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ATTENTION: New Private Bird Club Website Sign Up & Info
Hi Every birdie! Squeaky's mom is working with two web designers to build a new and improved but similar bird club for us to play on since our beloved BC will be deleting our Bird eClub sometime this year! We need your support! So start nagging your parronts so we can stay together!
Basically, the more parronts that sign up, the cheaper the initial set up fee will be and also the annual fee to join the site. For more information and to sign up to participate please visit my page 28415 and leave an email address. Or you can email my mom, Sunny, directly at our email nubinskis@aol. com. She will send you all the up to date information that has been sent so far and she can answer all your questions. She also told me to tell you that all ideas and suggestions are most welcome. She also is hoping to find some parronts that have some expertise in working with advertisers and who would volunteer to get advertisers for the site. If that happens, costs would be next to nothing or maybe even nothing for all of us to play together.
So send your parronts to my page 28415 or email us to get information, leave suggestions and to sign up!
Hugs and Love to all! Squeaky, Picabo & Scion
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Hi! My name is Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl VOTE CHUEY BOTM 245908

I am a Budgerigar from pittsburgh, PA.

paddy and piddy

7 years old   M

Budgerigar

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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  ANIMAL SABOTEURS
See that bushy-tailed rodent chattering in the tree outside your house? It could be preparing to take down the electric grid.

Last year around Nashville, Tennessee, more power outages--2,257--were caused by squirrels and other creatures sharpening their teeth than by bad weather. This spring, a squirrel knocked out power for 23,000 people in California's Marin County, and last year one took out the water system in Tampa, Florida. Saboteur squirrels have turned out the lights at a sewage treatment plant, an airport, a hospital, a university, even a baseball game.

Animals monkey-wrench by chewing, touching wires together, or tripping switches. They almost always die in the process. But there are plenty of replacements. This spring, a raccoon snuffed out the lights for 5,700 households in Opelousas, Louisiana. In Holton, Kansas, snakes in a substation knocked out power citywide twice in five days.

"Wild animals are anywhere and everywhere and you can't predict what they will do In March, a rogue rat shorted out the cooling system at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The greatest havoc, is wrought by crazy ants, who have colonized electrical appliances across the Southeast, shorting out burglar alarms, computers, and televisions. When their wriggling bodies bridge the circuit and they electrocute themselves, they send out a pheromone, calling in reinforcements. In a Waco, Texas, apartment complex, crazy ants took out 90 of the building's 150 air-conditioning units.

They're not doing it on purpose, of course. But if animals were trying to destroy civilization, this is how they'd go about it.

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08/28/2014 01:00.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi chuey
Well, just a few more days until you take over the Castle.

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08/26/2014 12:19.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Another reason to love bees: they might be able to help us fight cancer.

While venom isn’t usually known as a friendly thing, new research shows that venom from bees, snakes and scorpions could potentially be used to fight certain forms of cancer. While you wouldn’t go and inject someone with a dose of venom, which could have lethal effects, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that if they isolated specific proteins in the venom, these could be used in a safe way to block tumor growth.

“We have safely used venom toxins in tiny nanometer-sized particles to treat breast cancer and melanoma cells in the laboratory,” study author Dipanjan Pan of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said in a statement. “These particles, which are camouflaged from the immune system, take the toxin directly to the cancer cells, sparing normal tissue.”

Previous studies have shown the potential power of venom, but because of the potentially very dangerous side effects of venom injection — damage to nerve cells, for example — that power couldn’t be properly harnessed.
The toxins in question are peptide toxins. The researchers made a synthetic version in the lab, then injected it into the tiny nanoparticles. “The peptide toxins we made are so tightly packed within the nanoparticle that they don’t leach out when exposed to the bloodstream and cause side effects

When the nanoparticles with the toxins attach to a cancer cell they can either slow down or stop the cancer cell growth, which can ultimately stop a cancer from spreading. what we are interested in are the cells responsible for metastasizing and having the cancer cells grow back,If we can target better using this technique, we potentially have a better cancer treatment.”

Now that they’ve figured out how to synthesize venom and put it in nanoparticles, the next step is to test it out on humans, in the next three to five years.

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08/25/2014 09:31.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Magpies are often maligned as pests, but they’re actually quite interesting birds that are usually overlooked for both their beauty and their intelligence. Here are six interesting facts about magpies.
1. Magpies Don’t Like Shiny Things — They’re Scared of Them
Magpies have a reputation as thieves out to steal your shiny jewelry or take ornaments from your garden, but new research shows that objects that are shiny probably repel magpies who don’t much like the look of them. The myth seems to have built up without much science to back it up, but the truth could actually be useful. Magpies are capable of wrecking crops by digging for grain, berries and other food, so along with other bird-scaring measures, the use of shiny materials in fields might help keep the magpies away and our crops safe from being upturned and trampled.
2. Magpies Will Eat Almost Anything, Including Bird Eggs and Chicks
While their natural diet is quite broad, including insects, mice and other small rodents, grain, berries and other fruit, magpies have been known to steal other birds’ eggs and even young chicks.
In addition, they’ve adapted rather well to suburban living and will often eat leftover scraps and other food bits put out for them, though for their health it’s probably better that you give them proper bird food so as to ensure they don’t eat anything that might be poisonous.
3. Magpies Are Closely Related to Crows, Jays and Ravens
Though they may look quite a bit different at first glance, magpies belong to the bird family corvidae, a group that includes crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws and jays, as well as lesser recognized members like treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. As such, they are among the most intelligent family of birds recognized by modern science. Which leads us to our next fact:
4. Magpies Recognize Themselves in Mirrors
European magpies have demonstrated the remarkable ability to recognize their own reflections in mirrors, something that was once thought to be a defining characteristic belonging only to humans. This might not sound that amazing, but out of countless species tested, only four ape species, bottlenose dolphins and Asian elephants have demonstrated this ability.
Scientists tested the magpies by placing a colored mark on their necks (which did not hurt or cause skin irritation). Then when placed in a cage with several mirrors, the birds were filmed scratching at their necks after looking at their reflections. With everything else controlled for, this could only mean that magpies had recognized themselves in the mirrors, and not just that, but had differentiated between what was their normal physical state and their now marked plumage.
scientists believe that self-awareness in birds and certain mammals may be an example of convergent evolution, which is where unrelated species evolve particular characteristics through different means.
5. What is a Group of Magpies Called?
There are several names given to a group of magpies,

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08/23/2014 09:35.00 PM Report This Comment  
  The free range farming label is one of the biggest marketing scams of our time. consumers who are opposed to the idea of factory farming switch to buying free range eggs, as they are under the impression that these birds live happy healthy lives with the freedom to roam in lush green fields, flapping about in the sunshine and pecking in the dirt. this vision of a free range hen is just an illusion. statistics show that the vast majority of free range hens live in overcrowded cramped conditions and never get the opportunity to feel the sun on their backs, or grass under their feet.The legal requirements for free range hens in the United States only stipulates that hens are given access to the outside, with tiny doors that do not even legally have to be open.
In practice this means that the majority of free range hens never actually go outside and instead live their entire lives in huge, cramped, squalid conditions which lead to feather loss, illness, disease, injury and depression.

Free Range and Factory Farming Practices are Almost IdenticalAs well as considering the lies told about the living conditions of free range hens, it’s important to look at the standard industry practices as well.All eggs come from hatcheries where male chicks are considered to be a byproduct of the process and are crushed alive at just one day old. Females have the tip of their beaks burnt off to prevent pecking injuries to each other and are then crammed into huge crates and sent off to their destination farms, with millions dying in transit due to starvation, dehydration and injury.
iDespite not being housed in individual cages like factory farmed hens, free range egg layers are kept in extremely cramped conditions with as many as 20,000 hens being raised in a single barn, each having a space the size of an iPad.

There is nothing humane about conditions these hens have to endure during their lives, and it is time we started lifting the lid on the myth of free range farming. It is factory farming with a pretty label on the packaging, certainly not a welfare standard consumers should be feeling happy about.

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08/23/2014 09:26.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Flitzer
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. ~Wings Up~ --Flitzer

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08/23/2014 05:41.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Piddy, Hello Paddy~~
How are you guys? I hope all is well. I got to hear my budgie cousins on the phone the other day! They were doing the sundowning and they sounded so happy! Mom's sister rescued them and they are now living the good life! They are Pru, Piper and Paige. They are blue, green and yellow budgies who needed a home because their family moved away. They have not had much contact with humans so mom's sister is spending time just talking to them everyday and letting them get use to her. I can't wait to see a picture of them!! I bet they are almost as cute as you guys are!
Have a great night!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/22/2014 03:49.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Random Animal Facts
25. A human brain operates on about 15 watts.
26. Warmer weather causes more turtles to be born female than male.
27. African buffalo herds display voting behavior, in which individuals register their travel preference by standing up, looking in one direction and then lying back down. Only adult females can vote.
28. If a honeybee keeps waggle dancing in favor of an unpopular nesting site, other workers headbutt her to help the colony reach a consensus.
29. Honeybees can flap their wings 200 times every second.
30. The claws of a mantis shrimp can accelerate as quickly as a .22-caliber bullet.
31. A single strand of spider silk is thinner than a human hair, but also five times stronger than steel of the same width. A rope just 2 inches thick could reportedly stop a Boeing 747.
32. A supercolony of invasive Argentine ants, known as the "California large," covers 560 miles of the U.S. West Coast. It's currently engaged in a turf war with a nearby supercolony in Mexico.
33. The recently discovered bone-house wasp stuffs the walls of its nest with dead ants.
34. By eating pest insects, bats save the U.S. agriculture industry an estimated $3 billion per year.
dancing frog
35. Fourteen new species of dancing frogs have been discovered in 2014, raising the global number of known dancing-frog species to 24.
36. A sea lion is the first nonhuman mammal with a proven ability to keep a beat.
( guess they haven't watched any of the parrots dancing ganga style on u-tube)

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08/20/2014 04:16.13 PM Report This Comment  
  random animal facts that may surprise you
13. Less time separates the existence of humans and the tyrannosaurus rex than the T-rex and the stegosaurus.
14. There's a place on Earth where seagulls prey on right whales.
15. Owls don't have eyeballs. They have eye tubes.
16. Animals with smaller bodies and faster metabolism see in slow motion.
17. Dogs' sense of smell is about 100,000 times stronger than humans', but they have just one-sixth our number of taste buds.
18. The extinct colossus penguin stood as tall as LeBron James.
19. Male gentoo and Adelie penguins "propose" to females by giving them a pebble.
20. Azara's owl monkeys are more monogamous than humans.
21. Barn owls are normally monogamous, but about 25 percent of mated pairs "divorce."
22. A group of parrots is known as a pandemonium.
23. Polar bears have black skin.
24. Reindeer eyeballs turn blue in winter to help them see at lower light levels.

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08/20/2014 04:09.54 PM Report This Comment  
  random animal facts that may surprise you
1. A type of "immortal" jellyfish is capable of cheating death indefinitely.
2. Octopuses have three hearts.
3. Butterflies can taste with their feet.
4. Cats and horses are highly susceptible to black widow venom, but dogs are relatively resistant. Sheep and rabbits are apparently immune.
5. Sharks kill fewer than 10 people per year. Humans kill about 100 million sharks per year.
6. Wild dolphins call each other by name.
7. Young goats pick up accents from each other.
8. Humpback whale songs spread like "cultural ripples from one population to another."
humpback whales
9. Tardigrades are extremely durable microscopic animals that exist all over Earth. They can survive any of the following: 300 degrees Fahrenheit (149 Celsius), -458 degrees F (-272 C), the vacuum of space, pressure six times stronger than the ocean floor and more than a decade without food.
10. Horses use facial expressions to communicate with each other.
11. Elephants have a specific alarm call that means "human."
12. Squirrels can't burp or vomit.

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08/20/2014 04:04.02 PM Report This Comment  
  11 Animals More Likely To Kill You Than Sharks . Sharks are kinda scary. In the water they’re faster than us, can appear from what seems like out of nowhere in an instant, and pack a pretty solid bite. It’s easy to get nervous when you’re in the dark ocean and unsure of who is swimming by with a toothy grin. But sharks aren’t the animals you should be most afraid of. Here are some that are much more likely to cause your demise.if you’re swimming with bull sharks, you’re more likely to die by shark attack at that moment than a cow. But most of us aren’t in the water with sharks as often as we find ourselves next to a cow on a visit to a farm, or at a petting zoo. And we certainly are around bees and ants a whole lot more often than sharks. But if you find yourself swimming in the ocean — or even some rivers — you’re probably nearer to sharks than you realize.f
Mosquitoes:655,000 people killed each year, primarily in Africa, through the little buggers spreading malaria left and right.
Hippos:2,900 people are killed by these mammals annually in Africa. That roly-poly exterior is just to lure you in.
Deer:130 people killed across the US by deer, almost exclusively because they hit them with their cars. That saying “a deer in the headlights” came about for a reason.
Bees:53 people die each year in the US because of an allergic reaction from being stung.
Dogs:30-35 people are killed each year in the US. Fido isn’t always your best friend.
Ants:20-50 people are killed each year in Africa from ants. They may be small but dozens, hundreds, or even thousands stinging you really adds up.
Jellyfish:20-40 people per year die in the Philippines alone, from the anaphylaxis caused by the stings.
Cows:22 people are killed in the US every year from these seemingly docile creatures. They’re fun to pet, but getting kicked in the head… not as fun.
Horses:20 people die each year thanks to our equine friends.
Spiders:6.5 people die in the US every year from spider bites.
Rattlesnakes:5.5 people die from rattlesnake bites each year in the US, which isn’t a whole lot considering how common they are in popular hiking and camping areas.
Sharks:1 person is killed each year in the US and fewer than 6 worldwide are killed by sharks. From 2006 to 2010, there were just three fatalities from shark attacks in the US.

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08/17/2014 03:52.31 PM Report This Comment  
  mom was so angry over everything plus dad kept standing there screaming at her she just tossed everything. also thet morning the cat that mom had given some of the chicken to peed on the carpet which he does when he is sick. that also made mom mad. its his way of telling us he doesn't feel well. plus how could mom prove she hadn't dropped the jar and cracked it herself or left the chicken out too long. neither of which mom had done. its now fairly peaceful in the house because mom and dad aren't speaking.

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08/16/2014 10:13.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Paddy and Piddy
Thanks for the hatchday wishes!
Have a nice day~
-Snowwybird

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08/16/2014 06:52.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Piddy, Hello Paddy~
I hope your day is going great too!
Love, hugs and a vote ~ Sugar

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08/14/2014 12:07.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Paddy and Piddy, Cori and Boo Boo
Wow! I love your new car! I'd ask for a ride, but I think it's too small for a tiel!Hehee!!! Tell Boo Boo I'm glad her foot is better. Also, tell Cori to let her catch the tail once in a while!Hahaha!!!
Our mom wanted to tell your mom how much she appreciated the lovely thoughts on being a parront she sent us! My mom read it to her aunt in NC! It was a lovely thoughtful letter.
You guys stay safe and keep the speed limit!
Luv, Spot and BonBon♥
PS. Are ya'll watching the cattle drive! It's hard work, but we're all learning a lot!

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08/13/2014 07:55.03 PM Report This Comment  
  the reason GMO foods are dangerous is because they have been genetically modified to tolerate extremely high doses of pesticides. many animals refuse to eat GMO foods because they sense something is wrong with it.

5 Surprising GMO Foods
1) PAPAYA 77% of all of Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered
2) Corn its not just feed corn- genetically engineered sweet corn, the kind you eat on a cob, hit grocery stores shelves in 2012
3) SOY 9 out of 10 soybeans harvested in the united stets are genetically engineered
4) SQUASH experts believe that genetically engineered squash may have already found its way into the wild by accident
5) SALMON the FDA has fast tracked approval of genetically engineered salmon, created using genes from an eel-like Ocean Pout

even the Chinese have now put a ban on imported corn from the united states which is having a bad impact on american farmers.

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08/12/2014 10:48.20 PM Report This Comment  
  sunbathing is a fairly common activity for many bird species, cormorants among them. sunbathing serves a couple of important roles for birds. First, it helps to spread vital oils along the feathers. Second, the heat helps to drive out any parasites that may be feeding on the bird’s plumage. Dealing with both issues helps to ensure that the bird’s feathers are well-maintained both for insulation and flight. The second, meanwhile, gives the bird a quick meal as it gets a chance to eat the insects while it preens itself.

Not every bird that worships the sun does it in the same way. Unlike cormorants, which stand, many species stay closer to the ground. Pigeons tend to lie on their side with one wing raised. Some doves, on the other hand, sit on the ground and raise both of their wings. Others flatten themselves out on the ground, the same way humans do when we lie out to sunbathe. Another dove species, the peaceful dove, plops down and spreads out, leaving its beak hanging open. the effect can make a bird look ill or distressed, but it’s really just enjoying a few rays.

you can make your yard more ideal for sunning birds by pruning vegetation away from sunny areas and providing a cool birdbath. You also want to make sure that cats can’t get at the sunning birds, since they are particularly vulnerable on the ground.

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08/12/2014 10:39.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Cutie
Jetta was here.

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08/12/2014 01:34.19 AM Report This Comment  
  5 Surprising GMO Foods
1) PAPAYA 77% of all of Hawaiian papaya is genetically engineered
2) Corn its not just feed corn- genetically engineered sweet corn, the kind you eat on a cob, hit grocery stores shelves in 2012
3) SOY 9 out of 10 soybeans harvested in the united stets are genetically engineered
4) SQUASH experts believe that genetically engineered squash may have already found its way into the wild by accident
5) SALMON the FDA has fast tracked approval of genetically engineered salmon, created using genes from an eel-like Ocean Pout

even the Chinese have now put a ban on imported corn from the united states which is having a bad impact on american farmers.

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08/11/2014 09:06.09 PM Report This Comment  
  BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I NEVER TROD ON THROWN FOOT TOYS
OR NEED TO CHECK MY SHIRT BEFORE GOING OUT
I DIDNT WORRY IF THINGS WERE POISONOUS OR UNSAFE
I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT VETS AND COSTLY VISITS

BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I HAD NEVER BEEN POOPED ON
MY CLOTHES CHEWED ON
FOOD STOLEN FROM MY MOUTH
FINGERS BITTEN
I WAS NEVER ASKED "WATCHA -DOIN" FIFTY TIMES A DAY
I HAD COMPLETE CONTROL OF MY MIND AND MONEY
AND I SLEPT PAST 6AM

BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I NEVER HAD A THRASHING CREATURE
MADE OF ALL BEAK AND CLAWS JUST TO GIVE MEDICINE
I NEVER LOOKED INTO HURTING EYES AND CRIED
OR GOT GLORIOUSLY HAPPY OVER A SIMPLE TASTE OF CHOP
AND I NEVER SAT UP LATE HOURS AT NIGHT ON PARROT FORUMS

BEFORE I WAS A PARRONT
I NEVER SNUGGLED A SLEEPY PARROT
OR BLEW FEATHERY KISSES ON THEIR BELLY
I NEVER FELT MY HEART BREAK INTO A MILLION PIECES
WHEN I COULDNT STOP THEIR PAIN

I NEVER KNEW SOMETHING SO SMALL
COULD AFFECT MY LIFE SO MUCH
I NEVER KNEW I COULD LOVE SO MUCH
I NEVER KNEW- I WOULD LOVE BEING A PARRONT

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08/10/2014 09:47.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Add A Little Water To Make Your Yard Irresistible To Birds
Because many birds do not eat seeds, suet or sugar water, there is another way to draw them in from the natural cover for close-up viewing.
In various forms, water will attract the insect- and worm-eating birds that would not otherwise be drawn to your yard.

The simplest and least expensive way to provide water for birds is in a ceramic or metal birdbath mounted on a pedestal.
As long as the water is clean, and changed frequently, birds will respond. The presence of water, the third essential to bird life in a backyard habit, will attract birds that would not otherwise be seen. In spring and summer, when the neotropical species are in the North, birds such as flycatchers, wrens, robins, vireos, thrushes and even owls will readily come to water, but not to feeders.

A better solution may be to set up a birdbath with moving water that is pumped from one level to another. The sound and motion of water is a great attractant for birds and will draw them in from some distance to drink and bathe.
The ideal water area for birds is a recirculating, multi-tiered pool in which an electric pump moves the water to the uppermost level, which allows it to flow back to the lowest level, and then back again to the top. As long as there are many shallow areas, no more than a couple of inches deep, the birds will use all the levels of water as it flows from one to another. There have been times when as many as 13 American robins or 10 cedar waxwings have used such a bird bath at one time.

Water is not only essential to the survival of birds, but its presence in a backyard habitat will guarantee the attractions of a whole different spectrum of bird species.

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08/09/2014 10:05.22 PM Report This Comment  
  i was all over mom preening her face and belly button tonight. i know where moms belly button is and all i do is lift up her shirt and find it and start preening it. mom kept her shoes on tonight so i wouldn't start preening her feet again. mom says that is close to torture.

Be Sure To Catch The Annual Perseid Meteor Shower Next Week Perseid meteors are easily seen with the naked eye.
The annual Perseid meteor shower should be visible in the night sky early next week, peaking between August 10 and August 13.
A waning Gibbous Moon (the phase following a full moon) may make it harder for observers to see the shower. Despite this, astronomers suggest that you try your luck at catching some Perseids before dawn on August 11, 12 and 13. At its peak, you can see 60 to a 100 meteors in an hour from a dark place away from the lights of civilization.
If your local weather cooperates, the best night for viewing is looking to beTuesday night— really more early Wednesday morning.
The best viewing hours should be between 11 p.m. and dawn, when the constellation Perseus is above the horizon. Although the meteors appear to come from Perseus, they actually are part of a debris trail left by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which the Earth encounters every August.
To spot meteors, find a dark-sky spot away from street lights. Perseids can appear anywhere in the sky; astronomers recommend looking in whatever direction the sky is darkest for you.
Love Cori
ps: so far every meteor shower thats taken place we have had rain

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08/09/2014 10:00.23 PM Report This Comment  
  When the Spanish explorer Don Juan Manual Ayala visited San Francisco Bay in 1775, the island we now call Alcatraz was little more than a mound of sandstone whitened by the droppings of many generations of seabirds.
For the next 200 years, human use and alteration of the island all but eliminated the birds.
But now, despite the nearly 5,000 people who visit the island daily, the birds of Alcatraz appear to be making a comeback.
The recovery started about a decade ago, when portions of the island were first closed to visitors and birds such as Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, and Pigeon Gillemots steadily increased their numbers along the rocky slopes. Since then, Western Gulls have virtually taken over the top of the island. These ground-nesting birds normally nest on inaccessible rocky sea cliffs or islands to avoid predation and other sources of nest disturbance. Once humans were forbidden from portions of Alcatraz, the birds felt comfortable enough to nest amid the rubble of former buildings.
Alcatraz has also been discovered by several species that probably didn’t nest there in the days before Europeans arrived. During the years when the island was used as a prison, tons of soil was imported from the mainland to allow the establishment of gardens and landscaping. The hardy plants that remain were allowed to grow wild and now cover significant parts of the island. A large colony of Black-crowned Night Herons has become established in the dense foliage of some of the low shrubs. Great Egrets also nest there, taking advantage of the trees that now grow on the protected east side of the island.
Most reference sources attribute the name “Alcatraz” to the Spanish word for “pelican,” which is “alcarez.” And while pelicans frequently visit the bay, it’s doubtful they ever nested on Alcatraz.
A look at the island today, particularly the west side, which is often completely covered with nesting cormorants, may reveal the true source of the name. We know that Don Juan Manual Ayala named the rock for the birds he saw there, but maybe he called it “alcatraceo,” the Spanish word for “cormorant”.

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08/08/2014 10:06.57 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi ya Piddy and Pattie,
Sent a vote to you and hope u have a good day!

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08/08/2014 12:18.38 AM Report This Comment  
  i thought today was going to be a good day but boy was i wrong about that. mom decided to take us outside today and i was very happy and after trying to bite mom a few times while she put my harness on mom grabbed the paper and out to the porch we went. mom read the paper and i looked around. after mom finished reading the paper she decided to pick up some sticks laying on the grass. ok everything good so far. then mom started looking at me. not so good. next thing i know she has gotten out the dremmel grinder and is starting to work on my beak. i was mad and wouldn't co operate. the more mom tried the more i fight her. mom then wrapped me up in a towel and that was all i could take and started to scream. dad came outside to see what was going on. mom said to dad please hold her beak open so i can trim her lower beak. dad then held my beak open and in 1 minute mom had smoothed down my over grown lower beak and i could close my beak. it was almost more than i could take even though mom kissed me and said i looked beautiful. if i ever find that dremmel i am gong to destroy it.

love Cori

i am not looking forward to tomorrow. today mom had Cori and me outside on the porch and i watched as dad held Coris beak open and mom dremmeled Coris lower beak. you wouldne believe all the screams that were coming from that big green cry baby bird. tomorrow mom says she is going to trim my nails but i am much braver than Cori so i won't scream but i sure won't like it one bit.

love Boo Boo

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08/07/2014 10:06.44 PM Report This Comment  
  HAPPY HUMPDAY!

YEAAAAAAAAY! the avatars and aviaries are now back. mom received this note from i5 publishing support and would like to share it with you.


On Aug 6, 2014, at 5:32 PM, BirdSupport <BirdSupport@i5publishing.com> wrote:

Hi Carol,
We are not shutting the site down. We have fixed the avatar issue. You should be able to see your avatars now. let me know if it’s okay on your side. thanks!

BirdChannel Support

mom and dad tried giving me my breakfast meatball, boiled chicken, asini di peepi. butterball turkey breast and even a cricket. i am having nothing to do with this new nest. mom will continue to keep hanging it in my cage. she takes it out every night before i go to bed in case i get frightened and get hung up in it. who knows what can happe. no matter how much mom plans for disasters something new always occurs.

love Boo Boo

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08/06/2014 10:43.47 PM Report This Comment  
  well mom says my poop looks perfect which means i am holding my own health wise. she did notice i had been sneezing a little before she discovered the mold. mom thinks she will just have to change my papers everyday. i never go on the bottom of my cage. even if i drop something. what goes down there stays down there. we had a sunny warm day today but i couldn't go outside for some sun because the neighbor was spraying something on his house. dad even went over and asked if he was spraying for ants and all the neighbor would say was no.

love Cori

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08/04/2014 10:31.45 PM Report This Comment  
  mom just ordered bird safe raw hide stripes from drs foster and smith. she is going to try and make a coconut nest hanging from another cocoonut. she bought one at the pet store today but had to cut off all the cotton rope holding it together. hopefully i will have enough balance to be able to land in it

.i think as soon as anyone is experiencing any type of problem on bird channel they should immediately email what is going on. what is the worst they can do? cancel bird channel? they are already going to do that. crystal also said that right now the demise of our bird e club has been put on hold for now. maybe we can make it through to the end of the year. that would be awesome!mom emailed crystal and crystal said she would send it to the tech department and would mom please tell them also about the missing avatars and aviaries so mom did. their email is sitesupport@i5publishing.com crystals email is capilado@i5publishing.com.
crystal said something about them counting how many complaints they are getting about it so we should all complain to them loud and clear.

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07/31/2014 09:43.32 PM Report This Comment  
  1)Leave Baby Birds Alone
If you find a baby bird out of its nest, don't pick it up or bring it indoors. bird parents are close by and even if we think the baby is too young the bird parents know best when to fledge their young. An exception is injured birds, which can be taken to a local wildlife rehabilitator for treatment.
2)Keep Pets Away from Birds
Free-roaming cats kill billions of birds every year, taking an especially high toll on fledglings. roaming dogs are suspected of recently wiping out a colony of threatened Least Terns in Florida. Keep your pets contained, and be especially cautious near beach-nesting birds.
3)Keep Things Fresh
Your birdbath or other water feature should be cleaned regularly and kept filled with fresh water. Hummingbird feeders need special attentionsouth in . thoroughly clean hummingbird feeders and replace the sugar water before it ferments— within three to seven days depending on the heat and sun.
4)Keep a Bird-Friendly Yard
letting some of your yard or other property go "wild," or garden with native plants. Even small wild areas act as sources of food and shelter for birds through the summer. minimize tree trimming to prevent disturbance to nesting birds. avoid mowing grass in large fields and roadsides until after July to enable ground-nesting grassland birds to safely fledge.
5)Be a Good Landlord
If you’re lucky enough to have swallows or phoebes nesting on your porch or carport, keep the nest intact. The birds will be gone soon enough, and in the meantime, they will help you out by eating hundreds of insects each day. If you have active nest boxes housing other birds, clean them out after the young have fledged. Old nesting material attracts parasites and can be a source of disease.

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07/31/2014 04:58.49 PM Report This Comment  
  6)Don't Spray: Stay Away from Pesticides.
.Reconsider using pesticides, since even products labeled as "safe" have negative consequences on birds. , many home and garden products include neonicotinoids, or "neonics," which have been found to be deadly to both bees and birds in even minute amounts. See this list of products to avoid from our friends at the Center for Food Safety.

7)Celebrate Good Times … without Balloons
Birds can become entangled in the long ribbons; individuals have been found hanging from trees or asphyxiated. Bird may also ingest the deflated balloon itself, which can eventually block the digestive tract and cause the animal to starve.

8)Turn the Lights OutReview your outdoor lighting for unnecessary disturbance to night-flying birds (as well as wasted energy). Bright artificial lights can disorient migrating birds and make collisions with windows, buildings, and other structures more likely. Consider putting steady burning lights on motion sensors. Or, if your outdoor lighting needs permit, consider blue and green LED lights as they are less distracting to night-migrating birds.

9)Be Bird-Friendly on the Water If you’re boating, avoid disrupting birds. Boats operated in proximity to nesting birds can cause behavioral changes, even leading to nest abandonment and failure in some cases. If you notice congregations of birds, steer clear to enable them to spend their energy on gathering food and raising their young.

10)Think of Birds When You Fish. Discard fishing line properly in trash receptacles, since entanglement in line is a common and preventable source of bird mortality. If you accidentally hook a bird, don’t cut the fishing line. Instead, net the bird, cut the barb off the hook, and push it backward to remove. Just as important, be sure to use only nonlead fishing gear. Scores of birds suffer mortal poisoning from ingesting lead weights in fishing gear.

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07/31/2014 04:56.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Piddy, Hello Paddy~
I hope you are both having a great day! I just read the story of how Boo Boo got tangled! She must have been so scared! I'm glad your mom and dad rescued her! I sure hope she isn't in any pain and that her foot is feeling better.
You both enjoy your day! Leaving a vote and a big hug!
love you ~ Sugar

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07/31/2014 02:31.50 PM Report This Comment  
  since i don't have very good control of my bad leg and foot i can get tangled very easily in the cotton threads. what i got tangled on in my nest was one of the wires dad had used to secure the coconut to the basket. somehow my nails slipped in under the wire. if you could see how tightly dad had it woven in there you wouldntbelieve it could happen. mom can't even slip a sewing thread in there but it was enough for me to get the tip of my nail caught. you see i can't use my foot at all and sort of stand on the side of it. mom has a heck of a time keeping the nails trimmed because my foot is balled up. mom can open my foot and then i will Use it but i prefer not to. mom is surprised at how quickly i am recovering from my mishap. tonight i was trying to go after Coris tail. Cori just looked at me like i was nuts.

we lost our internet and phone last night and it never came back until 1:30am. usually mom will stay up and blog for us but last night she was just too tired. today was a very cool day and never got above 62 at our house with rain and drizzle on and off all day. its always about 5 degrees cooler at our house than anywhere else in the area and in the direct path of the n/w cold front that always blow in.

HAPPY HUMPDAY

love Boo Boo

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07/30/2014 10:24.20 PM Report This Comment  
  it stormed all night at our house. then this morning it wasn't sunny but it wasn't raining either. then around lunch time the sky darkened up but still no rain. dad insisted mom take doggie to walk for a poop before the rain started and mom said it may stay like this all day but dad insisted so off mom went with doggie. doggie did not poop. so dad said drive to the park for doggie to poop so mom first had to get gas and then went to the park with doggie. doggie pooped in about 15 minutes and just s doggie and mom made it back to the car it started to rain. not too much just lightly then it stopped. mom car home and made dinner and had the mishap with little Boo Boo. after dinner it starred to get very windy and rain so heavy everything in the yard must be smashed by now. it did this about this times this evening with lightening and thunder. all is quiet now.
love Cori

mom and dad were eating dinner tonight and mom heard commotion coming from my cage and saw my foot was caught in my baby nest i sit in. i was flapping and hanging off the side by my bad leg. mom went over and held me so i wasn't dangling anymore and then dad took the nest from the cage which i was still caught in and worked for at least 3 minutes to get my foot untangled and dad said no more nest for me. tonight i sat all evening with mom in the bedroom and held my leg up but i still hoped around a bit using the leg. mom is glad i didn't pull my leg off i was struggling so hard.

love Boo Boo

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07/27/2014 10:50.50 PM Report This Comment  
  mom spent all day cleaning our tiny front porch. it was full of spiderwebs, dead bugs and dirt. she found a small animal cache under the glider with a nest of leaves and tons of tiny little acorns.

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07/23/2014 10:12.07 PM Report This Comment  
  Dear Paddy and Piddy, Cori and Boo Boo
Thank you for your warm welcome to BC! I'm glad I landed in such a good forever home! Even Spot has been good to me, but I think he's jealous that mom adopted me!Hehee!
Please all me BonBon.
I Love your car!
Luv, Lemon Le'BonBon♥

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07/20/2014 10:43.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth. In fact, scientists estimate there are more than 150,000 moth species worldwide! Move over butterflies, moths come in bright colors and dazzling patterns. Species can take a myriad of shapes and can be as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
here are five awesome (and often little-known) facts about these winged wonders.
1. Some moths don’t have mouths. For example, the beautiful Luna moth does not have a mouth — so cannot eat — and will live only for about one week, with the singular purpose of mating!
Luna moth
2. Moths are great impersonators. Many moths have evolved to imitate other animals as a way to deter would-be predators. The Polyphemus moth has bold eyespots to startle and confuse those looking for a moth snack. The hornet moth looks just like a hornet, but is completely harmless. The beautiful wood nymph, a moth that has evolved to look just like bird poop.
Wood nymph
3. Moths love a good microbrew. Interested in trying your hand at mothing? Nothing attracts these guys like beer. A tip from our scientists: Mix a paste of beer, brown sugar, and banana. Paint it on some trees, kick back and relax, then check back in the evening with your flashlight to see the multitude of moths you’re sure to attract.
Attracting moths... with beer!
4. Moths can turn bears into tigers. We’re all familiar with wooly bear caterpillars — but did you know this bear can turn into a tiger? Yep, the wooly bear emerges from his cocoon in the spring as a lovely Isabella tiger moth. Fun fact: Once a cocoon is spun, the caterpillar turns into a mushy soup during metamorphosis before emerging as a moth.
Moth metamorphosis
5. The death’s-head hawk moth has a serious claim to fame. He got his start in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, then went on to leading roles in both The Silence of the Lambs and The Mothman Prophecies. This famous moth gets its name from the scull-shaped pattern on the thorax, and has the unusual ability to emit loud squeaks when irritated.

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07/19/2014 03:51.24 PM Report This Comment  
  HAPPY HUMPDAY
tonight i did something i have never done before. Cori was sitting on moms dresser tonight drinking some water and i was about 2 feet away from her sitting on the cat scratching post. it looked to mom like i was going to pull corks tail but instead i fluttered up in the air about 6 inches away from Cori did a twist and then went to the floor. mom isn't quite sure what that was all about but is going to make sure i don't do it again.

love Boo Boo

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07/16/2014 10:07.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Piddy, Hello Paddy~~~
Dropping off a vote and hugs for you both!!
Love you ~ Sugar

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07/15/2014 12:06.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Odds are, you’ve never tried to imagine the enormity of a whale’s excrement. Imagine how substantial, and messy, the “flocculent fecal plumes” of these incredibly large mammals can be. scientists are now considering that whale poop can help save our acidifying oceans.

How can a couple of whale turds make an impact? The nutritious, krill-dense waste substance is consumed by vast amounts of plankton, who, in turn, take acidifying carbon out of the ocean waters when they photosynthesize as well as when they die and sink to the ocean floor. Whale poop pretty much fertilizes the photosynthesizers of the ocean, and when the whales die, their massive carcasses also sink to the floor with tons of CO2 trapped within. Some scientists estimate that even the small current whale population could be displacing some 400,000 tons of CO2 every year.

Where whales are still somewhat numerous — like the Southern Ocean — the whale pump, as it’s known, spreads nitrogen and binds up carbon in an environmentally substantial way. However, with the severe decline of whales worldwide due to commercial over-hunting — along with the exponentially worsening acidification of our oceans — the marine ecosystem has suffered a steep tip in its delicate balance. Whales are the guardians of our precious oceans, and their poaching only speeds up the impending acidification. Certainly, whales may not be able to singlehandedly solve the problem of our dying oceans, but these giant mammals have a significant impact on CO2 binding that could potentially retard the process if present in great enough numbers.

To state it blatantly: more whales, more whale poop, more healthy photosynthesizing plankton, less carbon. Let’s protect the whales.

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07/14/2014 12:23.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Paddy & Piddy
Despite many politicians being in complete denial about the mounting evidence of a connection between certain insecticides and the collapse of bee populations, new research shows that those same insecticides are probably indirectly leading to bird die-offs, too. data shows a sharp decline in certain bird populations in areas where insecticides known as neonicotinoids were used the most.

Neonicotinoids are among the new wave of insecticides that have been developed in the past 50 years and were billed as less damaging for the environment and wildlife. study has linked them to a decline in pollinators and even to bee Colony Collapse Disorder, a 2013 examination called for tighter restrictions on neonicotinoid use as, used in the concentrations and amounts that we see on farms today there is enough evidence to suggest that these insecticides are harming bees and other insects who aren’t supposed to be targeted.

Concerns have also been raised about the wider impact on wildlife beyond our pollinators. While neonicotinoids are billed as not being as toxic to mammals, and in particular birds of prey, scientific literature has suggested an unintended impact: by killing insects that the mammals eat, they may be driving down certain sensitive populations

researchers found that the presence of imidacloprid, one of the leading neonicotinoids, is incontrovertibly impacting birds and may be the main cause of bird decline in the region. They found that if ground water had just 20 nanograms of neonicotinoid per liter, there was a 30 percent fall in bird numbers during the study period–and what’s more, some areas had pollution levels that was 50 times higher than that figure.researchers found that 14 out of 15 common insect-eating bird species, like barn swallows, tree sparrows and starlings, had suffered sometimes dramatic population declines.

if neonicotinoids are indirectly harming birds, they’re probably harming other wildlife that prey on insects. highly toxic substances that kill insects lead to declines in things that eat insects. … this isn’t just about bees, it is about everything. When hundreds or thousands of species or insect are being wiped out, it’s going to have impacts on bats, shrews, hedgehogs, you name it. It is pretty good evidence of wholesale damage to the environment.” how much scientific data do we need, and how many impartial experts need to speak out, before our politicians will act? how many animal populations have to collapse before our governments see fit to do something and actually tackle the issue of neonicotinoids?

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