day sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/07/2014 10:18.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
DAY 5
How are u sweetie? JEEZ, what crazy weather we are having!! At 1pm today, it was 52 degrees & tomorrow night it will drop down to 13 degrees BELOW ZERO!!! A difference of 65 degrees, can u believe it! On Tuesday, we will have a high temp of 2 degrees below zero! I don't think mom will venture out til the slight warm up on Thursday!
Today we will discuss restraining & transporting a sick or injured bird. To make capturing a sick/injured bird easier, towel him before u put him in his carrier (unless u are transporting him in his cage). Towels make pet birds easier to handle, & they give the bird something to chew on if he becomes frustrated with the toweling process. Jade an appropriate sized towel; wash cloths for small birds, kitchen dis towels for medium-sized, & bath towels for large parrots. When you restrain a bird, keep the following in mind:
*work quickly to minimize handling time. Stress & overheating problems will be reduced.
*plan ahead. Have all tools, equipment & meds ready prior to restraint.
*for small birds especially, a net would be helpful to catch if bird escapes.
*towel selection is based on size of the bird. It WILL be chewed on, so choose an old one!
*In pet birds, the beak causes injuries. Respect it & protect yourself.
*Birds have very fragile bones. Their legs & wings are most susceptible to injury.
*Don't put any pressure on the bird's chest while holding him. It will interfere with breathing.
Call ur avian vet's office BEFORE leaving ur house. Explain ur emergency so the vet's office can be ready for ur arrival. By taking this step will save u precious time if u have life-threatening emergency. If possible, enlist a driver so u are able to watch ur bird & reassure him. Cover the cage/carrier to reduce stress & additional warmth. Do not clean out the cage/carrier, the as-is environment may help ur vet determine the cause of your bird's illness.
Tomorrow we will start discussing first aid procedures. Have a good evening & I'll see u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/06/2014 01:01.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
DAY 1
How are u sweetie? I'm excited to begin my campaign on birdie first aid! First, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Momma Deb, my darling Casey's mom, for making all the awesome campaign pics for me! I couldn't have done it without her!
I will start with a basic first aid kit, which is helpful to have if an emergency occurs. Mom keeps mine in a 19 at storage container w/ lid.
*IMPORTANT PHONE #s-ur vet, emergency clinic & poison control ctr.
*PAPER & PEN to make notes on bird's condition.
*TOWELS for catching & restraining ur bird
*STYPTIC POWDER/STICK (beak & nails only) or CORNSTARCH (can be used on skin)
*SCISSORS, NAIL CLIPPERS & NAIL FILE
*NEEDLE-NOSED PLIERS-to pull broken blood feathers
*PEROXIDE or other disinfectant solution
*EYE IRRIGATION-such as saline or contact wetting solution
*BASIC BANDAGE MATERIAL-such as gauze square & rolls, MASKING TAPE-does NOT stick to feathers
*PEDIALYTE or GATORADE
*EYE DROPPER
*SYRINGES to irrigate wounds or feed sick birds
*PENLIGHT
*COTTON SWABS to apply meds & clean wounds
*BETADINE SOAP-which is anti-bacterial, for foot injuries
*HEATING PAD or HEAT LAMP-home use
*HEAT PACK to keep bird warm during transport; wrap pack in towel - DO NOT apply directly to bird, burns could result.
Tomorrow we will discuss what constitutes an emergency & triage/first aid priorities.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 10:42.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Hi sweetie, Tia here! Im excited to tell u about my BOTM campaign, which will be on bird first aid. I hope u will enjoy my topic. I will start with what should be in a bird first aid kit. Thank you for ur support!
Love & a vote
Tia

I hope u & ur family have a very Happy New Year!

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01/01/2014 08:31.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
We want to apologize to every birdie for not being able to come back earlier but the parront was released to full duty on the 13th. Then on the 16 she started working 8am to 1:30pm. The doctor said that her condition does not require injections nor surgery so he sent her to work full duty for one month to see how she can tolerate her back. She is still reported by workers comp. She has a follow up appointment on the 17 of January.

Since this change happened she has been very busy so our new blogging day has not been established yet.

We still does not understand the situation with BC? Is it closing or not?

We hope that you all had a greyt Christams day. The parront had to work on both Xmas eve and day, and she will work as well on New Years eve and Day.

This is all for now. Have a greyt New Years Day.


Beaky kisses and V4U
Truly Yours, Baby

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12/28/2013 01:32.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Dec. 21: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Every birde settle in, it’s a long way out to Uranus. Who giggled?? 2,870,990,000 km (1,783,331,755 miles, Yes that’s in the billions!) to be exact. There are snacks in the storage bins to munch on.

Uranus, the first planet discovered in modern times, was discovered by William Herschel while systematically searching the sky with his telescope on March 13, 1781.

Uranus has been visited by only one spacecraft, Voyager 2 on Jan 24 1986. At the time of Voyager 2's passage, Uranus' South Pole was pointed almost directly at the Sun. This is the only planet in our solar system to be so inclined.

Like other gas planets, Uranus has rings, 13 of them in fact. The brightest is known as the Epsilon ring.

Like Jupiter's rings they are very dark but like Saturn's they are made up of fairly large particles ranging from 10 meters in diameter down to fine dust.
Uranus has 27 named moons ranging in size from 789 km to only 5 km.
Well it’s a long trip back. We all have time for a nap before we are home.

Ms BB

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12/21/2013 08:20.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Dec. 20: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

By now every birde should know where we are going today. Yep, we are off to Saturn. The first thing you will notice is the bright rings around this gas planet.

Saturn's interior is similar to Jupiter's consisting of a rocky core, a liquid metallic hydrogen layer and a molecular hydrogen layer. Traces of various ices are also present.
Saturn was first visited by NASA's Pioneer 11 in 1979 and later by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. Cassini, a joint NASA / ESA project, arrived on July 1, 2004 and will orbit Saturn for at least four years.

Let’s go investigate the rings. What do you see out the right side? Oh, small rocks, big rocks and something that looks like ice mixed with sand. There are 14 rings and gaps around Saturn. They are all made up of the same stuff. Any birdie want to Hula Hoop???

Saturn has18 major Moons and lots of smaller ones not named. We will fly by a couple of the big ones on our way home.

First there is Titan at 2575 km wide. It is just off our right side. It is by far the largest of Saturns Moons. This Moon was first reported and named on March 25, 1655 by a Dutch astronomer named Christiaan Huygens.
It is the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere, and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.

Over there on the left is Dione. It is 560 km wide and was first seen in 1684 by Cassini. Just a bunch of rocks floating in space.

Is every birde tuckered out from all this space travel? I am setting the navigation ‘putter to take us back home. I’m taking a nap.

Ms BB

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12/20/2013 04:30.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Dec. 19: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Back to Jupiter to see the rings now. It was believed that Jupiter did not have rings like Saturn but it was found that it has very dark ones. The rings were discovered by Voyager 1 in 1979 on its way through our solar system. Later Voyager 2, the Galileo orbiter and the New Horizons sent back pictures of the ring and moons in February & March 2007.

There are 3 main sections named Halo, Main and Gossamer. There is really only 1 ring with no discernable separation.

Most of the stuff in the rings is dust & very small rocks that come from collisions with the moons. A couple of the moons are within the area of the ring. These moons make notches in the rings as the dust & rocks are attracted by the moons gravity wells

Ok, we have to go now. Back to Earth and a calm atmosphere we can stand up in and breathe without a space suite.

Read more about Jupiter on nineplanets.org

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12/19/2013 03:11.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Dec. 18: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

We wont be getting out of the shuttle today because there will be nowhere to stand.
That is because we will be at the fifth planet from the Sun and by far the largest. Jupiter is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined (the mass of Jupiter is 318 times that of Earth). It is 142,984 km in diameter & has 16 known moons.
Jupiter takes 12 earth years to go around the sun once. That’s a long time to wait for your hatch day!!

It has a very thick gas atmosphere made up of mostly liquid metallic hydrogen toward the center. The outer atmosphere, that’s what we can see, is made up of water, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen in their gaseous stage.

Jupiter was first visited by Pioneer 10 in 1973 and later by Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2 and Ulysses. The spacecraft Galileo orbited Jupiter for eight years.
We are now over The Great Red Spot (GRS) It has been seen by Earthly observers for more than 300 years (its discovery is usually attributed to Cassini, or Robert Hooke in the 17th century).

The GRS is an oval about 12,000 by 25,000 km, big enough to hold two Earths. Other smaller but similar spots have been known for decades. Infrared observations and the direction of its rotation indicate that the GRS is a high-pressure region whose cloud tops are significantly higher and colder than the surrounding regions.

In July 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter after breaking apart with spectacular results. The effects were clearly visible even with amateur telescopes.
Jupiter also has high winds that sometimes top 400 mph. Anybirdie want to go fly a kite? We can’t stay here much longer because the shuttles stabilizers are having a hard time with the high winds.

Ms BB

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12/18/2013 09:27.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mica
Dec. 17: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Let’s take a moment to eat a light snack. We all know about the next planet out from the Sun because we live on it!!! It is called the third rock from the sun.

So we are on our way to Mars today. All girls to the back of the shuttle so the boys can be up front. It is there planet!!

Mars has a diameter of 6,794 km and is much smaller than earth but has a surface area about the same as the land surface of Earth because of the water covering 70% of the Earth.



Mars (Greek: Ares) is the god of War and is known as the red planet.

The first spacecraft to visit Mars was Mariner 4 in 1965. Several others followed including Mars 2, the first spacecraft to land on Mars and the two Viking landers in 1976. Ending a long 20 year hiatus, Mars Pathfinder landed successfully on Mars on 1997 July 4.

In 2004 the Mars Expedition Rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" landed on Mars sending back geologic data and many pictures; they were still operating after more than three years on Mars. In 2008, Phoenix landed in the northern plains to search for water. Three Mars orbiters (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Express) are also currently in operation.

While the average temperature is about 218 K (-55 C, -67 F), Martian surface temperatures range widely from as little as -140 K (-133 C, -207 F) at the winter pole to almost 300 K (+27 C, +80 F) on the dayside during summer.

If you look out the right side you can see Olympus Mons. It is the largest mountain volcano in the Solar System rising 24 km (78,000 ft.) above the surrounding plain. Lets put on space suits & go mountain climbing.

On the left side can be seen Hellas Planitia. This is an impact crater in the Southern Hemisphere over 6 km (3.72 miles) deep and 2000 km (1242.74 miles) in diameter. That was a big rock that hit Mars!!!

We should be glad we are not here during one of this planets dust storms. They can go on for days and have high wind speeds. Scientist mostly agree that there is water (ice) under the two polar caps. And there may be some under the vast central plains.

Hay!!! What was that? Did any other birde see that? Come on, raise your wing if you seen it!! It looked like a green Marten to me.

Ms BB

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12/17/2013 10:27.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Lets get back in the shuttle and strap in. We are off to Venus today. All you boys keep your wings to your selves. Venus IS the planet of love, It is the second planet from the Sun and the sixth largest.


Venus' orbit is the most nearly circular of that of any planet in our system, with an eccentricity of less than 1%. That means it is almost a perfect circular orbit.
The diameter of Venus is 12,103.6 km (7,520440499 miles). That makes it about 650 miles smaller in diameter than Earth but it is 80% denser than Earth. But the gravity is only 90% of earths so you feel a little lighter here.

Venus (Greek: Aphrodite; Babylonian: Ishtar) is the goddess of love and beauty. The planet is so named probably because it is the brightest of the planets known to the ancients. (With a few exceptions, the surface features on Venus are named for female figures.)
Venus has been known since prehistoric times. It is the brightest object in the sky except for the Sun and the Moon.

The first spacecraft to visit Venus was Mariner 2 in 1962. It was subsequently visited by many others (more than 20 in all so far), including Pioneer Venus and the Soviet Venera 7, the first spacecraft to land on another planet, and Venera 9 which returned the first photographs of the surface. The first orbiter, the US spacecraft Magellan produced detailed maps of Venus' surface using radar. ESA's Venus Express is now in orbit.

There are no small craters on Venus. It seems that small meteoroids burn up in Venus' dense atmosphere, which is composed mostly of carbon dioxide and several layers of clouds many kilometers thick composed of sulfuric acid.
Good thing there is a force field around the shuttle to keep it away or it would literally melt the metal.

Craters on Venus seem to come in bunches indicating that large meteoroids that do reach the surface usually break up in the atmosphere.
The pressure of Venus' atmosphere at the surface is 90 times of that on earth.

Ms BB

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12/16/2013 12:06.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
The Snowball fight with Charlie & Cheyenne
Litle Angel adds a little sparkles to her snowball and takes aim. She throws her snowball at Charlie, hitting him in the shoulder sending red and yellow sparkle-snow everywhere.....
Cheyenee's snowball lands with a splat on Little Angel's belly sending snow spraying all over her.
"Gotta ya, Gotta ya" she squeals with delight as Little Angel shakes of the snow.
"Hey I though you were on my side?" L.A. giggles and smiles happily.
"All's far in a snowball fight" Cheyenee tells her with a grin
"Come on, let's go see if we can get some hot cocoa and snacks" Charlie calls from behind a bush.
"OK, greyt idea" the girls call back.
The three friends waddle inside leaving a snowy trail behind them. " OH, OH, we better get that cleaned up before we get in trouble with bringing the outside indoors again" Charlie grabs a cloth to dry up the floor while the two girls gather the snow with a small broom and dust pan.
"This way," Cheyenee takes Little Angel by the wing and leads her towards the kitchen...
Little Angel gives her new friend a hug. "I am so happy we met"
Little Angel climbs up on a chair beside Cheyenee, as Charlie climbs up next to them on his own chair.
"MOOOOOOOOOOOM!" he yells loudly, " Can we pleaseeeeeeeee, have some cookies and hot chocolate?"
Little Angel enjoys the warmth after playing outside in the snow. "Wait, Momma Deb packed us a few treats; apple slices, nutri-berries and birdie bread" Little Angel reaches into her ever present back pack. She takes out all her sparkles and glue bottle, her flash lite, her coconut flakes, and finally brings out her treat pack.
"Don't ask about the other things. Once you are on Bird Channel for a while you'll find out from the others I am the Denis the Menace of the bird world"
The three friends giggle and laugh as Little Angel begins to retell some of her wacky adventures and mischief. Like covering King Spot Le' Blaze-atiel in glitter. He's this months Bird of the Month. Maybe I'll sparkle Ms BB too, Little Angel says, then thinks better of that, since she's her brother SKY's fiancee and a whole lot bigger. It'd take too much sparkles and glitter to do a good job" they all laugh and chuckle thinking of how she'd look all covered in sparkles..............
Come tell me a story and visit my new BC friends, Cheyenne and her frother Charlie -240049. A pair of fun loving Sun Conures.
hugs and glitter
Little Angel

Come visit me, Tell Me a Story, thank you for BOTD.

12/15/2013 05:26.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Good morning every birdie !!!
Geeee!! Do you early birds ever sleep in??? LOL

For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.



Dec. 15: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Every birdie get back in the shuttle and strap in. Today we are going to Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun and the eighth largest planet. It dos have a very thin atmosphere consisting of atoms but they get blasted off its surface by the solar wind.

We don’t want to get out of the shuttle here. The temp can be from -270°F when it’s dark to +800°F in the sun, (-168°C to +427°C).
This planet is only 4,880 km in diameter, slightly bigger than the diameter of Earths Moon at 2,160 miles (3,476 km). This also means a 1 lb bird would only weigh 1/3 of a lb. No need to go on a diet!!!

In Roman mythology Mercury is the god of commerce, travel and thievery, the Roman counterpart of the Greek god Hermes, the messenger of the Gods. The planet probably received this name because it moves so quickly across Earth’s sky.


Look over there and you can see MESSENGER. It was sent by NASA in 2004 and it started orbiting Mercury in 2011 after several flybys. Its first flyby in Jan 2008 provided new high quality images of some of the terrain not seen by Marriner 10.

Mercury, like Earth’s Moon is pockmarked with impact craters. Scientists believe the only water on this planet is at its North Pole in the shadows of the big craters there.
Hold on. We are going back to the Earth now. The shuttle lands at the KB and powers down. Dos every birdie have there Earth legs back? Lets go to the food tent at the KB for something to eat. I’m buying!!!

Read more about our space travels at nineplanets.org. This is where I got most of the info for our off Earth trips.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Jedi & Chipper-Celebrating Christmas at the KB, Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/15/2013 08:42.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Mica
Back to the Moon we go.
Yes, the artificial gravity unit has been fixed. Maybe we will see the Man in the Moon today. We are crater looking today. To be able to see the largest craters we will be at an altitude of 2 miles above the Moon.

We will start on the backside of the Moon to see Hertzsprung. It is always dark there so BB turns on the shuttles outside floodlights. That is it coming up on the right side. It is the largest at 591.0 km (1,938,976.38ft) (367.23 miles) wide. That’s as wide as the state of Mo. folks. There are many smaller craters inside of this crater. The walls have also been hit numerous times.

Now over to the side facing our Earth for the Apollo crater. It is 537.0 km wide (333.7 miles). Apollo has many smaller craters inside it also.
Now we will drop down to just a few hundred feet above the Moon to see some of the smallest ones.

Off to the left is Heymans at 50.0 km wide (31 miles). And over there is Evdokimov at 50.0 km wide. There are lots of craters smaller than these two. Some only a foot across. The bigger the crater the bigger the space rock that hit the Moon.

Did you just feel that bump? We just passed over the highest spot on the moon. It is Mons Huygens at 4.7 km (2.9 miles) high and is named after Christian Huygens, a astronomer. No it dos not have snow on it !!

Over there on the right is Mons Hadley at 4.6 km ( 2.8 miles) high and it is the 2nd highest spot and is named after John Hadley, a inventor. Anybirdie want to get out and climb one of these mountains? There are spacesuits in the storage bins so you can make a moon angel in the dust.

Come visit me, Buba, Jedi & Chipper-Celebrating Christmas at the KB, Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/14/2013 04:21.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Dec. 13: Ms BBs BOTM campaign. Only 12 more days till the big bird in the red suit comes!
All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.



You won’t be needing warm coats or rain coats today. Today we are leaving the confines of the Earth’s gravity. We are headed to the moon. Don’t worry, the shuttle is space worthy. I had Geordi La Forge do a level 1 diagnostic on it last night. There are little bags attached to all the perches. That’s in case the artificial gravity goes out.



Humans have left almost 400,000 pounds of man-made material on the surface including more than 70 vehicles. Any birdie want a ride on one of the rovers they left here?
Humans have brought 382 kg of the Moon back to Earth by Apollo and Luna missions. The Moon rocks are now in collections all over Earth. Why bother!! A bird cant play with a bunch of rocks!!!



Look out the right side windows and you will see the first spacecraft to crash into the Moon. It was the Soviet Luna 2 rocket on Sept. 14th 1959 and it was crashed on purpose. Yes, the Soviets were the first to the moon. But 10 years later, in 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.



On the same side coming up is the crash site of the USA Ranger 4 in 1962. It too was crashed on purpose.
The first spacecraft to soft land was Luna 9, USSR, in 1966. Yep, the Soviets were first again! Surveyor 1, USA, soft landed the same year. Many more craft have crashed or soft landed on the moon. Some did not crash on purpose!!!



Apollo 11 was the first mission to land humans on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Keep looking and you will see boot prints and wheel tracks. There are 7 American flags scattered around the moon. 6 of these flags are beveled to be still standing on their poles. There is said to be 1 Soviet flag here that was carried by that rocket that crashed here on September 14th, 1959.
There are also golf balls from Alan Shepard's driving practice during Apollo 14, and Alan Bean's silver astronaut pin.
Here we have the Fallen Astronaut statuette left by the crew of Apollo 15 to honor the 3-crew members that died in the Apollo 1 crew module fire on January 27, 1967.
May we have a moment of silence for
Virgil "Gus" Ivan Grissom, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Edward Higgins White, II, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
Roger Bruce Chaffee, Lieutenant Commander, USN
Thank you.



Out the left side windows you can see the descent stages from Apollo 11 LM-5 (Eagle) and Apollo 12 LM-6 (Intrepid).

Come visit me, Buba, Jedi & Chipper-Celebrating Christmas at the KB, Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/13/2013 12:00.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Dec. 12: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

OK, every birdie in the shuttle. Ms BB sets the nav ‘putter for K2 (Yes, that’s its name) It is the second-highest mountain on Earth. Once you have been to the highest this is a let down. (Pun intended).

It is located on the border between Baltistan, Pakistan, and Xinjiang, China. With a peak elevation of 8,611-m (28,251 feet), K2 is also the highest point in Pakistan.
K2 is known as the Savage Mountain because of its extreme difficulty of ascent. It is said that this mountain is harder to climb than Mount Everest.
For every four people who have reached the summit, one has died trying. It is mostly climbed from the Pakistani side because it is much more hazardous to reach the summit from the Chinese side.

The first serious attempt to climb K2 was undertaken in 1902 by Oscar Eckenstein, Aleister Crowley, Jules Jacot-Guillarmod, Heinrich Pfannl, Victor Wessely and Guy Knowles. They did not make it to the top.

An Italian expedition finally succeeded in ascending to the summit of K2 via the Abruzzi Spur on 31 July 1954. The expedition was led by Ardito Desio, and the two climbers who reached the summit were Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnon

Come visit me, Buba, Jedi & Chipper-Celebrating Christmas at the KB, Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/12/2013 01:29.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Just flying by your page to leave you a big squawk

Have a greyt one
be a good birdie
see you next week
beaky kisses and V4U
Truly Yours, Baby

Merry Xmas to all birdies and parronts!

Come visit me, Baby/Vote10K /Ti Paul40680/Chip257319 & Oki,/Vote BOTMPeppi262561/Mour- ning Gizmo.

12/12/2013 04:28.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Mica
Dec. 11: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

Guess what day it is! Its Hump Day!! A perfect day for the place we are going today.

I hope no birdie is afraid of heights cause we are off to the highest spot on Earth. Tomorrow will be the 2nd highest spot.

1st up, (yea that’s a pun!), we have Mount Everest, at 29,035 feet above sea level.
In 1856, the first published height of Everest, then known as Peak XV, at 29,002 ft (8,840 m) was established by the Great Trigonometric of British India. The 29,029 ft that is the mostly widely height accepted was first determined by an Indian survey in 1955.
There have been many other measurements taken by other countries but they are all around the same. When you get that high what is a couple feet!!!

In 1865, Everest was named after Sir George Everest by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India.
Although Tibetans had called Everest "Chomolungma" for centuries, Waugh was unaware of this because Tibet and Nepal were closed to foreigners.
There is a lot of conflict over the mountain because the international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point.
If you were hatched at the top what country would you call yours???

The first successful ascent and decent of the mountain was made by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on 29 May, 1953.
219 Humans have gone to the Human Rainbow Bridge since 1922 when the mountain was first tried to be climbed.
Why climb mountains when you can take a helo to the top like Didier Delsalle did

In May 2005, pilot Didier Delsalle of France landed a Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest. That is the highest a helo has ever flown.



Thanks for makeing the coffee King Spot. I thought the Royal servents did that for you.

May I help you make the scrambled cheesy eggs and crunchy topping for breakfast! I can do some bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes, ham with red eye gravy. I am real good with french toast, and waffles!

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Jedi & Chipper-Celebrating Christmas at the KB, Ms BBs page. Merry Christmas, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/11/2013 04:22.45 PM Report This Comment  
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