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Robin- BOTD 11/09/13

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I saw a picture of Robin on the Best Friends website. She was available for adoption and I volunteered at their Feathered Friends facility. Robin had a feather problem and had no tail feathers when I first met her. After my application and home visit were completed, I drove down to Utah to pick her up. That was Oct.31st, 2009. They had done such a wonderful job of rehabilitating her that she had a full set of tail feathers and looked much bigger than the miserable little ball of blue feathers I remembered. Robin was about 12 years old when I adopted her so she is at least 16 years old now..

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Hi! My name is Robin- BOTD 11/09/13

I am an Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet from Kennewick, WA.

Not really-- just Sweetie Pie. Robin was the name she came to the Sanctuary with and I thought that was a cute name for a sky blue bird.

17 years old   F

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet

Robin never ignores corn,
spaghetti, or pasta. She loves lentil or tomato soup served in a tiny bowl. No or low sodium, of course!


Robin loves to "hide" in the bowl on her play stand on top of her cage. She thinks I can't see her, even though her long tail feathers stick straight up. Every once in a while she sticks her head up to see if I am looking for her.
She also likes to be on the counter behind the sink where she can see what's going on outside.


Robin is cranky in the morning if I don't put her to bed early enough to get her "beauty sleep"

Linda (I don't call her Mom because I am an adult bird) rescued me from a small cage in a room that was full of cockatoos and macaws. The sound just about drove me crazy! I didn't do well in an aviary with the smaller birds because of my feather problem.
Linda is a retired librarian and has plenty of time for me. She takes me with her to Arizona for the winter. I get to have my travel cage in the front seat and love to see everything. We will leave right after Christmas for our 5th season at Palm Creek Resort in Casa Grande, AZ.


Robin likes to sleep hanging upside-down from the top of her cage.
She insists on using her small water dish for her bath, even though I have tried to interest her in larger dishes.
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  Hi Robin
Hello everybirdie, Amando here with our third day's Adventure update. I want to say the names you are coming up with are great. I will post them in Sunday's blog and everybirdie can vote on their favorite choice. The name with the most votes on Monday will be our new name for the Baby Amazon. Talking about baby's I sure hope we can find his Momma soon, he's starting to get pretty hungry.
"Chirp, chirp, CHIRP!!!!!!!!!" the baby cries as he stares at Jenny-Lynn and Sugar who are snuggling him close to help keep him warm. "CHIRP!!!!!"
"He's hungry, what are we suppose to feed him?' Sweetie asks Kaji who is watching from a safe distance. "Do you think Lizzie might cook something for him?"
"I don't think babies eat food like that, he needs special baby food, mushed up bugs, and worms and spiders" BooBoo says, hurrying to bring the baby a nice plump beetle she just caught.
"Boo Boo, stop, baby birds don't eat that stuff, not baby Parrots anyways!" Cori grabs her fister by the wing to slow her down
"That's correct, a baby Amazon needs high protein foods, warm, partially digested and fresh. Fruit, leaves, bugs and other foods the parents find when foraging. Being how young he is, he needs fed every hour or so, from sun-up to sun-set" Jenny-Lynn explains
"Ok, spread out everybirdie, look for fruit, veggies, leaves, and other healthy foods, seeds and nuts especially" Amando directs, as he rushes off in search of dinner for the little hungry fluff ball.
" I have a couple pickles" Sky says loudly, he'll love them!"
"SKY!"" BB frowns at Sky making him turn red, " babies don't eat pickles, and besides what are you doing with those pickles?"
"Look I see a walnut tree" Sky points and tries to get away as fast as he can, but BB follows him telling him all the dangers of too many pickles all the way there.

" It's ok baby, I'll take care of you" Jenny-Lynn tickles the baby under the chin, " we'll get you back to your Momma safe and sound."
"Just wait until I get my beak on those poachers, they'll regret stealing baby Parrots" Sugar adds, an angry glow in her eyes that only Amazons have.
"Let me at 'em, I'll show them a thing or two" BonBon yells in her highest Budgie voice. Spot holds his fister back as she gets worked up over someone stealing baby Birds from their nest holes.
" Look what we found!" Amando says happily as the group of foragers return to join Sugar and JL with their treasures." We have walnuts, chestnuts, oats, wheat, apples, a pear and someone found this, a Blackberry.
" Let's go to the Kissing Booth food tent and get our little friend fed, then we'll get ready to start our trip to Brazil" Amando says eggcitedly.
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Amando 226029

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01/03/2015 07:57.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Hello everyone, Amando here with today's continued adventure BOTM blog. We are certainly heading off into dangerous territory as we return this "Baby" to his parents and flock. I need your help as we face countless dangers, unknown mysteries and spiders. Amando shivers at that thought. We must be fearless, bold and brave.
"AHHHHHHHHH, isn't he cute?" Little Angel says looking softly at the baby in Amando's wings. " Dixie, look, a baby"
"We can't keep him Little Angel, he needs to go home to his parents and family" Amando reminds her
" What is he?" Dixie asks smiling, and making soft coos to the curious bundle of down
"Maybe it's a Conure?" Hulk says
" I think it's some kind of Amazon Parrot" Jenny-Lynn says startling everybirdie, as she moves in closer with Sugar and Sweetie. " Yep, it's an Amazon, too young to know what species but it's an Amazon alright"
"Aren't you just a cute little baby" Sugar says taking the chick from Amando, and hugging him close to her chest. " Don't you worry, we'll get you back home to your parents"
Jenny-Lynn takes the soft fluffy baby and holds him up at eye level. The baby bird coos softly as he looks into Jenny's eyes. "MOMMA?"
"OH NO! I'm not your Momma baby, but I will help look after you until we find her for you" Jenny-Lynn looks around to make sure everybirdie is in agreement. " all of us will go with you and Amando to the Amazon River and take you back home."
" I think the baby needs a name. We can't keep calling him BABY. So, let's think of a name for our little boy baby. Post them on my page and then we will all get to vote on the name we will call our new found friend." Amando says as he watches the girls kissing and cuddling the little down-covered baby.

"Jenny-Lynn, do you think we can get him to Brazil and back home ok?" Sweetie asks, uncertain of what might lie ahead.
"Of course. We will take the Shuttle, I am sure Ms BB will help us out, to Brazil, then travel by foot and boat up the Amazon River until we find our baby's flock, a piece of Avi-cake. You see, it'll be easy." even as she spoke Jenny-Lynn knew the dangers that lie ahead; snakes, dangerous animals, insects and.. "she closed her eyes, and kissed the baby. "It'll be fine Sweet Baby"
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Amando 226029

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01/02/2015 09:30.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
I'm Amando and I am your JANUARY BOTM candidate-I hope I can count on your daily votes and support!
Good morning everybirdie, my name is Amando and I am a member of the Sky Flock and this January's BOTM candidate. Not too many of you will know me well as I am one of the quieter frother's of Sky. Bazeball vans might recall that I played on my friend Jenny Lynn's Rain Forest Raiders Team.
I came to be part of this large Sky Flock out of necessity. My Momma Deb and my former owner had been friends for years when the subject of Amazons came up one day in conversation. I had lived in other homes before my arrival at Momma's friends aviary but never seemed to stay too long in any one place. See I am rather loud by some people's standards and have a rather short temper at times. That being as it is, I ended up in a breeding aviary with a large outdoor, indoor flight and a very pretty girl as company. Now to most of you boys out there that would have been a wonderful life. It would have been except that girl, she didn't take too kindly to me being in her home. She attacked me one day and pulled out all the feathers on one wing, and bit my wing so badly they never did regrow. I was so afraid of her that from that day on I hid as far away from her as I could.
That is how I came to once more be looking for a new home. Momma's friend gave me to Momma knowing I would never have to leave again and that I would be safe and happy living out my days as a pet not a breeder. I am still afraid of other birds, and often react very aggressively to their presence. I like Sweetie, so long as she stays in her cage away from me, and we talk all the time. I have even took it upon myself to teach her to scream and yell just like I do. She's doing an awesome job, but I don't get the annoyed looks I sometimes receive when My Momma Deb hears the two of us screaming happily about, well, nothing.
Enough about me. What I really need is your help. On one of my daily walk-abouts I found something, or should I say, somebody. While strolling around on BC I found THIS! Amando holds out a small ball of feathery down with big dark curious eyes for his friends to see. The tiny baby chirps softly, looking from one birdie's face to another. "Momma?" he asks softly
"I need your help. We must return the baby to his parents in South America. He was bird-napped from his tree hole nest by poachers. Getting him there will not be easy. We will have to get him safely back home by taking a trip up the Amazon River. It won't be easy, there will be lots of dangers and risks, but knowing that you faced Black-Bart the Cattle Rustler fearlessly, I am certain we can do this together.
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Amando 226029

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01/01/2015 08:05.18 AM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Are you ready for some FOOT~BALL???
In order to complete our information regarding the individual Player’s positions on a FootBall Team, we still need to know the Job Descriptions for the Defensive Squad. Shall we resume our eggsamination of those responsibilities now, Miss Robin?


Strong Safety – Generally lines up in the secondary*, but often aligns close to the line of scrimmage In most Defenses this Player lines up over the Tight End and is responsible for both playing the pass and supporting the run.

Free Safety – Lines up deepest in the secondary. He defends the deep middle of the field and seldom has man-to-man** responsibilities. A coach wants this Player free to read the QuarterBack and take the proper angle to break up or intercept any forward pass thrown over the middle or deep to the sidelines.

Defensive Back – A member of the Defensive secondary. Defensive Backs form the line of Defense whose job is to prevent Receivers from making catches and then gaining lots of yards after the catch.

CornerBack – Lines up on one of the wide sides of the field, usually opposite an offensive Receiver. Called a CornerBack because he is isolated on the “corner” edge of the Defensive alignment.

Defensive End – Lines up at the end of the Defensive line. The job of the Defensive End is to contain the Running Back on running plays to the outside, and rush the QuarterBack*** on passing plays.

Defensive Tackle – Lines up on the interior of the Defensive line. The duties of a Defensive Tackle include stopping the Running Back on running plays, getting pressure up the middle on passing plays, and occupying Blockers so the LineBackers can roam free.

LineBacker – Lines up behind the Defensive linemen and in front of the Defensive backfield. The LineBackers are a Team's second line of Defense. Each Team has two outside LineBackers.

Nose Tackle – a Defensive Tackle who lines up directly across from the Center. Also known as the Nose Guard, the primary responsibilities of the Nose Tackle are to stop the run and occupy the Offensive lineman to keep them from blocking the LineBackers.

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11/29/2014 07:31.54 PM Report This Comment  
  It seems to me that it is MUCH more complicated to try to understand Defense than it is Offense! (But then again, I am a simple GRITS GirlBird, and unaccustomed to such strategizing. We are more frequently seen serving snacks and refreshments during FootBall Games. **TeeHee**) The drawings I have to support today’s information on the Defense eggsplain more of where Defensive Players can line up. The eggsecution of Defensive plays is much more involved than I could ever hope to delve into in this format. I suppose that means that the Defensive Players on the Teams in the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl have a lot of improvising to look forward to during the Game!

It is my sincere desire that the information on both the Offensive and Defensive Squads has served to make your spectator participation in the Game of FootBall more enjoyable, and that it has been a help in preparing the Players for the Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl. It has been an honor and a privilege to research and present what I could find to give you more pleasure in The Game.


À la prochen frois, mon amie,
[Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥


*secondary—the Defensive players who line up behind the LineBackers and wide on the corners of the field opposite the receivers and defend the pass. These defensive players, who are called Defensive Backs, are separated into Safeties, CornerBacks, and, occasionally, Nickel Backs (an eggstra Defensive Back who is used in some Defensive Formations).

**man-to-man [coverage]—pass coverage in which every potential Offensive Receiver is assigned to a particular Defender Each Defensive Player must stick to his Receiver like glue and make sure he doesn’t catch a pass thrown in his direction.

***rush the QuarterBack—use whatever moves the Player has to get a sack, or disrupt the throw.

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11/29/2014 07:31.37 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Happy Day After
Thanksgiving to you Miss Robin! I do hope your Thanksgiving was one of contemplation and appreciation for all the blessings you share with your flockily, as well as loving time together to celebrate all of those blessings.

As I mentioned several days ago, my momma and daddy were blessed with not only the very first Holiday Celebration (or celebration of any event or holiday) with EVERYone in daddy’s family being present, but also a several day long visit with my Grandma beforehand, and a couple of days to come still with my Uncle.

As a result, I have not been able to visit as regularly as I otherwise would have. But parrotsonally, I did use the contemplations of the Holiday to count the many featheriendship blessings that I’ve had in the process of this Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown that I’ve been on this month, AND the love and support you’ve all shown me in that effort. And I eggstend my most heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

For today I thought I would lighten the spirit of the Campaign and share a funny story. We will, however, finish up with our FootBall information before the month is out.

This is a story that I “made up” about my frother Jake. The originally disguised parrot’s identity was changed to reveal Jake’s NON-innocence. **GiGGle**


BAD Jake <Ö)

Jake joined The K Kritter Korral as the first Blue-and-Gold Macaw after fister Rosalie made her Journey to The Rainbow Bridge. He had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of his beak was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. Momma tried and tried to change his attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else she could think of to clean up his vocabulary.

Finally, Momma was fed up and she yelled at Jake <Ö). Jake <Ö), of course, yelled back. Momma shook him and he got angrier and even more rude. In desperation, Momma threw up her hands, grabbed Jake <Ö) and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes Jake <Ö) squawked and kicked and screamed. (And Jake <Ö) screams LIKE A GIRL! **TeeHee**.) Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a sound was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that she had hurt him, Momma quickly opened the door to the freezer. Jake <Ö) calmly stepped out onto Momma’s outstretched hand and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I am sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

Momma was absolutely stunned at the change in Jake’s <Ö) attitude.

As she was about to ask Jake <Ö) what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, he spoke up, very softly, and asked … "May I ask what the turkey did?"


`Ü´ Big Beaky **GRiN** `Ü´

A bientot, mon amie
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

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11/28/2014 07:22.35 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & A Lovely Monday to You
Miss Robin!

I do hope that your Saturday and Sunday were full of fun and productivity. I know in my case I had to relinquish Momma’s eggsclusive attention and assistance on my Campaign to be your December Bird of the Month to more pressing parrontal matters around our K Kritter Korral. (The portion of Sunday during which Momma was available to bring me to your page for a visit, the BirdChannel was not cooperating. You might say that their GPS was out of order! **TeeHee**)

You see, Momma and Daddy were informed that they could eggspect a visit from my Grandma from Idaho from later today, to last thru Thursday morning when they all gather at Daddy’s youngest brother’s home about an hour away from us for the first Family Celebration with everyone present since Momma and Daddy have known each other. Grandma was eager to be able to spend time here with Momma and Daddy, and all of us fids of course, before joining the rest of the family for a concurrent Celebration of Thanksgiving and her BirthDay on Thursday! Then she will remain with my Uncle and his family until she returns to her home in Idaho later in the week, while my other Uncle comes to pay us a visit over the long weekend.

So, all of this is to say that my visits may be a bit sporadic from now thru the end of the month, due to Grandma’s visit, the Holiday weekend with my Uncle visiting, and the upcoming Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game. I do apologize in advance for any visits I shall have to forego. But rest assured that I shall continue to do my utmost to bring you the maximum amount of FootBall information in the time we have left together.

And on that note, let us get straight to the information I’ve promised you next about the Offensive Squad on a FootBall team …


Let’s begin our eggsamination of the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

QuarterBack – The Player who usually receives the ball from the Center at the start of each play. He informs his TeamMates in the huddle of the play that will be run and then, after the Center snaps* the ball to him, either hands the ball to a Running Back or throws to a Receiver.

Center – The Player who hikes (or snaps) the ball to the QuarterBack at the start of each play. The term comes from the fact that this Player is flanked on either side by a Guard and a Tackle; he’s the “MiddleMan” (or Center) in a contingent of five Offensive LineMen or Blockers. He handles the ball on every play and also snaps the ball to the Punter and Holder.

Guard – There are two Guards on every play, and they line up on either side of the Offensive Center. The Guards protect the QuarterBack from an Inside Rusher; they block Defenders immediately across from them and also swing out, or pull**, and run toward either end [of the line] to block any Defender when the ball carrier runs wide°.

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11/24/2014 02:35.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Tackle – Both Offensive and Defensive, on Offense they are Outside Blockers on the line of scrimmage°°.

Tight End – Serves as a BIG Receiver [Oh MY!] and also a Blocker. Unlike a Wide Receiver, this Player generally lines up beside the Offensive Tackle either to the right or to the left of the QuarterBack. (Also “Strong Side+”)

Wide Receiver – The Player who uses his speed and quickness to elude Defenders and catch the FootBall, but who isn’t primarily a Blocker. Wide Receivers are also known as “pass catchers” [but I-I-I would parrotsonally NOT disparage one so!]. Also called a WideOut.

Running Back – A Player who runs with the FootBall. Running Backs are also referred to as TailBacks and HalfBacks, depending on their exact responsibilities and alignment.

FullBack – A Player who lines up in the Offensive backfield++ and generally is responsible for blocking for the Running Back and pass-blocking to protect the QuarterBack. FullBacks also serve as short-yardage runners.


I would also like to call your attention to a display of several of the basic Offensive Formations which appear in the Gallery at the bottom of my page. (They also appear in my Profile Picture at the top of my page; but they are much clearer and contain eggsplanatory text in the photos in the Gallery.) I hope these are of use to you in recognizing some of what happens on the actual field of play the next time you watch a FootBall Game.

I am also including several definitions of terms used in the above Position Descriptions at the end of this note.

Have a Greyt Day! Perhaps enjoy watching The Jets play The Bills at 7:00 pm on CBS, or The Ravens play at The Saints at 8:30 pm on ESPN. Both times are EST. Remember, it is virtually illegal to watch a FootBall Game quietly. So do what we Avians are most well-known for doing … **S*Q*U*A*W*K** . **I*T** . **U*P** ! ! !

À la prochen frois, mon amie,
[Until next time, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Beongia ♥


*snap—the action in which the ball in handed or hiked by the Center to the QuarterBack, to the Holder on a kick attempt, or to the Punter.
**pull—when a player leaves one area of the field, generally moving back and then over, to block in an area other than his normal position.
°run wide
°°line of scrimmage—the imaginary boundary between the two teams prior to the snap of the ball. The Offense’s and Defense’s scrimmage lines are defined by the tip of the ball closest to them and stretch from sideline to sideline. The Defensive Team usually lines up less than a yard away from where the ball is placed.
+strong side—the side of the Offensive formation where the Tight End aligns. With a right-handed QuarterBack, the strong side is usually to his right side.
++backfield—the group of Offensive Players (the Running Backs and QuarterBack) who line up behind the line of scrimmage (vs the Offensive LineMen and/or Receivers who line up at the line of scrimmage).

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11/24/2014 02:34.52 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & OH! MY!! GOODness!!!
Miss Robin!

Does anybirdy ELSE realize how much there is to KNOW about FootBall??? Why … I had no idea how much I DIDN’T KNOW until Momma consented to help me learn for the sake of my Quest for the Bird of the Month Crown, and sharing her passion for The Game so that I might understand all of the HoopLa that I hear coming from the area of the television every time she watches a Game!!

HEAVENS to BETSY … and BACK!!!

Well! As promised, we shall begin our investigation into the individual responsibilities of the Players in each Position today. But I fear it will never fit into one day’s note. So we shall simply spread it out over several days so that you, My Featheriend, can take it all in and not fall asleep before you learn what you need to know!

You may recall from our earlier information that the NFL limits active, uniformed Players to 45 per Team on Game Day.

Each FootBall Team has 11 Players per side: 11 on Offense and 11 on Defense. Teams are allowed to play with fewer than 11 Players (and for the LIFE of me I can’t IMAGINE WHY they would WANT to???), but they are penalized for having more than 11 Players on the Field during play. Rarely, a few eggsceptionally talented Players may play both Offense and Defense in the NFL. (And I do believe that we have a few of those eggsceptionally talented Birdie FootBall Players on the Indians and Pilgrims Team Rosters!)

A typical NFL Game Day roster includes three QuarterBacks, a Punter, a PlaceKicker, a Kick Return Specialist, eight Offensive LineMen, four Running Backs, five Receivers, two Tight Ends, seven Defensive LineMen, seven LineBackers, and six Defensive Backs. (The NONSTARTING Players – that is, those who are not among the 22 or so Players who are listed in the Starting LineUp – are considered Reserves, and many of them are Specialists.)

In the NFL, an additional Player can be in uniform, but he must be a QuarterBack and enter the Game only after the other QuarterBacks have been removed from the Game because of injury. When this eggstra QuarterBack, or 46th Player, enters the Game, the other QuarterBacks are deemed ineligible and cannot return to that Game even if they are healthy.

With our very own 3rd Annual Milonga Thanksgiving Bowl Game approaching in a little over a week, and Players needing and wanting to know how to practice to yield the most effective results, when we next meet I shall delve into the individual Positions on the Offensive Squad.

Before I depart this evening, though, I do wish to thank you, once again, for your wonderful continuing support of my efforts to be your Christmas Queen on BirdChannel. I am truly beginning to feel the eggscitement of the prospect of having my dream realized. You and your featheriendship are appreciated more than you know.

A bientot, mon amie,
[See you soon, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

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11/21/2014 08:07.03 PM Report This Comment  
  `Ü´ Greetings & Good Evening
Miss Robin!

I am flitting by this evening for a very short visit to share with you a little bit of the great fun I had this Tuesday past presenting a program with Momma for The Sylvan Seniors at Mt Sylvan United Methodist Church in Durham, where Momma and Daddy attend. (They do not attend the s-e-n-i-o-r-s functions. **TeeHee** They attend CHURCH there.)

Momma and I were given half an hour to address the group, to share what Life with a Parrot is like, for most of them had never had an eggsperience with a companion parrot; particularly not one of my size! When we have a program like that, Momma usually starts out by eggsplaining how she and Daddy came to start a flock like the K Kritter Korral, and how it grew; and then, through sheer human curiosity, we have a wonderful conversation about what all is entailed in living with a parrot (or parrotS). Of course, I-I-I contribute greatly to program content; this time including a stroll back and forth in front of the front row at one point, for emphasis of the subject matter at hand. (At just the right point in time I climbed down off my play stand and let Momma know I had something to add. **GRiN**)

When our time for the presentation was over, the group had some lunch together. I was given my fill of some lovely white grapes by a number of brave ladies and gentlemen, and then several of them wanted to have their picture taken with me. In my Gallery at the bottom of my page you can see just a couple of the lovely folks I visited with parrotsonally.

I shall return with those promised eggsplanations of the positions of the players on a FootBall team when next I visit.

Toutes alors, mon amie,
[Until then, My Featheriend]
`Ü´ Ruby Francesca Begonia ♥

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11/20/2014 09:17.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi sweet Ms Robin, when will mom be home-Jenny
...we do not want to send your new bird toys to an empty home! We hope your sweet momma had a good time in Arizona, see ya when ya get back...

Love from Jenny Lynn & the Dallas flock

Come visit me, Ziggy~Happy Valentine's Day dear friends, love ya, Jenny Lynn~Happy St Patrick's Day my friends!!, Limon Dallas~Love my home & still see my old mom, The Raiders~Happy New Year from the team in 2014!!, Christine~Party time, welcome to my castle friends, Ms LaLo~I love to have guests in my home... & Mr Flash~Summer at the McAviay.

04/08/2014 01:03.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Allow me to introduce myself..I am CuBird from the Stark flock and our Aunt Arlene(Falco's mom) mentioned your mom might be coming to Parrot Palooza in October this year. We hope that is the case and look forward to meeting your mom Love and winghugs, CuBird

Come visit me, Carter-Justice For Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 8/28/14, Doo Diligence-Justice for Ozzi, Cookie-Justice For Ozzi-thank you for BOTD 7/31/14, Charlie-Justice 4 Ozzy-TY for BOTD 10/29/14, Tricky D- RIP 12/12/12-Thank you BOTD 12/12/14, Teal'c-Thank you for BOTD 10-14-14 Justice for Ozz, Elvis Thank you for BOTD 2/22/15, Joshua Chico Justice for Ozzi, Blue-Justice for Ozzi-TY 4 BOTD 9/7/14, Moggie -Justice for Ozzi, George (Gen George Hammond)RIP Gen 12/13/08, Cu-Bird -Justice for Ozzi, Nanday Security Services, LLC, Miranda -Justice for Ozzi, Captain Darling-RIP 5/19/2014 ty 4 BOTD 9/19/14 & Baldrick Thank you for BOTD 3/20/14.

01/30/2014 08:34.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
DAY 2
How are u sweetie? We are praying that everybirdy makes it thru the upcoming storm(s). We will be having below zero temps & a few inches of snow, but nothing like our friends in the far north-eastern states!
Today's topic is: WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY? A medical emergency is a serious and/or life-threatening injury or disease that requires immediate care. In some cases such as bleeding, first aid at home may be the best 1st course of action. Here are some guidelines on when to call ur avian vet.
CALL IMMEDIATELY WHEN UR BIRD HAS/IS:
*doesn't stop bleeding
*blood in droppings or in regurgitated food
*extensive burns
*collapsed or can't maintain balance
*has been poisoned
*puncture wound or deep cut
*cannot breathe
*straining to pass droppings or an egg
CALL SAME DAY WHEN BIRD HAS/IS:
*lost her/his appetite
*an eye injury
*swallowed a foreign object
*low body temp
*mutilating his/her skin
*loose droppings
*develops a sudden swelling on body
CALL NEXT DAY WHEN UR BIRD:
*is excessively thirsty
*seems to have itchy skin
Bird owners are frequently unsure if a problem is truly an emergency. The best thing to do is to follow ur instincts & use good common sense. If there is any doubt in your mind regarding the severity of ur bird's condition, it's best to treat it as an emergency.
Tomorrow's topic will be triage (first aid priorities). See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia
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01/02/2014 09:52.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
DAY 1
How are u sweetie? I'm excited to begin my campaign on birdie first aid! First, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Momma Deb, my darling Casey's mom, for making all the awesome campaign pics for me! I couldn't have done it without her!
I will start with a basic first aid kit, which is helpful to have if an emergency occurs. Mom keeps mine in a 19 at storage container w/ lid.
*IMPORTANT PHONE #s-ur vet, emergency clinic & poison control ctr.
*PAPER & PEN to make notes on bird's condition.
*TOWELS for catching & restraining ur bird
*STYPTIC POWDER/STICK (beak & nails only) or CORNSTARCH (can be used on skin)
*SCISSORS, NAIL CLIPPERS & NAIL FILE
*NEEDLE-NOSED PLIERS-to pull broken blood feathers
*PEROXIDE or other disinfectant solution
*EYE IRRIGATION-such as saline or contact wetting solution
*BASIC BANDAGE MATERIAL-such as gauze square & rolls, MASKING TAPE-does NOT stick to feathers
*PEDIALYTE or GATORADE
*EYE DROPPER
*SYRINGES to irrigate wounds or feed sick birds
*PENLIGHT
*COTTON SWABS to apply meds & clean wounds
*BETADINE SOAP-which is anti-bacterial, for foot injuries
*HEATING PAD or HEAT LAMP-home use
*HEAT PACK to keep bird warm during transport; wrap pack in towel - DO NOT apply directly to bird, burns could result.
Tomorrow we will discuss what constitutes an emergency & triage/first aid priorities.
THANK U SO MUCH FOR UR SUPPORT!
See u tomorrow sweetie!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 10:23.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Hi sweetie, Tia here! Im excited to tell u about my BOTM campaign, which will be on bird first aid. I hope u will enjoy my topic. I will start with what should be in a bird first aid kit. Thank you for ur support!
Love & a vote
Tia

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01/01/2014 08:03.03 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Robin
Your attention please !!!!!

Ms Big Baby & Mr Sky have set the date of their wedding!! I will take place on the 19th of Jan, 2014. The time is 7:00 PM on there wedding page # 249741. Every birdie is invited to attend the wedding and the reception to follow.
If BC allows, there will be a honeymoon trip to places around the world in the *Where in the world is Waldo* theme. Birds will be encouraged to guess where they are by the clues that will be posted on the wedding page.

Ms BB & Mr Sky

Dec. 29: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

We have to do a little catching up to see our next object in our part of the galaxy seeing as how it is traveling at 157,838 mph or 254,016 km/h.

We are going to investigate Halley’s Comet today. Yes there was a short note on this comet on Dec. 26th
Halley's Comet is what scientists call a short-period comet. It is the only short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye from Earth and it is the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human’s lifetime. It can be seen going around the Sun once every 75-76 years. The farthest it gets from our Sun is just beyond Pluto. (Yea, that planet that is not a planet.)

Astronomers from at least 240 BCE have recorded this comet. Clear records of the comet's appearances were made by Chinese, Babylonian, and medieval European chroniclers, but were not recognized as reappearances of the same object at the time. The comet's periodicity (time period) was first determined in 1705 by English astronomer Edmond Halley, after whom it is now named. Halley's Comet last appeared in the inner Solar System in 1986 and will next appear in mid-2061.
Scientists call Halleys a dirty snowball cause it is made up of water ice, CO2, and small rocks and cosmic dust. It only has a tail when it gets close to the sun.

No, the tail is not made of feathers. It is stuff that is blown off the surface of the comets body by the sun. The tail when it forms always faces away from the sun.
Haley’s Comet collects small bits and pieces of dirt and ice in its travels out to, in, & back out of the Oort cloud on its travels. Otherwise it would have disappeared a long time ago.

Ms BB

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12/29/2013 09:13.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Corry & Boo boo say i5 is stepping up the time frame in shutting down the E clubs. Bird E club may not be here much longer my friend.

4 year anaversty for the KB this evening at the KB. It will be the last one fokes.

Dec. 27: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Today we are going to stay close to home. We are going to visit our Sun. Don’t worry, I had Jodi Laforge reconfigure the shuttles shields to the metaphysic. He also installed a backup power generator in the cargo bay. There is hot dogs & Smore making in the storage bins.

Our Sun is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,684 km (865,374 mi), around 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (1.989×1030 kilograms, approximately 330,000 times the mass of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of our Solar System.

It takes the Suns light about 8 minutes and 19 seconds to travel to Earth. The average distance between the Sun and the Earth is 150,000,000 KM or 93,000,000 Miles. That is one AU we learned about a few days ago.

Dos any birde want to roast the hot dogs or make some Smores? The Sun is about 5,800 K or 9980.33 degree Fahrenheit at is surface.

The Sun orbits the center of the Milky Way at a distance of approximately 24,000–26,000 light-years from the galactic center, completing one clockwise orbit, as viewed from the galactic north pole, in about 225–250 million years. That’s a long time!

Ms BB

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12/27/2013 01:53.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin,
mom has a couple of t-shirts but they are both XXL's so they are probably to big for your mom but if she wants one have her give mom a call or send her an email...

I sure hope that you and your flock had an awesome . Our Christmas was nice, quiet but nice. We all really enjoyed all the sunshine. I got turkey and loved it, some of the flock enjoyed their turkey bones.

The parronts are tired today, they were up later than usual on Christmas so intended to sleep in but it was not to be...dad had an ad on one of his bike forums and a guy wanted to buy it and called here just after 5am...the parronts tried to get back to sleep but that didn't work either as the guy called back with another question so the parronts gave up and got up.
They decided that since they were already up that they would go shopping today instead of tomorrow. At least they won't have to go out tomorrow or the weekend, it is super foggy right now, can't even see across the lawn...

Wing hugs, Scoober

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12/26/2013 10:43.48 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Dec. 26: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Ok, back into the shuttle. No need for coats or water bottles today. We will all be staying in the shuttle on this trip also.

Today we are off to explore the Oort cloud, a vast area of comets and debris that never formed into planets about 9 trillion miles from the sun.
Scientists call this distance roughly 50,000 AU, (1 astronomical unit = the distance from the Earth to our sun) or nearly a light-year, from our Sun. Warp drive is a must on this trip.

The Oort cloud was named after the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort in 1950 & is mostly icy comets & other left over debris from the formation of our Solar System. Most of this debrie is frozen water, ammonia, and methane with some rock as cores.

Scientists’ believe comet ISON, which went around our sun on Thurs. the 28th, 2013, passing as close 684,000 miles, came from the Oort cloud. Two Russian amateur astronomers, Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok discovered this comet last year with help from the International Scientific Optical Network.
Scientist’s give its chances for survival at forty percent. It could disintegrate. But if it does survive, ISON will be visible in early December without a telescope.

Haley’s comet is a *short-term comet* that comes from this reign of space. Most of our humans have had the opportunely to see Haley’s comet at least once. More on Haley’s comet in a couple of days.

Ms BB

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12/26/2013 02:16.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Robin
Got to be quick this morning. Dad says there is stuff in the kitchen & front room for me.

Dec 25: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

Calm down now everybirdie. Have you shredded the paper that your presents were wrapped in? Good. Now get it all cleaned up!

Today will be a day to rest and play with your toys and eat a bunch of good food. Tomorrow we will continue our adventure in the shuttle.

Ms BB

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12/25/2013 12:36.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Dec 24: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

Ok, Ok already!! Calm down!! Yes I know what day it is. Get your warm coats again cause you will need them.
Every birdie gets in the shuttle. Yes, there are a couple bails of hay in the back. There are apples and carrots in the storage bins also. I have a good supply of cookies and milk too.

Cookie put the cookies back!! LA, no you cant bring your back pack full of glue and glitter.

Yep, we are off to the North Pole. And you all know who lives there. Yes you are right. Its Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, and Donder and Blitzen are there also.

Yea, the fat bird in the red suite lives there with his wife and a bunch of Dwarfs who make toys too. The cookies and milk in the bins are for them to eat.

Cookie, get out of the cookie bin !!!

Now hold on, here we go. It’s a very short trip in the shuttle. What’s that you say? No birdie has ever seen the home of Santa Bird!! I have special permission to take us all there by the Big Bird himself. I have the secret code numbers for the force field that protects and hides it from the rest of the world. Ms BB pushes some colored buttons to put the code in the security computer.

Ms BB pushes some more colored buttons on the Navigation control panel & then pushes the BIG green button. Off the shuttle goes. After it lands and the cargo bay door opens some birds pile out carrying a bail of hay, apples & carrots. They head right to the Raindeer stables to see Rudolph and the rest of the galls and feed them the hay.

Yes, all of Santa’s Raindeer are girls!!! Only girl Raindeer have antlers, well most of them, this time of year. Read about it at this site
Are All of Santa's Reindeer Female? - Urban Legends
urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_santas_reindeer. htm

The rest go inside to see the Big Bird himself. One at a time they get to sit on his lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas. Out comes the milk and cookies.

Cookie, put the cookie back !!!

The two groups change places and it starts all over again. The Raindeer get fed again and Santa Bird gets his lap sat in and gets more cookies and milk. How do you think he got so big!!

Cookie, put the cookies back!!!

Well its time we headed back to our homes so we can get to the sleeping perches early. If you don’t have a fireplace leave the cage door open tonight.

Cookie, you can have a cookie now!!!!!

See Jake, I told you we would get to see Santa Bird!!

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12/24/2013 10:27.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin,
Scoober here, sorry that I haven't been by for a visit in a while...

Mom was wondering if your mom got the email she sent regarding the Bird Club T-shirts?

Are you all ready for Christmas? We are, not doing much here, having a nice turkey dinner. Mom did put up a small white tree in the living room. It does look pretty and it has mostly birdie themed ornaments on it...

Wing hugs, Scoober

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12/23/2013 11:12.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Thanks. I only wish I could have met you. But happy that you are Chyna's friend.
I’m usually a very silent angel bird but, I would like to thank you for coming to my page to help me celebrate BOTD for the last time for me. I also want to thank you for embracing my fister, Chyna into this wonderful BC family. I, Chyna and my parronts wish all of you the happiest of holidays.
Hugs
Angel Bailey

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12/23/2013 08:51.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Robin
Found the BC page on FB. Tried to post todays adventure there. Dial up is verrrrrrryyyyyy slow on loadibg pits & there are lots of pits on FB. Been 20 min & still loading. Post still has not shown up there. Have done 5 blogs on birds pages here in that time.

For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe we will go.



Dec 23: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

We are now going to a planet that was a planet but now is not a planet. How dos that happen?? Yes, I mean Pluto. We will be a little over 4 billion miles from our sun. We will be at Warp 8 for about 19 min. Warp 8 is 8 times the speed of light. The speed of light in a vacuum is recognized world wide as 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second). So we will be traveling at, let me cipher this a minute.

(DAD, come help me with this cipheren, I don’t have nearly enough toes!) DAD here, its 1,690,456 ft per second or 91,422,360 miles per minute. Yes, that’s over 91 million. Any birdie want to check the math for me?

Pluto is the smallest of the planets? at only 2274 km in diameter. It is also smaller than many of the other planets moons. Pluto's orbit is highly tilted (17 degrees) relative to the plane of the ecliptic. Pluto rotates clockwise which is the opposite direction of most of the other planets. Venus and Uranus also travel in this direction. This leads some scientists to say that Pluto was a stray moon drifting through space when it was captured by our suns gravity. Even though Pluto is not a planet it dos have 5 moons. Hydra, Kerberos, Styx, Nix & Charon are there names.


Pluto has not yet been visited by a spacecraft because it was not in the path of Voyager 2. Even the Hubble Space Telescope can resolve only the largest features on its surface. A spacecraft called New Horizons was launched in January 2006. If all goes well it should reach Pluto in 2015.

Dos any birdie want to put on a space suit and walk on Pluto? Just don’t bring any fleas back in with you !!!

Its real cold way out here too cause the surface temperature on Pluto varies between about -235 and -210 C (38 to 63 K). Any birdie want to make ice cream?

Well that’s all of the planets and a non-planet that was a planet called Pluto. No we don’t have a planet name Goofy !!!

But we now have Eris that was discovered by US astronomers Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz in 2005. Eris is slightly bigger than Pluto and is in the Kuiper belt of asteroids. Ceres, the largest object in the Kuiper asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is out there also. These three bodies have come to be called Dwarf Planets.

By the time we get back home it will be dinner/supper time. There is snacks and j

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12/23/2013 08:14.41 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
My mom would have loved to go shopping (her favorite thing)! Sorry you didn't make it to the last Christmas BC Milonga. It was very nice but, a small turnout for us.
My mom sent you a request on FB for the private site we are all moving to. BC will remain on after the big change over but, none of the clubs will remain open. They are closing us down. I hope we will have at least 6 months.
Well, it snowed all day and was very cold. My parronts stayed home with me. We watched movies and snuggled under blankets. Monday will be a high of 15 (feels like 7) and a low of -3 with more snow of course. I’m still being good while I wait for Santa Bird.
That was a very nice Christmas Milonga on Saturday night. So sad that it was our last Christmas on the BC.
Hugs
Chyna

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12/22/2013 09:30.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Robin
Looks like we have had out last Christmas Milonga on BC as we know it. FB will not be even close to what we have now. Looks like all our places of intrest and buseness will be gone also. BB

For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.


Dec. 22: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Last but not least (yes we will get to Pluto) we have Neptune.
It too is a gas planet with rings.

Neptune has been visited by only one spacecraft, Voyager 2 on Aug 25 1989. Voyager shure gets around doesn’t it? Much of what we know about Neptune comes from this single encounter. But fortunately, recent ground-based and HST observations have added a great deal, too.

Neptune was first observed and reported by Galle and d'Arrest on Sept 23rd 1846.

More than two centuries earlier, in 1613, Galileo observed Neptune when it happened to be very near Jupiter, but he thought it was just a star.

Neptune’s atmosphere is mostly hydrogen and helium with a small amount of methane so we cant get out and explore here either without a space suit.

Neptune's winds are the fastest in the solar system, reaching 2000 km/hour. Sounds like a bunch of politicians to me!

The most prominent feature of Neptune is the Great Dark Spot in the Southern Hemisphere. It is about the size of our Earth. Voyager sent pictures of it to us in 1989 on its way out of our Solar System.

An odd thing is that its moon Triton orbits in the opposite direction than the rest of the moons of Neptune. A lot of scientist think Triton is a captured asteroid.

Ms BB

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12/22/2013 08:36.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Mom added 7 pics of the Neapolitan Presepio from the museum to my gallery today. It's quite a big scene, with the whole town of Bethlehem going about daily business, with shepherds, kings, etc. coming to see the baby. Ther are goose girls, spinners, butchers, bakers, and probably candlestick makers in it. The Presepio is a uniquely Italian concept of the birth of the Christ child. The Neapolitans have made it into a fine art. You can see the details of the town, and the last picture shows the entire scene. The scope of it is huge, it is erected in front of a set of cast cathedral doors, and fills the entire space. Anyway, we thought you'd enjoy seeing something from the 1800s that most Pittsburghers come to see while it's on display every year.
Last night's party was a lot of fun. We wish we could have stayed longer, but our typist was so tired, she could barely see. We are determined to make the best of BC while it's still here, though. Thanks to Kiddo and Taz and of course, to Lizzie for the food! Hope you are having a great day, we're off to help mom decorate the house today. Hugs, Falco

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12/22/2013 07:34.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
That's pretty neat, you get to go back and see your old parrot friends and all the caretakers that helped you out. I bet Best Friends is a great place! Hugs, Willie

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12/22/2013 07:34.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Glad you were able to help your friend, hope all went well.
Sorry you didn't make it to the last Christmas Milonga.
They will still have a Bird Channel but will NOT keep our club pages, very sad. All that will be left here is the forum. Look at the top of your page and check it out. I won't be using that at all.
Well, tonight we enjoyed our last BC Christmas Milonga. It was another fun night, wish more birdies had attended.
We are getting ready at home for the next winter storm. They moved it back to Sunday from 1am to 7pm. Then we will be back to a high of 8 and a low of -3 degrees. This will be a really cold Christmas.
Stay warm and have sweet birdie dreams.
Hugs
Chyna

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12/21/2013 09:01.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
I am off to a late start getting todays adventure due to Dad haveing a Dr app & doing food shopping. He got me some grapes and oranges. He says the stores and parking lots(whatever they are) are a mad house. I will be back larer.

Its rainy and in the mid 30s here. More rain the next couple days.

Dec. 21: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Every birde settle in, it’s a long way out to Uranus. Who giggled?? 2,870,990,000 km (1,783,331,755 miles, Yes that’s in the billions!) to be exact. There are snacks in the storage bins to munch on.

Uranus, the first planet discovered in modern times, was discovered by William Herschel while systematically searching the sky with his telescope on March 13, 1781.

Uranus has been visited by only one spacecraft, Voyager 2 on Jan 24 1986. At the time of Voyager 2's passage, Uranus' South Pole was pointed almost directly at the Sun. This is the only planet in our solar system to be so inclined.

Like other gas planets, Uranus has rings, 13 of them in fact. The brightest is known as the Epsilon ring.

Like Jupiter's rings they are very dark but like Saturn's they are made up of fairly large particles ranging from 10 meters in diameter down to fine dust.
Uranus has 27 named moons ranging in size from 789 km to only 5 km.
Well it’s a long trip back. We all have time for a nap before we are home.

Ms BB

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12/21/2013 12:53.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
When Bree comes here to trim our nails, I usually yell before she even touches me! Mom calls me her little drama king, but I think I'm just letting her know I do not like getting a nail trim! After all, they're mine! I grew them and I might want to keep them. Mom asked Bree yesterday to come sometime in the next 2 weeks, so I'm getting my yelling voice ready! Hugs, Willie

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12/19/2013 12:08.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Mom saw a lot of totem poles in Victoria when she was there, too. THey are fascinating.
Today mom put some pics of the trees at the museum in my gallery, but they turned out dark. If she plays with them later, we may repost them. The first 3 pics are details from mom's favorite tree. It's covered with tinker toys, lincoln logs, erector set contraptions, legos, and paper cutouts. It's a tree based on imagination. There are others based on puzzles, mythical animals, etc. but this one was mom's fave. Later she's going to post pics of the Neapolitan presepio so everyone can see it.
Mom did 2 tours today, one on biomes and Native
Americans, and one on Dinosaurs. Both were with good age groups, 5th and 6th grades. Mom liked them both. Now she's doing blogs, then later, she may have the energy to tote boxes from the basement and get the Christmas stuff out. So far only the front door is decorated. Hope you are having a fun day today, and getting lots of love. Hugs, Falco

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12/19/2013 11:28.51 AM Report This Comment  
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Dec. 19: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Back to Jupiter to see the rings now. It was believed that Jupiter did not have rings like Saturn but it was found that it has very dark ones. The rings were discovered by Voyager 1 in 1979 on its way through our solar system. Later Voyager 2, the Galileo orbiter and the New Horizons sent back pictures of the ring and moons in February & March 2007.

There are 3 main sections named Halo, Main and Gossamer. There is really only 1 ring with no discernable separation.

Most of the stuff in the rings is dust & very small rocks that come from collisions with the moons. A couple of the moons are within the area of the ring. These moons make notches in the rings as the dust & rocks are attracted by the moons gravity wells

Ok, we have to go now. Back to Earth and a calm atmosphere we can stand up in and breathe without a space suite.

Read more about Jupiter on nineplanets.org

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12/19/2013 08:51.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Sorry to hear that you lost your hawk claws. I do a lot of screaming too. I don't like being groomed at all!
At least you did get a treat.
yes, my mom has met some wonderful people on the BC that she would have never met. I hope someone can find a good place for us to go to.
Does your mom use C/P? It saves a lot of time.
We just found out that since the end of October, we now have a total of 65 inches of snow already. Our average temp is 18 degrees for December. We haven‘t even started the “real” winter (December 21st). This is sounding like the movie “The Day After tomorrow“ … about the global super snowstorm.. I hope not!
We are still very sad about the upcoming loss of our dear BC. We have to find a way to stay together.
Have a cozy night.
Hugs
Chyna

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

12/18/2013 11:32.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Thank you for the vote and comeing to Ms BBs page.

BC will still be on Face Book but in what forn nobirdie knows yet. It might be a closed site so we wont get all those anoyen friends requests. Its suposed to happen within 6 months.

Ms BBs Dad, Frank

Would you like a list of the 50 + people who have gotten together and made it up? It lists birds and e mail address. If so send a message to bckissinhbooth@aol.com. Put BC list in the greating. I will send it back from my reg e mail with the same greating.
Frank

Come visit me, Buba, Rocket is now manning the booth., Ms BBs page. My True Love, Mr Sky, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/18/2013 04:44.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Robin
says Ms BB with a heavy heart. I just found out we will be loseing our BC next year. I may be the last Queen for a month. Mr Sky & I may not even be able to get marrird on BC!!!
My Dad for one dos not want to go to FB. It is hard to get around in. And every one would see what we blog about.


For my BOTM campaign I am going to be using my Star Trek Enterprise shuttlecraft, the Galileo, to take us on far-flung adventures. From the very bottom of Earth’s deepest seas to the far reaches of the Universe.

Dec. 18: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

We wont be getting out of the shuttle today because there will be nowhere to stand.
That is because we will be at the fifth planet from the Sun and by far the largest. Jupiter is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined (the mass of Jupiter is 318 times that of Earth). It is 142,984 km in diameter & has 16 known moons.
Jupiter takes 12 earth years to go around the sun once. That’s a long time to wait for your hatch day!!

It has a very thick gas atmosphere made up of mostly liquid metallic hydrogen toward the center. The outer atmosphere, that’s what we can see, is made up of water, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen in their gaseous stage.

Jupiter was first visited by Pioneer 10 in 1973 and later by Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2 and Ulysses. The spacecraft Galileo orbited Jupiter for eight years.
We are now over The Great Red Spot (GRS) It has been seen by Earthly observers for more than 300 years (its discovery is usually attributed to Cassini, or Robert Hooke in the 17th century).

The GRS is an oval about 12,000 by 25,000 km, big enough to hold two Earths. Other smaller but similar spots have been known for decades. Infrared observations and the direction of its rotation indicate that the GRS is a high-pressure region whose cloud tops are significantly higher and colder than the surrounding regions.

In July 1994, Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with Jupiter after breaking apart with spectacular results. The effects were clearly visible even with amateur telescopes.
Jupiter also has high winds that sometimes top 400 mph. Anybirdie want to go fly a kite? We can’t stay here much longer because the shuttles stabilizers are having a hard time with the high winds.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Rocket is now manning the booth., Ms BBs page. My True Love, Mr Sky, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/18/2013 10:17.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
That would be so nice to meet Scoober and mom. I know they would love to meet you and see the pond. So, freezing over is bad for fishies.
Oh no! I can't believe that you will have your awesome hawk claws trimmed ... sorry to hear that. I'm growing mine back again ... hehehe.
I can't believe that you got on the BC and it will end in about 6 months or less. Will you be blogging from AR? I hope so.
GOOD NEWS: We had a tropical heat wave today … it was 20 degrees! But, the snow is still coming down.
BAD NEWS: Just heard that our beloved Bird Channel will close in 2014 per Crystal. So, save all the pics and blogs you want to keep. This is so very sad. I have made some wonderful friends here and will miss everyone very much.
Hugs
Chyna

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

12/17/2013 09:44.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
It's good to hear from you again. I'm glad Linda is meeting more bird people, and found a club close enough to join. It's neat that she's meeting people through BC, too.
Okay, today is a totem pole lesson! The Tlingit people make poles for different occasions. Mom's favorite is the shame pole! That's when a person is too cheap to return a favor by having a potlatch party for friends. There is one in Alaska erected for Seward! He went to a potlatch, didn't know the customs, and left with a ton of gifts. The Tlingit waited in vain for him to come back and return the favor, then they built him a shame pole facing the ocean.
(A potlatch is a party where you eat, drink, and make merry, then the host opens his treasure room and empties it by giving everything away to his guests. There is an expectation of reciprocity, though.)
On Falco's page there are some pics of the totem pole in place at the museum. On my and Peppino's pages, there are pics of Tommy Joseph at work, the Eagle and Raven clan symbols, and a miniature totem pole, made to sell to tourists.
Totem poles tell a story, usually only legible to the family who has it in front of their house. This pole tells a story about Tommy Joseph's father and a friend. At the bottom is the clan, they are Eagles, I think. (Mom can't remember off hand) As you go up the pole, you will see 2 guys and a boat. The story is that one of the guys (right) was seal hunting, shot the seal, but didn't kill it. He then grabbed its tail in his teeth and grabbed the flippers with his hands, to keep it from getting away. His friend, in another boat, saw him struggling with the seal and came to his aid, killing the seal. They were both able to go home with seal meat that night. The guy with the seal in his mouth is Tommy Joseph's father. Above them is a salmon, which is another food source for the Tlingit people.
Okay, that's today's lesson, heehee. Hope you are having a wonderful day and getting lots of love. Hugs, Willie

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

12/17/2013 09:00.29 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Robin
Jenny Lynn, 50146, to 20K. Vote Today.

Jetta

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12/17/2013 08:45.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Ms Robin
Its gona get above freezing today!!!!!!!

We hava a Abrims M1A1 tank that Keven brought back with him at the KB now!! WE are trying to decide what kind of maham we want to do!!LOL

Dec. 17: Ms BBs BOTM campaign.

All of your votes are deeply appreciated. If I don’t thank you every
day its only because there is only so much time in one day.

Let’s take a moment to eat a light snack. We all know about the next planet out from the Sun because we live on it!!! It is called the third rock from the sun.

So we are on our way to Mars today. All girls to the back of the shuttle so the boys can be up front. It is there planet!!

Mars has a diameter of 6,794 km and is much smaller than earth but has a surface area about the same as the land surface of Earth because of the water covering 70% of the Earth.



Mars (Greek: Ares) is the god of War and is known as the red planet.

The first spacecraft to visit Mars was Mariner 4 in 1965. Several others followed including Mars 2, the first spacecraft to land on Mars and the two Viking landers in 1976. Ending a long 20 year hiatus, Mars Pathfinder landed successfully on Mars on 1997 July 4.

In 2004 the Mars Expedition Rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" landed on Mars sending back geologic data and many pictures; they were still operating after more than three years on Mars. In 2008, Phoenix landed in the northern plains to search for water. Three Mars orbiters (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Express) are also currently in operation.

While the average temperature is about 218 K (-55 C, -67 F), Martian surface temperatures range widely from as little as -140 K (-133 C, -207 F) at the winter pole to almost 300 K (+27 C, +80 F) on the dayside during summer.

If you look out the right side you can see Olympus Mons. It is the largest mountain volcano in the Solar System rising 24 km (78,000 ft.) above the surrounding plain. Lets put on space suits & go mountain climbing.

On the left side can be seen Hellas Planitia. This is an impact crater in the Southern Hemisphere over 6 km (3.72 miles) deep and 2000 km (1242.74 miles) in diameter. That was a big rock that hit Mars!!!

We should be glad we are not here during one of this planets dust storms. They can go on for days and have high wind speeds. Scientist mostly agree that there is water (ice) under the two polar caps. And there may be some under the vast central plains.

Hay!!! What was that? Did any other birde see that? Come on, raise your wing if you seen it!! It looked like a green Marten to me.

Ms BB

Come visit me, Buba, Rocket is now manning the booth., Ms BBs page. My True Love, Mr Sky, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Charley Bird, Ruby in the BC Castle for November, TPB&G. & The wedding page for all birds to get married at..

12/17/2013 08:20.04 AM Report This Comment  
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