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The Sky flock's mom, Deb decided to give me a tiel. they breed them!

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Hi! My name is Spot: Merry Christmas! Peppino for BOTM!

I am a Cockatiel from rochester, NY.

Spot the French Canadian, cutie pie, little rooster boy, New American Birdison!

2 years old   M

Cockatiel

Millet and whatever mom's eating! Cheerios!
Kissing Puffin!Hehee
We've been together since June 2012.
Now I like brocoli and sweet potatoes, rice and mashed potatoes!
Oh, and cookies and cake!


The bird gym and in front of a mirror! On the computer or mom's neck!

Not getting attention when I want it.
Puffin waiting so long to set a date for our wedding! Don't flirt with MY girl!


She gives me nice neck scritches and pushes me on my skateboard! She let's me cuddle up under her chin when she takes a nap! She let me have Ricky Ticky Tavi as a pet!

Love to play with toys.
I skateboard!
I always sit on mom's shoulder when she takes her nap!
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I am a proud rooster and I miss being bossed around by Ms. Chirps, she is greytly missed!.

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  I meant to stop by sooner
somehow I can't get mom to sit still very long ! I wanted to thank you for singing "Mary, did you know ?" last week at the KB ! It's one of mom's very favorites !

Come visit me, Cookie waiting for Santa Bird, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

12/17/2014 04:24.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~~
I hope you had a wonderful day! We are so happy that you liked the card! We don't do a big Christmas around here but the cards are one thing that mom always does. We just wanted you to know how much we appreciate your friendship and wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas!
We hope your mom's new teeth don't give her too much pain. It's a big change and she will have to get use to them. I bet they look just beautiful and we bet she is glad it is finally done! We'll say a prayer just for her!
Have a wonderful evening! Leaving a vote and hug for you and Miss Bon Bon!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

12/15/2014 06:32.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you for the Congrats Spot!
Thank you for the congrats on BOTD Spot! You are a cute birdie!

Love,

Beenie, Baby, Mommy

Come visit me, Baby & Beenie.

12/15/2014 01:02.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
They may have tossed fish in the past, but they don't now.
Thanks for the votes every day! I really love hearing from you, too.
Before we leave the Strip, we have to visit St. Stanislaus Church, it's right in the center of things, there on Smallman Street! The first 2 pics in my gallery show one of the oldest churches in Pittsburgh, St. Stanislaus in the Strip. I thought while we were seeing churches, we could go back to Oakland and see St. Paul's Cathedral, the next 2 pics in my gallery. This is the biggest Catholic church in the area. The last 2 new pics are of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, built by the Mellons in the 1800s. The people in Pittsburgh at the time called it Mellon's Fire Escape! Maybe it was, who knows? Today at that church, there are organ recitals every week, and Taize music some evenings. If you don't know the Taize stuff, you should google it and listen to a piece or 2, it's beautiful singing.
So, tomorrow we will go back to Oakland to see other things, including Heinz Chapel.
You may have noted Heinz field, Heinz History museum, and now Heinz chapel; what's that all about? We'll talk more tomorrow! Hope you have a spectacular day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/15/2014 10:55.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~
I hope you are having a great day! We've had no rain and the wind has died down too. It is a bit cooler but it's more like it should be this time of the year!
There was a blackbird running around the furniture pad at mom's store this morning. Someone left the garden doors open and he came on in!! Mom tried to get him to come to her but he just hid around the back of an ottoman. She called her manager and told him that the bird was there and he told her that he had come in the day before. Her manager chased him around for half an hour but couldn't catch him. Mom thought about the fishing nets in the sporting goods department but the mesh is too big and she doesn't want him hurt. Mom suggested they make a trail of seed to the garden door. If he has been in the store for a day he must be hungry. There is a fountain in the indoor garden so he had access to water at least. Mom will find out tonight if they managed to get him out.

There are only 11 more ads until Christmas!hahaha Of course they are going to do an ad the day after also so mom will have to be there at midnight. They have tons of wrapping paper so everyone will probably be in for that. It will get slower after a few weeks. They have a storage event and early tax time and then it will be Valentine's Day! They already have throws, blankets, pillows and decor for Valentine's Day! At least it's all in the stockroom and not out on the floor!
I hope you enjoy your day!! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar ♥

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12/13/2014 02:15.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
Mom can sit in the soprano section with mine. Does she have her own sheet music? Mom has it.
Thank you for your daily visits and votes!
Today we are visiting another area of Pittsburgh which used to be little known, but now is pretty much known to any tourist who comes here. It's the Strip District. No, people don't strip to go there, it's a strip along the Allegheny River very close to town. It used to be a large warehouse district where greengrocers, butchers, and other merchants went early in the day (think 3AM) to get fresh supplies for their stores. The public could also go there and shop. In mom's family, they went in the fall to get whole pigs for sausages and crates of grapes for wine. Over time, as more of the public went there to shop for goods, it became specialized into ethnic shopping areas. There were stores like the Pennsylvania Macaroni company, catering to Italians, Stamboolis, catering to near eastern groups, Greek and Asian markets, etc. Today, the strip has become more genteel, so to speak. There are no longer hucksters in the streets, and lots of the big warehouses are now art galleries, bars, dance clubs, or broken into groups of smaller shops, like the Pittsburgh Public Market.
The oldest stores, like PennMac (Mom's favorite), Wholey's Fish market, and a few others are still up and thriving, but smaller markets, like the biscotti company are doing well too. They have even started sidewalk cafes in the strip for the summer trade. It retains some of its old flavor, though, which makes it still a great place to walk and shop.
Have a wonderful day, don't forget to give out kissies for those scritches. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/13/2014 08:13.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot& BonBon
Please join me in the Castle with Queen Ruby for a day filled with fun,food and friends to help share in my special day,it wouldn't be special without all my friends joining me!Come and partake of all the fun and festivities that I have planned for the day and night here!Lots of food and fun things to do!
I can't thank you enough for bringing me the basket of nutriberries,pasta,animal crackers,apple peels and millet!Thank you sooo sooo much they are everything I just love!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses! Love King Peepers

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

12/11/2014 02:25.05 PM Report This Comment  
  As a small shuttle lands Spot and his flock
run outside in time to see a grey tiel. HI Spot and everybirdie! Jules says as he walks out of the small shuttle. 'I wanted to tell you why I never came by after my day in the castle. Char didn't even know I'd been BOTD with all the computer trouble lately and other things so that's why I haven't been by. Silly woman, why'd she think all us birds were gone for a whole day? Well, most of us, Sophie kept her busy. But really....humans! And so I really wanted to thank you for sharing my BOTD on Dec.1. I had such a fantastic time meeting everybird too. I'm just sorry for not getting by much sooner. She's checking in on some rebuilt computers so soon we should have a good one soon. Again, I'm sorry for not coming sooner. Now I must go since Char wants to make sure I get home safely.

Come visit me, Shaggy--2010-2013, Ipo, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/27/13, Sophie O'Too, Pimer--Thanks you all, Jules, Punkin *My Dearest Little One--5/23/03 to 9/16/13* & Makana *I am honored as BOTD 10-17-14* Thank You.

12/10/2014 12:36.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot& BonBon
my sweet nephew! I can't thank you enough for the basket of fruity pebbles and peanut butter and all kinds of fruit and food!Aunt Little Angel and Queen Ruby will so love it as you know I do!
Come on over and join the party in the Castle with me and Queen Ms Ruby!There's so much to do there and the celebrations will go on well into the night!Lots of greyt food by Lizzie and plenty of fun things to do all day and night long!It wouldn't be a special day for me without you both there as its all because of you that I'm enjoying this special honor!You deserve to be there as well as I!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses and wishing you a very Merry Christmas also,give Momma Rea a big hug from me too! Loving you always and forever,King Dixie

Come visit me, Gabbie, Kallie, Peepers & Dixie.

12/09/2014 07:54.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
Today we will visit the zoo, a small part of Highland Park, but a well known zoo in the US. There is also the PPG aquarium there, but we will look at it later. The zoo is one of the 6 largest in the country and has changed a lot over the years. Mom used to hate to go there when she was small because all the animals were in cages. Now they all have large open areas to live in, and they look much happier. There is an Asian forest section, with neat tigers and other animals, including a komodo dragon; a primate house with large enclosures for gibbons, lemurs, great apes, and many kinds of monkeys; an African savannah with elephants, zebras, giraffes, etc. There are lots of birds there too, waterfowl, flamingos, owls, etc. There is a children's zoo, an education building, a bat house, a reptile house, a large pool with seals. It's a great place to walk around and spend a day. The zoo even invites senior citizens every Wednesday morning before opening to walk around there instead of walking the mall! I bet you'd love to see the zoo!
Hope you are having a good day. Thanks again for supporting me this month, and here's a vote for you too. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/09/2014 09:23.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet Spot man, from Jenny & Ziggy
We are blessed to have an unusual warming trend in our area for at least the next week, with temps ranging into the 50's, we'll gladly take it! We don't have any interesting news today, so we'll just sign off and let you get on with your day! Have a wonderful ToosDay, and please know you are all so very loved, give our love to all in your parrot friendly home, see ya tomorrow...

Extreme love from Jenny, Ziggy, & our Dallas family

PS~Congrats to our dear friend Dixie Adler for BOTD, way to go little buddy...

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12/09/2014 08:40.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~
I hope you had a wonderful day! It was pretty nice here. I am on my second toy in a week and had a great time making a lovely pile of wood at the bottom of my play cage! Mom is off tonight and tomorrow night so she took a nap and then had to go to the bank. She and Ian are giving Jennifer a new Kindle for Christmas and she wanted to use dad's account because he gets free shipping on Amazon. I think Jennifer is going to be very surprised!
I got squawked again yesterday morning and couldn't get back on until last night! It keeps happening on Sundays!! I have no idea how long it stays that way since mom had to work last night so she had to give up and go to sleep! I'm so sorry I didn't get by! I thought they took weekends off!hahahahaha I think they should take the weekends off!!
We are watching a movie while I get my notes done then it will be off to bed! I don't know why mom gets so happy about going to sleep! I'd rather stay up all night and play!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

12/08/2014 08:24.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
Did mom see Fort Ligonier while she was in this area? Mom likes that one, too.
Thanks for your vote, I appreciate each one.
Today we can visit the sports arenas of the city. Pittsburgh has 3 teams, the Pirates (whose mascot is a parrot), the Penguins (whose mascot is a penguin, of course), and the Steelers (whose mascot is creepy!). So, I'm showing 2 pics of the North Shore, where the Pirates play baseball in PNC Park and the Steelers play at Heinz Field. Pitt also plays football at Heinz Field. The hockey arena is my third pic, that's the new Consol Energy Center. Other events are held there as well, the circus, ice shows, the occasional basketball game, concerts, etc. Pittsburgh boasts some rabid sports fans, and there are lots of places in town where a person can buy Pirate, Penguin, or Steeler gear and other memorabilia.
I hope you are having a happy day and whatever team you root for in football wins today. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/07/2014 08:13.14 AM Report This Comment  
  HI SPOT AND BON BON
OH THANK YOU FOR COMING BY AND HELPING ME CELEBRATE BEING BOTD. IT WAS QUITE THE HONOR AND SURPRISE.

THE BASKET OF MILLET, CHEERIOS AND POPCORN AND NUTRIBERRIES IS PERFECT. THANK YOU.

HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL SUNDAY

KACEY

PS; LEFT A VOTE FOR BON BON

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12/06/2014 10:09.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Lots of cleaning and some cooking going on here. Kind of boring really but I have a new toy in the play cage to keep me occupied.
Mom put the Trans Siberian Orchestra CD on for us to listen to. She just love the Christmas Canon. She love the Canon and this version of it is very beautiful! I'm enjoying it. The new computer does not have the same music program as the old one so mom has not figured out how to get more music on her MP3 player! Ian gave mom his old IPod since he got a smart phone and it does everything the Ipod does. Now mom has to figure out how to use it! She can turn it on and off! So far that's about it!Hahahahahaha It's rather embarrassing to have a mom who is so clueless when it comes to technology!
You enjoy your day and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

12/06/2014 01:11.55 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~
I hope you had a wonderful day! OH I just love your profile picture. It is truly beautiful!
Thank you for the idea about the pad under Mandy's blanket. She has 3 of them and at least one needs to be washed everyday now. The need for the diapers is because when mom comes home from work in the morning and Mandy sees her she just lets go!
Mom had to go out and restock the soap supply since we ran out of all of it! When she got back she put Madagascar Christmas on Netfilx for me and then cleaned part of the carpet. The other part will wait until I'm in the bedroom! The carpet cleaner is just about as noisy as the vacuum and I do not like the vacuum one bit!
We do not go overboard at Christmas. Mom gets the kids something (They are both grown-up kids) and that is about it. Mom works retail and she has been immersed in Christmas for over 2 months now and she gets tired of it.
Enjoy your evening and I do hope it's perfect!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

12/05/2014 06:36.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
Thanks for adding me to your header!
Thanks to Sam and Aunt Robin for the pic of me with the tree. I am finding time to decorate, after all.
Thanks for your support today and every day. I posted some of the Nationality room pics in my gallery, as well as some of Schenley Park.
Today, we are still in Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and Carlow Universities, as well as the museum where mom works, and lots of other good things.
I want to talk about the green spaces in Pittsburgh today. The city has several large parks, Frick in the East End, Mellon Park also in the east, Schenley Park in Oakland and others. Pittsburgh can be proud of its green spaces, where lots of people make use of the paths, the playgrounds, the tennis courts, the swimming pools, and the dog 'parks' within the parks. The pics in my gallery show Schenley which is near both Carnegie Mellon and Pitt. The sky view in one of them shows the Cathedral of Learning as well as the rest of the Oakland skyline. The city has a lot of things to be proud of, and we think the parks are right up there at the top of the list. See you tomorrow, hope you are having a good day today. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/05/2014 11:51.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~
I hope you had a wonderful day. It's been crazy here and I am so sorry I have not been able to get notes out like I should! I would not want you to think you are not important to me because that is not true!!
You know our dog Mandy is very old now and can no longer go up or down the stairs anymore. Mom got the wee wee pads and put them all over the balcony but Mandy has been stubborn about them! She has hip dysplasia so she tends to slip a lot. She has figured out what the pads are for at least!
When mom gets home in the mornings Mandy is so excited to see her that she just pees wherever she is! Mom has been spending a whole bunch of time mopping floors, cleaning the carpet and washing blanket and towels which has left me very little time for the BC! Mom just finished working 8 days straight too!
Mom is going to put diapers on Mandy at night now. It's easier to give her a bath everyday then it is to do all this cleaning. The warm baths seems to help her too!
Everything is just fine here. We had 3 very cold days but the clouds rolled back in today and it's warmed up! I have been busy with chewing up wood and supervising the chores! It's a nice way to spend the day!
Enjoy your evening! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

12/04/2014 09:17.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Spot and Bon Bon,
Thank you. :). Mom was wondering why every birdie was congratulating me on being BOTD.

She didnt see the side panel of her phone which had me on it. Hahahaha!!

Come and join me for some great food, fun and frolic in the Castle!

See you there! And bring the flockily too!

Here's a vote for you and thanks for the basket of goodies.

I promise I will share! :)

Hugs,

King Pookie

Come visit me, Angel Sallykins says Happy Holidays !!! :), Pookie says Happy Holidays Every Birdie !! & Laka says Happy Holidays !!! :).

12/03/2014 11:16.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
Thanks for your vote, and thanks to Aunt Rose, Dixie's mom, for our beautiful and seasonally appropriate pics.
I decided I'd feature Pittsburgh for at least a few days, without getting tedious.
Lots of people have the wrong idea of Pittsburgh, they still think of it like it was in the '50s, Hell with the Lid Off, because of all the mills and pollution. The mills are long gone, the riverfronts have been developed, and it's a great place to visit or to live.
We actually have a beautiful clear skyline today, with lots of tall buildings. But today I want to stress the academic climate here. Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas are home to many colleges and universities. Let's start from where I live and go towards town. There's Chatham College, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Duquesne University, Point Park College, Robert Morris, and LaRoche. Isn't that a lot of higher education? Mom has a particular fondness for Carlow, where she attended undergrad school on a working scholarship, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she got her Masters degree. Okay, so now you know where the eggheads in Pittsburgh are!
Thanks for your vote, see you again tomorrow, I hope! Hope also that you are having a great day. Hugs, Peppino

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Season's Greetings, Everybirdie!, PEPPINO, please vote me BOTM for the new year, Divo & Falco, Merry Christmas!.

12/03/2014 08:54.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for voting me BOTD!
Thanks for the visit and for the BOTD vote on 11/28! Life has been a bit crazy for the Bigheads, I hear, so this is somewhat belated. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Hugs, Angel Ella (who is keeping good company with Tooth, et al.)

Come visit me, **Scooter--RIP 12/3/2008, **Quincy--RIP 2008, **Minegu--RIP 10/7/2009, Hazel, **Ivy--RIP 8/7/2012, Dino, **Linus--RIP 6/8/2010, **Franklin--RIP 10/24/2013, Julius, Sebastian, Tiberius, Phoenix, **DQ--RIP 10/11/2009, **Ella--RIP 11/28/12, Mabel, **Michelangelo--RIP 2007, **Scout--RIP 12/12/2011 & **Nunzio--RIP 10/21/12.

12/02/2014 12:34.53 PM Report This Comment  
  HI Spo
Thank you so much for congratulating me on BOTD! Wow! A two day celebration! It really doesn't get much better than that! I just don't know how I will ever get back to leading a normal life after this:) Hope you have a great evening;)

hugs,

Poppy...thanks for the goodies:)

Come visit me, In loving memory of my beloved Joey, Cleo, Chicklet, Poppy-Thanks so much everybirdy for BOTD!, Jazz-Thanks everybirdie! What a great surprise! & Sunny.

11/30/2014 07:26.40 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
A 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game of … FOOT~BALL???

This evening … to be played on the Milonga Page (#165848)

8:00 pm Eastern
7:00 pm Central
6:00 pm Mountain
5:00 pm Pacific
4:00 pm Aleutian

Jake <Ö) may have been a “BAD Parrot”, but he says it well: “Be there or BE SQUARE!!!”


Well, the Defense still needs to know their jobs, so without any further delay, let’s get started with the Job Descriptions, Monsieur Spot and Mademoiselle Bon Bon!

Strong Safety – Generally lines up in the secondary*, but often aligns close to the line of scrimmage In most Defenses this Player lines up over the Tight End and is responsible for both playing the pass and supporting the run.

Free Safety – Lines up deepest in the secondary. He defends the deep middle of the field and seldom has man-to-man** responsibilities. A coach wants this Player free to read the QuarterBack and take the proper angle to break up or intercept any forward pass thrown over the middle or deep to the sidelines.

Defensive Back – A member of the Defensive secondary. Defensive Backs form the line of Defense whose job is to prevent Receivers from making catches and then gaining lots of yards after the catch.

CornerBack – Lines up on one of the wide sides of the field, usually opposite an offensive Receiver. Called a CornerBack because he is isolated on the “corner” edge of the Defensive alignment.

Defensive End – Lines up at the end of the Defensive line. The job of the Defensive End is to contain the Running Back on running plays to the outside, and rush the QuarterBack*** on passing plays.

Defensive Tackle – Lines up on the interior of the Defensive line. The duties of a Defensive Tackle include stopping the Running Back on running plays, getting pressure up the middle on passing plays, and occupying Blockers so the LineBackers can roam free.

LineBacker – Lines up behind the Defensive linemen and in front of the Defensive backfield. The LineBackers are a Team's second line of Defense. Each Team has two outside LineBackers.

Nose Tackle – a Defensive Tackle who lines up directly across from the Center. Also known as the Nose Guard, the primary responsibilities of the Nose Tackle are to stop the run and occupy the Offensive lineman to keep them from blocking the LineBackers.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/29/2014 03:00.02 PM Report This Comment  
  It seems to me that it is MUCH more complicated to try to understand Defense than it is Offense! (But then again, I am a simple GRITS GirlBird, and unaccustomed to such strategizing. We are more frequently seen serving snacks and refreshments during FootBall Games. **TeeHee**) The drawings I have to support today’s information on the Defense eggsplain more of where Defensive Players can line up. The eggsecution of Defensive plays is much more involved than I could ever hope to delve into in this format. I suppose that means that the Defensive Players on the Teams in the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl have a lot of improvising to look forward to during the Game!

It is my sincere desire that the information on both the Offensive and Defensive Squads has served to make your spectator participation in the Game of FootBall more enjoyable, and that it has been a help in preparing the Players for the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl. It has been an honor and a privilege to research and present what I could find to give you more pleasure in The Game.


À la prochen frois, mes amies,
[Until next time, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


*secondary—the Defensive players who line up behind the LineBackers and wide on the corners of the field opposite the receivers and defend the pass. These defensive players, who are called Defensive Backs, are separated into Safeties, CornerBacks, and, occasionally, Nickel Backs (an eggstra Defensive Back who is used in some Defensive Formations).

**man-to-man [coverage]—pass coverage in which every potential Offensive Receiver is assigned to a particular Defender Each Defensive Player must stick to his Receiver like glue and make sure he doesn’t catch a pass thrown in his direction.

***rush the QuarterBack—use whatever moves the Player has to get a sack, or disrupt the throw.

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11/29/2014 02:59.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
I'd like to thank every birdie that took the time to come and visit me on my special day. I feel so very special.

Now what's up with BC? I can't get picture's to load, and some in my gallery are just a big X.... I considered contacting them regarding this issue, but felt that if too many of us bugged them, they might just get the idea we're just a bunch of complainers, and say the smell with it and pull the plug. And we wouldn't want that to happen. It's something to think about. That's my 2 cents worth.

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11/29/2014 01:47.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot!
Thank you for congratulating my on BOTD! Thank you for the basket of goodies too:) Mom says there is no one that can make a bigger mess than I do....LOL! I love your attitude with the candy:) I don't blame you! Hope you have a good evening;)

hugs,

Jazz

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11/28/2014 08:14.19 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Monsieur Spot and Mademoiselle Bon Bon! I do hope your Thanksgiving was one of contemplation and appreciation for all the blessings you share with your flockily, as well as loving time together to celebrate all of those blessings.

As I mentioned several days ago, my momma and daddy were blessed with not only the very first Holiday Celebration (or celebration of any event or holiday) with EVERYone in daddy’s family being present, but also a several day long visit with my Grandma beforehand, and a couple of days to come still with my Uncle.

As a result, I have not been able to visit as regularly as I otherwise would have. But parrotsonally, I did use the contemplations of the Holiday to count the many featheriendship blessings that I’ve had in the process of this Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown that I’ve been on this month, AND the love and support you’ve all shown me in that effort. And I eggstend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

For today I thought I would lighten the spirit of the Campaign and share a funny story. We will, however, finish up with our FootBall information before the month is out.

This is a story that I “made up” about my frother Jake. The originally disguised parrot’s identity was changed to reveal Jake’s NON-innocence. **GiGGle**


BAD Jake <Ö)

Jake joined The K Kritter Korral as the first Blue-and-Gold Macaw after fister Rosalie made her Journey to The Rainbow Bridge. He had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of his beak was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Momma tried and tried to change his attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else she could think of to clean up his vocabulary.

Finally, Momma was fed up and she yelled at Jake <Ö). Jake <Ö), of course, yelled back. Momma shook him and he got angrier and even more rude. In desperation, Momma threw up her hands, grabbed Jake <Ö) and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes Jake <Ö) squawked and kicked and screamed. (And Jake <Ö) screams LIKE A GIRL! **TeeHee**.) Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a sound was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that she had hurt him, Momma quickly opened the door to the freezer. Jake <Ö) calmly stepped out onto Momma’s outstretched hand and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I am sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

Momma was absolutely stunned at the change in Jake’s <Ö) attitude.

As she was about to ask Jake <Ö) what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, he spoke up, very softly, and asked … "May I ask what the turkey did?"


`Ü´ Big Beaky **GRiN** `Ü´

A bientot, mes amies
[See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/28/2014 05:26.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Spot
What an awesome Thanksgiving bro...
Sorry about Cookie and me catching you and putting you in the brig...
It's by accident. We get so hyped up we ambush !!!
Yesterday we got Snowflake and you know how she is...We have to pay for that one !!! Anyway I hope your Thanksgiving was awesome and Here's a T-shirt that say's Spot on it so we don't mistake you again...

Love your bro
Tweety

Come visit me, Jedi say's Cheyenne's my wife. Happy Christmas !!!, Snowflake's married to Apache...Happy Christmas..., Tweety luvs Princess...Happy Christmas !!! & Happy Christmas ...Panther luv's Coconut.

11/28/2014 08:46.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot
Pimer pulls a tiel up by his wing. This is my foster frother Jules. Don't know how long he'll be with us but we're liking it a lot. I wanted you to meet him. He's now got his own page too. Skin sis in Moab, Ut will take him when 1- he's gained some weight and 2- when they can make it over. hahaha With storms coming every couple of days and her cars breaking down it looks like he's here for a few weeks anyhow. haha
Grab BonBon and come see him. He's not even a year old either.

Come visit me, Shaggy--2010-2013, Ipo, Sidney ~~ALWAYS IN MY HEART~~6/1996-2/2013, Oatie Odette *Thank you for the honor 11/27/13, Sophie O'Too, Pimer--Thanks you all, Jules, Punkin *My Dearest Little One--5/23/03 to 9/16/13* & Makana *I am honored as BOTD 10-17-14* Thank You.

11/27/2014 07:34.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey brother Spot
Happy Thanksgiving to you, BonBon and mommy Rea...
We are so thankful for you all and that we are sib's...

Love your lil bro
Tweety

Come visit me, Jedi say's Cheyenne's my wife. Happy Christmas !!!, Snowflake's married to Apache...Happy Christmas..., Tweety luvs Princess...Happy Christmas !!! & Happy Christmas ...Panther luv's Coconut.

11/27/2014 12:27.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~
I do hope you are having a wonderful day! The BC is giving me problems today and I am having difficulties moving between pages. We logged off for a while and are trying it again now but it still seems to want to think for a minute before I can get to a page!
Lots and lots of rain but there is nothing strange about that. The moat around the building filled up but no ducks came to float! I was waiting all day but I guess it's just to stormy for them.
We had the ham for our Thanksgiving dinner last night and there are lots of leftovers. The turkey should be defrosted enough for mom to cook it in the morning. She has to go back to work tomorrow night and then it's 8 day straight! We still had a nice dinner and I got plenty of corn bread!
Mom rarely goes over the pass. Dad's best friend lives on the east side of the state and they have gone over there a few times. Mom always checks the conditions before she goes. She doesn't want to get stuck on that mountain for hours if they close it down!
Have a lovely evening and Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family! I hope the day is just perfect!
Leaving a vote and a big hug!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

11/25/2014 08:46.58 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Monsieur Spot and Mademoiselle Bon Bon!

I do hope that your Saturday and Sunday were full of fun and productivity. I know in my case I had to relinquish Momma’s eggsclusive attention and assistance on my Campaign to be your December Bird of the Month to more pressing parrontal matters around our K Kritter Korral. (The portion of Sunday during which Momma was available to bring me to your page for a visit, the BirdChannel was not cooperating. You might say that their GPS was out of order! **TeeHee**)

You see, Momma and Daddy were informed that they could eggspect a visit from my Grandma from Idaho from later today, to last thru Thursday morning when they all gather at Daddy’s youngest brother’s home about an hour away from us for the first Family Celebration with everyone present since Momma and Daddy have known each other. Grandma was eager to be able to spend time here with Momma and Daddy, and all of us fids of course, before joining the rest of the family for a concurrent Celebration of Thanksgiving and her BirthDay on Thursday! Then she will remain with my Uncle and his family until she returns to her home in Idaho later in the week, while my other Uncle comes to pay us a visit over the long weekend.

So, all of this is to say that my visits may be a bit sporadic from now thru the end of the month, due to Grandma’s visit, the Holiday weekend with my Uncle visiting, and the upcoming Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game. I do apologize in advance for any visits I shall have to forego. But rest assured that I shall continue to do my utmost to bring you the maximum amount of FootBall information in the time we have left together.

And on that note, let us get straight to the information I’ve promised you next about the Offensive Squad on a FootBall team …


Let’s begin our eggsamination of the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

QuarterBack – The Player who usually receives the ball from the Center at the start of each play. He informs his TeamMates in the huddle of the play that will be run and then, after the Center snaps* the ball to him, either hands the ball to a Running Back or throws to a Receiver.

Center – The Player who hikes (or snaps) the ball to the QuarterBack at the start of each play. The term comes from the fact that this Player is flanked on either side by a Guard and a Tackle; he’s the “MiddleMan” (or Center) in a contingent of five Offensive LineMen or Blockers. He handles the ball on every play and also snaps the ball to the Punter and Holder.

Guard – There are two Guards on every play, and they line up on either side of the Offensive Center. The Guards protect the QuarterBack from an Inside Rusher; they block Defenders immediately across from them and also swing out, or pull**, and run toward either end [of the line] to block any Defender when the ball carrier runs wide°.

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 11:06.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Tackle – Both Offensive and Defensive, on Offense they are Outside Blockers on the line of scrimmage°°.

Tight End – Serves as a BIG Receiver [Oh MY!] and also a Blocker. Unlike a Wide Receiver, this Player generally lines up beside the Offensive Tackle either to the right or to the left of the QuarterBack. (Also “Strong Side+”)

Wide Receiver – The Player who uses his speed and quickness to elude Defenders and catch the FootBall, but who isn’t primarily a Blocker. Wide Receivers are also known as “pass catchers” [but I-I-I would parrotsonally NOT disparage one so!]. Also called a WideOut.

Running Back – A Player who runs with the FootBall. Running Backs are also referred to as TailBacks and HalfBacks, depending on their exact responsibilities and alignment.

FullBack – A Player who lines up in the Offensive backfield++ and generally is responsible for blocking for the Running Back and pass-blocking to protect the QuarterBack. FullBacks also serve as short-yardage runners.


I would also like to call your attention to a display of several of the basic Offensive Formations which appear in the Gallery at the bottom of my page. (They also appear in my Profile Picture at the top of my page; but they are much clearer and contain eggsplanatory text in the photos in the Gallery.) I hope these are of use to you in recognizing some of what happens on the actual field of play the next time you watch a FootBall Game.

I am also including several definitions of terms used in the above Position Descriptions at the end of this note.

Have a Greyt Day! Perhaps enjoy watching The Jets play The Bills at 7:00 pm on CBS, or The Ravens play at The Saints at 8:30 pm on ESPN. Both times are EST. Remember, it is virtually illegal to watch a FootBall Game quietly. So do what we Avians are most well-known for doing … **S*Q*U*A*W*K** . **I*T** . **U*P** ! ! !

À la prochen frois, mes amies,
[Until next time, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Beongia ♥


*snap—the action in which the ball in handed or hiked by the Center to the QuarterBack, to the Holder on a kick attempt, or to the Punter.
**pull—when a player leaves one area of the field, generally moving back and then over, to block in an area other than his normal position.
°run wide
°°line of scrimmage—the imaginary boundary between the two teams prior to the snap of the ball. The Offense’s and Defense’s scrimmage lines are defined by the tip of the ball closest to them and stretch from sideline to sideline. The Defensive Team usually lines up less than a yard away from where the ball is placed.
+strong side—the side of the Offensive formation where the Tight End aligns. With a right-handed QuarterBack, the strong side is usually to his right side.
++backfield—the group of Offensive Players (the Running Backs and QuarterBack) who line up behind the line of scrimmage (vs the Offensive LineMen and/or Receivers who line up at the line of scrimmage).

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/24/2014 11:06.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spotter buddy, love from Jenny & my flock
First of all, we want to say we love you guys, but don't always understand when your sweet momma shoots from the hip, we just want to be loved by all! We got an overcast and drizzly day, and our Quad cities is having it's annual Thanksgiving parade, but at least it is much warmer! Saturday and Funday are family days, enjoy yours, we full well intend to do just that! Love to all in your happy home, see ya tomorrow...

Much love from Jenny & our Family

PS~There will be no Black Thursday or Friday for this family, not now, not ever....

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/22/2014 01:37.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Spot~
I hope you are all having a wonderful day! It's still grey, wet and windy at my house! We have the fireplace on and it's very cozy inside! Mom tells me that if it were sunshine and warm all the time we wouldn't be able to use the fireplace!!
They had the first big snow up on the mountain today and it was a mess!! Snoqualmie pass is the main road between west and east out here and a lot of people use it. There were cars spinning all over the place! Some people didn't check the pass conditions before they went so they didn't have chains with them. Everyone who uses that road knows that you always check the pass conditions no matter what time of the year it is!
Mom is going to get the pantry straightened out today since it looks like something exploded in there!hehehehehe We have too much stuff and need to get some meals cooked. Mom only works 2 nights and then she'll be off 2 nights so we will have our Thanksgiving then. She got a ham and a turkey since they were great deals! Most stores don't do the cheap turkeys anymore but mom found one where she got the turkey for 48 cents a pound! I'm just looking forward to the corn bread! Maybe some pumpkin pie too!
You enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a hug for you!
Love you ~ Sugar ♥

Come visit me, 10K Hall of Fame, BOTD ARCHIVES, Sugar and Pippo~Vote for Peppino 262561 EVERYDAY! & The Calendar Page~December Birthstone ~ Tanzanite.

11/22/2014 10:42.58 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Monsieur Spot and Mademoiselle Bon Bon!

Does anybirdy ELSE realize how much there is to KNOW about FootBall??? Why … I had no idea how much I DIDN’T KNOW until Momma consented to help me learn for the sake of my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown, and sharing her passion for The Game so that I might understand all of the HoopLa that I hear coming from the area of the television every time she watches a Game!!

HEAVENS to BETSY … and BACK!!!

Well! As promised, we shall begin our investigation into the individual responsibilities of the Players in each Position today. But I fear it will never fit into one day’s note. So we shall simply spread it out over several days so that you, My Featheriends, can take it all in and not fall asleep before you learn what you need to know!

You may recall from our earlier information that the NFL limits active, uniformed Players to 45 per Team on Game Day.

Each FootBall Team has 11 Players per side: 11 on Offense and 11 on Defense. Teams are allowed to play with fewer than 11 Players (and for the LIFE of me I can’t IMAGINE WHY they would WANT to???), but they are penalized for having more than 11 Players on the Field during play. Rarely, a few eggsceptionally talented Players may play both Offense and Defense in the NFL. (And I do believe that we have a few of those eggsceptionally talented Birdie FootBall Players on the Indians and Pilgrims Team Rosters!)

A typical NFL Game Day roster includes three QuarterBacks, a Punter, a PlaceKicker, a Kick Return Specialist, eight Offensive LineMen, four Running Backs, five Receivers, two Tight Ends, seven Defensive LineMen, seven LineBackers, and six Defensive Backs. (The NONSTARTING Players – that is, those who are not among the 22 or so Players who are listed in the Starting LineUp – are considered Reserves, and many of them are Specialists.)

In the NFL, an additional Player can be in uniform, but he must be a QuarterBack and enter the Game only after the other QuarterBacks have been removed from the Game because of injury. When this eggstra QuarterBack, or 46th Player, enters the Game, the other QuarterBacks are deemed ineligible and cannot return to that Game even if they are healthy.

With our very own 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game approaching in a little over a week, and Players needing and wanting to know how to practice to yield the most effective results, when we next meet I shall delve into the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

Before I depart this evening, though, I do wish to thank you, once again, for your wonderful continuing support of my efforts to be your Christmas Queen on BirdChannel. I am truly beginning to feel the eggscitement of the prospect of having my dream realized. You and your featheriendship are appreciated more than you know.

A bientot, mes amies,
[See you soon, My Featheriends]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

Come visit me, `Ü´ Queen Ruby Francesca Begonia~Merci Mes Amies.

11/21/2014 04:45.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot & BonBon,
Came by to leave you a vote.
Hope you're having a good day!!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

11/20/2014 12:05.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot & BonBon,
Stopping by to leave an early vote for you! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!

Yes, I am getting closer to the 10K by less than 800 votes. I could not do it without all of my wonderful friends here at BC. Thank you for all of your votes!

Have a blessed Sunday!

Your friend,
Chipper

Come visit me, Chipper-Merry Christmas.

11/16/2014 05:49.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Spot, Bon Bon, & mom, we love you guys-Jenny
...nothing is wrong, but many times you respond to our notes in a negative way! We are proud of your friendship with you, and cherish it more than you can possibly imagine! Our daddy is a great guy, and meant for our note to read we are almost ashamed of all the thousands of votes we have received, but we returned each one with love and gratitude! We do not feel above or below anybody, just extremely grateful to be a tiny part of our beloved BC & FB Community! Please be our friends, as we already said, we love you guys, have a nice day...

Love always from Jenny, LaLo, Ziggy, & our special Angel Christine

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/15/2014 12:14.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Why don't ya try saying something nice, Jenny
...it would be a pleasant change! Your momma is not funny,but insulting, and we do not approve, we can't be the only ones that feel this way, we do however want to be your friends, don't make it so hard! TGIF dear friend, for today and for much of us around the country, the operative word is just "COLD" and lots of it! We have a bird club meeting tomorrow night, but we are not going if it is snowing, and it is supposed to be! Dad can barely walk in dry weather, let alone the slip and slide of snow and ice! It is toy making night and he hates to miss that one, but we have hundreds of Angel Wings Toys already made up for our friends waiting to be shipped! Have a great Friday and give our love to all you hold dear to your hearts, see ya all tomorrow...

Eternal love from Jenny & my Dallas family

Come visit me, Ziggy Claus is coming to town-My 2nd Christmas!!, Jenny Lynn~with a precious Christmas memory--, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Angel Christy~I love all the special things..., Ms LaLo~Merry Christmas my friends-I love you!! & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

11/14/2014 08:35.28 AM Report This Comment  
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