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My mom always wanted a bird and when she came to the bird shop, I picked her. I was 10 months old when I got my forever home. After being an only birdie for 14 years, Mom adopted a new frother-Jude the Dude.. Awards
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Hi! My name is Norman

I am a Senegal Parrot from Albuquerque, NM.

Stinky, Doody, BIG CHICKEN

19 years old   M

Senegal Parrot

Grapes, corn, cereal, peanuts.

In the medicine cabinet, on the magazine rack, under my play gym.

I do not like the phone. The vacuum is pretty scary too. I growl at my grandmother.

She is my Mom, my best friend and my soul mate.

Loves shredding paper.

Small acts of kindness can fill a heart with joy..

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07/05/2015 07:35.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Norman
Sugar finishes her first story...
Tweety and Cookie are excited about the story and cheer Sugar on.
Hulk and Peppi ask Sugar can you tell us another story ??? BooBoo and Cori give Sugar a gift and she accepts...

There was a beautiful girl who was blessed with the gift of making beautiful quill work. She was also blessed spiritually having dreams and visions...One morning she got up and told her mother that she had a dream of having four brothers who are waiting for her...She made beautiful War Shirts for each one of them and decorated the war shirts with quills...

Quill work woman packed the War shirts and her belongings and gave her mother a kiss. She said I'm going to find my four brothers.
Off she walked into the snow. She walked for a hundred
She found a big lodge in the snow and went inside. Not being able to find her brothers. She unpacked the War shirts and waited...
Not long after a young warrior who was 8 years old his name is Peppi came in the lodge. He was happy to see her and said sister I have been waiting for you. I called you in your dreams...Quill work woman gave him his war shirt and it fit him perfect. He then told her he is a spiritual leader and carries the sacred bow and arrow...
A while later her other three brothers came in and asked Peppi who is this ??? Peppi said this our sister I called upon...
Quill work woman gave her other three brothers Hulk, Tweety and Cookie their war shirts. They fit each brother perfect.

Quill work woman and her brothers were so happy and she cooked for them and took good care of them. The brothers always liked to joke around and Hulk said I thought all big sisters that could cook are fat and ugly !!! Tweety and Cookie said our big sister is fine !!!

One day the four brothers went out to hunt for food while Quill work woman stayed home and cleaned up their lodge...
Suddenly she heard a loud sound of thunder and the ground was shaking. A buffalo stuck his head in her lodge and said Quill work woman our leader is in love with you and wants to marry you and become part of our buffalo nation !!! Quill work woman said no I am happy here with my brothers. The buffalo ran off to tell his leader.

Later that night the four brothers brought back food to prepare.
They heard the earth rumbling and then the leader of the buffalo nation was calling to them...

Story to be continued tomorrow.
Can you guess what happens next ???

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Come visit me, Jedi luvs Cheyenne forever..., Snowflake luvs her Apache..., Tweety luvs Princess... & PANTHER...VOTE FOR ME FOR BOTM !!!.

07/05/2015 03:30.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman and flock
Thank you everybody for BOTD. I had a really good day though we didn’t realize I had gotten BOTD till this evening. Mom cracked an almond for me and also a walnut which I worked on for quite a while and got them both open so that was a prize in itself. Then mom gave me a new toy that I like to clean my beak on. My old one was looking pretty raggedy LOL. “Laughter is an instant vacation” Left a vote for you my friend. Your kissing cousin, Gus (RIP Chi chi)

Come visit me, Gus~Thanks for 30k votes!! ♥ & Chi chi RIP my sweet girl..

07/03/2015 05:46.42 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
I am very happy and honored to be your July Bird of the Month. Thank you SO much for supporting me and voting for me all month. I couldn’t have done it without you guys! I had such a fun time going on vacation with all of you. We visited so many awesome and beautiful places, and did a lot of fun things. I’m so glad you could all come with me! Now it is time to relax, and you guys are all welcome to hang out in the castle with me whenever you want. Let’s party! Hugs, King Jester Bean

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07/01/2015 10:34.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hello Every Birdie! Today is the last day of June, and my last Bird of the Month blog. For our last trip, we are going to be visit Tokyo, Japan. Our first stop is going to be the Imperial Palace. Let’s go!” They arrive at the Imperial Palace grounds, which is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. They take a tour of the grounds, but aren’t allowed to enter the buildings. Next they head to the Edo Tokyo Museum, which a museum of the history of Tokyo during the Edo period. They see the life-size replica of the Nihonashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo, and they see scale models of towns and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods. Next they visit the Shinjuka Gyoen National Garden. They stroll through the gardens, and see beautiful trees, plants, and ponds. It is very calm and peaceful there. After that they visit the Ueno Zoo. At the zoo, they see Red Pandas, Japanese Black Bears, Sumantran Tigers, Capybaras, and many other animals. Next they head to Tokyo DisneySea. They see the shows and go on the rides there, and have a lot of fun. After, they visit Tokyo National Museum, which is the oldest Japanese national museum. They see lots of interesting things there. After they are finished there, the visit the Tokyo Skytree. They head to the observation tower, and up there they have a lovely view of Tokyo. When they are done up there, they eat dinner at a yummy Japanese restaurant, and then head to a hotel. – Thanks so much for voting for me all month. I have had such a fun time with you guys! I’m so excited to see if I win! (: I’ll see you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/30/2015 10:32.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hello Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Paris, France. Our first stop is going to be the Musée d'Orsay Museum. Let’s go!” They arrive at the museum, which used to be the Orsay Railway Station. They look through the museum, and see lots of art from the 1848s to 1914. Next they head over to the Tuileries Garden. They take a stroll through there, and it is lovely. After that, they go to see the Arc De Triomphe. The arc is big and beautiful. After they are done viewing that, they visit the Louvre Museum, one of the largest museums in the world. Inside, there is lots of artwork. They see the Mona Lisa, which makes Cookie very excited. When they are finished there, they take a tour of the Paris Catacombs. The Paris Catacombs are underground ossuaries, which hold the remains of about six million people. The tour is cool, but creepy. Next they visit the Musée Marmottan Monet. The museum features a collection of over three hundred impressionist and post-impressionist works by Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac, and Pierre Auguste Renior. After touring through the museum, they head over to see the Eiffel Tower. The tower is big and gorgeous. They visit the second floor of the tower, and look down at Paris. It is beautiful. After that, they eat dinner at a delicious French restaurant, and then head to a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/29/2015 11:10.51 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Keystone, South Dakota. Our first stop is going to be Big Thunder Gold Mine. Let’s go!” They arrive, and tour the authentic 1890’s gold mine. During their tour, they learn about mining and Gold Panning from their tour guide. It is very interesting! After the tour of the mine, they visit the Mining Museum. The Mining Museum is a replica of the Tykoon Gold Mine build in 1895. Inside is the largest collection of equipment from gold mining in the Black Hills. It is very cool to look through. After the museum, they get to try gold panning. They get a lesson on how to do it, and they all find a little bit of gold. When they are all finished there, they head over to visit Mount Rushmore. They walk the Presidents Trail, and see many different views of the iconic mountain. After climbing a lot of stairs, they have a gorgeous up-close view of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. They see the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. After observing it and taking plenty of pictures, they take the trail back. After, they visit the Gutzon Borglum Historical Center, and learn all about the sculptor of Mount Rushmore. After that, they tour the National Presidential Wax Museum. They see life-size realistic wax figures of all of the presidents, and it is very cool. They take pictures with some of the figures, and Finnegan gives some of them bunny ears in the photos. After that, they eat dinner, and check into a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/29/2015 12:08.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Ontario, Canada. Our first stop is going to be the Royal Ontario Museum. Let’s go!” They arrive at the museum, and explore it. They visit the Eaton Gallery of Rome, the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, the Bat Cave, the Pompeii Volcano Exhibition, and other cool galleries and exhibits. Next they head over to the CN Tower. There, they do the EdgeWalk, which is a hands-free walk around the tower’s main pod. It is 1168 ft above the ground. It is a scary for some of them, but others love it! After that, they head to the Toronto Zoo. They visit the Tundra Trek and see Polar Bears, Arctic Wolves, European Reindeer, and Snowy Owls. They visit the African Rainforest and see Naked Mole Rats, Egyptian Fruit Bats, Spotted Necked Otters, and Speckled Mousebirds. At the Canadian Domain they see Canada Lynx, Grizzly Bears, American Moose, and Wood Bison. They also visit some other animals, which they enjoy. After the zoo, they visit Niagara Falls. They watch the beautiful waterfalls, and they are stunning. Such a beautiful sight for the birdies to see! When they are done at the falls, they head over to the National Gallery of Canada. At the gallery, they see lots of beautiful and interesting artwork and sculptures. They enjoy browsing through. After, they visit Casa Loma. They tour the beautiful place, and then eat dinner at the Terrace Grill. After that, they head to their hotel. – Thanks for voting for me! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/28/2015 12:05.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today is our third and final day in Orlando, Florida. We are going to visit Universal and Islands of Adventure, but first, I have something special planned. Come with me!” Jester takes his friends to a field, and there they see a large hot air balloon! Jester tells them that they are going to take a ride in it, and then have a breakfast picnic. Once they are all in the basket, it starts slowly going up, and up, and up. Soon, they are high up in the air, and it is a beautiful view. They float high in the sky for about 45 minutes, before the hot air balloon starts to head back to the ground. As they get closer to the ground, they realize that they aren’t landing in the field where they took off; they are landing in an orange grove! When they get to the ground, they find that a picnic blanket spread out with lots of yummy breakfast foods, and they get to pick oranges to eat with it! When they finish their picnic, Zippy and Polly ask if they could take some oranges home for their mom, and Jester tells them that if any of them want to take oranges home, they can pick them and they will be sent to the hotel. After, they head over to Universal Studios. When they arrive at the park, the first thing they go on is Minion Mayhem, a funny 3D ride. After that they ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, an awesome roller coaster where they get to choose the song they listen to while riding. Next they ride Revenge of the Mummy, and watch Shrek 4D. Next they go to watch Fear Factor Live. During the show, they host of the show asks for a volunteer who isn’t afraid of bugs. Cappy raises his wing, and they invite him to come down to the stage. On the stage, they have Cappy sit with a big hairy spider on his head for a full minute! But he doesn’t mind, and does it like a champ. After, they ride Men in Black Alien Attack, and the Simpsons Ride. Next they head over to Diagon Alley, where they look through all the shops, and then they ride Escape From Gringotts. After that, they take the Hogwarts Express over to Islands of Adventure. They enjoy the train ride, especially the Harry Potter fans! When the train arrives at Islands of Adventure, they get off a go to Hogwarts. They walk through the big castle, and then ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Next they go on Jurassic Park River Adventure, and they get wet on that. After that they go on the Cat in the Hat Ride, High in the Sky Trolley, and Caro-Suess-El, and then go on the Amazing Spiderman 3D ride. Then they go on Doctor Doom Fear Falls, and the Incredible Hulk roller coaster. After that, they eat dinner at one of the small cafes, and then leave to go back to their hotel. – Thanks for voting! Tomorrow we will be visiting another state. See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/26/2015 11:24.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are continuing our trip in Orlando, and are going to be going to Disney’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Let’s head on over to Epcot first!” They arrive at the park, and the first thing they see inside the park is the Epcot Ball, so they head inside of it to go on Spaceship Earth. On the ride, they visit through scenes back in time, and learn of Earth’s history. After, they head over to the Seas with Nemo and Friends. They go through line and then board into their clamshells, and are taken through the cute ride. At the end, they are let out into the building. They brose through the aquarium, and then watch Turtle Talk with Crush. They enjoy that, and Willie and Flitzer gets to ask Crush a question. Next they head over to Journey into Imagination with Figment. After that, they walk around the worlds. They visit Mexico, China, Norway, and the other places. Next they head to the Land Pavilion, where they ride Soarin’ and Living with the Land. After that, they go on Mission Space, and Test Track. After that, they decide to leave Epcot and go to Magic Kingdom. So they head over to the Transportation and Ticket Center, and take a monorail over to the Magic Kingdom. They arrive at the park, and walk down Main Street USA. First, they head over to Tomorrowland, and they ride the People Mover. Next they visit the Carousel of Progress, which Jester says is one of his mom’s favorites. By the time it is finished, they are all singing “It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow….” They visit the Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor, and they enjoy the comedy. Next they go on Space Mountain. After that, they head to Frontierland, where they do Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. Next they head to Adventureland, and the first thing there do there is the Jungle Cruise. They enjoy the boat ride and the amusing guide, but Cydney and Norman do not enjoy getting sprayed with water by one of the elephants! Next they climb the Swiss Family Treehouse, visit the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the go on Pirates of the Caribbean. They walk through Liberty Square, and go on Haunted Mansion, before heading to Fantasyland. There they go on the Dumbo Flying Elephants, the Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, and they watch Philhar Magic. After that, they eat at the Be Our Guest Restaurant. After that, it is time to watch Wishes, the firework show. Then they take a bus back to their hotel. – Thanks for voting! Tomorrow we are doing something special in the morning, and then going to Universal and Islands of Adventure. See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/26/2015 12:20.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting somewhere I am very familiar with, and that is Orlando, Florida. We are taking a three day trip here, and in those three days we are going to visit the Disney parks and Universal. Today we are going to hit Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Our first stop is going to be Animal Kingdom, let’s go!” They arrive, and the first thing they do is Kilimanjaro Safaris. They climb into their safari vehicle, and tour the African outback. They see lots of beautiful animals, including Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Rhinos. Next, they head to the Tree of Life, where they head inside and see It’s Tough to be a Bug. Next, they head to Dinoland. There they do Dinosaur, where they ‘go back in time’ to bring back the Iguanodon. Everybody enjoys it, especially Cookie and Peppino. They also go on the Primeval Whirl, which spins them and drops them. When they get off, they are rather dizzy. Next they go and see some shows. They see Festival of the Lion King, the Finding Nemo Musical, and Flights of Wonder. Next they go on Expedition Everest roller coaster, where they venture through the icy peaks of the Himalayas, and see the Yeti. When they are done with that, they head over to Hollywood Studios. When they arrive there, the first thing they do is Toy Story Mania. They have tons of fun shooting at the 4D targets. Gus ends up getting the highest score out of the group. Next they head to the Hollywood Tower Hotel, home to the Tower of Terror. They head through the line, and board their elevator. They go up, and are suddenly dropped down, multiple times. After that, they head over to Rock’n Roller Coaster. After waiting in line, they load into their Super Stretch Limo, and take off at 60 mph. They speed through the tracks, and on two upside-down loops, and totally enjoy it. Next they see Beauty and the Beast Live, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and Muppet Vision 3D. Then they go on the Great Movie Ride. After, they head to 50’s Prime Time Café for dinner, and then leave the park and head to their hotel. They are staying at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort. Once in their rooms, they watch some TV before going to sleep. – Thanks for voting! We will be visiting Epcot and Magic Kingdom tomorrow, so get some rest! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/25/2015 12:00.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Sydney, Australia. Our first stop is going to be the Museum of Sydney, let’s go!” At the museum, they see the Built for Bush, Convict Sydney, City of Shadows, Towers of Tomorrow, and other exhibitions. Next they visit Wildlife Sydney. They visit the Koala Rooftop, where they get to meet the Koalas up close. They visit Wallaby Cliffs, where they see Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies, Bare Nosed Woman, Blue Tongue Lizards, and Kookaburras. They visit the Bug Garden and see all sorts of bugs. Finally, they visit the Kangaroo Walk-About, where they see cute kangaroos. Next they visit the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, where they see fish, turtles, sharks, and penguins. After that, they visit Cockatoo Island. Taz and Oz say that it has a wonderful name. They explore there, and then eat lunch. After, they visit the Sydney Tower Eye. There, they do the Skywalk. The Skywalk is 268 metres above Sydney, and they can see the streets through the glass floor they are standing on, and it is awesome. Next, they visit the Australian Museum and the Queen Victoria Building. After, they head to the Sydney Opera house, where they see the Anything Goes musical. Finally, they eat dinner, and check into a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/24/2015 12:30.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are visiting Atlanta, Georgia. The first place we are going to visit is the GA State Capitol. Let’s head over there now.” They arrive at the building, and once inside, take a guided tour. During their tour they see the rooms inside the building, and learn Georgia History. After their tour, they visit the GA State Capitol Museum. Next they head to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The first thing they see is the Dinosaur Plaza outside. Grey Bird and Oki mimic dinosaur noises, while stomping around like dinosaurs. Inside, they visit the Walk Through Time in GA exhibition, the World of Shells collection, the Reflections of Culture exhibition, and some other cool things. Next they visit the Georgia Aquarium. Inside, they see tons of beautiful fish. They see Discus, Clown Anemonefish, Crimson Snapper, King Angel Fish, and many others. They see Beluga Whales, which Laka and Chyna think are adorable. They also see really cool Giant Pacific Octopus. When they are done in the Aquarium, they head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. They stroll the Garden, and see gorgeous flowers. After the garden, they visit the High Museum of Art, and then the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. After the museums, they head to Fox Theatre, and see the Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. They very much enjoy it. After, they get dinner, and head to a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/23/2015 12:21.45 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going to visit Honolulu, Hawaii. We are all going to have lots of fun! The first thing we are going to do is snorkel. Let’s head over to the Pier!” They arrive at the Hilton Pier in Waikiki. They get on a little boat, and are taken out in the ocean. Once the boat stops, they put on their masks and fins, and get into the water. As soon as they look down in the water, they are amazed by how clear and blue it is. They are in Turtle Canyon, so as they snorkel, they see beautiful Green Sea Turtles. They also see pretty fish and coral. They really enjoy it. After their snorkeling trip, they go to see the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. It is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. After visiting there, they visit Manoa Falls. They have to hike to see it, so they start their journey across a bridge, and slowly hike up along the sides of the deep rainforest valley. The trail is gorgeous, and they very much enjoy their surroundings. After about a half hour hike, they reach the waterfall. It is absolutely stunning. They enjoy the beautiful view and wonderful sounds for awhile before hiking back. When they get back, Jester suggests that Peatree and Picabo should have a Hatchday lunch together, and they agree that it would be fun. They get dropped off at a cute little restaurant, and then Jester leaves with the rest of his friends. He has a special plan. They head to the beach, and set up a surprise party for their two friends. About an hour later, Jester heads back to the restaurant to pick up Pea and Picabo. They ask where everyone else is, but Jester ignores the question. They arrive at the beach, and are greeted with a loud “SURPRISE!” as they approach the set up. There are lots of colorful balloons, a big frosted cake, and “Happy Hatchday Peatree and Picabo!” is written in the sand. The two are very surprised, and thank all their friends for planning something so wonderful for them. Everyone sings ‘Happy Birthday’, and the two Hatchday birds blow the candles out. They all have cake, and then chat and dance on the beach until sunset. After, they all head to their hotel, order room service, and play games until bed. They had a very fun day! – Thanks for voting for me! Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! :) See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/21/2015 10:41.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going to Austin, Texas. Our first stop is going to be Lady Bird Lake, where we are going to go canoeing. Let’s head over there now!” Jester and his friends arrive at the lake, and head to the Rowing Dock to get their canoes. They load into canoes in pairs of two, and head out on the lake. Things go well, until Raffikki & TiPaul and Cookie & Polly decided to race in their canoes. This ends with Raffikki and TiPaul getting their canoe flipped, but they are helped back in, and then they continue down the lake (with no more racing). When they are done canoeing, they head into Zilker Park. They have a brunch picnic, and fly some kites. After their picnic, they head to Bullock Texas State History Museum. They explore the museum, and learn lots of history. They visit the La Belle Exhibit, which is pretty cool. Next they head to the Blanton Museum of Art, where they see lots of artwork. Their next stop is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. They see tons of gorgeous flowers. They take pictures as they admire and smell the flowers. Next they visit the Texas State Capitol, where they take a tour. After their tour, they head to Ballet Austin, where they see Hamlet, a contemporary ballet, based on the classic Shakespearean story of a young man and his incredible family drama. They really enjoy it. After the ballet, they head to a steak house for dinner, and then check into a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/20/2015 11:11.51 PM Report This Comment  
That is a handsome profile pic.
Polly says she is sorry for not having visited lately. Mom is just getting back into a routine.
Thank you for your well wishes.
queen Zippy

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06/20/2015 01:38.39 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going to visit Kansas City, Missouri. Our first stop is going to be the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Let’s go!” When they get there, they look through the museum and see lots of art collections and exhibitions. Next they go to the Kansas City Zoo. At the zoo they see Bongos, Mangabey, Gorillas, Warthogs, and many other animals. Strawberry really likes the Warthogs, and decides to call one Pumba. They visit the Orangutan Canopy, and watch them swing on trees. Kaji and Cappy say that they look similar to the orangutans when they swing from the top of their cages. When they are done at the zoo, they head over to the National WWI Memorial/Museum. They browse through and learn the history of WWI while they are there. Next they visit the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum. They visit the Truman: Presidential Years and Life and Times exhibitions, and view some other things. Next they head to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. There, they see the Lyric Opera, and they enjoy it very much. Next they head to over to see the Gateway Arch. When they are finished viewing it, they eat dinner, and head to a hotel. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/19/2015 11:30.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are headed to New Orleans, Louisiana. Our first stop is going to be Mardi Gras World. Let’s go!”They arrive, and take the Mardi Gras World Tour. Their guide takes them through the massive studio where the big Mardi Gras floats are built, and they learn the history of the festive tradition. They get to put on costumes and pose in front of the big floats. They have lots of fun! Next they visit the Cabildo Museum, and the National WWII Museum. After touring the museums, they head to the Audubon Zoo. They visit the African Savanna and see Zebras, Monkeys, and Giraffes. They visit the Asian Domain and see Sun Bears, Babirusas, White Tigers, and Elephants. They visit the aviary and say hi to their bird friends, and they visit the Dinosaur Adventure section. Next they visit the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. In the Butterfly Garden, they see tons of beautiful butterflies flying around. While they are standing there, a blue butterfly lands right on Sugar’s head! They visit Bourdreaux’s Bait Shop, where they see lots of interesting and creepy bugs. Next they visit Bug Appétit, where they get to sample bugs prepared by the chefs. Some of the birds try the bugs without having to be pressured. Boo Boo says that hers tasted delicious! Jester and a few others just can’t be talked into eating the bugs. After, they visit the 1850 House. It is a very nice museum/historic home, and they enjoy visiting it. Next they visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. They explore through there, and sample delicious dishes. After that, they head to their hotel for the night. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/18/2015 11:26.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are headed to Anaheim, California to go to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. We are going to Disney California Adventure first, so let’s head over there now.” They arrive, and go on a bunch of rides. First they go on Soarin’ Over California, a simulated flight ride. Next they go on Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, and Goofy’s Sky School. They go on Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and Jumpin’ Jellyfish. They take the Bakery Tour at Boudin Bakery, and sample delicious bread. They go to Animation Academy, where they get to illustrate their favorite Disney characters. Panther, Pearl, and Silver draw Mickey, SweetPepper, Jolie, Chyna, and Cydney draw Pooh Bear, and Jester, Kiddo, Mikey D, and Hulk draw Olaf. They have tons of fun! Next they go on Monster’s Inc, Mike and Sulley to the Rescue, and to finish off, they go on California Screamin’. They head over to Disneyland for even more fun. There, they first go on Mr. Toads Wild Ride, then the Mad Tea Party. They climb through Chip n Dale’s cute treehouse, and then go on the Star Tours Adventure 3D simulator ride. They stop and watch Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, and go on lots more rides. They go on Pinochio’s Daring Journey, Rodger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters, Alice in Wonderland, It’s a Small World, and the Matterhorn. Then they eat dinner at the Plaza Inn. To finish the night, they see the firework show above Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. After a long fun day, they head to a hotel and go to sleep. – Thanks for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/18/2015 12:03.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are going out of the states again, and heading to Dublin, Ireland. Instead of flying or taking a plane, Ms BB is letting us use her Star Trek Enterprise shuttle, she said it is a lot faster and we will all fit! Let’s go!” They all get in the shuttle, and soon after, arrive in Ireland. Their first stop is the National Museum of Ireland. At the museum, they look at Folklife collections, Antiquities collections, and other neat things. Next they head to the National Gallery of Ireland. There they see lots of pretty and interesting paintings and sculptures. Next they head to Phoenix Park, there is lots to do in see there. They visit Aras an Uachtaráin, which is the official residence of the President of Ireland. They see the Phoenix Monument, which has a large Phoenix on the top, and also the Wellington Monument. They also see the Papal Cross. They stop at a tea room, before going to the Dublin Zoo. At the zoo, they see Bats, African Hunting Dogs, Gold Lion Tamarins, and many other beautiful animals. Mango asks if they can go say hi to the Lories there, so they visit them. After the zoo, they stroll through the People’s Garden. When they are done in Phoenix park, they decide to take a Historical Highlights Walking Tour. They see Dublin’s top sights on their 2.5-hour tour. Their guide walks them by famous landmarks, such as Trinity College and Dublin Castle and relics of the city’s Viking past. They stroll around colorful Temple Bar, and encounter hidden cobbled alleyways and graceful Georgian mansions. As they walk, their guide shares interesting facts and stories about the places they see. After the tour, they eat dinner, and then check into the Sandymount Hotel. – Thanks for voting for me! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/16/2015 10:31.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! Today we are headed to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We are going to be going to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country, and I think we are going to have a lot of fun! Let’s head on over to Splash Country!” They arrive at the water park, and once inside, Jester asks them what they want to do first. Hulk and Cappy say that they should do a water slide, so they head over to Mountain Scream. At the top, they choose the quadruple-drop slide to go down, one by one, they all slide down. The slide was super fun! Next they head to the Big Bear Plunge, a white water rafting adventure ride. They load into large rafts in groups of 5. Jester shares his tube with Jolie, Norman, Kiddo, and Panther. They have tons of fun on the raft ride! After, Tango suggests that they go and do the Downbound Float Trip. So they head over to do that, and all sit in tubes and float down the river. It is very fun and relaxing. Next they head over to RiverRush, which is a water coaster. They load into long tubes in groups of 4, and ride the water coaster. They have lots of fun! After a few more slides, and a trip to the Cascades, they dry off, and head over to Dollywood. Once they arrive, they decide to go on the Shooting Star Drop Tower. They load on the ride, and then it slowly goes up, and then drops back down! Next, they go on the Sky Rider and Mystery Mine. After, Queen Sweetie asks if they can go see the Smokey Mountain String Band. They go see the show, and really enjoy the music! After the show, Picabo asks if they can go on the Tennessee Tornado. Jester is all for it, so they head over to the coaster. It is thrilling; they go down a 128-foot drop at 70mph! Next they go on the Wonder Wheel, and enjoy the view from the top. They do plenty more rides; they go on Thunderhead, the Village Carousel, Lemon Twist, and Dizzy Disk. They also see shows! They see Kingdom Heirs, Heartsong, and the Dreamland Drive-In. They have tons of fun! After, they eat dinner at the Backstage Restaurant, and then head to the DreamMore Resort. They play some card games and talk about their fun day before heading to bed. – Thanks so much for voting! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/15/2015 10:10.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Every Birdie! I’m so sorry we didn’t go on a trip yesterday. When mom got home last night, she had such a horrible headache and couldn’t look at the computer screen to blog for me. But it is gone now, so we can continue with our journey today! Today we are going to continue our visit to Washington, DC. Let’s head over to the subway, and we can go back to the center of DC and get some breakfast.” Jester and his friends get on the subway, and go back to the center of DC. Once there, they find a place to eat. After breakfast, they head to the United States Capitol, which is a monument and working office. They take a tour, which starts with a 13 minutes film in the orientation theaters. After the video, they see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall. When they are done, they head over to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The wall has the names of all the dead and missing from the war. It gives them chills, and they stand there in silence for awhile, reading the names. When they are finished, they head over to the National Zoological Park. They explore the zoo, and see lots of beautiful animals. They see the Giant Pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian. They see Asian Elephants, and American Bison. After the zoo, they go to look at the White House. They get there, and admire the beautiful building. After they are done looking and have taken pictures, they head to the Washington Monument. When they get there, they take an elevator to the top. At the 500’ level, they go to the observation deck. The view from the top is awesome. They enjoy the view and take pictures for awhile, before heading to the 490’ level museum, and then back to the bottom. Once they are at the bottom, they head off for dinner. After dinner, they head back to the hotel. They have a band and dancing there in the evening, so the birdies hang out and listen to the band and dance a bit before heading back to their rooms. – Thanks so much for voting for me! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/14/2015 09:45.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi Guys! Today, we are going to Washington, DC. Our first stop is going to be the Smithsonian, let’s go!” The birds all hop on a subway that takes them to the center of DC. Once they get off the subway, they walk to the Smithsonian. The building is huge! They enter the building, and the first thing they see is a beautiful statue of an African Elephant. They also see a big pendulum that is so perfectly balanced that it stays in motion constantly. They see the big dinosaur skeletons, which Falco, Peppino, and Willie really enjoy. They go to the gems and minerals exhibit, and see the Hope Diamond. It is supposedly cursed! Bad things happened to all the people who owned it, but apparently being in the museum broke the curse. They visit the Hall of Human Origins and the Sant Ocean Hall. They explore a bit more, before heading off to the Jefferson Memorial. In the memorial, they see the 19-foot statue of Thomas Jefferson, and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. Next they head to the Lincoln Memorial. It features a solitary, 19-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln sitting in contemplation, which is flanked on both side chambers with inscriptions of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and arguably his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. When they are finished there, they pick out a place for dinner. After dinner, they hop back on the subway and head to their hotel. They stay at the famous old Biltmore Hotel. Once in the hotel, they all gather together. “I hope you all had a great time today! There is still quite a bit more to do, so we are going to be seeing some more of DC tomorrow. So get some rest tonight, because we are going to have more fun tomorrow!” – Thanks so much for voting for me! I love you guys! See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/13/2015 12:40.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman!
“Hi, it’s Jester! I am running for Bird of the Month, and I would love if you would stop by and vote for me if you have the time! We are going on vacation all month, and we are having lots of fun together! Today we are headed to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts! This is a place that mom and her family used to go to a lot when she was younger, and she said it is wonderful. (: Our first stop is going to be the Gingerbread Cottages, so let’s go!!” They arrive, and all love cute colorful cottages! Zippy asks if they are really made of gingerbread, but Jester tells her that they are just called that. They stroll down the street, all picking out their favorite houses. Hulk’s favorite is a bright blue one, Picabo likes a yellow one, and Queen Sweetie loves a cute pink one. When they are done looking at the cottages, they head to the Gay Head Cliffs. When on the cliffs, the birds have a lovely view. They snap some photos and enjoy the view, before heading to their next stop. Their next stop is Mad Martha’s Ice Cream. The birds get their favorite ice cream, and sit and enjoy it. When they finish their ice cream, they head over to Oak Bluffs, to visit The Flying Horses Carousel. They get there, and learn that it is the oldest operating platform carousel in America. They birds all get on the carousel, and have a very fun time, going round and round, and trying to grab the rings. They had so much fun, that they decide to ride it again! After their second ride, they head off to their last destination. They arrive at The Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs, to hear Vineyard Sound, a male vocal group. They all enjoy the performance, and have a lot of fun. After that, they head to the cottage they rented, and relax and play games until bed. – See you tomorrow! Hugs, Jester

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06/07/2015 10:05.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman & the Moocher Ducks
thankyou for the honor of being your birds of the day. we are having so much fun celebrating at the castle with Queen Sweetie who is just as sweet as her name .we could get very used to living in such luxury at the birdy castle where the fun never stops. hope you are enjoying being at the castle with us also because we wouldn't be here without your friendship.

love King Paddy Cake & Queen Piddy Girl

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06/06/2015 10:21.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this first day of June. I have greatly enjoyed sharing with all my friend this past month. It has been mind provoking and educational for me and I have gained some awesome insight too. Sharing is after all what is all about. The Advocate writers share from their daily life with Parrots. It offers the opportunity for everyone to share, express their thoughts, ideas and insights in a safe, nonjudgmental and encouraging form.
I am the last of the Sky Flock to run for BOTM. I follow a long line of worthy predecessors, King SKY, King Amando, King Casey, King Jesse, Queen Little Angel, Queen Angel Girl and Queen Zeena. I must say it has been a fun month and a great privilege to get to know each of you better in the process. The current Companion Parrot Crisis is far from over, and there are, as we revealed, no hard- fast rules or ways to resolve the issue. Too many Parrots, too few good, forever homes is at an epidemic level. If I venture to say, "all we can do is our best to share what life is truly like with a Companion Parrot." Perhaps one person at a time we can make an impact and make change for the better. If we do nothing, the problem won't just away.
I am one of the fortunate ones, I ended up in a safe place, and received the emergency medical care I required. The story often has a sad ending for many others who disappear never mourned or missed. Their life from start to tragic end a story of misunderstanding, neglect and sometimes intentional abuse. It is heart-breaking but none the less a reality for many Parrots.
I want to thank everyone for their daily votes and participation this past month. You have made my month purposeful. I hope that the sharing of information which once was Bird Channel will continue as we head into the future. I am now off to finish chewing my wooden blocks. It's a rainy day and perfect for some serious Parrot recreation.
Thank-you all for the honor bestowed on me, as receiving the title Queen Sweetie this morning. I tried to visit you all yesterday but BC would not let me post any blogs. Geesh. I would not have got here today without each and every one of you.
with love and hugs

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06/01/2015 07:41.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with our Saturday blog. This month sure has flown by quickly. It seems like just yesterday I wrote my very first words, and now I an coming to a month's conclusion. I wish to thank everyone of you for your votes towards my quest for the Throne. Although it is not my ultimate goal, it is part of it. My main goal was to start some serious sharing and that goal has been far surpassed. Your input and comments are encouraging, and inspiring. We are but, one small group for Parrot lovers. Can you imagine what impact we could have if every Companion Parrot owner united the World over?
There is a sad trend among humans to disagree and even fight over what in fact equals nothing vital nor important to us Companion Parrots. All one has to do is view a photo on FB of a Parrot and dog to see the level of anger and opinions. No one asks if someone was supervising the interaction, or about the past relationship of the two. I am not referring to obvious dangerous situations were the bird could be in danger of injury or worse. Post a photo of a Parrot climbing into a cupboard, then read the comments left by others. There is obviously someone close by supervising, after all who took the photos? Instead of fighting over such non-essentials why not focus on what really matters?
Parrots are individuals. We have such singular personalities that there is no hard-fast rules that can work for every bird, in every home, with every owner. While one owner snuggles their fid, and another one believes that you should only scritch the head and upper neck area, neither is wrong. One owner might feel you should keep wings trimmed for safety and another that fully flighted Parrots are the happiest, both are right, in their own personal Parront-Parrot relationships. Every situation is unique. What works for one, may not work for another. It does not make one person right or wrong, it just equals the truth about living with a Companion Parrot. There are no straight forward, fits-all answers when it comes to Parrontship.
The important point is that sharing is not criticism. Sharing is openness to new ideas, and views. If all the Parrot Rescues would learn to live peacefully together rather then back biting they would accomplish so much more. That does not mean turning our backs on obvious wrong treatment, misuse of funds donated and outright abuse and neglect. Rather accepting that every Rescue, like every owner (yuck, there's that word again) is a separate unique situation. As long as there is mankind there will be good and bad. that is a sad given reality. Support those who are doing their best to help the Parrot Crisis.
Tell yourself each and every day that, "I AM a Companion Parrot Ambassador" and use your power to spread the word " ADOPT! DON'T SHOP!" and make a change one person at a time. YOU have the power.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/30/2015 09:11.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Hello everybirdie. It's the weekend again and also the end of the month draws ever closer. I have had a wonderful month sharing and reading all your awesome thoughts, ideas and suggestions. The Companion Parrot Crisis is huge, far more then one small blue-fronted Amazon can tackle on her own but together with each of you we can and will make a difference. The general populous needs education and enlightenment about sharing their lives with one of us feathered wonders. As you all have so eloquently pointed out, we ARE NOT at all like owning a dog or cat. No one can own a Parrot. While dogs and cats are domesticated, Parrots are not, and never will be truly humanized. There is a problem when humans begin to rationalize our behaviors in humanistic terms. Our behaviors and responses are based on instinctive and learned responses just as those of our wild cousins. We can be trained to do tricks through positive re -enforcement but we can not be controlled or expected to obey commands as a dog will.
One point I have observed in my short 2 years of life is that people tend to judge us by our species not by our individual personalities. Not all Macaws lunge, not all Cockatoos bite and scream, not all Amazons are aggressive and unpredictable. The list goes on and on. We are singular beings, and although certain traits are inheritable we are also influenced by our past experiences. Companion Parrots can not be generalized into "types" any more then all humans are the same.
My hope and desire is that one day there will be no need for Parrot Rescues, and every Parrot will have a loving forever home of its own. The abuse and neglect will be in the past and every Parrot will know happiness and never experience fear or terror. Will that world ever come? No, but if even one Parrot can be freed from pain, released from it's caged prison, and receive it's very first spark of hope my life will be rewarded, and my purpose on Earth fulfilled. Momma Deb says she will not rest until she knows changes have come, until Rescues are not forced to turn away unwanted Parrots from lack of space and funds. Her goal is awareness, education and to make a change even one person, one Parrot at a time. She has no magic formula for making it happen, but as long as she has a voice she has the power to see it happen. One voice can start a war, so many voices speaking up for us can surely start a Worldwide movement to better the lives of ALL Companion Parrots, end Poaching and legalized trapping of Wild Parrots for profit.
The logo for our Rescue is ADOPT! DON'T SHOP! a universal phrase that says it all. It is spring and countless thousands of babies will hatch from eggs. Ten years from now where will they be? Will they be in loving homes? Will they be in Rescues? Their fourth homes? How many will have died from abuse, neglect at the hands of mankind?

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05/29/2015 01:50.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Happy Thursday to all my friends. Sweetie here once more with our BOTM blog. I did miss yesterday as momma Deb was called upon at a moments notice to help out with a rather difficult birdie related situation. All went well, and it has a happy, satisfactory ending. Today we get all Momma's attention and she promises extra treats for everybirdie who was so well behaved yesterday when our friend King Mikey D's Momma helped get us ready for bed.
Our month is quickly coming to an end. We have shared some very timely and sensitive issues and discussion and I truly hope each of us has learned a little or a lot from one another's experiences. A life with a Companion Parrot is never dull, never ordinary and certainly never boring. No two species are alike, and among like species we each have our own extraordinary individuality and quirks. Some of us are as bold as a lion, others as shy as a mouse, yet we all possess the inherit ability to melt our Parront's heart, worm our way into their every thought and garner their love and respect. I wish that this description was universal, and it grieves my little Blue-Fronted Amazon heart that at this very moment, Parrots are suffering untold neglect, abuse or worse death at the hands of mankind. Never did my Momma Deb in her wildest thoughts think she would ever be writing as a Companion Parrot Advocate. That she would be one of the ones to stand up against our mistreatment and to put up the fight for our rights. Life has a way of changing suddenly, and if we allow it, it can transform a one time breeder into a Parrot Spokesperson.
I am only one Parrot, but I want to encourage each of you to take the challenge to become a Companion Parrot Ambassador. Never doubt your ability to bring about change. Whether you are a "get in your face" type, or a "quiet, shier one at a time" personality type we ALL can make a difference. Just imagine if every bird loving Parront spoke to just one person about life with a Parrot, about proper care, feeding or even shared what it is like to be owned by one of us, the impact would be fantastic. We could make change, stop improper selection of species for first time would be Parronts, change how one Parrot is treated, or how it is viewed within it's own family situation. We might open a cage door closed for years, allow a Parrot to begin to enjoy better food, have room to move in it's cage at last, find out how much fun a toy can be, or receive the Veterinarian care it needs and deserves. You would be shocked at how many do not know that their Parrot should be seen by a Veterinarian regularly. The number who feel a Parrot only needs peanuts and sunflower seeds. We need YOUR voice to make change happen.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: It is not a question at all. Please continue to share YOUR special MOMENT(S) with your fids with us. They are interesting, educational and encouraging to read. Your experience might make a difference for someone else too.

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05/28/2015 08:11.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Happy Tuesday everybirdie, Sweetie here with your BOTM blog for the day. I so enjoy the blogs, I read them each and sometimes twice in case I missed anything. Such great information is available right here among our BC friends. It's been a rather eventual few days. Momma Deb was called on to take in an older Cockatoo, but through many conversations was able to keep him safely in his own home. This poor M-Too was severely plucked and sported a rather nasty hole ( self-inflicted) on his neck. His past owners moved suddenly and gave up him, and an Amazon to a fellow local rescue who deals with small species only. Hola, as he is named was fostered into a home of experienced Companion Parrot owners with no Too experience. After Momma told them about the need for blood work to test for diseases, need to have the wound treated by the Vet and to discover, if possible the reason he is plucking, Hola is now at an Avian Vet under-going treatment.
We, BC Companion Parrot Ambassadors have so much we can share, so much to give to the Avian World. So many of you have done so much to help others learn about life shared with a feathered Fid. Everytime you suggest a good food to someone eying various foods for their Parrot at home you are making a World of difference both to their Bird and also to those whom speak with. It does matter. A few shared words of wisdom can save an innocent Parrot years of neglect, or re-homing. It is better to dissuade someone getting a bird, then remaining silent. From experience I see it often here, in my forever home. People visit, and OH I LOVE THAT ONE! I always wanted one of those? What is it? Can IT talk!? Oh they certainly are told the facts no holds barred. We are loud, messy beyond words, destructive sometimes, expensive, eat only the best out-of-season fruits and can be down right nasty when upset, hormonal or angry. People leave with a new understanding of life with a Parrot. It is not all that TV version of the Macaw on the shoulder talking in cognitive sentences, or a small, flitting bird singing happily in its barred prison.
Mom says she is going to keep close tabs on Hola, so he doesn't fall through the cracks, and disappear forever. She has arranged with the very BEST Cockatoo Sanctuary she knows of in Canada to take him there to live forever. There he will be safe, cared for and loved dearly by the owner, and volunteers.
I want to encourage everyone to get involved in some small way. Some of you have done quite a lot to education people about Companion Parrots. Not everyone has that ability, but we can all offer to be an advisory, to offer help to owners through animal shelters, or a Vet office. You might be surprised how willing they are for someone to refer people to with bird problems.
PLEASE keep sharing your stories they are fabulous.

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05/26/2015 07:16.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this damp, dull Monday herein Napanee, Ontariot. With less then a week left in this month, I wanted to take a brief look at a few of the blogs you left on my page to share with everyone. I have enjoyed reading all of your comments, and encourage everybirdie to share in the discussion. I was reading this morning and came across Miss Chyna's blog. It brought back many memories to me about my beginnings here in the Sky Flock. Chyna was very blessed indeed that her Momma and Daddy found her when they did. Dirty, hungry and sick she was being sold to whoever had the money to take her away. What a shame some people look at us and only see a value sign written in dollars. My story as you all know was different, but in a sense was also based on money.
Sometimes birds arrive into home with hidden illnesses, but there are a lot that were sold or given away because they were sick and their former owners did not or could not afford the money to have them treated by a Veterinarian. I am asking to see how many of you were outwardly ill when re-homed? How many were being housed in sub-standard, dirty conditions? How many of you were without food, or being given poor, low quality or incorrect foods?
My Momma Deb feels there should be standards set for those who retail Companion Parrots whether a private owner or as a business (Pet Stores, Breeders etc). In general the animal welfare laws of our countries are behind the times, lack sufficient depth to make necessary changes, and fall short in the juridical system. Laws set to protect us many times lead to fines, or a probational period of "owning or possessing an animal." Many of you may recall the tragic murder of Ozzie an CAG in Alberta Canada. Stolen from her front porch and brutally abused her murderers, three teens got away with a crime that united the Parrot World to fight for stiffer sentences,and more explicit laws to be written to protect ALL animals.
Many have shared this month that they have seen sick Companion Parrots sold in Pet Stores. Often when this fact is brought to staffs attention, they shrug it off and do nothing. Few chain stores will spend the money to take an ill bird to a Veterinarian for treatment. After all it effects their profit margin. Many times when an ill bird is pointed out it is removed from the display cage to die alone in the back of the store. Some stores even have made it their "policy" that sick animals, birds included be "humanely" killed by placing it into a box in their freezer. That is not humane, freezing to death, alone in the dark. Some stores have admitted that they are told by "head-office" that this is how they are to treat sick animals in the store.
Bird Channel members are a small group, but we have a voice to cry out for changes. We are not a commodity. We are loving, feeling, sensitive Creatures that deserve respect, care and to be loved for who we are!

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05/25/2015 02:21.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Heya, Norman and flock!
Holy moley, the Castle is so much fun when you are King of the Day, that is for sure! And have some cake, too! Lizzie had a cake ready for me in no time--I think I am gonna be waddling for a few days, cuz I ate to my hearts content!

Have a super rest of the day! Wing hugs comin' atcha!

Your buddy,

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05/24/2015 07:30.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here on this Memorial Day long weekend. I again must say I am sorry for missing yesterday but Momma Deb had to visit a very talented Indian Ringneck named Max to clip his nails for his Momma. Problem is to get there was a very long drive across country. Needless to say Max looks great, and to make up for the nail grooming he received a Chuey's Chewable Bird Toy Creations, round peg boards to play with.
Max's Mom had contemplated adding another fid to the household. However after talking to my Momma she has decided to keep on loving Max and an pass on adopting another Parrot. Max is quite spoiled, and very well cared for and love. I doubt he would have been any to happy to see another Companion Parrot moving in on his home territory.
The conversation over lunch drifted to the topic of Parrots of course. Max's Mom had recently watched a television commercial telling people to Adopt! Don't Shop! for a Companion Parrot. She had never seen the commercial before and it caught her off guard, but also made her begin to think. She does not recall the name of the Rescue other then it was in the USA. How wonderful it would be if Rescues could come together to finance, through donations and Corporate sponsors television advertisements or magazine advertisements encouraging Adoption of Parrots over buying from a store/breeder/bird Mart etc. Companies advertise to cause consumers to purchase brand "A" over brand "B". I am certain it would work on potential owners of Companion Parrots in like manner. If even one Parrot was adopted from each Rescue what a difference it could begin to make.
Parrot ownership ( ugh, I dislike that term) is a privilege, not a right. When the World begins to realize this truth, we Parrots will begin to gain the respect we rightfully deserve. Our friendship can not be purchased, forced from us or bullied out of us. We are wild flying Creations that were meant to spend our days being Parrots, not a cage ornament or room accent. While on FB today I saw someone's cool off-handed comment to a Parront who has just lost a fid. Suggesting she buy another to replace her baby. It is sad to think this person is someone who has a bird. Love from a Companion Parrot can not be purchased with all the money in the World. You have to earn it, on our terms.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION; Please share with us one or two of the hurls you encountered when first bringing home your fid(s). Also how about some of the best, most touching moments as well. The greatest over-coming moment when you just knew you and your Fid were happily bonded for life!

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/24/2015 07:03.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Has your Mom & Dad thought about you or Jude or the Ducks being in the Kissing Booth?
Right now Angel is there & brought in a carnival for us. All kinds of rides and FOOD.

Still Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB 4th of July, TPB&G., The castle is now hosting Sweeeettttyyyyy, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Tweety &Cookie... COME AND GET IT !!! & Buba, ready for the race.

05/24/2015 09:57.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
How have you been? Its been a very long time since we squacked. Are those Moocher Ducks on the golf course??
I remember when they were in the Kissing Booth. Well almost. That was when you had that wild fire trying to make you homeless a couple years ago.

Would you or the ducks like to be in the booth? I am always looking for birds to get kissis & hugs.

Still Ms BB

Come visit me, Ms BB 4th of July, TPB&G., The castle is now hosting Sweeeettttyyyyy, Charley Bird, The Bird. Lets play BazBall !!!!!!, Tweety &Cookie... COME AND GET IT !!! & Buba, ready for the race.

05/23/2015 11:26.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here this cool, but sunny Thursday. I apologize for not getting this blog out to you yesterday but we care having serious problems with BC right now.
It is definitely a good sign that so many have made long-term arrangements for us fids. It is something humans don't like to think about, death and being away from us, but since so many of us are very long-lived it is vital we all are provided for. A recent incident set this fact out from all othrs when one of our own BC friends was rushed to the hospital unconscious. There was talk prior to this eventful day about having contact numbers but the other person delayed to provide them. When the situation happened there was no one to call to care for the two fids left int he apartment alone. This could have been all avoided with proper per-planning.
At the very least everyone should take the time to list all their fids in a notebook. Including their ages, sexes, and every important fact about each one including foods, care facts and anything else that would matter should we be unable to provide for them. This notebook should be placed in a safe location; easily found by someone in a stressful situation. Tell family, friends etc where to find the book, or if you have a "care-provider" designated make certain they are aware of it and where to find the notes. Have contact numbers included for any family, friends etc and your Veterinarian.
In this situation mentioned we were able to work from Canada in behalf of our American friend. The birds were cared for by a close friend. The whole situation could have been smoother, and less stressful on our part with the necessary information in advance. Stop to imagine if things were different and no one was notified to care for the bird for the week their owner was hospitalized. Not a pretty thought. Sometimes we figure that family knows how to care for our fids. But in an emergency do they really know everything they should? In the event of our death, who will take care of the fids? Do these individuals know this in advance? Many times Companion Parrots are left to people who do not really want them and they end up sold, given away or handed over to a rescue to "deal with". As a Parrot lover and Parront we are responsible for their welfare even in our absence.
Having a living will, or a notarized paper telling all the details relevant to our flock will save alot of guess work later on for those responsible for our estates. We will have the peace-of-mind knowing we have placed our baby's into caring, informed hands and provided for their future without us. No one likes to dwell on death, but once we take care of this most important part of "ownership" of a Companion Parrot(s) we will be able to continue to enjoy every day we have here on Earth with them. Up dates to the notebook are important. Noting any behavior changes, issues or medical problems as they occur is also helpful for their future care-giver.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/21/2015 09:15.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Good morning to everybirdie. Sweetie here with our first blog of the week. I have been enjoying this Canadian long weekend to the max. Warm weather, sunny skies, what more could a bird hope for? Maybe anew toy to chew perhaps?
Your responses have been very interesting and informative. Information sharing is after all what BC is all about. When a group of devoted bird lovers get together for any cause, things just have to happen for the better. Bird Channel consists of a wide mix of people and birds from around the world with many common interests but our passion for Companion Parrots is the foremost. The coined phrase crazy-bird ladies/men couldn't be more true then for those on BC.
I have always believed that the Bird Channel members have the power to bring change in the Parrot owning community. We can impact others through our one to one education. Even telling a stranger not to buy "brand A" for their own Parrot is sharing our knowledge and could make a life-changing benefit to even one more Parrot. It has been very encouraging to read the many ways each of you have helped spread the word. It is unfortunate that many have no Parrot Club close by or Rescues in their close vicinity. That does not lessen our ability to be true Parrot Ambassadors right in our own home towns. It is surprisingly easy to strike-up a conversation about Parrots with almost everyone.
It has made me one happily little bird to read how many have spoken to someone in a store about Parrots, even when you got "the-look" for it. When we share exactly what it means to be a Parront, it gives others something to consider before spending their hard earned money. You might just save a Parrots life too. Something we must all remember though. Not all re-homed Parrots are unwanted. Sometimes it becomes in the bird's best interest to re-home them. Not all Companion Parrots found in rescues are there because they are unwanted, sometimes it is quite to the opposite. They were loved so much that the former owner knew they could not keep their beloved friend for various reasons. It is easy to loose sight of this truth in light of the vast numbers found in Rescues and shelters.
In a perfect World all Parrots could remain in their first home forever, or until their owners go to the Rainbow Bridge. In the real World life changes, sometimes quite quickly, almost over-night forcing surrender of pets that are dearly loved. It becomes a heart-breaking situation when owners have no options left, and no where to turn but to a rescue to take in their best buddy.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: what permanent plans do YOU have in place for your fids, should something happen to you? What advice would you give someone in this respect?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/19/2015 09:01.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Happy Saturday everybirdie. Sweetie here with our sixteenth blog for BOTM. The input you have shared is like a precious gem. Filled with your heart-felt thoughts and opinions. Through open communication we learn, we grow, we bring about much needed change. I am happy to hear that some Parronts are researching to locate a rescue close to their own homes. Rescues need donations. That is a given fact since none are Government funded in the USA or Canada. There are however multiple ways to give to a rescue of your choice.
Falco and Willie mentioned San Diego's Parrot Education and Adoption Cente. They as do several other larger registered rescues (including Hurlin's Parrot Rescue in Michigan, & Oasis Sanctuary) have "sponsorship" programs that allow individuals to make a monthly donation in the name of a specific resident. You receive updates, a certificate of sponsorship with your bird(s) photo on it and other awesome mementos plus the knowledge you have helped one or more Parrots. Sponsorship is just one way to help out an Unwanted Parrot when we are unable to adopt one.
Many Rescues have auctions, yard sales and other Fund-raising venues where someone that is artistic, or creative might help by donating an item they have made. This option is especially helpful when the rescue is some distance away where personal hands-on assistance would be difficult or impossible.
My Momma Deb assists with a rescue in Rochester NY by answering emails from their on-line Website, and making calls to prospective adopters and donors. She is able to help without actually being physically close to help in person. In fact we are in a different country but the help is appreciated by the over-worked owners and volunteers. Expect to be thoroughly screened before allowed access to their website.
It is imperative that anyone wishing to donate to a rescue they are unfamiliar with ask how the funds will be used. The rescue should be willing to tell you whether for feeding, Vet care, caging etc. Most larger rescues, and registered non-profit rescues have an open-book policy that allows anyone to see exactly where the donations are used. Their financial statements are available on-line at their web sites or by request.
NOW FOR TODAY"S QUESTION: IF you were interested in adopting another Companion Parrot from a rescue what sort of questions would YOU expect to be asked? IF the rescue did not have a pre-adoption application would that effect YOUR decision to adopt from them? If so how? Positively? Negatively? Do you feel the pre-adoption applications are important? If so why? Do you agree with pre-adoption home visits by the Rescue?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/16/2015 11:08.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Hello everybirdie, Sweetie here with your Friday BOTM blog. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their votes of support this month. Your witty, informative, and often very touching shared stories have been wonderful. I certainly hope you will continue to take a moment to read them daily.
Yesterday I asked about Rescues and Sanctuaries for Parrots located near each of you. Most of the replies stated there was none, or that your Parront did not know how to begin to find one. There are far too many to list on this blog, but I have composed a few ideas that will aid you in your searching for a rescue close to your home.
The following sites are only given as examples and we do not endorse anyone or recommend anyone specifically; an extensive list by state and province of rescues with contact information as provided. has a list of rescues but you need to check them out to find the location etc lists by state--however you have to sift through the rescues by species--there is a change species option that you can click--pet birds to limit the search down.

You can also do an on-line google search by typing in Parrot rescues in (your state or province). A call to a local Avian Veterinarian Clinic can often result in good referrals to rescues within a reasonable distance. Also Face Book can provide names and links to Rescues and Sanctuaries within your state.
Regardless of how you locate a rescue it is up to each individual to check them out. Remember that the fact a Rescue has a non-profit status does not make it a good rescue, nor does lack of one make it a bad one. Ask for references if you have not heard of them through friends or your Veterinarian. They should be willing to give you the name and number of the Veterinarian they deal with. Most good rescues have an on-line adoption pre-application that you will need to fill out. This will help both them and you in finding the perfect home and fid to share your life with. Ask whether the Parrots have been Vet checked before adoption. Good Rescues will provide copies of these reports to new owners. They will ask a lot of questions and will require reference, normally a home visit and that you visit a couple times or more before adopting one of their Parrots.

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/15/2015 10:00.48 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Norman
Good morning BC buddies, Sweetie here with today's BOTM blog. ( I hope, we had weird problems on BC yesterday). It is awesome to read the replies and ideas from all your Parronts. We Companion Parrots sure get a bad rap at times and too many unrealistic expectations placed upon us. As Falco's wonderful Momma wrote, "we( us Birds) can't be expected to be like dogs or cats. That being said, though, they all have a personality of their own, and their own needs and quirks, so they need to be accepted for who they are." I couldn't have put it any better. Those few words wrap up our problem in a nut-shell. We are all individuals, with our own minds, behaviorism's and needs. For anyone to assume all African Greys are awesome talkers, and every Cockatoo a screamer is as truthful as thinking all humans are created the same.
It is clearly apparent that we all, as a group both understand and agree, we are in the midst of an unwanted Companion Parrot crisis. Too many Parrots for the available suitable forever homes. The true problem lies not in the hands of breeders, but in the heart and mind-set of owners who feel that we are disposable. Susan expresses it wonderfully, "I think that the bottom line is that owners aren't committed to their pet, and this is the main reason that most people probably have for giving up any pet. If it doesn't fit into their lifestyle, then they want to get rid of an old shoe or an unwanted piece of furniture. Birds are highly intelligent and re-homing a bird is extremely stressful for it.....unless it is moving into a better situation, which can also be the case."
Sam's Momma Robin speaks of chatting with a Father and daughter about learning before buying a young Conure in a Petsmart display cage. How fortunate for all involved that she was there that day to re-direct them to education before purchasing. Sadly, most areas do not have a Parrot University but Rescuers can do much to educate potential new families if they have the time and volunteers to do so. Most rescues are pushed to the limits and setting up classes is often an impossible desire for them. Volunteers can step in and offer to help out with this, sharing their knowledge, and hands on experience with would-be adopters. Credible rescues need volunteers to help clean, and feed residents, to socialize Parrots and to work at on-going fund-raising. There is a lot of correspondence involved and someone with computer knowledge could be a great asset to a Rescue. If you drive you you can offer to pick up Parrots to transport to the Rescue and these cases do arise. If you enjoy writing you could offer to write a newsletter for a rescue to mail out to supporters and others. There are as many possible ways to help as there are people with different talents.
NOW FOR TODAY'S QUESTION: Is there a Rescue near you? What is it's name? What can you share with us about It? How can or do you help them with their mission to help Unwanted Parrots?

Come visit me, SKY, Little Angel, jesse & Queen Sweetie, Thank-you friends for BOTM.

05/14/2015 09:25.14 AM Report This Comment  
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