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Hi! My name is Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl

I am a Budgerigar from pittsburgh, PA.

paddy and piddy

8 years old   M

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millet, 24 herb salad, parsley, broccoli and harrisons mash

on top of the curtains, picture frames and their playstands. paddy cake also likes to admire himself in the mirror

being alone

she keeps us safe , happy and healthy

their playstand is covered in small cat toys that chirp and beep and they spend hours playing with them.

a lot of heart in a little body.

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  Plastic trash isn't just accumulating in oceans around the planet but: inside the stomachs of seabirds, from albatrosses to penguins, that confuse the indigestible garbage with food.In 1960, fewer than 5 percent of individual seabirds had evidence of plastic in their stomachs. That soared to 80 percent in 2010,
90 percent of all seabirds alive today have eaten plastic of some kind,. 99 percent of seabird species on Earth will be plagued by plastic ingestion within 35 years.The plastic being eaten by seabirds runs the gamut from bags, bottle caps and cigarette lighters to plastic fibers from synthetic clothes, much of which ends up at sea after washing through urban rivers, sewers and waste deposits.But why are seabirds eating it? Since they rarely have time to examine their seafood before it gets away, many seabirds have evolved to rapidly grab meals from the water as they fly or swim by. This eat-first-and-ask-questions-later strategy had few risks for most of their history, but the past 60 years have brought a sea change to Earth's oceans by peppering them with specks of stomach-clogging plastic.

The problem is especially evident among Laysan albatrosses, which hunt by skimming the surface with their large beaks. They end up eating lots of plastic this way, some of which they later regurgitate for their chicks on land. But while adults can throw up inedible trash they've accidentally eaten, their chicks can't. Depending on the debris, too much might tear a chick's stomach or just cause it to starve despite feeling full. Evidence of such misfortune has become surprisingly common

Although plastic pollution affects seabirds worldwide, it has the most devastating impact in places with high biodiversity. ocean plastic's worst effects occur in the Southern Ocean, specifically a band around the southern edges of Australia, South Africa and South America."We are very concerned about species such as penguins and giant albatrosses, which live in these areas. the infamous garbage patches in the middle of the oceans have strikingly high densities of plastic but very few animals live [there]."

Earth's monitored seabird populations have fallen by 70 percent since the 1950s — the equivalent of about 230 million birds in just 60 years. this isn't just a problem for seabirds, since the winged predators are like canaries in a coal mine for their entire ecosystem.Seabirds are particularly good indicators of the health of marine ecosystems and seeing this magnitude of seabird decline, we can see there is something wrong with marine ecosystems. 8 million metric tons of plastic now enters the oceans every year, fueled by explosive growth of commercial plastic production — an output that has roughly doubled every 11 years since the 1950's

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09/02/2015 06:03.10 PM Report This Comment  
  you might want to think twice about squashing an ant next time.Ants are actually pest controllers. They’re efficient, sustainable and safe, and these little guys are making a big impact on our planet. researchers suggest that everything from cocoa to cedar crops can benefit from these small pest controllers. Additionally, ants are way cheaper and safer than chemical alternatives.
What makes ants so special?
1. They’re (almost) everywhere. If you’ve felt overwhelmed by a home ant invasion, you’re not alone. Ants exist on every continent, minus Antarctica, and there are a jaw-dropping 12,000 species of ants worldwide! In fact, it’s believed that the “mass of all ants on Earth is similar to that of human.”
2. Okay, you wouldn’t know it from looking at them, but ants are really good predators. They may be small, but they’re mighty. True story: an ant can lift up to 20 times its own body weight — that’s like a second grader picking up a car. While they’re not taking down elephants, ants will hunt worms, spiders and insects that feast on crops. Like wolves, ants are cooperative hunters, and they work together to take down larger prey, like lizards. It has even been suggested that ants have consumed more meat than lions, tigers and wolves combined (oh my!).
3. Ants are low maintenance.“All farmers need to do is collect ant nests from the wild, hang them in plastic bags among their tree crops and feed them a sugar solution while they build their new nests. Once a colony is established, farmers then connect the trees that are part of the colony with aerial ‘ant walk ways’ made from string or lianas.”From there, farmers just have to make sure ants have enough water, enough pruning trees to avoid conflicts because they’re feisty and keep them away from insecticides.

Everyone wins. Farmers particularly win. By using ants to control pests, farmers in related studies saw:
– Cashew yields 49% higher in plots controlled by ants over those controlled with traditional chemicals.
– Those same cashews free of traditional chemicals were just better quality, so income was 71% higher with ants than with chemicals.
– Australian mango crops using ants had a net income that was 73% higher.
While ants are not necessarily the “panacea for pest control,” they’re definitely a good alternative to explore.
Ants as Eco Engineers
But ants are more than predators who can protect our crops from pests. Like beavers, they’re also saving our planet by acting as ecological engineers.
When ants maneuver their way around the soil, they’re making a huge impact. Whether they’re building nests or gathering food, ants are changing the physical, chemical and biotic properties of the soil and help species all along the food chain. For instance, when ants create mounds they prevent plants from colonizing the area and they change the soil’s temperature and moisture.

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09/02/2015 05:30.15 PM Report This Comment  
  As many as 35,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year. In the last five years, the elephant population in Tanzania—historically one of the great elephant range states—has declined by more than 60 percent. To the south, nearly half of Mozambique’s elephants have disappeared, again as a result of poaching. And in Central Africa, 65 percent of forest elephants have been killed in the span of a decade.

The elephant carnage in Africa is being driven by demand for ivory carvings and trinkets abroad, namely in China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines, but also in countries such as the United States. Truth is, the U.S. is among the largest markets for ivory. A trade that kills 96 elephants every day International trade in ivory has been banned since 1989, yet a black market enables the industry to persist, as ivory is smuggled under the table—or rather under tea leaves and other legal products stowed in shipping containers. As demand grows, it fuels the poaching on the ground.

The multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade draws in organized criminal syndicates that often traffic other "products," including people, drugs and arms. It draws in reasonably-armed non-state actors such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and Sudanese Janjaweed. It tempts the father of six living in a rural community with few job opportunities to turn to a life of poaching. It enriches the citified fat cat sitting in Dar es Salaam or Maputo who facilitates the deal with regional traffickers or contacts overseas. It corrupts some rangers and law enforcement officers, and endangers the rest. Its sole contribution is the decimation of species, the theft of a nation’s natural heritage and the erosion of the rule of law.

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08/31/2015 05:24.58 PM Report This Comment  
  mom makes me so mad. she puts me in my outside cage and it makes me very happy. of course if mom doesn't sit there with me i scream for her. mom ttys to read and maybe pick up sticks in the yard to pass the time but after about an hour she comes and gets me to take me back inside. i think mom should sit out there all day with me don't you.?

the hummingbirds are still coming to the feeders but their numbers have slowed down. mom just made a new batch of nectar which should last about a month. we have seen hummingbirds come as late as November. not many but they must be stragglers coming from the north. we got a light sprinkle of rain during the night but we need a lot more.

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08/30/2015 10:31.47 PM Report This Comment  
  vulture populations are plummeting in Africa

Africa's eight vulture species have declined in number by an average of 62 percent during the last 30 years. vultures are one of nature's most important scavengers—a flock can strip a carcass in a matter of minutes.these natural recyclers, which breed slowly and need years to mature, could be extinct in Africa in the next 50 to 100 years.

poisoning from eating pesticide-laced carcasses caused as many as 60 percent of the vulture deaths recorded since the 1970s.When a large predator such as a lion kills livestock, a farmer will sometimes sprinkle poison on the carcass to kill the predator in retaliation, Vultures usually get to the corpse first and die after eating the pesticide-laced carcasses intended for lions and other predators. Pesticides are poorly regulated in Africa, and sold as "lion killer" . many farmers don't know what the chemicals are really used for.vultures have largely disappeared from commercial farming areas where pesticide are used

Vultures often collide with the wind turbines and are crushed or are electrocuted by power lines

Vultures are also also targets for poachers, who sell their parts to people who use witchcraft. The birds are known for their tremendous eyesight, and many believe their body parts can be used to see into the future.Their brains are ground to snuff by witch doctors who believe the substance has magical powers.

The scavengers also die after feeding on carcasses left behind by poachers. Illegal hunters poison the corpses to throw off law enforcement, which use circling vultures as a beacon for illegal activity.500 dead vultures were found surrounding a pesticide-laden elephant carcass. poachers had poisoned and left the bodies to rot. terrorists groups are profiting the most from poaching affording them lucrative profits to buy guns and bombs

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08/28/2015 04:41.11 PM Report This Comment  
  hey piddy & paddy
hey guys oh my birdies that is such a sad story that poor little junior here is a vote and i hope that guy gose back in prison love aqua

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08/26/2015 01:54.45 PM Report This Comment  
  didn't get out today either. mom said it was too cool out and i am not used to cool weather.

the cat seems to be responding to the prozac. mom will keep him on it for about 6 weeks and then take him off to see how he responds. we feel bad for him because all he wants to do is sleep now.

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08/25/2015 11:53.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Michael Vick has just been signed with the steelers football team.

Vick served 21 months in federal prison after he admitted in 2007 that he had operated a dog fighting ring at a farm he owned in Virginia.
Vick admitted in 2007 to keeping dozens of dogs for a dog fighting ring. Federal authorities say many were badly abused and some brutally executed
Federal authorities seized 70 dogs, mostly pit bulls. Many of them showed signs of severe neglect and abuse. Authorities allege he and his friends had brutally executed several other dogs

the disgraced NFL quarterback also neglected his pet birds, allowing one to starve to death and another to go without food and water.
Vick left one exotic bird in its cage to die of starvation and nearly allowed a second to succumb to the same fate. Vick, he had a beautiful pet bird named Junior that he allowed the roam around his mansion.'Mike decided that the home he lived in at the time was too small for someone of his stature purchased a home in the same neighborhood that was more suitable to the growing size of his bank account,'
Weeks later, after he moved into the new house the star football player at his new Atlanta mansion, but Junior the bird was nowhere to be found.
he hadn’t moved everything out of the old house and when he went back over there to check on things, Junior was still there and in his bird cage, dead'
'They had treated Junior like he was just another piece of furniture that they could just set aside and move at a later date.Vick said because he was an Atlanta Falcon player, fans were always trying to give him birds, and so Junior was no big loss.'
a second bird, a Cockatoo called Crystal,was in its cage without food or water at his home. the bird was later adopted even though Vick told her he wanted it back when he got out of prison.

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08/25/2015 10:22.25 PM Report This Comment  
  hey piddy & paddy
hey piddy and paddy dont worry its totally fine man you sure had a long story to tell i never do lol but how is your day ? here is a vote BTW i could not think of anything to say lol

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08/25/2015 02:00.56 PM Report This Comment  
  The bee-harming pesticides we've been fighting for years are worse than we imagined. Research suggests that neonicotinoids aren't just decimating bee colonies -- they're hurting birds too.

Researchers found that in areas with high concentrations of neonicotinoids, bird populations declined every year. This means our worst fears are coming true -- neonicotinoids may be moving up the food chain and killing our birds and our bees.
For the sake of the birds, the bees, and the whole food chain, we are challenging one of the biggest neonicotinoids producers of them all: Bayer.It's not just the bees anymore. Neonicotinoids are killing our birds too. It's time to get Bayer to stop producing these chemicals.We already knew that bees, insects, and small creatures that consume neonics are facing a decline in population. Bayer's neonicotinoids are even more harmful: Birds that eat food that consumed neonics are dying too. researchers searched extensively for any other outside cause that could account for the declines: urbanization, other environmental factors, land use changes. They couldn't find one. The only plausible explanation? Bee-harming neonicotinoids.

Bayer is trying to write off this scientific study. Because for companies like Bayer, profits trump saving our food chain. By speaking up, we're changing the equation for these companies and making sure they protect the bees.Here's the scary part about all this: until more research is done, there's no way to tell how far up the food chain neonics can reach.major American retailers Home Depot and Lowe's have stop selling neonics. Bayer's lawsuit against the EU for banning this chemical is being challanged-- over a million of us have spoken out against the lawsuit. We've made a lot of progress together, but we're far from done.

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08/22/2015 03:29.05 PM Report This Comment  
  hi paddy & piddy
that is pretty cool and i am so sorry about your moms cats on the other hand my mommys cat is pregnant so pray the are sweet lol here is a vote and birdie hugs and beakie kisses hope we can be freinds

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08/19/2015 05:13.58 PM Report This Comment  
  my last little tidbit from the 1500's
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people, so they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus someone could be, ''Saved by the Bell ''or was considered a ''Dead Ringer'' And that's the truth. Whoever said history was boring ! ! !

moms kind of exhausted dealing with the cat problem especially after going through so much with our doggie and dad isn't making it easy for mom to deal with them. mom spent the day with a ultra violet light she bought on amazon finding all the pee spots and cleaning them. at ;east she got us outside today for a little while as she read the paper on the porch. the little rain we had cleared out the high humidity and it turned sunny with a nice breeze so it turned into a pretty day

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08/19/2015 03:56.56 PM Report This Comment  
  In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight, then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: ''Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot, nine days old''. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over they would hang up their bacon, to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "Bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around talking and ''chew the fat''.Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or ''The Upper Crust''.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of ''Holding a Wake''.

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08/18/2015 06:24.18 PM Report This Comment  
  the Eastern Whip-poor-will is rarely seen due to its excellent camouflage. This member of the nightjar family is named for its haunting, onomatopoeic song, which has inspired folk legends and artists from Robert Frost to Elton John. the nightly chorus of “whips” is heard less and less often each spring as forests are lost to agriculture and development. Since Whip-poor-wills often forage close to roads, they are also vulnerable to collisions with cars. Declines in their prey from pollution and pesticide use have also affected this insect-eating bird.

One New England legend says the Whip-poor-will can sense a person's soul departing, and capture it as it leaves. Native American lore considered the singing of these birds a death omen. The only things whips actually capture are insects. They are consummate aerial foragers, consuming large quantities of beetles, moths, and other insects each night — a process that is aided by a large, wide mouth, or “gape.” Strictly nocturnal, the birds are most active at dawn and dusk and on bright, moonlit nights.

Eastern Whip-poor-wills nest on the ground in a scrape of dead leaves, usually laying two eggs at a time. They sit tight on the nest and will rarely flush unless almost stepped upon.the hatching of Whip-poor-will chicks appears to be closely tied to the lunar cycle: Most hatch a few days before a full moon. This strategy may have evolved to allow the adult birds to forage all night during the full moon, enabling them to catch enough insects to support their chicks.

Eastern Whip-poor-will populations have experienced steep declines, and the species was one of several added to the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.

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08/18/2015 06:18.06 PM Report This Comment  
  wait til you hear this one. if you spray your bird with a spraybottle for bath time be very careful and clean the bottle out thoroughly with soap and water. it seems mold can grow in the water bottle and then cause damage to your birds feathers and health.

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08/17/2015 10:19.56 PM Report This Comment  
  we had a heck of a time trying to get on bird channel tonight

more true facts from the 1500's

Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs." There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance. Hence: a thresh hold.

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08/17/2015 10:18.39 PM Report This Comment  
  another true fact from the 1500's

Houses had thatched roofs, thick straw piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs." There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a
bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance. Hence: a thresh hold.

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08/17/2015 05:25.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Here are some facts about the 1500’s:

Most people got married in June, because they took their yearly bath in May and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose
someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

i take 4 or 5 baths a day so i am never stinky

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08/16/2015 10:23.44 PM Report This Comment  
  for the next few day we will be posting these because we found them interesting. hope you enjoy it.

1)There is an old Hotel/Pub in Marble Arch, London, which used to have a gallows adjacent to it. Prisoners were taken to the gallows (after a fair trial of course) to be hanged. The horse-drawn dray, carting the prisoner, was accompanied by an armed guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like ''ONE LAST DRINK''. If he said YES, it was referred to as ONE FOR THE ROAD. If he declined, that prisoner was ON THE WAGON.

2)They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were "piss poor", but worse than that were the really poor folk, who couldn't even afford to buy a pot, they "Didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

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08/15/2015 09:56.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Some birds stash unopened seeds for use later. But how do they know which seeds are worth the trouble, before expending the energy to open them?

Jays Identify Good Nuts by Shaking Them

a team of scientists In a series of experiments presented jays with ten peanut shells that had been emptied of their nuts and resealed — and ten peanut shells with nuts inside. the jays preferred the shells that had nuts in them.

In the next experiment, all the shells had nuts in them — but some had one and some had three. This time, the jays preferred the three-nut shells. Further research suggested that the jays also preferred heavier shells over those that had the same number of nuts in them, but weighed less.

Using slow-motion cameras, researchers saw that the birds were shaking the nuts in their beaks to assess their weight and possibly also listening for the nuts rattling. In other words, jays use the same kinds of sensory cues that we do when we choose a melon in the supermarket.

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08/15/2015 02:57.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Ever wondered what it'd be like to see out of the eyes of a spider, lizard or honeybee? Now you can -- at least where palette is concerned -- because University of Exeter scientists have developed free software that will let you look at things the way other animals do. You can choose from a drop-down menu to process photos in a way that converts them to another species' color scheme.

Humans and old-world primates see three primary colors, while other mammals are only sensitive to two. Birds, reptiles, amphibians and many insects, though, are sensitive to four or more primary colors as well as the ultraviolet range -- invisible to people without full-spectrum cameras.

Researchers have been using the new tool to study color changes in crabs, how camouflage protects birds from predators, and the way female faces change throughout the ovulation cycle.

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08/13/2015 05:43.28 PM Report This Comment  
  the old vet practice had avian vets not the one mom went to today. they recommended a avian vet so mom will have to call them when she needs them. in the meantime she will go down and get all our bird records from the vet that excommunicated us. the vet today told mom most of the kitties problems are because of old age like atrophying kidneys. will not know all until results come back from the lab on blood and urine. other than that the cat appears healthy and might very well be acting out because his best friend our doggie is no longer with us.

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08/13/2015 05:40.56 PM Report This Comment  
  In the dog days of summer, birds seem to disappear—the dawn chorus wanes and an odd silence takes hold in wood lands migration. The birds are still there, they’re just keeping a low profile, because they’re replacing their feathers.

After breeding, the molting season kicks in. Molt is the systematic replacement of feathers. Birds have to molt in order to survive, because feathers wear out from physical abrasion and bleaching from the sun. Once a year birds grow an entirely new set of feathers through a complete molt.

As birds grow new flight feathers, they are particularly vulnerable. During wing molt, several of their feathers will be less than full length, producing gaps in their wings, so they are not as maneuverable or powerful in flight. To minimize attracting the attention of predators, many birds tend to vocalize infrequently and hide in vegetation. Birds in heavy molt tend to be scruffy overall

eastern songbirds begin replacing their flight and body feathers shortly after their young fledge. They tend to undergo this complete molt on or near their breeding grounds, migrating south after they have a new set of feathers.

western songbirds begin their migration south a bit before molting. Western summers can be extremely dry and desolate so western songbirds begging their migration south before molting. so many species go to the Mexican Monsoon region to molt where monsoon rains brings an abundance of insects on which to feed. After molting, they continue farther south to their wintering grounds

For ravens, a molt can take up to six months. For smaller birds, closer to two. But they can still fly. waterbirds like ducks and loons molt all of their flight feathers at once. As a result, they’re earthbound and vulnerable to predators for a month or more — until their full suite of feathers has been completely restored. Brightly colored male ducks grow a special set of camouflaged feathers, called eclipse plumage which are mostly brown, like they’re all females.until wing feathers have regrown and they are able to fly again.

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08/07/2015 04:36.57 PM Report This Comment  
  there is a asian virus that is killing the oak trees. so far it hasn't affected any of our oaks. most of the trees in our yard are oaks and they are very big and old. the neighbor said his tree had it but from looking at the tree laying on the ground it looked pretty healthy to us. sometimes the squirrels like to pull the tips off of the oak trees and can make quite a mess in your yard but its no big deal to pick it up. we are guessing that is why the neighbor cut down his big old oak .today was a beautiful day. when mom got home this afternoon it appears the neighbor once again put poison in his yard. he must have done it once they were done removing his tree. he probably saw a butterfly and needed to do a full poison assault on his property. anyway once mom got home she felt it was safe for us to go outside. while Boo Boo sat in her cage i sat on moms arm and got a sun bath while she read the paper. after finishing reading the paper mom took me on the porch where we sat and watch a hummingbird who wanted to come to the feeder but was quite upset when it saw me. mom handed me an almond so i turned my back on the hummingbird and enjoyed cracking the shell and eating the nut. the hummingbird who had perched on a rhododendron saw i wasn't looking and came to the feeder. it was a good day.

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08/04/2015 10:02.33 PM Report This Comment  
  PS from.Raffi
Hey sweetie ......Thanks for the very interesting blog!
Love,
Rafflikki

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08/02/2015 10:18.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Boo Boo!
Hey sweetie! Thanks so much for the most interest blog! We really e joyed it!

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08/02/2015 10:13.39 PM Report This Comment  
  What Can We Do for Birds in Summer?
In some parts of the country, summer can be quite dry. With global climate change, droughts are becoming more frequent. Natural sources of water have dried up. Creeks run low or underground. Rain is scarce, and temporary puddles are gone. And birds need water – to bathe and to drink.

A clean bath with sloping sides is a great way to start. Be sure to hose it out every day, otherwise the water will become stale and dirty, and mosquitoes may lay their eggs. OK, it's a fact: birds poop in their baths. And a robin taking a bath can splash out half the water in one go. On a hot day, you may find yourself on hose patrol, but the birds will love you for it.

If you have the time and inclination, go one step further and offer two or three birdbaths. Larger birds need deeper baths, which might pose a danger to small birds. An inch of water – or even less – is ideal for small birds. A wide, shallow birdbath that deepens a bit in the center will suit a broad range of birds. And some birds like to bathe closer to the ground. Certain shy birds will visit a birdbath set flat on the ground, but may shun a birdbath on a pedestal. (Just keep an eye out for cats! When a bird is refreshing itself in the spa, it's an easy mark for a cat.)

Want to really spoil your birds? Put out a mister, and watch the smaller birds – including chickadees, nuthatches, warblers, and especially hummingbirds – flit in and out.

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08/01/2015 04:24.38 PM Report This Comment  
  We often call the solstice "Midsummer," but it's actually only the beginning. August 1st is Midsummer. the birds have stopped singing. No longer are we awakened at 4AM by the dawn chorus.

Many birds – wrens, robins, and others – may raise more than one brood in a breeding season. Depending on what part of the country you call home, your local birds may still be feeding fledglings, or those young ones might be completely independent by now. This is the time of year when a lot of birds begin to look shabby. Crows are missing feathers, and male Mallards look almost like females. [Listen to Male Mallards Disappear] Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays can be positively bald! It's their annual molt. Or one of two or more for some birds. American Goldfinches lose their bright summer colors in order to blend in with their dull winter surroundings. They'll molt again in the spring to show off those bright yellow feathers.

Some birds even lose the ability to sing after the breeding season is over. The part of the brain used for singing shrinks to lighten the bird's body mass. During the non-breeding seasons of fall and winter, most birds don’t need to sing to establish a breeding territory and attract a mate. Their lighter body mass makes them more agile and thus more likely to evade a predator during their winter foraging.

Young raptors – those owls, hawks, and falcons – are learning to hunt for themselves.Precocial birds are off on their own, independent. Shorebird parents are halfway to their wintering grounds by now, and their young will follow soon, finding their way to the same general area, purely by instinct.
Happily, many migratory birds will remain for a while longer. So what's the best time of day to look for them? Generally, songbirds are most active in the early morning, taking advantage of the abundance of insects at that hour. Mid-day heat sends people inside, and birds take a siesta, too. And then, both birds and bugs rev up again in the late afternoon. You'll see hummingbirds throughout the day – they must feed constantly to maintain that speedy metabolism. Gulls and those opportunistic crows stay busy, too.

In some parts of the country, summer can be quite dry. With global climate change, droughts are becoming more frequent. Natural sources of water have dried up. Creeks run low or underground. Rain is scarce, and temporary puddles are gone. And birds need water – to bathe and to drink.A clean bath with sloping sides is a great way to start. Be sure to hose it out every day, otherwise the water will become stale and dirty, and mosquitoes may lay their eggs. OK, it's a fact: birds poop in their baths. And a robin taking a bath can splash out half the water in one go. On a hot day, you may find yourself on hose patrol, but the birds will love you for it. Larger birds need deeper baths, which might pose a danger to small birds. An inch of water – or even less – is ideal for small birds. A wide, shallow birdbath that deepens a

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08/01/2015 04:18.22 PM Report This Comment  
  mom finished my food chop and tomorrow she will mix all the frozen chop together and then rebag and freeze. i acted very silly tonight. i have a toy that i am very afraid of so mom has left it out so i can see it for over a year and it still scares me. tonight she accidentally bumped it and knocked it to the floor and i ran into my cat carrier and wouldn't come out for 3 hours. i took comfort in my little balls (this does sound quite funny) in the carrier and talked to them instead of mom.

love Cori

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07/19/2015 10:41.49 PM Report This Comment  
  day 2 without rain. the heat has descended with the humidity. it was 98 at our house today. mom still took us outside. there was a slight breeze which made it a little better.plus we are sitting in the shade on the porch. mom did take me over to the lilac bush where i pruned off a few dead branches and then ate them. mom isn't complaining because its still better than all that snow. sadly the neighbor was once again spraying his poison. it seems he does it every weekend now because he doesn't know what to do with his life. luckily the breeze was blowing against him so he must be covered in pesticides now. moms in the process of making my chop. she chops and freezes each veggie separately and she doesn't have that much space in the freezer. she forgot to buy beets so will chop and freeze that last. when she has everything chopped and frozen she then mixes it together and stores it it in large freezer bags in the freezer. it should last about 6 months

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07/18/2015 10:05.43 PM Report This Comment  
  mom had a pair ofchickaddes with babies in one of her birdhouses. we were so afraid the snake would find them and eat them so mom stayed far away from the bird house so as to not draw attention to them. today the parronts threw the babies out of the house and it was so cute to see them fluttering around. they even went to the bird bath for a drink. it was a beautiful day today with no rain or clouds. its only the 4th nice day we have had this summer

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07/16/2015 10:28.12 PM Report This Comment  
  i can't believe i was 25 years old yesterday.
thankyou so much for the hatchday wishes. i had a very happy day. mom entertained me vacuuming all day. she couldn't get her hose attachment to work and it took her twice as long to vacuum. finally she noticed the hose was clogged and took it apart and realized she hadn't removed the extra hose attachment from the hose and it was blocking everything. i am a good girl and even after that i still don't say any bad words but i laugh when mom says them. i hope you will join me and have some of this scrumptious hatchday cake that the famous dragon chef Lizzie made. all those candles are sure made a big blaze

love Cori

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07/16/2015 09:57.07 PM Report This Comment  
  mom looked up the moth and it is called the polyphemus silk moth or cyclops moth because of its 150mm wing span and large eye spots on each wing. mom had never encounter one before and it was quite spectacular. they don't have any mouths so they cant eat and only live about a week or 2 before starving to death. their time is spent now mating. the larvae overwinter in a silken egg cocoon covered in leaves.

thankyou so much for the hatchday wishes. i had a very happy day. mom entertained me vacuuming all day. she couldn't get her hose attachment to work and it took her twice as long to vacuum. finally she noticed the hose was clogged and took it apart and realized she hadn't removed the extra hose attachment from the hose and it was blocking everything. i am a good girl and even after that i still don't say any bad words but i laugh when mom says them

love Cori

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07/15/2015 09:25.06 PM Report This Comment  
  yesterday morning mom watched her neighbor spend about 3 hours spraying every inch of his property with poison. she is glad it is raining and washing his poison away.
for the last couple days mom has been hearing the sound of the cicadas which means summer is starting to wind down. which is very sad since summer seems to have just started.

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07/13/2015 07:05.24 PM Report This Comment  
  for the last couple days mom has been hearing the sound of the cicadas which means summer is starting to wind down. which is very sad since summer seems to have just started. anyway a few of moms forsythias died this winter and mom wanted to replace them but didn't want to spend a lot of money. they are going in the back on the hillside so mom isn't even concerned with how they look but figures they would grow with all this rain we are getting. she picked up 5 at k-mart for 20 dollars which is an exceptionally cheap price. she got home and wanted to get them in as fast as possible. at this point it started to drizzle but mom was working very fast and got 4 planted when all of a sudden the skies let loose and mom got completely soaked. then mom saw the neatest looking butterfly you can ever imagine. at first it looked like a dead leaf but when mom went to pick it up it moved and then she saw these painted big eyes on its wings. mom tried to pick it up with a stick but it just layer there so mom left it alone. it was bigger than her whole hand. mom thinks it might have been a moth because it was so gigantic. mom planted the last forsythia and came inside to throw her clothes in the wash. she was upstairs and heard water running and went downstairs to see what was going on and saw her washing machine hose had fallen out of the wash tub and the whole family room had about a foot of water in itl. mom grabbed a bunch of towels and sponges and it took her 3 hours to clean it all up.

glad monday is coming to a close.

love Corie

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07/13/2015 07:03.51 PM Report This Comment  
  I really like to play in the water and my cage is always soaking wet but this storm was blowing the rain sideways and very hard and this scared me. Cori on the other hand held her wings out when the storm first started. mom wasn't sure if she wanted to fly away or feel the rain. it didnt matter she got us in the house quickly.

mom decided to sweep the patios and pick up some sticks and a few piles of leaves today before taking us outside while she read the sunday paper. then she realized she needed more cat litter and made a quick run to the pet store for it. just as she was getting us ready to go outside it rained again . the ground is so saturated even the earthworms are hunting for dry spots.

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07/12/2015 10:20.15 PM Report This Comment  
  we had on and off power last night because of all the storms we are getting. a small microburst hit a house about a block away and knocked down 5 big oaks which were laying all over the road and knocked the power lines down.the township came and cut up the trees on the road and piled them all up in their yard and now you can't even see their house. i think they are on vacation and don't even know about it. we have been getting heavy downpours daily at our house. you can't even mow the lawn because the grass never dries out long enough to cut it and the grass is all hanging over. its very easy to pull out the weeds now if you don't mind standing in the rain doing it. tonight some heavy gusts of wind were blowing and mom was afraid our trees would blow over also.

its still very sad at our house. today we brought home doggies ashes

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07/07/2015 10:24.08 PM Report This Comment  
  i was so mad at mom today. she took Boo Boo outside and put her on the porch while she was weeding in the yard and left me all alone in the house. i screamed and screamed for mom to come and get me but she didn't. mom says the only time i can be outside is mom is holding me and she didn't have time today.

since mom planned to spend the day weeding and she felt would be safe in her cage on the porch since she was gong to be right near her in the yard. as she opened the front door withBoo Boo cupped in her hand a big deer was standing there. it had meticulously eaten all the flowers off of every one of moms flowers including the plants in containers. when it saw mom come out the front door it ran off and didn't come bcd. why should it. all the flowers had already been eaten.

love Cori

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07/05/2015 10:23.52 PM Report This Comment  
  i was so mad at mom today. she took Boo Boo outside and put her on the porch while she was weeding in the yard and left me all alone in the house. i screamed and screamed for mom to come and get me but she didn't. mom says the only time i can be outside is mom is holding me and she didn't have time today.

love Corimom planned to spend the day weeding and felt i would be safe in my cage on the porch since she was gong to be right near me in the yard. as she opened the front door with me cupped in her hand a big deer was standing there. it had meticulously eaten all the flowers off of every one of moms flowers including the plants in containers. when it saw mom come out the front door it ran off and didn't come bcd. why should it. all the flowers had already been eaten.

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07/05/2015 10:10.14 PM Report This Comment  
  i was so mad at mom today. she took Boo Boo outside and put her on the porch while she was weeding in the yard and left me all alone in the house. i screamed and screamed for mom to come and get me but she didn't. mom says the only time i can be outside is mom is holding me and she didn't have time today.

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