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I was looking for a Macaw & decided to get one that needed a good home. I saw an ad in the paper, went to see her,& brought her home that day 16 years ago!
A heartfelt thanks to all my friends for BOTD 11/20/12!

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Hi! My name is TiaMaria

I am a Military Macaw from Irwin, PA.

Mommy baby, Bub or Bubby. I picked these names myself!
My hatchday is 1/31/96.


19 years old   F

Military Macaw

Pistachios, pizza, "sketties", & lollipops.

On her perch, my cane or strolling around the floor, or Mom's shoulder or head.

Doesn't like to be in her cage & doesn't like that our 2 1/2 yr Dachshund thinks she's the boss of her.
NEVER touch my tail feathers!!!


My Mom spends lots of time with me. We play, dance & sing & just enjoy sitting together & cuddling.

Barks at my dogs, loves to sing loudly & off key to Pink Floyd. I LOVE to give kisses!!!.

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If I visit u, I V4U!
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  Hi TiaMaria
Birds can be helpful to each other in many ways. The most familiar form of cooperation is when an owl or hawk appears in the neighborhood, causing every songbird within a quarter of a mile to sound alarm calls and even dive at the predator. Perhaps the most interesting form of help is when young birds of the first brood of the year help their parents raise the second brood of the year. There have been many reports of juvenile eastern bluebirds carrying food to the nesting houses containing their parents’ second brood.American crows and Florida scrub-jays demonstrate some of the same cooperative behavior, when sexually immature one-year-olds help their parents gather nesting material, protect the territory, and carry food for the next generation.Cooperation occurs among acorn woodpeckers of the Far West, when groups of up to 10 birds live together, year-round, jointly defending the communal territory, gathering food, and together incubating eggs and feeding the nestlings of each pair in the group.

Sometimes birds of different species lay eggs in the same nest. This has happened among American robins and northern cardinals. The two species take turns incubating eggs, sometimes sitting side-by-side, and jointly feed the young when they hatch.There are also adoptions. For example, a male Carolina wren started feeding an incubating female house wren. When the eggs hatched, the male Carolina continued by feeding the babies, causing both of the true parents to desert, leaving the rearing of their young to the foster father.

This is my last day of my campaign and I want to thank all of you for your help in making my campaign a success. it has been so much fun visiting with each of you every day. i apologize for not being able to answer all your comments individually but i did read every one and enjoyed them very much. i love you all so much.
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03/31/2015 11:45.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
this is a continuation of birds intelligence from blog on 3-27. we messed up on the order.
Examples of bird intelligence include…
Carrion crows in Japan that deliberately place nuts in roadways, wait for cars to crush the nuts then retrieve the nut meats, all while coordinating around traffic lights to keep safe.
Woodpecker finches in the Galapagos Islands that trim sticks to the proper length for use as tools to forage for insects.
Green herons and other heron species that use bread fed to ducks or picnic leftovers as bait to attract fish for their hunting.
Blue tits in the 1920s that learned which color of milk caps on delivered milk had the most cream (whole milk) and pierced those caps to drink the cream.
Western scrub-jays that hold funerals for dead birds by making loud noises and avoiding the corpse, behavior that may be warning other birds of fatal threats.
Northern mockingbirds that recognize individuals who may be a threat to their nests and will attack only those individuals rather than attacking all passersby indiscriminately.
Aplomado falcons that hunt cooperatively in pairs and thereby increase their hunting success by a large margin through this teamwork.
Jays that cache hundreds of seeds and nuts in fall and manage to retrieve the majority of them over the course of the winter, exhibiting great recall for their hiding places.
Other well known examples of bird intelligence that could be attributed to instinct but still show at least some higher mental capability include:
Amazing nest architecture with intricate construction
Returning to the same ranges, even the same nests, for many years
Ability to navigate migration safely despite changing landmarks
Play behaviors, including taunting cats or playing with objects for entertainment
Recognizing who refills feeders and interacting with that person
Curiosity when responding to pishing or investigating new stimuli
Showing emotions through courtship, caring for nestlings, etc.
Some Are Smart, Some Are Stupid
Like any animal, not all birds are equally intelligent. Ornithologists generally agree that corvids (jays, ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, etc.) and parrots are among the smartest bird species and that social, gregarious birds often exhibit more intelligent behavior than solitary species. Still, every backyard birder has seen that one "stupid" bird at their feeders who just can't figure anything out, while another bird of the same species seems to be an Einstein in comparison. Watching birds and witnessing their intelligent behavior can be a joy for backyard birders, and learning more about bird intelligence in quantifiable ways is sure to keep ornithologists busy for decades to come.
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03/30/2015 11:35.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
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03/29/2015 11:21.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
Birds That Play
All birds engage in playful behaviors, and more intelligent bird species need greater amounts of the mental stimulation that comes from play as they develop. Bird species that can seem especially playful include…Jays, crows, rooks, ravens, magpies and other corvids,Parrots, parakeets, macaws and Keas,Tits, chickadees, nuthatches and small finches,Gulls, terns and related species.
Many social and adaptable birds also play, as do young birds of nearly all species as they socialize with their siblings in the nest. The extent of play and how much play each bird species carries into maturity varies, and different birds engage in different types of play to help them develop a range of skills.
Types of Bird Play
There are many different behaviors birds engage in that could appear to be play. The most common playful actions include…
Manipulation: Using the bill or talons to drop, toss, bend, tear, rip or otherwise manipulate objects, even objects without any food value.
Investigation: Seeking out unique objects or trying a wide range of different foods, continually noting new objects and poking or prodding them.
Chasing: Following one another in short or acrobatic flights, or chasing other objects such as insects or fluttering leaves.
Taunting: Teasing or deliberately harassing one another or other creatures, such as teasing a domestic cat or instigating fights.
Balancing: Swinging, swaying or dangling on wires or weak branches, possibly releasing and reattempting different acrobatic actions.
Curiosity: Responding to pishing or other unique noises, such as being attracted by ringtones, mechanical noises or music.
Mimicry: Imitating an adult's behavior, including physical actions such as foraging or preening as well as songs and sounds.
Not all playful birds will engage in the same behaviors, but they often try different actions and activities as they are learning new skills and refining their abilities. Play may be only between birds of the same species, while some types of play, particularly chasing or taunting, may be between birds of different species.
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03/28/2015 10:55.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
Birds do a lot of activities that may seem smart, but how much of their behavior is instinct instead of intelligence? Ornithologists are continually studying birds and learning new information about their brains, how they think and why they behave why they do.

Deciding just how smart birds are depends on how intelligence is defined. Birds exhibit a wide range of intelligent behaviors, including good memories, extensive communication, planning for the future and remembering the past. Some birds can solve problems, and others have been observed playing – both activities that indicate more than just basic instinct. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines intelligence as:The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations or the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment.
Do birds do this? Scientific studies indicate that yes, birds do learn, and every backyard birder knows birds are capable of adapting to new environments and conditions. Quantitative measurement of bird intelligence is difficult because birds cannot take intelligence tests or attend classes to be measured with their peers. Observations and studies of birds are revealing that birds may be far more intelligent than initially believed.
Bird Brain Structure
Brain size and structure is not an automatic gauge of intelligence, but it can be a clue. Birds may be small, but they have a proportionally large brain compared to their overall body and head sizes – in fact, bird's brains are similarly proportioned to primates. Studies of birds' brain anatomy also suggests that while the structure is different than that of mammals' brains, birds may have a higher degree of connectivity between the sections of their brains, which could indicate more intelligence and faster reasoning than previously believed.
Evidence of Bird Intelligence
The best indication of how smart birds are is direct observations of birds acting intelligently. While some observations have been made under scientifically controlled circumstances and through laboratory experiments, other observations have come from casual birders who notice their favorite birds behaving in peculiar ways, ways that seem planned and premeditated.
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03/27/2015 09:40.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
Bald Eagles are nesting on all three of Pittsburgh's major rivers! Who knew the day would never come when Pittsburghers would be cheering for the Eagles…Bald Eagles, that is!

It has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. In the 18th century, suitable nesting habitat in the form of mature tall trees was stripped from the hillsides flanking the rivers to meet the lumber and fuel demands of a rapidly growing human population in the area; second, industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on; third, beginning in the mid-20th century eagles (and many other birds) showed signs of succumbing to the unintended side effects of widespread use of the pesticide DDT (developed for use in World War II) which eventually caused chronic nesting failure for the species. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting Bald Eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania, all of these in the northwest corner of the state.
One nest, located on the Monongahela River in the community of Hays is the most famous because a web camas been set up to view the nest. millions of people are viewing the nesting activity. Last year this pair successfully raised three eagle babies. this year they only layed 2 eggs. one of the eggs had a crack in it and the mom tried to keep it together but when the dad eagle came to sit on the egg he saw the crack and threw the egg out of the nest. during a recent snowstorm the mom eagle was totally covered in snow while incubating the single egg
The Bald Eagle,has made a tremendous comeback throughout its range in the lower 48 states. Its recovery is due to enforcement of federal laws protecting it from persecution, the banning of DDT, which bio-accumulated in eagles and other piscivorous (fish-eating) birds, eventually causing complete reproductive failure through the thinning of their egg shells to the point that eggs simply broke when parent birds tried to incubate them; passage in the same year of the federal Clean Water Act, and, direct recovery measures taken by our Game Commission, which brought nestling Bald Eagles from healthy populations to hacking sitese when the state’s breeding population was down to just a few nesting pairs. Similar efforts by game agencies in surrounding states also have contributed to the rapid increase in the number of nesting Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania. By 2000, there were about 50 known nesting pairs of eagles in the state; as of 2012, more than 200 nesting locations are known for Bald Eagle in Pennsylvania, including nests in almost every county!
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03/26/2015 09:47.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
HAPPY HUMPDAY
OBSERVING NESTS (PART2) from yesterday

7)Search carefully: It is critically important that we avoid damaging nest sites. Nests that have yet to be discovered are particularly vulnerable. When searching for nests, move slowly through dense foliage, being careful not to dislodge any nests. The nests of ground-nesting birds, such as Killdeer, Ovenbirds, Bobolinks, and many waterbirds, are difficult to see, so tread lightly and be cautious around potential ground-nest sites.
8)Be wary of nest predators: Avoid leaving tracks that can direct predators to nests. Nest predators are everywhere—on the ground, in vegetation, and in the air—and many are smart enough to watch you, so be careful that predators such as cats are not following you! Also try to not damage or trample vegetation that could expose nests.
9)Minimize disturbance at the nest: It is important not to startle a bird as you approach the nest; this may cause it to accidentally knock out eggs or young when it flies off. Before approaching the nest, try to see if a parent is sitting on it. Whenever possible, wait a few minutes to see if the bird leaves on its own. If they do, this is the ideal time to check the nest. If a sitting bird does not leave on its own, do not force it off the nest. In this case, you will need to come back later. Remember to keep each visit brief.
10)Never handle birds or eggs in the nest: Eggs can be easily cracked or small nestlings injured, and there is no reason to touch these fragile younglings, despite how cute they may look. Small nestlings are remarkably helpless and may not be able to crawl back into the nest cup if displaced, even inside of a nest box. Children observing nests should always be under the supervision of an adult.
11)Don’t leave a dead-end trail: If you plan on visiting the nest frequently, try to take a different route away from the nest site than the route you took to reach it. Walking to the nest and back along the same path leaves a dead-end trail that can lead predators directly to the nest.
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03/25/2015 10:52.10 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia Maria
RULES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN OBSERVING NESTING BIRDS
OBSERVING NESTS (PART1)
1)Nest visits shouldn’t last much longer than 1 minute: Please exercise extreme caution and responsibility when searching for nests to ensure the safety of birds, nests, and nest contents; observations of nests should never jeopardize the well-being of birds!
2)Don’t check in the early morning: Most birds lay their eggs in the morning, so plan on visiting nests in the afternoon. Also, most adults will temporarily leave the nest when you are near, and eggs and young nestlings can become cold quickly if left alone in the morning.
3)Avoid nests during the first few days of incubation: If necessary, observe nests from a distance and approach only when the female leaves the nest.
4)Do not approach nests when young are close to fledging: When the young are disturbed during this stage, they may leave the nest prematurely. Young that fledge prematurely usually do not stay in the nest despite attempts to put them back, and their survival rates away from or outside the nest are low. So when young birds are fully feathered and very alert, only observe the nest from a distance.
5)Avoid nests during bad weather: If it is cold, damp, or rainy, postpone checking nests until another day. Checking nests during this time can be very stressful for birds.
6)Don’t check nests at or after dusk: Females may be returning to the nest for the night, and be alarmed by your presence. The exception to this would be owls, which typically leave the nest at dusk.
i hope you are finding these facts interesting
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03/24/2015 11:29.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
It seems that birds may not be as faithful to their mates as we’ve been led to think.The use of DNA by scientists has provided new food for thought to people who had assumed that most birds were faithful to their mates, if not for a lifetime, at least for a single breeding season.

It turns out that there is more hanky-panky going on in the back fields and woodlands of the country among birds than anyone could imagine. DNA studies of songbirds have shown that among any four baby birds in a single nest, it is typical that only an average of two are the creation of the parent birds that are raising them. The other two nestling have either a different father or mother, or both. In other words, it is a common practice among songbirds to copulate with birds other than their mates, thus producing broods of nestlings with mixed parentage.

Not Every Partnership Lasts The Season
Divorce is also common among birds, particularly in birds of prey. If a mated pair of hawks, for example, is not successful in producing a brood of youngsters, an avian divorce often arises and one or the other will seek another mate.

Some birds that are faithful to their mates.Although there are a few exceptions, parrots are monogamous breeders which nest in cavities and hold no territories other than their nesting sites.The pair bonds of the parrots and cockatoos are strong and a pair remains close even during the non-breeding season, even if they join larger flocks. Eagles, some Owls Geese, Swans and some seabirds are uncommonly faithful, often for life. Indeed, true love does seem to exist in the bird world, though it is hard to find.

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03/23/2015 02:55.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
HELPING BIRDS WITH NESTS
NESTBOXES

‘Cavity-nesting birds’ like different boxes to nest in, depending on their size. You can build nestboxes for birds as different as owls, bluebirds, certain ducks, kestrels, and other species! Another great citizen science project at the Lab of Ornithology, NestWatch, works very closely with nesting birds, and has fantastic tips and learning aids about nestboxes, among other things. Here are some helpful links from the NestWatch program regarding nestboxes:

Nestbox plans: Be sure to check out the sections on protecting from predators and dealing with invasive competitors.


Features of a good nestbox: If you do decide to use kits instead of building boxes yourselves, please make sure that they are good for birds. You’ll want to make sure they have proper ventilation, no perches by the entrance hole (they often help predators access the nest), a sloped roof, drainage holes, thick walls, and a tight-fitting roof that does not permit water to enter the box.

TOMORROW more on watching nesting birds

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03/22/2015 11:17.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
HELPING NESTING BIRDS WITH FOOD

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

All birds need water, both to drink and to keep themselves clean. If you put a birdbath, or even a small shallow container of water, out in your yard, you will probably attract birds! Keep it clean and provide some small stones for them to perch on so they don’t get into deep water.
When female birds are laying eggs, they need more calcium to create strong shells that will protect their young. What’s the best source of calcium? Broken-up eggshells from the eggs in your refrigerator work just fine! After rinsing any yolk residue out of the shells, crush them in a tray and see if the birds come pick them up and carry them away. Some birds use clay or grit to obtain their calcium from their natural environment. Birds also like to collect feathers to line their nests, so you can start a collection of feathers you’ve found outdoors and put them all out one day to watch them get carried away for re-use!
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03/21/2015 11:37.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
FIRST DAY OF SPRING: its snowing at our house
A sure signs that spring is on the way is the return of the migratory birds. : One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage.
These birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.Many of the birds we consider "our birds," in north america, actually spend less than half of their lives here. They move north as the snow melts and raise young on the plentiful supplies of insects that are abundant only during the long warm days of our late spring and summer. At the end of the breeding season, usually in late summer or fall, they move south again, most of them following only their instincts to reach the traditional "winter" home of their species.

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

In the last 20 years, many species are arriving earlier, and a significant number of species are also shifting farther to the north. Why? Scientists now believe that climate change caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases is disrupting the timing of migration and sending some species farther north in search of insects.
There has been an alarming decline in the populations of many migratory bird species. This is a result of several converging factors. Species that depend on unbroken forests in their North American breeding range are suffering because of forest fragmentation. The same species face additional threats south of the U.S. border, where logging and slash-and-burn agriculture are rapidly destroying thousands of acres of their habitats each day. Much research has focused on the lives these birds lead during their stay to the south , how they interact with nonmigratory resident species and how the habitat changes taking place in southern forests might affect the migrants.
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03/20/2015 11:46.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
What Can We Do to Save the Bees?
1) Garden Organically – Honeybees are very susceptible to pesticides and insecticides. In your own yard, choose organic means of pest control rather than toxic chemicals. Use companion planting techniques and disease-resistant seed varieties to reduce the need to spray more potent compounds in your garden or landscape.
2) Avoid Neonicotonoids that treat the seed before it’s planted. They essentially render the entire plant that grows out of that seed toxic to whatever insect feeds on it. Do not buy seeds treated with neonics, or plants that have been cultivated from them and encourage the garden centers not even to carry them.
3) Avoid Insecticidal Dusts – When bees collect pollen or nectar from a plant dusted with insecticide, they carry the insecticide back to the hive, where it can cause serious bee kills within the hive for many months. If you must apply insecticides, do so in the late evening or very early morning when fewer bees will be foraging, and when it is not windy.
4) Support Local Beekeepers who are on the front lines of keeping honey bees alive. Support their efforts to reduce pesticide spraying. The drift from the spray can infiltrate their beehives and kill off the bees.
5) Provide Water – Bees need lots of fresh, clean, unpolluted water to help them make their honey. Is there room in your yard or patio to add a small pond with a fountain or water filter to keep the water moving while providing lots to drink for the bees?
6) Urge the U.S. EPA to Test Pesticides That Could Be Causing Bees to Die Off
7) Plant A Variety of Blooming Plants – that bloom at different times of the spring summer and fall to provide a steady source of pollen. Native plants like purple coneflower (Echinacea) and Chokecherry can be ideal.
8) Encourage your neighbors to care for trees, flowers and bushes organically. Identify fields that your city or town can leave unmowed so that bees and other insects can feed on the pollen and nectar that will be available from weeds left to grow wild. Testify about the importance of protecting bees at your local city council or town hall meetings.
9) Buy Honey From Local Beekeepers –! You can find it online, at farmers markets and in natural and whole foods stores.
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03/19/2015 11:00.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
Honeybees do more than make honey. 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide are bee-pollinated. Almost every food you eat exists because bees pollinated the plant they came from. Honeybees populations are dying out in alarming numbers. Since 2006, 10 million beehives, worth an estimated $2 billion, have been lost .Scientists and beekeepers have several theories about why honeybees are dying off.
1) Bees live in colonies, with one queen and many drones and worker bees. During winter, the queen lays eggs within each cell inside a honeycomb. Fertilized eggs hatch into females that become the worker bees. Their job is to forage for food and take care of the colony. Unfertilized eggs become drones or honey bee males. For any colony to survive, the queen must lay fertilized eggs and those eggs must become worker bees. There is only one queen per colony. She mates once, but it counts when she does, as normally she collects more than 5 million sperm, enough so she can fertilize eggs throughout her life. When a queen can no longer lay eggs, new queens become responsible for mating and laying honey bee eggs. One theory behind the collapse of honeybee colonies is that the queen is not getting enough sperm from the male bee that she mates with. Another theory is that the queen is dying earlier than usual, which means she has less time to fertilize eggs. fewer fertilized eggs give rise to fewer worker bees that can help maintain the bee colony. If the queen dies out and is not replaced by a new queen, the hive will die out.
2) Many bee hives have been found to be infected by a tiny parasite called a varroa mite are wreaking havoc on bee colonies. The mites suck fluid from bees’ bodies, making the bees weak and compromising their immune systems. The mites also pass along viruses that can paralyze the bees. It is hard to kill off the mites without harming the bees
3)–, bees need food and water to survive. In their case, food comes from the pollen they collect from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and trees. They also need unpolluted water sources. Urban sprawl and industrial development are taking the place of fields that used to provide the plant variety that kept bees thriving. regions suffering from drought, annual flowers aren’t blooming and perennials aren’t producing as much nectar.
4)Neonicotonoids – is a systemic pesticide. It’s not sprayed on plants. Instead, seeds are treated with the chemical. As the plant grows, the pesticide infuses its plant tissue. If a bee nibbles on a plant grown from neonic-treated seed, it could be lethal.TOMORROW: HOW WE CAN HELP THE BEES
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03/18/2015 11:10.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
HAPPY ST PADDYS DAY
if you wear, eat or drink anything green you will have good luck. anyone not wearing green must be pinched

four leaf clovers are lucky because they protect from witchcraft. if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover you will have a rash of good luck.

A bird stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink.
"Why of course," comes the reply.
The first bird asks: "Where are you from?"
"I'm from Ireland," replies the second bird.
The first bird responds: "You don't say, I'm from Ireland too! Let's have another round to Ireland."
"Of Course," replies the second bird.
Curious, the first bird then asks: "Where in Ireland are you from?"
"Dublin," comes the reply.
"I can't believe it," says the first bird.
"I'm from Dublin too! Let's have another drink to Dublin."
"Of course," replies the second .
Curiosity again strikes and the first bird asks:
"What school did you go to?"
"Saint Mary's," replies the second bird.
"I graduated in '62."
"This is unbelievable!" the first bird says.
"I went to Saint Mary's and I graduated in '62, too!"
About that time in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar. and asks "whats up"
"Nothing much," replies the bartender. "The O'Birdy twins are drunk again."

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03/17/2015 08:51.26 AM Report This Comment  
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The Prairie Chicken is one of americas best dancers and their courtship performance is the sort nature documentaries love to feature.

Prairie chickens are native birds of North America. There are two kinds of prairie chicken, and both are chunky, brown, chicken-like prairie natives. The Greater Prairie-Chicken is the larger of the two varieties and has a broader range, encompassing eleven Midwestern and Plains states. Greater Prairie-Chickens prefer tallgrass prairies, Lesser Prairie-Chickens choose a shortgrass prairie habitat. Once rather widespread, Lesser Prairie-Chickens now exist only in northern Texas, western Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas, and southeastern Colorado.the Greater and Lesser have suffered catastrophic decline due to loss of habitat.

Prairie chickens are called arena birds because of the males tendencyto pick out a special area, or arena, in which to display for interested females. The male prairie chickens arrive at their arenas just before sunrise. The arenas, also called leks, look no different to humans than the rest of the prairie — that is, until a female or two glides or struts onto the scene, and the males start trying to impress.Bending forward and raising their tail feathers and the special dark feathers near their heads, the male prairie chickens then inflate the air sacs along their throats (orange in the Greater and pink or purplish in the Lesser). From these sacs the birds let out great booming calls, which resonate across the early morning prairie lands. “Ooo-loo-loo, ohh-loo-loo” echoes from all around as the suitors serenade females. Sounds is similar to an amplified sound of blowing across the top of an empty bottle. To top off the performance, the anxious males rapidly stamp the ground as they call, thus creating a strange song-and-dance routine.
It’s quite a site and puts most other courting rituals,to shame.
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03/16/2015 05:25.24 PM Report This Comment  
  HI TiaMaria
Beware the Ides of March.

Caesar, as he passed the soothsayer on his way to the senate chambers, mocked and called Spurinna a false prophet- for the Ides of March had come to pass and he remained unscathed. But the prophet warned that though it had indeed come, it had not passed. Then Caesar, entering the senate conclave, headlong into the hands of fate did violently perish.
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The Kingbird's Omen

A king-bird flew in Pompey’s Hall
Pursued by others from the grove
With laurel sprig in hand it strove
To hard elude the brawl

But overcome by violence wide
It fell the victim of its foes
And as they there in triumph rose
On purple floors it died

These symbols in Spurinna stirred
And warnings out to Caesar went
But fruitless was the message sent
The omen went unheard

Then there he was near Pompey’s Hall
Pursued by fate and too by Jove
And as he toward the senate strove
There Caesar met his fall

For overcome by violence wide
He fell the victim of his foes
And as they there in triumph rose
On scarlet floors he died

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03/15/2015 09:56.11 AM Report This Comment  
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The Red-capped Manakin (Pipra mentalis), aka theRed-capped Manakin Moonwalking Bird is an amazing little bird. Its famous moonwalking behavior captured on film and an all-time favorite bird video.

Manakins are sparrow-sized birds that live in tropical forests in South and Central America. Males perform elaborate courtship displays to impress females. Included in its repertoire is Michael Jackson's moonwalk. Or does Michael Jackson do the manakin moonwalk? Maybe he stole it from the birds! Even people who aren't into birding are amazed by the "moonwalking bird". The film is just slowed-down videography caught on special high-speed cameras. This advanced camera can capture a few seconds of action at up to 1,000 frames per second. So what you are seeing in the video is not real-time. The high-speed film also helped to explain how the manakins made all the weird buzzes and other noises when displaying. It's produced not vocally, but rather by the vibration of their wing tips. They actually move faster than a hummingbird's wings!

Check out the videos on U-Tube. type in manakin doing moon walk or michael jackson dancing bird.
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03/14/2015 12:13.49 PM Report This Comment  
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In honor of Friday the 13th, here are 13 bird superstitions

1. If a bird poops on your head it is a sign of good luck.
2. Don’t become a sailor if you kill an albatross, as superstition states you will get lost at sea (we just think you shouldn’t on principle).
3. It is good luck if a blackbird makes a nest on your house.
4. If you see 5 crows, sickness will follow; see 6 crows and death will follow.
5. To avoid bad luck tip your hat if you see a magpie.
6. Whatever you do to a robin will happen to you, so be nice!
7. It is bad luck to see an owl during the day.
8. A kingfisher is a very lucky bird.
9. Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.
10. Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it’s unlucky to kill one (again, we think killing any birds is wrong).
11. When a swan lays its head and neck back over its body during the daytime it means a storm is coming.
12. Having a wren around will prevent one from drowning.
13. A bird that flies into a house foretells an important message. However, if the bird dies, or is white, this foretells death.

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03/13/2015 09:29.17 AM Report This Comment  
  f those things that if she fell or needs help she just presses the button and the people on the other end send help for her.Mom and skin bro will be with her at her house all day and then make sure she's all right before they leave for the night.Mom will be making her meals for a while and trying to do some of the cleaning and helping with my cousins.Nana is all excited about finally getting to go home in her own home where she can get a good nights sleep and eat the food she likes.And most of all to be back with her babies once again,they didn't want to leave her the other day when Mom brought them in to see her.Mom is going to try and let us come visit more often now as long as she's not getting home too late and as long as Nana is getting along better so she doesn't have to stay too long and she's got some time left in the day before she crashes at night like she usually does now. She goes to sit down to watch TV and never gets to see it,she wakes up and its 3 am and she's still on the couch with the TV still on some infomercial! Please know how much Nana and all of us appreciate all the cards and prayers you have all been sending her way and our way,they have really helped more than you can know.We all love you so much and Mom couldn't have kept her sanity if it weren't for you all.You have always been there for all of us and we can't thank you enough!We are all so blessed to have you in our lives!There's nothing like our BC Family!
Wishing you a greyt day and we're sending you all our love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses!Loving you always and forever,Dixie,Kallie and Peepers,flock and Mom and Nana and family too!Sending a vote your way too,we all miss you so much!

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03/12/2015 04:52.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiamaria
Hello everyone and every birdie!Please forgive me for the C/P;but Mom doesn't have too much time and we wanted to come visit every birdie before we were forgotten and tell you all how much we miss you all and how much you all mean to us. It's been so long since we've been able to visit every birdie and we so miss all of you so much!Mom has been so busy with running off each and every morning to see Nana and skin bro has been taking her early in the morning just as soon as she gets done with cleaning our cages and feeding us with our warm bean mix.Its been really hectic around here and Mom is gone all day long and doesn't get to come home until nearly after dinner time on most days,and between the bad snow storms we've had here,and trying to take care of our dad and get him off to work,making lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to tide him over for all the overnights he's had to put in,doing Nana's washes so she can have clean clothes to wear,and getting Nana something she can eat there instead of that awful hospital food she doesn't like,its been quite the busy last several weeks here.She gets to eat once a day whenever there's time in the late afternoon with skin bro and by the time she comes home she has to make dinner for our dad,clean up the kitchen and then take care of us also and by the time that's all done she's too tired to do anything else and if there's laundry to do for Nana that takes her into the night.In the mornings she has to stop at Nana's to get things that Nana needs there and Mom also is making our cousins bean mix also as skin bro had run out of it long ago.Skin bro is taking really good care of our cousins,Bella and Trixie II and letting them out for a few hours each before he has to go to bed each night.Today when Mom came home she spent the rest of the time making our dad a decent dinner,usually all she has the energy for is to throw a frozen dinner in the oven for him and tonight she made Chicken Noodle Casserole and while she was making that she did Nana's laundry and got that all folded and ready to go back to her house except for the things she needs from it.Mom even vacuumed the whole upstairs as the dust and the floors were really getting bad and stripped the bed and put on new sheets,my dad helped her with that he even brought the clothes upstairs and put his away for her.Mom got good news today when she went to see Nana,the head of the rehab said that Nana can go home on Sunday at 11:00AM. They took her staples out today and it made her leg feel so much better.Mom rubbed lotion all over Nana's legs for her,the swelling is still in her leg and foot but its slowly going down and the lotion rub made Nana feel much better.Nana had to order all the things to make her house safe first before she can leave like the grab bars for the bathtub and the seat for the bathtub,walker with basket on it so she can bring things with her in the house and not have to carry them from room to room.She is also going to get one o

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03/12/2015 04:51.06 PM Report This Comment  
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Why Does The Cold Cause Blackbirds To Gather In Large Flocks?
The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” is particularly true among blackbirds in winter.

Though many birds band together during winter, none are as notorious for their flocking behavior as blackbirds, including.red-winged blackbirds, European starlings, common grackles and brown-headed cowbirds.This group of a feather often flock together in the many thousands, sometimes the millions. One winter roost in the Great Dismal Swamp on the Virginia-North Carolina border held an estimated 15 million birds. Flocks in the thousands often roost in urban and suburban areas, where their numbers and their noise make them unpopular among the people living nearby.

Many wonder why birds in general and blackbirds in particular gather in flocks in winter. It is generally believed that there is safety in numbers. With many more eyes and ears to search for food and watch for predators, the chance of an individual bird surviving winter is increased.

There are reports of hawks attacking flocks of flying birds time and again, but failing to capture even one when the prey closed ranks to form a mass that the hawk was unwilling or unable to penetrate without being injured.
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03/12/2015 04:49.35 PM Report This Comment  
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SUBIRDIA: Suburbs are bustling with birds.
10 ways you can help birds and connect with nature.
1. Landowners can increase bird use of their turf by reducing its extent, mowing it less often, and skipping the fertilizers and pesticides. Providing shrubs and trees, especially native species, increases food resources. Thickets, brush piles, rocks, standing dead trees and logs contribute cover from predators and safe nest and roost sites.
2. Keep your cat indoors. Our favorite felines are called “house cats” for a reason. Free-ranging cats kill one in 10 wild birds. Plus, living inside extends the average cat’s life by a decade.
3. Make windows visible to birds.Collision is the second most deadly and preventable threat for urban birds. Obscuring just 5 percent of a large window with artistic etching, frosting or simple striping can help. Or use decals that reflect ultraviolet light, visible to birds but not humans.
4. Do not light the night sky. Use light only when necessary and from as dim a source as possible. Bright bluish light is the most disruptive, soft yellow the least. Face outside lighting downward, not skyward, and especially avoid illumination that shines horizontally.
5. Provide food, water and nest sites. Birds benefit from the provision of nest boxes and preserving dead trees or limbs is the best way to ensure a steady supply of cavities for the species that require them.
6. Do not kill native predators. Subirdia needs the natural checks and balances that predators such as hawks and owls provide. Exercise restraint when applying pesticides. The toxins we use to control insects and rodents are deadly to small birds and mammals.
7. Foster a diversity of habitats around backyard landscapes. Many native plants could be retained if we carved lots carefully from existing vegetation, rather than scraping entire lots bare and replanting them with a standard mix of nursery stock.
8. Make roads safer for wildlife. Creating crossings for reptiles, amphibians and mammals increases biological diversity, which is good for subirdia. Enable natural grasses and shrubs to fill in along road verges and medians, and limit roadside mowing of these sites during nesting season.
9. Ask local planning authorities to ensure functional lconnections between land and water including buffers along waterways, vegetated corridors, golf courses or a series of small parks strung together along an abandoned transportation route.
10. Enjoy and bond with nature where you live, work and play! city residents can suffer environmental amnesia and why it is important to conserve nature in urban settings.
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03/11/2015 04:27.38 PM Report This Comment  
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falcons are more closely related to parrots than they are to hawks and eagles.
1)Parrots: Plumage in bright, saturated colors. Social. Smart. Most species found in the tropics. Strong hooked bill used to tear apart fruits and nuts.
2)Falcons: Awesome predators. Superlative fliers. Plumage exclusively in earth tones. Relatively solitary. Found from the tropics to the Arctic. Strong hooked bill used to tear apart prey.
3)Hawks and eagles: Everything about falcons also applies to hawks and eagles. Hawks and eagles tend to soar as they watch for prey, while falcons tend to rely on speed for active pursuit of it.
Eagles hawk and falcons are aerial predators it has driven these birds to converge upon one another in solitary lifestyle, body size and shape and color of feathers in what is called convergent evolution and not family history.DNA codes nearly everything about the final form and behavior of an animal. The “complete sequence" of DNA found in an animal (or plant) is referred to as its genome..Through genomes, every living thing, represents one version of “the book of life.” some parts of the story are changing all the time corresponding to rapidly evolving genes, such as immune systems that must change all the time to respond to new threats. Other parts of the story have remained essentially unchanged for hundreds of millions of years. These parts correspond to highly conserved genes, which tend to govern basic life processes shared by all organisms.Compare one species’ story to other species’ versions, and patterns start to emerge and how they relate to one another. More closely related species share more of the story and have fewer discrepancies between versions.Analyses of the entire genome indicate that parrots and falcons shared many more years of evolutionary history They share passages of their stories uniquely with each other relative to all other birds except songbirds, Parrots and falcons shared an ancestral species whose DNA kept evolving l long after they split off from the lineage that led to the “other raptors,” hawks and eagles Parrots and falcons share an ancestral species proven by DNA and years of evolution
history
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03/10/2015 02:21.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
falcons are more closely related to parrots than they are to hawks and eagles.
Parrots: Plumage in bright, saturated colors. Social. Smart. Most species found in the tropics. Strong hooked bill used to tear apart fruits and nuts.
Falcons: Awesome predators. Superlative fliers. Plumage exclusively in earth tones. Relatively solitary. Found from the tropics to the Arctic. Strong hooked bill used to tear apart prey.
Hawks and eagles: Everything about falcons also applies to hawks and eagles. Hawks and eagles tend to soar as they watch for prey, while falcons tend to rely on speed for active pursuit of it.

because eagles hawk and falcons are aerial predators it has driven these birds to converge upon one another in solitary lifestyle, body size and shape and color of feathers in what is called convergent evolution and not family history.

parrots and falcons share an ancestral species proven by DNA and years of evolution history

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03/10/2015 01:13.12 PM Report This Comment  
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HI TIAMARIE, WHERE YOU BEEN THIS WHOLE TIME. NICE TO SEE YOU BACK.

SPRING IS SLOWLY COMING OUR WAY.

WE ARE DOING GOOD SO FAR.

SWEETPEPPER & KACEY

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03/09/2015 09:18.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia!
Hi there, it is Jester! How are you doing? I'm doing well. Right now I have a bunch of pin feathers growing in on my chest, and mom is hoping that I won't bother them. but mom gave me a new toy to play with while I'm in here. Mom made me a bunch of fun toys the other night to keep me busy. I love homemade toys! They are so fun to play with, especially when they are filled with treats! Mom is learning how to play the piano, and I really love to listen to her play! Her keyboard is in the same room as my cage, so I love when she comes in and practices. (: Hugs, Jester

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02/17/2015 04:56.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi TiaMaria
We hope your mom is well on her way to recovery & hope you will be back on BC soon! You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Hugs,

Angel & Pepper

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02/15/2015 07:37.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia Marie
we needed pain medication after reading everything your poor mama has been going through. we are glad she is finally starting to feel better. next thing you know your mom will have an engine put on that new fangled walker and be zipping ll over the place. be well be warm and stay off all the ice.

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02/10/2015 10:42.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi, TiaMaria
Thank you for the update. We are keeping our wings crossed that your mom continues to heal and no more complications. So much better for your mom to have that treatment at home. We will see you whenever your mom feels up to it. No worries as none of us will forget you!

We got some much needed rain over the w/e. All in the morning and then it had the afternoon to soak in. The sun came out briefly and mom saw a rainbow on her way home from work yesterday.

Have a great day, wing hugs beak kisses and a vote, Pearl and Silver.

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02/09/2015 02:52.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia & aunt Sandy, from your old friend Jenny
...we feel so bad for your sweet momma having all that pain, and we hope se will be better very soon! We have really missed you guys on the BC! Hi Tia gang, at 10:00 AM, my dad finally got the BC up and running, don't laugh, at his age he said that was kind of a good thing, LOL! However with the BC being down for so long, it ate up a lot of our designated BC time! Tomorrow he has two appointments at our local VA Outpatient Clinic for a complete physical and an eye doctor visit to test for Diabetic Retinopathy, he needs that one! We love you guys, have a great day, and give our love to all in your magic home full of love, see ya tomorrow...

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02/09/2015 12:41.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Wow, your mom has been through a lot! We feel bad for her. Hope she is getting better now, though.
Well, we're back in the deep freeze today. Temps have plummeted back from the 50s yesterday to the high 20s right now. I think more snow is in the forecast too. Hope it's not too much.
Mom did the raptor mews today, so it gave her a chance to connect again with Martha, the great horned owl, and Maxina and Chuck, the red tailed hawks. There was also a patient in one of them, a turkey vulture who is still pretty freaked out when humans are near. After she did that area, she did the center room, called the Runs. There were 2 red tailed hawk patients there, as well as Cecilia, our new barred owl for education, the 3 resident vultures, a peking duck, and that snapping turtle who was in the small flight aviary on Friday. He got moved because there is a gull in there now. It was a pretty busy day at the center for mom with all those animals, but she still managed to do a few dishes.
I hope you are having a great day and getting lots of warm cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Falco

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02/09/2015 10:47.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Tia
Here's a belated Happy hatch day wish and Congrats on BOTD...
Sorry I couldn't get here sooner but my mommy is still healing from her surgery.
Did your mommy get her surgery yet ??? We all send her our prayers of comfort and healing.

Have an awesome day
Love your BBFF
Snowflake.

PS...I miss you !!!

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02/09/2015 09:30.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi T I A
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

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02/09/2015 08:41.14 AM Report This Comment  
  What a sight for sore eyes !
You made me so happy with your visit yesterday ! I've missed you lots ! Your poor mom though, what an ordeal she's been through - she sure is lucky to have you there helping to take care of her :)

Things here have been pretty quiet - typical NY winters - in fact Mom is waiting now to see if there'll be a delay, snow day, or if she'll have to schlep in. The roads look fine - but it could be ice and the changeover to snow is happening later than expected. Lots of districts have already called the day . . . another day of total freedom would be nice ! I had that yesterday from the moment I got up for my breakfast till bedtime :)

Then next week she has her mid-winter break - a whole entire week of Cookie playtime !

Hope you have a great day and welcome back ! love Cookie

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02/09/2015 01:54.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Tia Maria!
Wow!! Your poor mom has been through so much! We are happy to hear that your mom is finally feeling better! Jeezzz!
So happy to hear from from you sweetie !
Much love,
Raffikki

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02/08/2015 06:43.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Glad your mom is doing some better at least but sure is a long ordeal! Yesterday mom had her coat and purse out and I knew she was going somewhere so I flew over to be with her. Well she hoodwinked me! Yep took me downstairs and there was my wingabago waiting on me and put me in and then into the car and off we went to the warehouse for my beak and nail trim! I was so upset when I came home I just sat and pouted but today I am over it. I did see two cockatoos there and boy the one sure had lots to say. I saw a caique getting a trim job too. I didn’t want any birdy to notice me so I made love bird whistles like I learned from Chi chi. Cindy said she heard a love bird and mom told on me. Mom said my nails hurt her hand and it was in the 40’s yesterday so that is why she took me. I am just glad its over! “The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horses never..” Your friend, Gus (RIP Chi chi)

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02/08/2015 06:36.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
So sorry to hear the terrible news about your mom's surgery gone bad. It seems to be happening to too many of our friends, since Panther's mom has been going thru similar issues. Hope Sandy feels better soon and takes care not to fall again. Sending get well wishes her way.

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02/08/2015 06:29.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiamaria
Oh how awful all the things your poor sweet Momma had to endure,she sounds like my Mom who refuses to be trapped in the hospital and clawed her way out also,they could care less that you have a family to take care of and who needs you to be there with them.Our Nana has a bunion and has had it forever and we never knew you could have it removed either!I guess its just better to keep the thing on you and not opt out for all that eggstra pain and aggravation like your poor Momma had to go through!Mom will be sure to put her name in our book of special intentions at church for extra prayers each week for healing and peace from pain.Just know that she will always be in our thoughts and prayers for healing and peace from pain.Give her our love and a warm wing hug from my Mom too! Its so good to hear from you again!
Wishing you a greyt day and I'm sending you all my love along with warm birdie hugs and soft beakie kisses and a vote for you too!Loving you always and forever,Dixie and flock ad family and Mom too!

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02/08/2015 02:22.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Mom has seen those cool walkers and is envious. Was it the fall the day after surgery that maybe helped cause the osteo myletis? When mom did her hip the doc told her to watch for fevers. YAY that mom had in house care, probably a lot safer.
Friends have had that bunion thing done and are happy to be able to wear normal shoes now. Hope when all is said and done mom can say the same.
Thank you for the update--WOW, what a time your mom has had.
Polly

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