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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!!!.

I'm the boss!
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If I visit u, I V4U!
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  Hi Tia
Happy, healthy Hump-day to everybirdie. Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. I am hopeful that everyone has read the comments posted on my page about the need for education and laws to restrict and control Parrot over-breeding and one day end the need for rescues. Your insight and shared comments are greyt and very down-to-Earth factual. I must agree that the ideas are great but the how-to is getting into the way. The need for and application of Owner educational classes was commonly agreed,but where would one begin to make this thought a reality? The fact that there are definitely many very qualified educators on Common Parrot behavior makes it a possibility, but to make the need obvious to those in change of our laws and by-laws would be a difficult task to under-take. The current animal welfare act seems to fall short where Parrots and domestic exotics come in. Unless the "animals" are in definite distress from abuse, obvious neglect of care MOST if not ALL investigators know very little to nothing about Companion Parrots.
A point at hand; was the case a while back when someone visiting saw our frother SKY who has a damaged wing that was broken years ago but due to his abuser's lack of care it was left to mend on it's own: thus it is deformed, and Little Angel my plucked, but very happy and healthy fister who has almost no feathers. The visitor reported them and investigators visited. They were going to pressure to have both Sky and Little Angel removed from our flock and euthanized. Heck, killed more correctly. When word went out to our BC family, the OSPCA was bombarded with texts, emails, and calls. These same investigators did not know a Cockatiel from a Budgie, but made the assumed decision that both Parrots were unable to enjoy a quality of life. Point being these two persons were responsible for deciding the welfare for two Companion Parrots, yet made very incorrect assumptions. So, before any new laws to protect us could be implemented, those currently responsible for enforcing them would need extensive training on what is and isn't acceptable behavior and husbandry for hundreds of very differing species of Parrots.
As Dixie's Mom Rose brought up, when someone must spend the whole day just cleaning and feeding the Fids, then it is obvious the number is too many to properly keep. As others also pointed out, there is a fine line between keeper and hoarder. The only difference being the keeper does their best to care for, clean, feed and water everyone everyday, and is willing to pay for Veterinarian care, while the hoarder becomes over-whelmed with sheer numbers, the cost of food, amount of work involved and burns-out leaving no one to care for the suffering Parrots.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: what types of regulations should be put into effect to prevent the hoarder-syndrome? Besides limiting numbers kept, is there a way to prevent it in the first place? Would anyone with more then a specified number having inspections help?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

05/06/2015 08:54.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiamaria
Hello everyone, Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. I musts ay that your responses are very educational, thought-provoking and hitting that old nail right on the head. We, Companion Parrots are definitely at the mercy of humans once we enter the world of captivity. It is so sad to think of the horrors many Parrots suffer from hatching to an early death in the name of profits. Sam shared a very compelling account of just such cruelty and suffering, and was an eye-opener to the realities around the Parrot Breeding Industry. Sadder still is that one of the USA's leading Parrot food producers has one of the worst kept breeding facilities. Parrots of all sizes, cramped into dirty, dark and over-crowded buildings. Bred and kept solely for testers of their newest pellets, and profits from their offspring. Just like our dog and cat foods, all products are tested on living creatures for quality, effectiveness for what it was made for, i.e. breeding formulas, maintenance etc. and over-all health after specific periods of usage.
We all agree that something needs to be implemented to control the breeding and mass production of Companion Parrots. Parrots seem to be brushed under the table when laws are debated for "Companion pets" with the focus on dogs, cats and livestock taking the forefront. It is shocking to learn the number of Companion Parrots from Budgies to Macaws that are abused, neglected and abandoned nationwide annually. Most of the better well-managed Parrot Rescues are at capacity, some being able to add facilities to handle the overflow of the unwanted being surrendered. Most are struggling to take care of those in their care as finances are slow at coming, but the Parrots keep arriving, many needing extensive Veterinarian care due to neglect or blatant abuse by former owners.
If Bird-only stores were licensed to sell Parrots, and General Pet Stores were no longer allowed to do so with the addition of mandatory staff attendance of seminars and proper training that they passed on to potential buyers some control might begin to arrive on the breeding of mass numbers of birds yearly. However it is erroneous to believe that all birds sold in Pet Stores come from "Parrot-mills". Many are purchased from reputable breeders who produce carefully planned clutches.There are both good and bad Pet Stores, including Bird Only stores.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; If the governments of your country were to impose laws for keeping Parrots would you willing attend classes on Parrot husbandry and training? If the new law(s) were made for ALL OWNERS not just new owners would you support these laws willingly?
Dog and Cat by-laws normally limit the numbers per household. Those above these limits needing to apply for a "Kennel-License", do YOU think owners of Companion Parrots should also have limits and require special permits to own above that limited numbers? DO YOU think licensing ownership could improve the situation for unwanted Parrots?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

05/05/2015 07:17.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Good Monday morning to all my BC friends and their awesome Parronts. Your blogs are amazing, they bring tears and smiles of joy as you share your thoughts and opinions with everyone. I love reading them and I am keeping them on file as they are that inspiring. I truly hope everyone is taking the time to read the blogs. They are so filled with honesty, open thoughts and powerful ideas. Certainly in the end we all will be empowered to become Ambassadors for Companion Parrots. Some very intense facts are being brought up that can help bring about a change. Most agree that the weight of responsibility should fall upon the shoulders of the breeders who produce the innocent chicks who may one day be abandoned on the doorstep of a Parrot Rescue.
As many as there are involved in the breeding of Parrots, we must not loose sight of the truth that there are some really great, very knowledgeable and devoted individuals selling baby Parrots. As with anything that involves the potential to make money, the bad often takes the lime-light over the good. Research has revealed that some of the worse offenders are not "back-yard" breeders but facilities owned by Nationally known Parrot food producers. My research has shown that the average "breeder" becomes involved as a hobbyist and remains involved for an average of five to seven years. There remainder make up two very different groups. Group one, a smaller group are those who are devoted to their Parrots, spending money on quality foods, correct caging and Veterinarian care. They make little if any profit and are motivated by their love of the birds, and a desire to create awesome companions. The educate buyers,and will take back any unwanted bird at any point in their lives. Sadly, the second Group makes up the "commercial" breeders. Budgies are often reared in large pens where babies are netted out at predetermined periods. Large Parrots are kept in pens with little to do besides reproduce. Cockatoo males often become so stressed they maul or kill their mates, something unheard of in the wild. To stop this, beak mutilation is used to remove the powerful bite potential. When someone is willing to keep their Parrots in these conditions how willing will they be to educate owners? Stiffer control laws employed by Governments may correct the over-breeding and abuse, but they must be enforced to do anything to help the problem.
Stores should be required to provide "per-purchase" classes for new owners. How many Pet Store staffers actually know much about the birds they sell?
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Do you think making and enforcing laws for "breeder-facilities" would help the problem of unwanted Parrots? Would it be " feasible" to require ALL PET STORES that sell Companion Parrots to HAVE to provide MANDATORY per-purchase educational classes? Should those involved with the sale of Companion Parrots be required by law to take classes or do a written test to show they are knowledgeable about them?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

05/04/2015 08:22.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this warm, bright Sunday. I want to begin by thanking you all for sharing your past histories, in your birdographies you tell the sad and happy events that have led you to be where you at this moment in time. I ask that every parront take the time to really read each one, for within each is a wealth of information and hope for someone else who may be facing or in the future may face a similar obstacle to Companion Parrot ownership. I hate that term ownership; signifying possession because no one truly "owns' a Parrot. We are not domesticated like a companion cat or dog. It is for these reasons that so many of us end for unwanted, neglected, abused or worse. We hatch from eggs will all the instincts of our wild cousins, except the ability to be free to exercise them.
As Falco's Mom and others noted dealing with hormones has been the most difficult challenge. That factor alone shows that we differ from all other commonly kept "pets". Where dogs or cats can be sterilized thereby removing that obstacle, Parrots, except under very unique circumstances are not. That fluffy bundle of down will one day be a fully mature, hormonal-driven adult with one desire; to reproduce their kind. Frustrated Parrots can become extremely aggressive, biting and lunging at those they once adored. The need to chew can wreck havoc on furniture, wood work and other humanly valued objects.
It is a tragic fact that over 70 % of baby Parrots will live in no less then two homes. Many will live in ten or more and some will be forever bounced from place to place. Many of the largest Parrot rescues in the USA have very large populations of Macaws and larger species Cockatoos. The Iowa Parrot Rescue has no less then 60 % population of these two species. Of these most are adult males five or older. After countless conversations with different rescue owners ( all USA/Canada based and with larger rescue populations) most of these 60% are surrendered due to aggression, screaming or other hormonal behaviors.
After reading every one of your comments, it is clear that many of us on BC have had previous homes. We were either rescues or re-homes due to necessity. Sadly some, Like Sam I Am suffered the most common Parrot/Owner scenario. A once adored baby becomes a problem to be dealt with. Stuck in solitary confinement due to our own natural behaviors we develop unwanted behaviors that cause us to be "given-up."
NOW TODAY'S QUESTION--who do YOU feel is to BLAME for this problem of Parrots being rehomed so often? IS it the breeder? Where do the stores fit into this? Are they responsible for finding suitable homes? Are sellers of babies failing to educate the potential buyer thereby setting up a high potential for failure of new owners keeping their Parrot for it's lifetime? What ideas do you think might help stop this sad situation of buyers of babies giving them up? How can we start to help end this problem?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

05/03/2015 10:02.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiamaria
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie once more with today's BOTM blog. I want to thank everyone who stopped by, especially those who have shared their past with us.I hope every parront will take the time to read these interesting and heart-moving accounts of how their fid(s) joined their lives. We Parrots are all so unique and individual both in our personalities and in our relationships to our human caregivers. What I hope to do this month, as the days pass is to begin an active, open discussion about s wonderful, fascinating and sometimes difficult Parrots.
Whatever means we took to join our now forever homes, as varied and interesting as they all are, the one factor that remains common is, "none of us were born to live within the human environment." Sharing our days with humans was not a consideration when we were first created, and often times this factor brings with it untold challenges, conflicts and joys for both the owner and their wonderful, independent and awesome companion Parrot. My hope is that dialogue we can share these moments, thereby helping one another grow, over-come and expand in our relationships with one another.
We will look at, and talk about various Parrots and their loving Parronts, how they came together and how they have over-come problems; road-bumps along the way to developing that mutual trusting relationship. Even those who arrived into their families as weanling babies had obstacles that had to be faced and worked through. Since no parront has arrived yet at that place where never a new challenge or problem shall come along, we can help one another to forge through these birdie-barriers with renewed confidence.
My Momma Deb has over forty years of bird-related involvement, yet daily things come up that are a "first" for her. As a writer Advocate for Flockcall.com she is able to share her day to day observations with others in the hopes that someone will gain a tiny morsel of wisdom that will help them with their own Companion Parrots. I have been a challenge to her. Although only two years old there was and still is a communication problem; a language barrier that has slowed my transition to my new home. The problem is not my failure to learn English, but her lack of knowledge of another language which I grew-up with. Momma Deb has had to re-think her approach to these several times, and after many hit-miss attempts has worked out a solution to our understanding. It is this sort of thing that I want to have us share with one another. What works for you might just work for someone else.
Please, feel free to continue to write about how you came to be in your current Companion Parrot home. TODAY'S QUESTION: is simple but important: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGE YOU, the PARRONT, had to overcome with YOUR new fid? and HOW did you OVERCOME IT?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

05/02/2015 08:47.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiamaria
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here. I am May's BOTM candidate and wish to ask for your participation in this month. I want to talk about US. The BC birdies, our flockilies and our homes, and most of all how we got to be there. Now, before you decide that isn't fun, just wait and see. There are so many BC birdies, and each of us have our very own past history. We all began somewhere, but today we live and are loved exactly where we are at this very moment. The question is "How did you end up where you are?"
This is my story which many of you already will recall. I was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2013. I was purchased as a birthday gift for my former owner who was turning sixteen at the time. She had exact requirements she wanted in her new friend. She wanted a girl, and it had to be a blue-Crowned Amazon. The search was on for a baby to fit these requirements and after extensive on-line hunting her Mom found me and my sister for sale from a breeder several provinces away.
At three months old I arrived in Toronto, Ontario and met my new owner and her family for the very first time. It was instant love and I moved into their home and hearts right away. I was like a little sister in this family of three.
Because I am a rescue, My new forever Momma Deb does not know all that took place beyond here, except for the information that was shared when I was surrendered to my Momma Deb. I was obviously well loved, and spoiled. I would lay for hours on my back in their hands, snuggled and kissed and I loved it. My hatchday is April 13th, so on that day we had a party, and there are photos of me with a birthday cake and hat on. Sadly on April 23 of 2014 I fell or some how broke my leg while my owners were away at work and school. When they arrived home they found me laying on the cage floor, with a clean break. I had broken my leg bone in half, and was unable to climb or stand.
I was taken to a Vet who examined my leg and confirmed it was severely injured and would require surgery to put pins in to aid in healing. Unfortunately due to communication problems and lack of finances they were unable to do this operation then, when it would have fixed my broken leg. They tried to help me, as best they could, by taping in with Vet wrap but unfortunately did more harm then they realized. In desperation I was given to my Momma Deb who promised to do everything she could to help me. My parents gave Momma Dr "Z"'s name and number, where I had gone that first evening. He agreed to see me, and do what he could. When Momma Deb removed the wraps at his advice, she knew it was not good. My leg was dying because of incorrect wrapping. Dr "Z" operated on my leg and was forced to amputate it at the hip. THANKS to all our BC friends who helped pay for this surgery I am alive and healthy today.
"HOW did you get to be in your home?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & SWEETIE, RUNNING FOR BOTM IN MAY.

05/01/2015 08:09.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tiamaria
Howdy partners; Mikey D once more hittin' the old Trail to California. It sure has been an adventure, dealin' with Black Bart and that band of varmints. Now we can be California Dreamin' , I HOPE!
Mr. Kiddo looks at Sam, "Let's sing Rawhide one more time but THIS time leave off that whip! I'm missing a few feathers from that thing!" Sam's eyes grow big not meaning to have caused any harm. Mr. Kiddo stops his horse as Sam rides over to join him on the trail. Sam rolls up his whip & hangs it off his saddle horn. He & Mr. Kiddo begin singing once again." Keep rollin', rollin', rollin'.." soon they are joined by all the rest of the BC Team as the ole' wagons one by one move into place to be reloaded. Sky & BB ride double into town. "No, Sky"s horse did not run out of hay!!!" Sundancer is tied at a post so BB mounts up & they head back to reload the wagons to resume the trip with the much needed supplies. As the wagons disappears from view of the town a Burro with a cactus on it rides into town & stops in front of the jail. The cactus falls off & The Bird wiggles out,folds the costume up & puts it in a travel case. The Bird saunters into the jail to check on Black Barts gang & to wait with the others till the Beakerton Security officers get there to take the gang to the big house. TB gets a mug & pours a cup of joe out of the big pot on the potbelly stove. "We sure have had a wonderful adventure and we all made it out safely and got those bad birdies back where they belong! Now to get some of that sizzling roast beast and some hot strong black coffee would be the perfect ending to the perfect day we just had." Dixie tells Little Angel as they throw the last bag back up onto their wagon.
With full bellies, they drive down the rutted dirt road. Everybirdie's spirits are light, after such a tough go in the ole' Ghost Town. As night falls Porcupine Crossing lurks on the horizon. "It's been one long day" Mikey D says out loud to Moggie as they drive their team into the open clearing by the swift moving waters. As they unhitch their teams, the riders rejoin them after their cross country gallop.
"The Agents have Bart and his birds in custody. I think that's the last we'll hear from them for a while." Cappy exclaims gulping down a mug of Lizzie's hot coffee. With the mules corralled, and the remuda quietly grazing, the tired Team relaxes by the warm fire.
Kiddo rides in to camp with the rest of the cowbirds and takes a minute to visit with Lizzie by the cook fire. "Lizzie? You can see birds at the Bridge? Is Ms Chuey looking down on us as we continue the trail ride? Does she know that Jesse and Falco have been rescued and are safe again?" Lizzie smiles softly. " She knows!" is all she says.
"We better get us some shut-eye, we'll move out before dawn." Everybirdie is glad to roll into their night rolls. The night watch rides out to keep an eye on the animals, and soon the camp is at rest.

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/30/2015 07:17.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
We are working on an amazing on-line auction for 2015. We will have lots of cool Parrot related items including toys from Chuey"s Chewable Bird Toy Creations, Art work prints and portraits and much more.
We are looking for businesses and individuals who would like to donate a new or GENTLY USED and LOVED item for our auction to help the Parrots at New Wings Bird Rescue and Sanctuary.
If you have an item(s) you'd like to donate please PM us.
We will require the size, quantity of the item, whether it is new or Gently used. Also if you will pay the shipping or the winning bidder is responsible to pay it.
Stay tuned for more details and an upcoming list of available items to bid on. The list will be updated as donations come in!

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/29/2015 05:59.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Howdy partners, Mikey D here. I sure am relieved that Black Bart is safely behind bars with his band of would-be villains, and all our friends are safe and well. With the rescue of Falco, and Jesse, we are all set to continue our way to sunny California.
"Well, all's well that ends well, and I do believe our showdown with Black Bart and his band of ne'er do wells ended just fine for us good guys." Kiddo tips his hat to the ladies and saunters over to Freckles to mount and head back to the wagons. His grand exit is marred a bit when he trips over something in the road. He bends over to pick it up and realizes he is hold the Hawk's hat! He throws it down and stomps on it a few times and then finishes mounting Freckles and waits for the rest of the team to head on out.
Sam smiles, as he watches Jesse escort Falco out of the General Store & sees Cappy taking a soggy Hawk-eye into the jail. He puts away his knife because he was ready to carve a big turkey hawk into a Thanksgiving Dinner. Or at least, de-plume the varmint! He riders over to join Kiddo as they wait for the others to get ready to head on back to camp. Kaji is so happy that things are (hopefully) done with Black Bart. "Hmmm" he says to himself. "Think I will check out that tunnel before heading back. The tunnel birds did a fabulous job on it!" With that, he heads back to the saloon, and is quickly joined by the other Tunnel Birds who take the short-cut back to their base camp.
Mikey D stops by the Jail House to check on Bart and his would-be-bad guys gang. Cappy is standin' guard with Picabo, Cookie and Pookie. "the Beakerton Agents will be here shortly to take over. We'll leave ya horses and some grub, but you should be up to us at Porcupine Crossing by night-fall." Cappy asks " is it ok to rough up the prisoners a bit? A well placed TOO bite might make them think again before getting into further trouble." Cappy chuckles. Mikey d just grins and waves good-by as he heads on out into the crowded street. He hops up onto his wagon's lazy board, and looks at the empty place Chuey had shared with him. With a tear in his eye he clicks to the team, and turns them out of town, back the way they had come. The othes follow behind, leavin' the excitement of the day behind, as their thoughts turn to the trek still ahead of them.
The smell of roastin' beef sizzling over a crackling fire could be smelt for a clear mile before the Team reached the base camp. A hot meal, strong, black coffee and everybirdie was ready to reload their cargo, makin' certain it was balanced and tied down securely. By mid-day with the sun on our backs we were movin' on down the line. Moggie joins Chuey to drive the team as they take the lead. The trip ahead was goin' to be a tough go, but they were ready for whatever might come their way!

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/28/2015 07:43.39 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Howdy friends, Mikey D here in the Wild West Ghost Town. I wish to thank everybirdie and their parronts for the kind words shared at the loss of my beloved wife-bird Queen Chuey. I miss her terribly and will forever love her, but I also know she is waiting for me to join her one day on that big cattle range in the sky. She would not want anyone to grieve for her too long, she lived each day to the fullest. Ride free my love till I see you again some day!
Hawk-eye stares wide-eyed at the Smith and Weston pointed his way, and slowly stumbles to his feet. One beady eye on Jesse,the other on the door, he cautiously walks towards the opening. At the last second he has a change of heart and makes a bolt for freedom, right into the chest of one Mr. Sky. Not to be trapped easily, he dives between Sky's legs and makes a dash for freedom.
Cappy, is getting bored guarding Black Bart, he hears all of the commotion going on outside. Not one to sit back Cappy checks to make sure the cell door it shut tight and walks outside to see if he sees anything when suddenly Hawk-eye runs smack-dab into him. Cappy grabs hold of the scruffy bandit as the two fly backwards onto the wooden sidewalk. Hawk-eye grabs for Cappy's pistol, but is too slow as Cappy rolls onto his feet so fast he sends Hawk-eye tumblin' over him into the water trough. Cappy lunges after him, pinning his prisoner in the water. "Now, come along nice-like or I'll show ya how hard a Too can bite"
Jesse stands stunned as everything unfolds. Seeing Cappy haulin' Hawk-eye along to jail, he rushes to where Miss Falco is standing smiling happily. "Oh Falco, you're safe. I was so worried they'd try to hurt you. I had to get free and save you my sweet girl" Jesse holds Falco close, thankful they are once more freed and save. Everybirdie on the street cheers when Jesse walks outside his wing around Falco protectively. " After a group-hug the Team matches the remainin' gang members into the jail house from the wagons, lockin' them away for safe keepin'
"You'll stay here. Beakerton Security officers are on their way here, to escort your sorry tail-feathers off to prison." Mikey D tells them before he turns tail and exits the Jail house. The Bird looks on from the top of the boarding house as Jesse breaks down the door of the General store to get to Falco. The Bird turns & disappears back the way he/she came. Ms BB puts away the few things she has & resumes her walk down the dusty windy trail to the ghost town. She can see birds moving in town but can not make out who they are. BB passes a cactus & it moves to walk next to her. Its The Bird in another costume. He/she tells BB about what has been going on in town, mounts her/his burro, & wanders off into the sunshine.
Sky sees BB walkin' in the distance and rides out to pick her up. "You missed all the fun Sweetheart!" he says as he reins in beside her. BB laughs and climbs up into the saddle, " do you think the horse might run outta hay

Come visit me, MIKEY D, Steppin' back in history for BOTM April, birdie haven park, ANGEL CHUEY--April 26/15, sweetpea, thanks for botd, zoey & cricket & nakita.

04/27/2015 10:46.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Tia
Howdy friends, Mikey D here. Seems we have ourselves a situation goin` on here in the Ghost Town. With Miss Falco taken hostage by Hawk-eye, and Jesse still missin' there didn't look like much more could go wrong. Well, that was until we were set to bust down that General Store door. Jesse clicks to Sundancer, urging her to move even faster as the Ole Town comes into view, " come on girl, we gotta save Falco!" As they round the bend in the trail Jesse glimpses the scene taking place out in the street. Those mangy birds who'd kept him hog-tied at the mine had beaten him here, and were now holding the BC team at gun point. He reins Sundancer in, and leaps to the ground boltin' to the shadows of the empty black-smiths shop. He peers around the corner to get a better view.
"Jesse" a whisper startles Jesse to his feet like lighten' " it's me THE BIRD" the familiar face steps into the light. "I been hiding' out here, tryin' to figure out what to do to save everybirdie."
"I gotta plan. We're gonna make a distraction. There's only two of them, and when they look to see what's happenin' the Team can take them easily." Jesse explains his plan to THE BIRD. They set off to put the idea into action.
"Bird was I a dumb bird!! I scared off all the guards horses then I gave Jesse Sundancer to get to town fast & help save Ms Falco." BB says as she walks down the hot, dusty trail. "Good thing I have my canteen full of water with me. Its going to be a long dusty walk back to town."
Kaji, Lizzie and Gus stand among the Team, when out of the corner of their eye,they see Jesse and THE BIRD on top of a nearby building, "Ugh you gulls are scruffy, icky characters, aren't ya? I guess you can't help being gulls, but couldn't ya be good gulls?" Kaji says loudly. This gives Jesse the opportunity he needs. Suddenly the street is alive with noise as gun powder filled walnut shells explode everywhere. The two villainous scoundrels wipe round to see what was goin' on. That is all it takes for the Team to move in on them.
Pearl leaps onto the wiry small one's back knockin' him to the dirt. Willie and Peppino grab the tall, rangy Gull. The crowd cheers happily as their would-be captors stand pinned in place. " OFF TO JAIL for you" Mikey D says, pointing his six-shooter in their direction. Kiddo and Hulk escort their "friends" to the jail house to deposit them safely into a cell with Black Bart and his other cronies.
Jesse thunders down the back stairs of the hotel building, his gun drawn, as he bolts across the street towards the door to the General Store. Leaping into the air, talons ready he busts through the door sendin' Hawk-eye flyin' across the room, caught unprepared by Jesse's sudden arrival. "FALCO!" he yells as he sees her smiling at him. " You, rag-mop-bird get up, move it!" He points his gun at him. Don't try anything."

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04/26/2015 09:16.45 AM Report This Comment  
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Every day, animals are put into critical danger when their natural habitats are jeopardized by human activity. Together, we can protect the one earth we all rely on.

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
Naturally.

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me. ?
HAPPY EARTH DAY
love Queen Boo Boo

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04/22/2015 12:02.24 PM Report This Comment  
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Hello, Mikey D here, on the rough, rutted road from Santa Fe headin' towards California with our wagon train of precious birdie supplies. With the day bright and sunny, we are making good time as we drive towards Abiquiru. Cookie and Spot have taken over the lead, with Raffi and Cydney followin' behind them. This is giving me a break from the pressure of keeping both eyes alert and watching for any sign of that scoundrel Black Bart.
Kaji and Lizzie follow in the chuck wagon. The decision to remain togetehr rather then having them move on ahead was a wise choice. Lizzie grins as she tells Kaji. " Hmm. Shoulda torched Black Bart when I had the chance on the last trip," she thinks to herself. A curl of smoke comes out of her nostril "He better be careful...we might have Blackened Bart if he tries anything." She smiles to herself.
Raffikki snaps the whip to urge the mules into a quick trot, and turning to Cydney he says with fire in his eyes,"YeeeeHawwww! I am ready for Black Bart! Bring it on buddy!" Cydney grins, knowing that her sweetie Raffi would protect her and their cargo.
Miss Bb rides from the remuda where she'd been riding scout to report to Mikey D, pulling her mount beside the moving wagon she relays the news, "I seen strange tracks on the trail west. Lots of tracks on both sides and a 2 day old campfire in the hills. I have not seen The Bird in a few days & I am startin' to get worried about him/her." After a brief discussion, BB pulls rein to head back to the herd, "Well I am headin' back out to scout the trail after I get something warm to eat at the Cantina. I am tired of chewing on jerky in town. Keep your eyes open,your heads turning & your 6 shooter close to your wing." with that she gallops back down the trial.
Mikey D shakes his head, looking back down the trail as BB disappears into the dust raised by the wagons. "Chuey, we're sure lookin' for some troubles I'm thinkin'. Black Bart isn't easily discouraged once his mind is set on things. We're gonna have to drive double shifts, and set up Rifflemen on the wagons, just in case."
Chuey thinks long and hard before she smiles and answers. " Mikey D, we have a great group of riders, drivers and carporals, and the Beakerton Agents with us will keep everyone safe. Every birds a crack-shot. Don't worry, we'll get these wagons through." she grins softly at Mikey D hoping to give him some peace about all this.
As the sun begins its descent towards the horizon, the wagons pull to a stop by a slow-movin' brook, and set about making a quick meal. As the cooks busy themselves with preparations, the drivers and carporals tend to their tired mules. it's during this time that Jesse and Gus notice one of their lead mules has cracked its hoof, likely on a sharp rock in the road. With a lame mule it will mean riding out to the remuda to exchange animals before dark.
see ya tomorrow, Mikey D

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04/11/2015 09:40.37 AM Report This Comment  
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Hi fellow adventurers, Mikey D here with our Friday post on the trek across the USA with our special cargo. With BC actin' funny again, I sure hope we make it there safely. With Sweetpepper and Kacey's message about Black Bart, the whole future sure looks dark and ominous. Many of ya will recall Black Bart and his gang of thugs from our Cattle Drive last year. HE sure tried his darnedest to side-swipe us cow-birdies, but thanks to Jenny-Lynn and her group of scouts, his plans were squashed like a bug, and the cattle arrived safely in Wyoming.
"Kacey, can ya please go round up the Drivers and Carporals, we best be havin' us a meetin' and make some plans so's we can make it to California safe and sound."
"Sure Boss, be right back." Kacey races off to gather everybirdie for the meeting, while Mikey D paces anxiously. " I wonder what we can do to foil his plans?"
" What's up Boss?" Pearl asks as he and Silver hurry to join him outside the Livery.
"Black Bart" is all Mikey D can reply, as he thinks of a plan for action.
It isn't very long before all have gathered back together, a worried look on every face. A whisper fills the air as the concerned birds try to figure out what's happened.
Mikey D stops suddenly, and jumps onto the back of the nearest wagon so everybirdie can see and hear him better. He looks intently at his friends, he feels a sense of happiness to be with such brave, heroic birds, when faced with such a big problem as Black Bart. He shutters, then slowly he begins to explain what Sweetpepper and Kacey's search has exposed.
"Well, I hate to bring us bad news, but indeed bad news it is. Our Night riders, while watchin' over the remuda outside of town have uncovered Black Bart and his gang of hoodlums. The BIRD has sent back word, that Black Bart has set his eyes upon our wagon train and even now is makin' plans to ambush us along the trail. Accordin' to the BIRD he will attack somewhere between here, in Santa Fe and Abiquiru where we pick up the Old Spanish Trail. If the opportunity fails for him, we will be at his mercy as we begin to travel through hostile and formidable territory." Mikey D stops to allow the news to sink in, before finishing. "we will have to drive hard, every-bird on alert, guns at the ready."
It remains quiet for a few minutes, then a cheer rises from the gathered travelers. " We will beat him at his own game once more!" the BC friends high four one another as they agree to stand together against Black Bart and his thugs, or anybirdie else who might mistakenly think they can steal their precious supplies destined for needy birds in the sunny south-west. Mikey D sighs a relieved sigh as he smiles to himself. These are brave and fearless birds he has along with him on this dangerous trip.
"Ok, let's hitch up and get movin', we want to cover as much distance as possible by sun down.
See ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

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04/10/2015 09:29.52 AM Report This Comment  
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Howdy partners, Here"s Mikey D with a quick update on our Adventure into the Old West. With the wheel repaired and the team re-hitched we high-tailed it for Santa Fe at a fast trot. Well, fast as we could considerin' the rough road we traveled. With the ruts and rocks that riddled the old El Camino trail, we near shook out our tail feathers. The driver had to sit mighty tight on the Lazy-seat bench or be tossed clear off their wagons. But 'bout dawn we finally saw Santa Fe rising up in the horizon. Let me be tellin' yah, we sure breathed a sigh of relief to see them there wood buildings dotting the view ahead. The Old El Camino Real Trail is today's U.S Route 101, historically the closest to the officially recognized El Camino Real.
"WHOA!" Mikey D yells as he stomps down onto the brake handle causing the mules to slow then stop. Mikey shakes the reins to walk the tired critters towards the water trough outside the feed store. Chuey jumps down and rushes inside, returning in a minute, directing Mikey D to take the teams to the stockyard fence beside the livery where they can be unhitched, rubbed down and cared for. As the teams are set loose, the birds wander through the street, stopping to look in the wooden fronted stores. The wooden sidewalk is a busy place as birds hurry to shop, and pick up needed supplies.
"I'll stand watch over the wagons boss" Bon Bon, and Parker can help too
"Ok, make sure nobirdie gets to close. You never know who might be in town and lookin' for some easy loot. Mikey D tips his Stetson and hurries off to the livery stable.
"Parker, you set up top and keep watch, I'll patrol from down here." Bon Bon instructs, as she shoulders her shot-gun and heads to work. " Flitzer, you stayin' to watch too?"
"Yes madam," Flitzer, pulls his gun and stands guard behind the parked wagons. His eyes watching every movement in the dusty streets. It isn't long before birds begin to wander back to their mounts. Cappy takes one of the horse hitched to the rail and rides back, outta town to the Remuda with several bags of supplies. He returns shortly with Susan and Chipper. They ground hitch their horses and spring down from the saddle, disappearing into the livery where Mikey D is paying the fees for the food and care the mules had received.
Mikey D reappears quickly, a worried expression on his face. He finds Sugar and Finnegan, the heads of Security and quickly relates the information he'd received from Chipper and Susan.
"Kacey and Sweetpepper, riding watch had found traces of several horses crossing their path, heading due west of Santa Fe. They'd followed for a short while, and came across signs that it was Black-Bart and his gang, following closely on their heels. As they made the crest of a hill, THE BIRD, had appeared from the shadows, to pass word that Black-Bart had his mind set on taking not only the wagons, but the mules and remuda too.
see ya tomorrow, Mikey D

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04/09/2015 11:07.22 AM Report This Comment  
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Howdy all, Mikey D here on the El Camino trail heading towards Santa Fe. We've been side-swiped by our first accident along the trail. The rutted dusty road has cost us a broken wheel on the wagon bein' driven by Buddy and Pedro. Thankfully no birdie was injured, but the delay put us behind in our attempt to reach the city last evenin'. When birds hit the old trails these break downs of wagons and gear weren't uncommon, and put bird against nature to the test many a time. Thankfully we had loaded a few extra wheels into the supply wagon. The wagon was built with its floor curved upward to prevent the contents from tipping and shifting. It could carry up to 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg) of cargo. The seams in the body of the wagon were stuffed with tar to protect them from leaking while crossing rivers. Also for protection against bad weather, stretched across the wagon was a tough, white canvas cover. The frame and suspension were made of wood, and the wheels were often iron-rimmed for greater durability. Water barrels were built on the side of the wagon, toolboxes held tools needed for repair, and a feed box on the back of the wagon was used to feed the mules. The early freight wagon was not intended to be ridden upon. The wagon had a break handle on the left side between the two wheels and a teamster either walked beside the wagon or could ride standing (and could sit for a rough ride) on a pull-out board, called a lazy board, that provided access to the break handle. The left mule near the wagon is referred to as the wheel horse and was sometimes ridden. The Prairie Schooner wagon began the "driving" on the right-hand side of the road.
Hitching a pair of mules to the side of the wagon, we set it up onto an old stump we'd rolled over to brace the wagon while we replaced the broken wheel.
"Ok everybirdie, PUSHHHH" Mikey D calls out, as every wing offers help to set the wagon up on the stump. " Careful, watch your wing tips."
"Ok Boss, we gotter in place" Kiddo calls as the wagon settles onto the make-shift support. Sky and Kaji climb onto the supply wagon, and pull the new wheel out onto the ground. Raffi grabs it and begins to roll it over to the waiting group. Gus and Jesse run to give a wing to Raffi as they guide it to the place it's needed. Dixie, Silver and Cappy grab one side of the heavy, awkward wheel, while Sky and Raffi lift the other. Kaji and Lizzie push it onto the central axle as Kiddo swings the heavy hammer to knock it on tightly. With the wheel finally centered, and the pins replaced, the wagon is once more lifted by mule power to remove the stump. Wiping dust and sweat from their brows, the birds look at the sun, " four hours, not bad. I am surprised it went on so quickly." Mikey D exclaims relieved that they can once more hitch up and move along the trail. A broken wheel on the frontier left travelers subject to all kinds of danger.

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04/08/2015 10:09.55 AM Report This Comment  
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Howdy all, Mikey D here, on the Old Spanish Trail as we head towards sunny California. At the short stop over for rest Norman comes quietly to Mikey D who is sitting by the warm fire, sipping some of Lizzies coffee.
"Boss, there's a short-cut to Santa Fe. If we cut off ahead an' take the El Camino Real Trail, we'll cut off a day's drive then we can head back over to the California Real Trail to San Diego. We might even miss Black Bart by foolin' that scoundrel."
Mikey thinks for a long moment then rubbing his beak, " We'll do it. Ya know the way buddy?"
"Nope, but it won't be difficult to locate the turn. There's markers up pointin' the way."

Mikey D heads off to talk to the drivers, wakin' them up for a brief discussion of the change of route. Before long, everybirdie is made aware of the change and Bon Bon who had ridden in to pass the "all clear" message, has headed off to get Finnegan and Sugar and the Beakerton Agents moving off towards the El Camino. As the very faint light of dawn touches the sky, the teams are already hitched, and shifting anxiously in their traces.Mikey D jumps up onto his bench, taking the reins in wing and with a shout and a crack of the whip over their back into the air, the mules lean into their harnesses, and the wagon train is on the road once more. After a quick three miles, the El Camino turn appears ahead, and Mikey D directs his team to switch routes. The road is a simply dirt trail, and perhaps in places no more than a footpath. Heavily used by cattle herds it is pitted with ruts and turned up sod, making for a very jerky and rough drive.
Norman rides up to speak to Mikey D in the lead wagon. " Boss, I'm riding ahead some to check the road". With a tip of the hat, and a spur to his mount, he trots off over the hills ahead. Mikey D watches Norman disappear and wipes the sweat and dust from his face. Just as he clicks to get the team moving a little faster, he hears a loud scream and a crack, that echos like thunder. Pulling back on the reins, he stomps down on the wooden brake stick to bring his team to a halt. Once stopped he ties the reins to the bench and springs down as fast as he can move.
"What happened?" he yells as he hurries back among the stopped wagons. Then he sees it. the fifth wagon has tipped to the side, dumping cargo and supplies on the ground. He rushes to check that Buddy and Pedro are ok. Seeing them working to unhitch the team he races to offer help. Sky and Cappy also hurry to their aid. " What happened?" Mikey D asks bewildered. Then he sees it. The right rear wheel is split into pieces, causing the wagon to tip over. "Thank goodness you both are ok."
see ya tomorrow, Mikey D

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04/07/2015 11:31.54 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Mikey D here with today's update on our Mission to deliver supplies to California. Mule trains were the norm in the early to late 1800s. Due to their sturdy, rugged nature, and incredible intelligence mules became extremely popular as farmers, freighters and cartage companies began to see their incredible worth and value. Unlike horses or oxen who required large pasturing and tired easily, the Mule, could work long, grueling hours in dry, sparse areas and tended to do very well with less or poor quality water. Not saying that they could survive indefinitely under these conditions. Mules are stockier, more muscular and have powerful front structures better adapted to weight pulling, making them able to bear up to four-times the weight that a horse can.
Mules are less temperamental than horses and easier to train for any type of work. Mule's skin is harder and tougher. It can withstand extreme temperatures better than a horse and can go longer without water. It has harder hooves and is more sure footed on rocky terrain. A mule needs only 4-5 hours of sleep a day and goes just over 3 mph or about 50 miles in a day. So it is easy to see why stealing mules became a priority to "highway-men" thieves who preyed on wagon trains and lone riders. The mules often fetchin' them more cash, then the contents they carried in the wagons.
Some of histories famous Highwaymen included, James Ford, Ford's Ferry Gang, river pirates and highway robbers. Robert H "Three-fingered" Birch, Birch Banditti of the Prairies, and The Prairie Bandits Gang, famous for attacking wagon trains belonging to freighting companies. The American West was filled with legend and adventure, as up-right, honest men turned to a life of robbery and killing. Raiding the trains of wagons being an "easy" income for the ruthless. It became a necessity early into the 1800s to employ Security Agents for protection, and all drivers and Carporals worked with a long-riffle at hands reach. One of the most famous Security Companies was founded in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton, who started the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. As robbery along the various trails ran ramped, agents were hired by freight companies to give protection along the routes. In certain situations the US Army Calvary was sent to ride escort with the cargo wagons to their destination. Shipments of gold, ammunition and other precious cargo, such as the first ice-boxes ( refrigeration units) heading to California were watched over by soldiers lest they be stolen mid-trip.
The wagons and teams would be on the trail for twenty-hours a day with only two brief stops for food, and rest for the mules and teamsters. They needed to make Santa FE by sundown Tuesday, and over 140 miles left to cover, there was no other choice. As Mikey D talks to the drivers he smiles to himself. They are ready and willing to make the push to cover the distance ahead." What a great group" he says " see ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

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04/06/2015 08:54.38 AM Report This Comment  
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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
There is a rapture on the lonely shore
There is society, where none intrudes
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal. -

HAPPY EASTER

love Queen Boo Boo

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04/05/2015 06:17.41 PM Report This Comment  
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Happy Easter to all our BC friends and families. Hope each of you have a very special day today, as we celebrate the Risen Savior. Easter is always a special time, as it also heralds in the spring, with sun, greening grass and the birth of flowers long dormant under the snow.
The wagons arrive at the camp, Kaji and Lizzie and their helpers have set up along side a clear running river. The perfect spot to graze the herd, and fill up on some of Kaji and Lizzie's awesome grub. Kaji takes a look at the beef that is simmering over the fire. It smells heavenly. Lizzie is busy making sure the bread is rising, and she pauses to stir the first pot of beans.
"I know those birdies are gonna be super hungry when they pull in" she says to Kaji. "And we will have a feast for them, that is for sure! "
Kaji nods, and checks the next fire with even more beef."Yup," he thinks to himself. "Can't wait to sink my beak in some of this!"
The smell of beef and bakin' bread fills the air, making beaks water as the drivers and Carporals tend to their charges. The mules remain hitched to their wagons, a feed-bag placed over their long satiny nuzzles filled with oats, barley and a little molasses for extra energy. The remuda is corralled quickly within the make-shift fences. The air is grey with the dust stirred by the one hundred sweaty mules. Though Pearl and Silver had never worked with mules before they are eggspert with horses so they were quick to adjust to the team on wagon #2. Kiddo and Pookie arrive last, in wagon number ten. They quickly tend the team, before rushing to the river for a long, cool drink of clean water. Driving the last wagon is tough work, the dust stirred by the previous ones making it difficult to see and breath.
As the Hungry cowbirds and teamsters dive into the hot meal, Miss Ronnie, Lucy Blue and Lizzie dish out baskets of fresh, baked bread and butter to the camp. Timmy and Toby ride into the camp with Susan to bring word from the Beakerton Security Agents that the trail ahead looks great, clear of fallen trees and no signs of troubles layin' in wait. Picking up a basket of hot bee, beans and bread, they gallop back down the trails. Apache and Finnegan standing watch on a hill top, see their riders comin' and begin to work their way back into the camp they'd set up earlier.
Pulling an old map out of a leather bag, Mikey D rolls it out onto the ground, studying the land shown ahead. His hopes is to reach Santa Fe by mid day Tuesday, to pick up the original Old Spanish Trail to California. To succeed will mean drivin' late into the night, sleepin' for a few hours of shut-eye then movin on again. It's gonna be difficult for the newly trained teamsters, workin mules for twenty hours a day is tough business for anyone, but these newly trained drivers will be pushed to their limits to keep that hurried pace. Sighing he packs up the map and begins to wander from team to team explaining the plan.
See ya tomorrow, MIKEY D

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04/05/2015 07:31.53 AM Report This Comment  
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YEEEEEHAWWWWW, we're headin' on out today. The wagons are packed, the loads tied down securely in the beds of the Schooners. The sound of bawling cattle can be heard from outside the city of San Antoine. The dusty roads now turned to thick sticky mud after the heavy rains overnight. With the crack of whips, the stocky mules fall into place on their line-ups as traces are fixed into place,and lines are double checked.
Chipper and Moggie ride into the midst of the wagons looking for Mikey D. "BOSS, we're all set to get movin"" they tip their stetson's and spin their horses to race back to the herd of mules, horses and cattle waiting to fall into place in the wagon train to California.
"SPOT!" Cookie yells out from his wagon. "Getta move on, we're set to move out" Spot grabs one final bag of grain and tosses it into the back of the wagon, food for the mules ont he trail"
"Ready," Spot leaps into t e driver's seat and pulls the reins free of the brake. Cookie, steps onto the long wooden handle, keepin' the team from startin too soon."
"OK, Let's go, mover on out" Mikey D yells, lettin' out a sharp whistle, followed by the crack of his whip into the air. The ten mules lean forward intot heir harnesses and the heavily loaded wagon lurches forward. 7000lb for cargo begins it's slow trip towards the southwest. The other wagons start to pull up into line, leaving the distance of two wagon lengthens between each one. Outside of town Pedro yells out to stop for a moment. The others tramp down onto their wagon's brake, as Buddy the driver pulls back on the lead traces with all his might, stoppin' the head-strong animals from continuing. Pedro jumps down, running out in front of the team, grabbing the lead mules by the head gear.
Finally stopping, he runs towards the rear pair of mules, and points to a damaged coupling. He works on it quickly, and leaps back onto the wagon bench beside Buddy. Buddy stands up, using his wing to show he's ready to move onwards, he snaps the reins, and the wagon starts to roll again.
As the final wagon leaves the city, the remuda is gathered up close, and started off following up in the rear. Chipper, and Susan race after a few stray steers, moving them back into the herd. The herd walks along calmly, the out riders keeping them bunched up and moving slowly. Kaji and Lizzie had started ahead the evening before, accompanied by Bon Bon and Parker, Beakerton Security Agents to set up the mid day stop over and get the grub cookin' before the heavily laden wagons arrive. The wagons creak and rumble as they travel along the muddy ground. The sun rises hot, drying the road quickly into a cloud of heavy dust. The smell of sweaty animals and dust hanging thick as fog as the BC team covers the first ten miles of territory.
The dust cloud shows on the horizon a good hour before Kaji and Bon Bon and the others see any signs of the convoy of wagons cresting a distant hill top.
see ya tomorrow, Mikey D

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04/04/2015 10:36.10 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello, Mikey D here with our Good Friday BOTM post. May you each have a wondrous, and blessed Easter weekend, and enjoy the blessing of family and friends. As preparations continue for our departure I must warn ya all that things will be tough out on the trail. Mules are rugged, strong and determined, but at times can be stubborn. Now some might say that Mules aren't actually stubborn, rather head strong and set on doing things their way.
Before we head out we need at least two more teams to bird-wagons. The Carporal is required to care for the team, to harness them in the mornin' and release the team into the pasture corral in the evening. He or she also makes sure each mule is healthy, checkin' for hoof damage etc daily. The driver is going to do just that, drive the teams on the trail. Drivers work from two positions depending on the terrain and pace the train is moving. On rough, steep or dangerous parts of the trail, the Driver sits on the lead reins between the two rear mules for better control of the animals. On flat, safer ground the driver can sit up on the wagon bench and control the team from there. Driving can be dangerous at times, especially descending steep embankments to rivers and down hills. The Corporal is called upon to " ride-the-brake" in these precarious positions to slow the wagon and teams downward movement.
We will also be moving one hundred head of cattle and extra mules along the trail to California with us, so riders are needed to keep watch over them day and night. Because of the valuable nature of our cargo Finnegan and his Beakerton Security Company agents will ride along for protection. " Blackbart has been kickin' up trouble along the trail lately, and we don't want to get caught unprepared so polish them guns and saddle up your trusty mounts, we move out at day break"
In a separate post I will post on MY page the list of drivers and carporals, as well as the security agents so we know who is taking charge of which wagon and team of ten mules. Remember you can still be added to a position but some have already signed up so it'll make it easier for us to get on our way with some organizin'. I trust you will enjoy our interactive adventure this month as we learn a little American History, and deliver the load of Nutri-berries and treats to our feathered friends on the Southwestern coast.
"Kaji, I see you and Miss Lizzie have all the provisions loaded up and ready to go" Mikey D exclaims happy to see things fallin' together so quickly.
" Yes sir Boss, we have everythin' ready for sun-up' Kaji replies with the tip of his stetson hat.
"We better check that we have a few extra crates of shoot on board, just in case we gonna need be usin' it" Mikey D adds before heading into the General Store to secure more ammunition.
Finnegan hurries across the dusty road from the hotel, " Mr Mikey D, our agents are ready to move out.
See ya tomorrow, Mikey D

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04/03/2015 10:55.00 AM Report This Comment  
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Hello everybirdie, Mikey D here with today's BOTM post. I am happy to see so many of you have already got your bags packed, and your trusty steed saddled up and ready to go. It's going to be a difficult, sometimes grueling month getting these precious Nutri-berries and Birdie Treats across hostile and dangerous ground to those hungry beaks in California. We begin our journey from San Antonio.
This whole Adventure began when I received a message by Telegraph asking for my assistance to move ten wagons filled with a treasure more valuable then gold. I knew it was dangerous, but with the help from my BC friends, we'd safely reach our final destination. After your awesome Cattle Drive experience the BC cowbirdies had become expert horse-birds, bulls-eye gun-birds, and well, I just knew we could handle this job. Blackbart, that dirty scoundrel had disappeared from the West for a short time, to reappear robbing the wagons en-route to California. Now for a little history of the trail we will be using.
The Old Spanish Trail was primarily a horse and mule route linking the Southern States to the Pueblo of Los Angeles (changed to San Gabriel by the Spanish). The trail evolved from a network of indigenous trade routes and exploratory routes that crossed the modern states of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Forged in 1829 by Hispanic traders, the Old Spanish Trail was the first successful Hispano trading effort. This overland trail linked the burgeoning ranch economy of the pacific communities to pastoral villages of the inter-mountain Southwest. In the early 1800s, the Old Spanish Trail was a vital economic trade route that linked the South and California. The trail symbolized much more than just a line on a map; it became a conduit for change throughout the vast, arid, expanse of the American Southwest. Its origin did not owe allegiance to nationalism for the trail was neither Spanish, Mexican, nor American.
After the civil war the "Prairie Schooner" was introduced. Usually painted blue with white canvas tops that were said to resemble sails from a distance. The wagons were built for hard use over tough terrain. Unloaded, they weighed 4,000 pounds. They had five feet ten inch diameter spoked rear wheels and four feet ten inch front wheels both with thick, wide, iron tires. The beds were twenty-four feet long and four feet six inches wide with sides that were five and a half feet high.
The Beakerton Security Company will ride with us for protection. We will need twenty strong birds to bird these wagons in pairs. Each wagon has one driver and one Carporal, together these birds are known as Teamsters.
Once we have our teamsters in place we'll head out at dawn for a month of fun, and serious challenges.
See ya tomorrow
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04/02/2015 08:26.42 AM Report This Comment  
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A APRILS FOOLS DAY STORY- BELIEVE IT OR NOT
in trying to encompass my blogs for my campaign i have come up with this-----
the greatest thing you can do to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming is to stop eating meat and go veggie. if the desire for meat is to overwhelming try roadkill. it is very plentiful and found along all roadways and doesn't cause horrific suffering at slaughterhouses. also remember to save your poop for future heat and fuel resources. also all CEO's of Exxon, Shell, BP,etc, Monsanto & Dupont are aliens from another planet intent on destroying earth as we now know it, by their fracking, constant oil spills, pipelines, non-stop plastic containers, chemicals and complete contamination of our drinking and water supplies.. they are very prolific and their offspring are Keurig K-Cups which live on a floating waste pile of plastic, in the Pacific Ocean, which is twice the size of Texas. if the K-Cups were lined up they would encompass the earth 10Xs. Alex from the LaHabra Flock asked about killer Bees. Killer Bees were introduced into Brazil in the mid 1950's by a scientist trying to breed a bee pollinator that was better suited to tropical places. the killer bees do pollinate but they also tried to kill all the native honeybees. Monsanto and Dupont gleefully said they would help by developing a poison so toxic it not only kills all the bees but the trees and plants as well. since this was hurting the Mexican drug cartels profits they have banned the poison in Mexico. to this day the US government is still spraying in south and central america in the 1980s a few killer bees hitched a ride on a Brazilian oil freighter and landed in Southern California where once again the conquering bees tried to wipe out the native bees. a few bees managed to mate with some of the native queen bees producing offspring that aren't as warrior like as the killers but not sweet like a honey bee but they are still pollinating so leave them alone. the month of April is hug a tree month so if you can't plant a tree go hug one and keep developers from chopping more down for shopping malls
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04/01/2015 10:47.03 AM Report This Comment  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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.
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03/24/2015 11:29.45 AM Report This Comment  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
  Hi TiaMaria
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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