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Angel Sallykins sent Little Laka to me and my new mom picked me up on June 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm. :). So that will be my new Hatch Day Saved. :).

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Hi! My name is Laka

I am a Red-Bellied Parrot from Pearl City, HI.

Laka Girl, Sweetie Pie, Bat Girl, Laka come here, Trick or Treat!

6 years old   F

Red-Bellied Parrot

Nutri-Berries!! Almonds in the shell and hot dried peppers
The hot ones!! :) and everything in between. :)


Mom and my new big condo.

Don't like my frother Pookie climbing on my tree!!!

She gives me the proper nutrition and rescued me, as she is my third owner and my forever home. She has given me a new birdie life! ;)

She likes to hang upside down, being and playing silly bird stuff, so I call her bat girl..

Peep cheep, Peek-A-Choo, Laka Girl!!

What are you doing!! Trick or Treat !! Give me a drinky !!

Trick or Treat !! Come here, come here. Laka, Laka . . . Come here. . . . . Come here, come here.

She also started making little fart noises, not very lady like. ;(. She's copying papa Peter of course.

Where are you going??
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  During Pookie's release from his camo
he's able to sit at the table with Cookie and LakaAolani for some snacks and some time coloring pictures for Easter. Cookie makes a bunny, Laka makes flowers and Pookie draws jellybeans ! Jeepers, his mind is always on some kind of food isn't it, Laka giggles . . .

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/30/2015 01:53.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
this is a continuation of birds intelligence from blog on 3-27. we messed up on the order.
Examples of bird intelligence include…
Carrion crows in Japan that deliberately place nuts in roadways, wait for cars to crush the nuts then retrieve the nut meats, all while coordinating around traffic lights to keep safe.
Woodpecker finches in the Galapagos Islands that trim sticks to the proper length for use as tools to forage for insects.
Green herons and other heron species that use bread fed to ducks or picnic leftovers as bait to attract fish for their hunting.
Blue tits in the 1920s that learned which color of milk caps on delivered milk had the most cream (whole milk) and pierced those caps to drink the cream.
Western scrub-jays that hold funerals for dead birds by making loud noises and avoiding the corpse, behavior that may be warning other birds of fatal threats.
Northern mockingbirds that recognize individuals who may be a threat to their nests and will attack only those individuals rather than attacking all passersby indiscriminately.
Aplomado falcons that hunt cooperatively in pairs and thereby increase their hunting success by a large margin through this teamwork.
Jays that cache hundreds of seeds and nuts in fall and manage to retrieve the majority of them over the course of the winter, exhibiting great recall for their hiding places.
Other well known examples of bird intelligence that could be attributed to instinct but still show at least some higher mental capability include:
Amazing nest architecture with intricate construction
Returning to the same ranges, even the same nests, for many years
Ability to navigate migration safely despite changing landmarks
Play behaviors, including taunting cats or playing with objects for entertainment
Recognizing who refills feeders and interacting with that person
Curiosity when responding to pishing or investigating new stimuli
Showing emotions through courtship, caring for nestlings, etc.
Some Are Smart, Some Are Stupid
Like any animal, not all birds are equally intelligent. Ornithologists generally agree that corvids (jays, ravens, crows, rooks, jackdaws, etc.) and parrots are among the smartest bird species and that social, gregarious birds often exhibit more intelligent behavior than solitary species. Still, every backyard birder has seen that one "stupid" bird at their feeders who just can't figure anything out, while another bird of the same species seems to be an Einstein in comparison. Watching birds and witnessing their intelligent behavior can be a joy for backyard birders, and learning more about bird intelligence in quantifiable ways is sure to keep ornithologists busy for decades to come.
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03/30/2015 11:17.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
The Purpose of Play
All play that wild birds may use helps them develop necessary survival skills. Even adult birds may continue to play and refine their abilities, though not necessarily with the same frequency as juvenile birds play.
Manipulation play helps birds get more coordinated to build nests, capture prey or extract food from different sources. This type of play keeps bills and talons in good condition and builds up the necessary muscle strength and dexterity for intricate actions.
Investigation play teaches young birds about the world they inhabit, including edible and inedible foods and what objects are safe to touch. As birds investigate more, they refine their ability to cache objects and develop their senses.
Chasing play strengthens wing muscles and helps young birds develop greater agility in the air, or for terrestrial birds, strengthens their legs and helps them be more agile when running. This also helps carnivorous birds develop sharper hunting skills.
Taunting play sharpens a bird's reflexes and increases their agility. It also helps them learn to anticipate prey reactions or how to avoid predators, and will be useful for mobbing behaviors or defending their territory.
Balancing play strengthens foot and leg muscles and helps birds learn how to use their wings to counterbalance air currents or disruptions. Balancing can also be useful for different types of foraging or courtship displays.
Curiosity play teaches birds more about their world, expanding their knowledge of both threats and benefits and helping them react to the unexpected. Curious birds can be more adaptable and will be more successful when encountering changes in their habitat.
Mimicry behavior teaches young birds how to act like adults of their species and learn essential skills such as proper sounds and songs or how to use their unique bills or other physical attributes to the best effect.
While different play behaviors all have a purpose in helping birds survive, some birds do seem to play just for the sheer joy and fun of the activity. As with many types of bird behaviors, the exact purpose of all play is not yet understood, even by dedicated ornithologists, but birders can still enjoy watching the playful behavior of birds. Every time they see their feathered friends engage in another game, they learn just a bit more about birds even as the playing birds are learning more about their world.
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03/29/2015 11:04.12 AM Report This Comment  
  LakaAolani and Cookie get ready
to head over to Mario's Life Celebration . . . mama Ruthie helps them pack the wagon with their pictures and the pineapple cake they helped make with their own wings. She leaves room for Pookie's hospital cage and makes the two promise to keep a close eye on him ! She tells them angel Sally will be there to help . . .

OK, mama Ruthie, they call as they give her gentle kisses and wave bye-bye

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/29/2015 09:28.29 AM Report This Comment  
  LakaAolani and Cookie
finish their pictures and go to find mama Ruthie . . . they think that everybird would love to have some pineapple cake and they would love to help make it. The love mixed in will make it extra special. They promise to wash their wings first :)

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/28/2015 04:50.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
Thanks for the juice box. I have to get ready for the Milonga.
I will stop over on Sunday ... boy, that's early for you! I already went over today and started setting up chairs etc.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/28/2015 04:50.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
I'm confused ... I heard it was Sunday at 4pm and Flitzer is saying Sunday at 1pm on page 276082.
What is the plan? I can come on Sunday for a while.

Oh yes, lets go sit on the beach. I have my sunblock and umbrella ... I'm all set. We can look for pretty sea shells and bring some back to Pookie.

We are out of the teens and back to sun with high 20's today. More snow coming on Sunday.
My parronts are cleaning the basement, why they do these un-fun things I just don't know?
I'm busy getting ready to party at the Milonga tonight ... see you there or blog you on Sunday.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/28/2015 12:38.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
Birds That Play
All birds engage in playful behaviors, and more intelligent bird species need greater amounts of the mental stimulation that comes from play as they develop. Bird species that can seem especially playful include…Jays, crows, rooks, ravens, magpies and other corvids,Parrots, parakeets, macaws and Keas,Tits, chickadees, nuthatches and small finches,Gulls, terns and related species.
Many social and adaptable birds also play, as do young birds of nearly all species as they socialize with their siblings in the nest. The extent of play and how much play each bird species carries into maturity varies, and different birds engage in different types of play to help them develop a range of skills.
Types of Bird Play
There are many different behaviors birds engage in that could appear to be play. The most common playful actions include…
Manipulation: Using the bill or talons to drop, toss, bend, tear, rip or otherwise manipulate objects, even objects without any food value.
Investigation: Seeking out unique objects or trying a wide range of different foods, continually noting new objects and poking or prodding them.
Chasing: Following one another in short or acrobatic flights, or chasing other objects such as insects or fluttering leaves.
Taunting: Teasing or deliberately harassing one another or other creatures, such as teasing a domestic cat or instigating fights.
Balancing: Swinging, swaying or dangling on wires or weak branches, possibly releasing and reattempting different acrobatic actions.
Curiosity: Responding to pishing or other unique noises, such as being attracted by ringtones, mechanical noises or music.
Mimicry: Imitating an adult's behavior, including physical actions such as foraging or preening as well as songs and sounds.
Not all playful birds will engage in the same behaviors, but they often try different actions and activities as they are learning new skills and refining their abilities. Play may be only between birds of the same species, while some types of play, particularly chasing or taunting, may be between birds of different species.
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03/28/2015 10:46.11 AM Report This Comment  
  LakaAolani and Cookie
hold up the posters they're making to show Pookie . . . do you like them ? Laka tells him - Look, I've made all of Mario's friends on this one ! Cookie shows Pookie the picture he made of his sweet angel Sallykins showing Mario around the bridge :)

Mama Ruthie comes out with some pineapple cake and guava juice for the fids . . . they show her the pictures too and ask what she thinks ?

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/27/2015 03:12.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
Birds do a lot of activities that may seem smart, but how much of their behavior is instinct instead of intelligence? Ornithologists are continually studying birds and learning new information about their brains, how they think and why they behave why they do.

Deciding just how smart birds are depends on how intelligence is defined. Birds exhibit a wide range of intelligent behaviors, including good memories, extensive communication, planning for the future and remembering the past. Some birds can solve problems, and others have been observed playing – both activities that indicate more than just basic instinct. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines intelligence as:The ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations or the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment.
Do birds do this? Scientific studies indicate that yes, birds do learn, and every backyard birder knows birds are capable of adapting to new environments and conditions. Quantitative measurement of bird intelligence is difficult because birds cannot take intelligence tests or attend classes to be measured with their peers. Observations and studies of birds are revealing that birds may be far more intelligent than initially believed.
Bird Brain Structure
Brain size and structure is not an automatic gauge of intelligence, but it can be a clue. Birds may be small, but they have a proportionally large brain compared to their overall body and head sizes – in fact, bird's brains are similarly proportioned to primates. Studies of birds' brain anatomy also suggests that while the structure is different than that of mammals' brains, birds may have a higher degree of connectivity between the sections of their brains, which could indicate more intelligence and faster reasoning than previously believed.
Evidence of Bird Intelligence
The best indication of how smart birds are is direct observations of birds acting intelligently. While some observations have been made under scientifically controlled circumstances and through laboratory experiments, other observations have come from casual birders who notice their favorite birds behaving in peculiar ways, ways that seem planned and premeditated.
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03/27/2015 10:34.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
That Pookie is so funny! I can't wait to get to your beach ... I'm ready to go. Pookie can rest while we sit on the beach for a while.
I'd be happy to help with the service for Mario. I'm a friend of Dixie's.
What time is this on Sunday and for how long? I will try to be there.
Today was an all day snow. This is a good day to hang out on the perch in my fuzzy robe and slippers. I hope we get early spring weather for us ... middle of April. Where is the sun???
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/26/2015 09:04.57 PM Report This Comment  
  LakaAolani and Cookie
feed Pookie bites of pineapple cake through the bars of his hospital cage . . . Cookie is still eyeing the snuggly camo get-up. He's hoping the vet gives Pookie the A-OK on Saturday so maybe he can try it - and play army spy !

Then he tells Laka about the celebration of life for Mario and the two of them run off to get their art stuff to make pictures and signs to decorate the castle . . .

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/26/2015 01:57.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
Bald Eagles are nesting on all three of Pittsburgh's major rivers! Who knew the day would never come when Pittsburghers would be cheering for the Eagles…Bald Eagles, that is!

It has probably been more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. In the 18th century, suitable nesting habitat in the form of mature tall trees was stripped from the hillsides flanking the rivers to meet the lumber and fuel demands of a rapidly growing human population in the area; second, industrialization beginning in the 19th century led to extensive unregulated pollution of the rivers, which decimated fish populations that eagles feed on; third, beginning in the mid-20th century eagles (and many other birds) showed signs of succumbing to the unintended side effects of widespread use of the pesticide DDT (developed for use in World War II) which eventually caused chronic nesting failure for the species. As recently as the mid-1980s, there were just a few remaining nesting Bald Eagles pairs anywhere in Pennsylvania, all of these in the northwest corner of the state.
One nest, located on the Monongahela River in the community of Hays is the most famous because a web camas been set up to view the nest. millions of people are viewing the nesting activity. Last year this pair successfully raised three eagle babies. this year they only layed 2 eggs. one of the eggs had a crack in it and the mom tried to keep it together but when the dad eagle came to sit on the egg he saw the crack and threw the egg out of the nest. during a recent snowstorm the mom eagle was totally covered in snow while incubating the single egg
The Bald Eagle,has made a tremendous comeback throughout its range in the lower 48 states. Its recovery is due to enforcement of federal laws protecting it from persecution, the banning of DDT, which bio-accumulated in eagles and other piscivorous (fish-eating) birds, eventually causing complete reproductive failure through the thinning of their egg shells to the point that eggs simply broke when parent birds tried to incubate them; passage in the same year of the federal Clean Water Act, and, direct recovery measures taken by our Game Commission, which brought nestling Bald Eagles from healthy populations to hacking sitese when the state’s breeding population was down to just a few nesting pairs. Similar efforts by game agencies in surrounding states also have contributed to the rapid increase in the number of nesting Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania. By 2000, there were about 50 known nesting pairs of eagles in the state; as of 2012, more than 200 nesting locations are known for Bald Eagle in Pennsylvania, including nests in almost every county!
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03/26/2015 09:32.16 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
Pookie is acting funny around me now that he saw my pic in the magazine. This is the second time I have been in print. It's no big deal, just the same me.
I know you and Pookie and auntie Ruthie would love Fly Away Home ... it's based on a true story about Canada Geese and a girl trying to save a flock.
Woke up this morning to freezing rain. Then it turned to snow coming down very heavy. The roads were really bad. Dad was out there plowing. Now it's going down to really cold again. My sunglasses and flip flops have been put away. I have a pot of hot chocolate ready, come join me.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/25/2015 08:47.28 PM Report This Comment  
  LakaAolani and Cookie
smile - it feels good to see Pookie laugh again :) And doesn't he look cool in his new fleece ? Cookie and Laka wonder if when Pookie is all better, maybe they can try it ?

Laka and Cookie ring-a-round Pookie singing to him and dancing till he's laughing so hard mama Ruthie is nervous it may hurt his boo boo. She tells Laka and Cookie it's time for some snacks - and they can share with Pookie

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/25/2015 03:01.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
HAPPY HUMPDAY
OBSERVING NESTS (PART2) from yesterday

7)Search carefully: It is critically important that we avoid damaging nest sites. Nests that have yet to be discovered are particularly vulnerable. When searching for nests, move slowly through dense foliage, being careful not to dislodge any nests. The nests of ground-nesting birds, such as Killdeer, Ovenbirds, Bobolinks, and many waterbirds, are difficult to see, so tread lightly and be cautious around potential ground-nest sites.
8)Be wary of nest predators: Avoid leaving tracks that can direct predators to nests. Nest predators are everywhere—on the ground, in vegetation, and in the air—and many are smart enough to watch you, so be careful that predators such as cats are not following you! Also try to not damage or trample vegetation that could expose nests.
9)Minimize disturbance at the nest: It is important not to startle a bird as you approach the nest; this may cause it to accidentally knock out eggs or young when it flies off. Before approaching the nest, try to see if a parent is sitting on it. Whenever possible, wait a few minutes to see if the bird leaves on its own. If they do, this is the ideal time to check the nest. If a sitting bird does not leave on its own, do not force it off the nest. In this case, you will need to come back later. Remember to keep each visit brief.
10)Never handle birds or eggs in the nest: Eggs can be easily cracked or small nestlings injured, and there is no reason to touch these fragile younglings, despite how cute they may look. Small nestlings are remarkably helpless and may not be able to crawl back into the nest cup if displaced, even inside of a nest box. Children observing nests should always be under the supervision of an adult.
11)Don’t leave a dead-end trail: If you plan on visiting the nest frequently, try to take a different route away from the nest site than the route you took to reach it. Walking to the nest and back along the same path leaves a dead-end trail that can lead predators directly to the nest.
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03/25/2015 10:42.46 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Laka and Pookie
Camo's are my thing !!! I come from an Army strong family and support our US soldiers !!!
Have fun sporting your camo's like I do...

Love your buddy
Panther

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03/25/2015 08:46.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka♥
There are such pretty shells here!
Today mom has a tour at 11:20, so I'm going first in the blogs, as she thinks I can finish mine before she has to leave. I don't know if that's true, but I'll try.
Mom's dinner party at Uncle Gene's went well last night. They all had a good time, and Gene cooked some good food for everyone. Mom loves seeing her nieces and nephews, so she was glad there was one of each last night. They also told mom they would be here for Easter dinner, which is spectacular news. Maybe that means Aunt Gin will come for dinner, too. That would be a real treat.
I think once the tour is over and the blogs done, mom will be at our disposal the rest of the day. I'm sure we can keep her busy, what do you think?
Have a wonderful day, and hope spring is getting to your house soon. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

03/25/2015 07:19.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
My autograph? Really? Oh yes, that is me in the magazine. Sure ... to my wonderful friends ♥ Chyna
I was wondering if we could watch Fly Away Home? I came with some white chocolate popcorn ... it's really good, my mom's favorite.
Hope you are both doing well today.
We are waiting for the snow/ice mix to come soon .. oh joy!
Spring migration has begun in Mackinac Straits (50 miles from my birdie condo). They say it's a strong start with eight species of hawks, 113 bald eagles and 224 golden eagles. As for me, I'll stay in my condo and chew up some wood toys and eat some treats. I'll wing wave as they go by.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/24/2015 10:09.36 PM Report This Comment  
  LakaAolani and Cookie
sit on either side of the hospital cage and pass Pookie treats through the bars as they watch some more 3 Stooges :) To try and help Pookie cheer up, Laka and Cookie get up to try and pretend to be stooges . . . boink ! They fall to the floor and start rolling around . . .

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/24/2015 03:13.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka♥
I'll go with you next week. I thought you had an appointment with Pookie. Sorry, I hope the vet has good news for you, though.
Sure, let's walk on the beach awhile then find a place to picnic. I brought some good things to eat and drink. Hugs, Willie♥

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

03/24/2015 11:42.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
RULES TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN OBSERVING NESTING BIRDS
OBSERVING NESTS (PART1)
1)Nest visits shouldn’t last much longer than 1 minute: Please exercise extreme caution and responsibility when searching for nests to ensure the safety of birds, nests, and nest contents; observations of nests should never jeopardize the well-being of birds!
2)Don’t check in the early morning: Most birds lay their eggs in the morning, so plan on visiting nests in the afternoon. Also, most adults will temporarily leave the nest when you are near, and eggs and young nestlings can become cold quickly if left alone in the morning.
3)Avoid nests during the first few days of incubation: If necessary, observe nests from a distance and approach only when the female leaves the nest.
4)Do not approach nests when young are close to fledging: When the young are disturbed during this stage, they may leave the nest prematurely. Young that fledge prematurely usually do not stay in the nest despite attempts to put them back, and their survival rates away from or outside the nest are low. So when young birds are fully feathered and very alert, only observe the nest from a distance.
5)Avoid nests during bad weather: If it is cold, damp, or rainy, postpone checking nests until another day. Checking nests during this time can be very stressful for birds.
6)Don’t check nests at or after dusk: Females may be returning to the nest for the night, and be alarmed by your presence. The exception to this would be owls, which typically leave the nest at dusk.
i hope you are finding these facts interesting
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03/24/2015 11:18.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Laka
My parront's made it back from Vegas. They had an awesome time !!!
Todays another hot day in the IE and we are expecting a major heat wave by this weekend...
I hope your weather treats you better !!!

Love your buddy
Panther

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03/24/2015 10:52.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
That sounds like another good movie to me.
I'm so sorry that Pookie still has to wear his collar and take more meds. I still take allergy meds and still don't like them. We can feed him popcorn ... no problem.
It's still winter up here. Wednesday, we will have all day snow with lows in the negative. Looks like the high on Thursday will be 12 degrees. Back to the winter boots and hot chocolate for me ... bummer.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/23/2015 10:39.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
It seems that birds may not be as faithful to their mates as we’ve been led to think.The use of DNA by scientists has provided new food for thought to people who had assumed that most birds were faithful to their mates, if not for a lifetime, at least for a single breeding season.

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

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

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

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03/23/2015 03:51.06 PM Report This Comment  
  boink !
LakaAolani, Pookie and Cookie make silly 3 Stooges noises . . . and start laughing. Laka and Cookie smile that they're able to make Pookie feel happier at least for the moment.

Then mama Ruthie comes to get him - medicine time . . . Laka and Cookie follow them and they sit on either side of Pookie and sing him a bunny song - Little Bunny Foo Foo :) It's over before he knows it and they're back for some more Stooges !

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/23/2015 02:56.15 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
That sure was fun watching the movie and feeding Pookie some popcorn.
Oh, poor Pookie going thru that at the vet. It was so nice of you and Cookie to hold his wing.
I'll come back to visit later. I see that he is trying to get some needed rest.
I hope you are doing good now too. Feeling better?

I'm back. Today we had some sun with snow and it was very cold and windy. We had a good time with our company. They even played ball with me.
Now, I'm going to relax with a cup of hot tea.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/22/2015 09:45.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Laka and Cookie try to cheer up Pookie
they giggle about having their dessert and then dinner, but they whisper so papa Peter doesn't find out that mama Ruthie stopped and got them ice cream . . .

Later they tell Pookie he can pick what to watch while they hold his wings so mama Ruthie can give him his medicine. Then they all get settled on the couch - Pookie in the middle - and wait to see what he wants . . .

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/22/2015 02:21.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
HELPING BIRDS WITH NESTS
NESTBOXES

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

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


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

TOMORROW more on watching nesting birds

THANKYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN MY BOTM CAMPIGN

love Boo Boo the rare Blue Bali Mynah

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE BOO BOO BOTM 162724.

03/22/2015 11:43.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka♥
What did the vet have to say? We hope it's all good news, my dear.
Mom had 3 different tours yesterday, which was good for her, she didn't have to remember if she said something or not when she changed groups. The first 2 tours were samplers of the museum, so mom always lets the group pick where they want to go. The first ones wanted Egypt and Dinosaur Hall, and they were elementary aged kids, so that was a piece of cake. The second group were high school kids and they wanted Gems and Minerals and Dinosaurs. Another easy trick. The third group was a cub scout den who wanted PA Natural History, so mom spent that hour on the second floor, in Botany Hall, then in North American Wildlife, sticking to PA plants and animals. The parents were just as interested as the kids, which is always good for a tour group.
Last night mom and Aunt Ginny went out for dinner and the opera. They ate at a great Thai place which is more and more crowded every time they go there. The good news is that Aunt Ginny made indoor reservations, as it was chilly outside. Dinner was fantastic, as usual. The opera was Carmen, which both mom and Aunt Gin have seen many times. It was a good performance, well balanced cast, nice scenery, and good dancing, too. The orchestra was just right, not too loud. All in all it was a great day for mom, but we spent the day in lockdown. Today mom says it's going to be a lot better. She is off! She may run some errands, but otherwise she is ours for the day.
I hope you are having some good weather, and especially getting lots and lots of Sunday cuddles and scritches. Hugs, Willie

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

03/22/2015 09:26.58 AM Report This Comment  
  While mama Ruthie puts medicine
on Pookie's boo boo, LakaAolani and Cookie race out to play on the swings, each one trying to go higher than the other !

They can't wait till Pookie can play outside with them again - he can swing really high ! Mama Ruthie comes out and tells them to get ready, it's time to take Pookie to the vet for his check-up and they promised they'd go and hold his wings :)

Off they run to the car and get themselves buckled in and ready . . . Cookie whispers to Laka, "Maybe if we're really good, mama Ruthie will stop so we can have some ice cream on the way home ?"

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/21/2015 03:09.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
HELPING NESTING BIRDS WITH FOOD

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

All birds need water, both to drink and to keep themselves clean. If you put a birdbath, or even a small shallow container of water, out in your yard, you will probably attract birds! Keep it clean and provide some small stones for them to perch on so they don’t get into deep water.
When female birds are laying eggs, they need more calcium to create strong shells that will protect their young. What’s the best source of calcium? Broken-up eggshells from the eggs in your refrigerator work just fine! After rinsing any yolk residue out of the shells, crush them in a tray and see if the birds come pick them up and carry them away. Some birds use clay or grit to obtain their calcium from their natural environment. Birds also like to collect feathers to line their nests, so you can start a collection of feathers you’ve found outdoors and put them all out one day to watch them get carried away for re-use!
THANKYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR MY BOTM CAMPAIGN
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE BOO BOO BOTM 162724.

03/21/2015 11:19.58 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi pretty Laka lady from Jen & flock
We are not having snow at the moment, but don't hold your breath on that, more will be coming! We are supposed to have a QCPS bird club meeting tonight, but dad is not going! It is'Pass the Parrot Night', which is always a fun time! Dad is working through a few minor medical issues, it is always something with our humans! We hope to see many of you at the Milonga tonight, we ill be there until the conversation gets moving to fast! Have a great day and give our love to all in your family, see ya tomorrow...

Forever love from Jenny & our family
PS~Dad gave General Lynn a bath this morning, the bleeding has stopped and he is sure the finger can be reattached, LOL...

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03/21/2015 07:51.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Laka~
Are you ready for some movies and snacks?? I've got everything set up!
Lets put Pookie between you and I. That way we can keep him from falling to either side!!

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03/20/2015 10:13.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
This is fun. Chyna and Laka enjoy feeding Pookie popcorn. The three friends are enjoying watching RIO together. Don't worry Auntie Ruthie, we are watching Pookie.
First day of spring and it was cold and dark. Today is my skinsis's b-day, we had cake. Saturday, there is a party for her and we will have over night guests. So, I won't be on the BC until Sunday, see you then.
Hugs
Chyna

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03/20/2015 09:42.45 PM Report This Comment  
  LakaAolani and Cookie
head back into the house to see Pookie's new satellite dish - it looks so warm and cozy that they wonder if mama Ruthie has any more of the fuzzy material to make them a blanket to share . . .

Come visit me, Cookie - Happy Easter, BC Library Now Open & Fly with the angels my Sally.

03/20/2015 02:39.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka♥
I'm glad we got a taste of that cake before dad came home! Let's go out on the porch swing for awhile. I'm glad you don't surf, I'd be worried about you when I'm not here. Do you go to the vet with Pookie tomorrow? If you do, I'll go with you so you won't be afraid.
Happy Spring to all! It was snowing like crazy this morning, but by noon it had turned to rain. Mom didn't walk the dogs until she got back from the center, so they got a walk in the rain. It did prove to them that they won't melt.
At the center this morning, mom had the bunny room and the bats to take care of. The bunny room was still easy, although she thinks the center will get their first baby bunnies soon. The bats, well, there are 6 in one net terrarium and one in quarantine, in a small terrarium of its own. She cleaned and fed that one first. Then she tackled the others. It was fairly easy to clean their cage, as it is tall and the dirt is on the floor. Then came feeding time! She only got 3 of them fed, because they were eating like little piggies again. They each took about 20 minutes to feed, and that meant her shift was over before the bats were done. Jess said she'd finish, though, so mom didn't worry about staying longer.
On our pages today mom posted a pic of the first great horned owlet the center got this year. It's adorable! Mom just loves those owls! Hope you enjoy seeing the new baby. I also hope you are getting lots of cuddles and scritches today. Hugs, Willie♥

Come visit me, Gizmo, I miss you, sweet boy, Willie, Peppino, Divo & Falco.

03/20/2015 11:50.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
FIRST DAY OF SPRING: its snowing at our house
A sure signs that spring is on the way is the return of the migratory birds. : One morning, the bushes and trees around you are suddenly filled with singing birds that were not there just the day before. They have arrived during the night, following a combination of celestial (by the stars) and magnetic cues that are part of their genetic heritage.
These birds may have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard, after spending the North American winter in Mexico, Central America, or South America, where the days remain warm and food is plentiful during our cold season.Many of the birds we consider "our birds," in north america, actually spend less than half of their lives here. They move north as the snow melts and raise young on the plentiful supplies of insects that are abundant only during the long warm days of our late spring and summer. At the end of the breeding season, usually in late summer or fall, they move south again, most of them following only their instincts to reach the traditional "winter" home of their species.

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

In the last 20 years, many species are arriving earlier, and a significant number of species are also shifting farther to the north. Why? Scientists now believe that climate change caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases is disrupting the timing of migration and sending some species farther north in search of insects.
There has been an alarming decline in the populations of many migratory bird species. This is a result of several converging factors. Species that depend on unbroken forests in their North American breeding range are suffering because of forest fragmentation. The same species face additional threats south of the U.S. border, where logging and slash-and-burn agriculture are rapidly destroying thousands of acres of their habitats each day. Much research has focused on the lives these birds lead during their stay to the south , how they interact with nonmigratory resident species and how the habitat changes taking place in southern forests might affect the migrants.
THANKYOU FOR SUPPORTING MY BOTM CAMPAIGN
love BOO BOO the rare Blue Bali Mynah

Come visit me, Paddy Cake & Piddy Girl, CORI reigning champ on feed the birdie & BOO BOO VOTE BOO BOO BOTM 162724.

03/20/2015 11:38.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hey Laka
You are so welcome sweetie...

Have an awesome weekend !!!

Love your buddy
Panther

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03/20/2015 08:58.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Laka
Oh poor Pookie, he's so dizzy. Oh yes please I'd love to watch the Rio movies. The girls get settled on the sofa with popcorn. A faint voice is heard ... can I have some popcorn too? Sure Pookie, we won't spin you around like that again.
Auntie Ruthie ... can Pookie sit with us? We promise to sit still.
We had 42 degrees today! They say that it should be 40 tomorrow before it drops down and snows again. Looks like we will be back in the 30's and 20's for our highs the following week. I'm perching here with one winter boot on and one flip flop ...ahhhh northern MI! I'll stick to hot tea for now.
Hugs
Chyna

Come visit me, Derby Farms, Chyna & Bailey ♥ RIP.

03/19/2015 09:18.30 PM Report This Comment  
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