Bird store – Budgies Paradise http://budgies-paradise.com/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:13:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://budgies-paradise.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-41-150x150.png Bird store – Budgies Paradise http://budgies-paradise.com/ 32 32 How to make your home office a better place to work https://budgies-paradise.com/how-to-make-your-home-office-a-better-place-to-work/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/how-to-make-your-home-office-a-better-place-to-work/ This pandemic has more people working from home than ever before, but it’s not just lollipops and daffodils. While there may have been some excitement at first about not commuting or being inhaled by Chet the Xerox Tech, a true home office can be downright depressing and / or uncomfortable. I should know that. As […]]]>

This pandemic has more people working from home than ever before, but it’s not just lollipops and daffodils. While there may have been some excitement at first about not commuting or being inhaled by Chet the Xerox Tech, a true home office can be downright depressing and / or uncomfortable. I should know that.

As a self-employed person for the vast majority of the past decade, I have worked from home most of that time, even when the house was an RV for more than five of those years. Yes, it was a tight space for a home office, but these constraints caused me to fine tune my WFH game to keep my body healthy and my mind at least partially sane. Here are some of the tips (and things) that made the biggest difference to me.

Desktop setup

If you only do one thing on this list, make sure your desk and chair are comfortable. This is general advice, but it must be, because every body is different. What you find comfortable could be a medieval torture device for me. Case in point: I once bought a desk online that received rave reviews, but it turns out that if my chair is set to the right height, the front of the desk sinks into my thighs. Not ideal! So, if possible, try to sit down at a desk before you buy it. You can also consider a standing desk that increases the number of positions you can work from. Personally, I haven’t found one that worked with the rest of my setup (I’m a fan of a lot of drawers).

I would say the chair is even more important than the desk. You’re going to want something ergonomic and with adjustable lumbar (lower back) support. Working hunched over can destroy your body, and your shoulders, back, and neck will all suffer. Chairs can cost a pretty penny, but they don’t have to be. Craigslist, OfferUp, Nextdoor, and similar sites can be treasures for used office chairs. I read some great things about the Herman Miller Aeron so I went to a store to try it out and then found a slightly used one on Craigslist for about 30% of the cost of a new one. You can also turn to gaming chairs, as they are designed for long periods of sitting. Just make sure it will fit your desktop.

Finally for this section, let’s talk about what’s happening on your desktop. Depending on what field of work you find yourself in, a second screen can be a game-changer, so consider an additional monitor for your desktop or laptop. It makes multitasking much easier with a lot less clicks. If you are using a laptop this can be particularly telling. Personally, I recently went back to a desktop setup (a Dell tower with an Intel Core i7, an Nvidia RTX 3070, and 32GB of RAM, which was great for photo and video editing as well as breaks from VR game), and instead of two monitors I went with a big one that I can split into halves or quadrants. I chose the Dell UltraSharp 32 4K monitor and I’m in love with it. If you don’t do photo or video editing, you might not need something this high end. The goal is to give you more space to work.

Light

There are a bunch of different studies that explore how different shades of light can impact our minds and bodies. They can affect everything from the quality of sleep to alertness, mood and our productivity at work. My best advice is to set up your desk near a large, well-lit window, but I know that’s not always possible. The next best thing, in my opinion, is a set of lights that change color.

Personally, I have used Philips Hue for years and even put them in my van, back when it was my home. Philips has spent a lot of time working on their light recipes, and the system comes preprogrammed with “Energize” and “Concentrate” settings which I find really useful. Personally, I use Energize when I first wake up, then Concentrate (which is slightly warmer) for most of my workday. When I’m ready to start relaxing, I’ll switch to the Reading setting, which I find warm and relaxing. There are many other brands of color changing lights out there, and if they don’t have presets like the ones I mentioned, you can experiment with different shades of light (bluer for more alertness, more red for chilling). , or something like that ). It’s a small thing, but it really makes a huge difference in how your home office feels.

Plants and animals

There is something about surrounding yourself with living beings that makes your home office more natural and less like a sterile shoebox. Having a few houseplants can really change the mood of the whole room, and they can even make it look slightly cooler. I would recommend placing them near your desk, but also close enough to a window that they get plenty of light. If that’s a problem, you can get a hydroponic garden – for example, I recently had the little Rise Garden. I’m bad with plants, but it allowed me to grow a lot of fresh herbs which made my apartment smell amazing. If that seems overkill (or expensive) to you, you can just start with this cool looking snake plant that we’re a bit obsessed with (it’s $ 35).

When it comes to animals, I know a lot of people who have adopted pandemic puppies and kittens. It’s cool, and it might be a good fit for your life, but it sure wasn’t mine. So I bought a hummingbird feeder called HummZinger.

The HummZinger.
Image: Aspects

I got this one because it’s simple, but still has ant and fly protection. I am now obsessed. I can see the manger from my desk, and every time one of these little guys shows up, I stop what I’m doing and watch. On the days when I fry my eyes on my computer screen, it really helps me feel like I’m still part of the natural cycle. You can get a regular bird feeder if you want, but I wasn’t interested in constantly cleaning up bird droppings from my small outdoor space, and the hummingbirds are nice and tidy.

Take care of your body

Eliminating your commute can actually have negative impacts on your body, especially if your commute involves some amount of walking or cycling. These days, you might not be able to leave your house for days, and being that sedentary is really not good for you. Get up, move and get your heart racing. You don’t need a fancy home gym. Get a yoga mat and watch YouTube workouts that only require your body weight. Force yourself to go for walks, even when you don’t want to. Stretch!

I also tend to have quite a few knots in my shoulders (and in my legs if I run). For those who like the Hypervolt 2 massager very much. It is incredibly powerful, very portable and comes with five different attachments for different stubborn muscles. At just under $ 300 it’s not cheap, but it was worth it for me. The other thing that I’m obsessed with right now is this pair of slippers from LL Bean. They are so warm and comfortable that I work on them most of the day and then lounge in them the rest of the evening.

Snacks and meals

This is one of the most delicate elements. Suddenly you have unlimited access to your fridge and snack cabinets, and it can be very tempting to just graze all day. So what are you doing? Here’s the strategy that has worked better for me than anything else: fill your kitchen with healthy foods, and only healthy foods. Yeah, really. If I walk around my kitchen, wanting a snack, and there are fries there, I’m going to eat those fries. But if I go and the only foods to snack on are carrots and crackers, then this is what I’m going to eat. Basically, I have to use my laziness tendency against my gluttony tendency, and it really works!

Beyond the superficial reasons for eating healthier, it will lead to better and longer lasting energy levels, as opposed to spikes and crashes. Not only can I subjectively feel the difference, but when I recently reviewed this continuous glucose monitoring system, I was able to get some real data to back it up. When your kitchen is bursting with tasty but highly processed foods, you need to be willing to make a healthy decision every time you want a snack. It’s easier to be strong just once, in the grocery store, and you don’t have to make those tough decisions a dozen times a day in your own home.

I call it a day

You have to know when it’s time to quit, and then you have to walk away. It was a more defined status for many of us: if you were in the office, you were working, and if you were not in the office, then it was your personal time. Working from home makes those lines much more blurry. It can easily feel like the work never stops or that you always need to be reachable. Set limits for your own sanity. Do your job and when office hours are over, get up and step away from your computer for a while. You will be glad you did and will come back to your “office” tomorrow more refreshed and ready to go.

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The Joys of Bird Watching – Hernando Sun https://budgies-paradise.com/the-joys-of-bird-watching-hernando-sun/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:57:21 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/the-joys-of-bird-watching-hernando-sun/ Article and photography by Alice Mary Herden I had planned to cover as many sporting events as possible in high school before and during the Christmas break. Well, thanks to the bronchitis caught, those plans were canceled. So what do you do when you are sick and stuck at home? You turn into a bird […]]]>

Article and photography by Alice Mary Herden

I had planned to cover as many sporting events as possible in high school before and during the Christmas break. Well, thanks to the bronchitis caught, those plans were canceled. So what do you do when you are sick and stuck at home? You turn into a bird watcher!

So what’s wrong with bird watching? The variety and wonder of birds! Well, to some it might seem boring to watch birds collecting seeds in a feeder or flying and jumping in trees all day long, but for others it’s pretty darn cool.

What’s fascinating about birding is how different they are. From sizes, colors, patterns, beak shapes to songs, and with over 10,000 species of birds around the world, you’re bound to see a diversity of birds in your garden.

There is this excitement of seeing how many different species will perch on the feeder to pick nuts and sunflower seeds. After awhile, you start to learn more about them. I know Red-bellied Woodpeckers like to hide their collection of nuts and insects by punching small holes in tree trunks or branches or hammering them into bark crevices. Other birds like blue jays or mourning doves can dine because they store as many seeds as possible in their throats. Carolina tits and crested tits are the go-to birds. Then there is a moment of silence and all you hear is a male house finch singing on a small, thin branch in the leafless tree above. It’s a beautiful song. Then you start to notice all the other songs and different bird calls.

It is now winter migration for some bird species. Yellow-rumped warblers, cedar waxwings, robins, goldfinches, and yellow-bellied woodpeckers, to name a few, migrate to Florida during the winter months. These winter migratory birds are only there for a few months, then they return to their breeding grounds. Some travel for miles or even thousands of miles above land and water to reach their destination.

Getting into bird watching can be difficult at first as there are so many different species! Some birds are easy to identify or distinguish between sexes such as northern cardinals whose males and females are markedly different in appearance. In other species, you can’t really tell the male or the female apart. Some species have non-breeding and breeding plumage. It’s a lot to absorb at first, but if you want to learn more about birds, start at home, join a birding group, or attend workshops.

The other part of bird watching is the fun of just watching them. The birds are amazing, they are so diverse. They are a powerful part of nature of all sizes. These are the songs of the forest and play an important role in our ecosystem, even in your garden.

What birds have visited my garden:

Pine Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers, Crested Chickadees, Carolina Chickadees, Yellow-throated Warblers, Redbirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Bronzed Blackbirds, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, House Finch, Mourning Doves, Doves terrestrial, white ibis, crows, red-shouldered hawk, blue-gray midges and summer tanager.

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Thar’s gold in these dollar stores https://budgies-paradise.com/thars-gold-in-these-dollar-stores/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 15:22:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/thars-gold-in-these-dollar-stores/ Near Darke By Hank Nuwer Christmas has passed. Weeks later, our family still had a present to unwrap. Yes, I have a story to tell. But first I want to explain why Christmas 52 was my most unforgettable childhood holiday. That was the year I printed a list for Santa Claus barely shorter than the […]]]>

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By Hank Nuwer

Christmas has passed. Weeks later, our family still had a present to unwrap. Yes, I have a story to tell.

But first I want to explain why Christmas 52 was my most unforgettable childhood holiday.

That was the year I printed a list for Santa Claus barely shorter than the Buffalo phone book. My parents warned me that money was tight. They had just bought our very first house.

At the top of the list was a set of fitters with real metal tools; a Lionel train with a steaming locomotive; a Hopalong Cassidy case with a single action .45 caliber six shotgun and a Mickey Mouse wristwatch with painted radium hands that glow in the dark.

At 7 a.m., my little sister and I got my parents out of bed.

My sister unwrapped a rubber doll that got her diaper wet.

Her cry of joy made no sense to me. Better surely would have been a clean doll.

Mom handed me a box. It had to be Hoppy’s six-shooter!

“Don’t shake it,” Ma said. “It’s fragile.”

I tore off the paper. It was a chalk statue of a boy two feet tall wearing a red crown.

“What’s the matter, mom?”

“It’s a statue of the Prague infant,” Ma said. “You know, like the infant Jesus? “

“Oh.”

“I surprised you, didn’t I? “

Oh, definitely, I thought.

For my sister, the Child turned out to be a second gift. She and my mother have had fun for years making doll dresses from satin and sequined stones.

Sadly, one day, while sitting on my bed and bouncing a rubber ball off the wall, my stray throw knocked the baby off my dresser.

Yes, I accidentally beheaded the baby Jesus.

My mom didn’t take the news well when I brought her little chalky head.

That memory came back because Gosia and I went to rummage through an antique store in Union City, and there on a shelf sat the same baby Jesus from my youth.

“Do you think we should buy it?” ” I asked.

“Oh, bring a terrible trauma from your childhood into our home to relive it over and over again?” She mocked. “Certainly not.”

So let’s move on to the story of the memorable 2021 Christmas present.

It was an extra Christmas stocking – a chocolate bar wrapped in Family Dollar gold foil – to visit Natalia.

Except when she opened it, she found no chocolate.

The bar was a hard brick made of sand. He came with a small pickaxe, a shovel and a red brush to sweep up the sand.

The maker said each bar contained a nugget. It can be obsidian, pyrite, rainbow stone, or real gold.

The manufacturer claimed that one in every 24 boxes contained a gold coin.

The three of us put the bar on a table.

Greed has taken over.

Maybe we caught a lucky gold nugget.

I saw myself in the living room imitating Walter Huston’s dance in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” “Hey hey hey.”

We took turns chipping the outside of the bar with the teen tools.

We raised dust but barely dented the bar.

At this rate, it would take a year and a day to reach the nugget. The bar would make a perfect gift for someone who has some spare time.

Like your cousin Louie who spends time at the Greybar Hotel for writing a fake check.

Obviously, one kit attachment was still missing: a stick of dynamite.

Not finding a stick in our household supplies, we threw away the pieces of plastic and pulled out a carving knife.

Hack, hack, hack. The price has appeared.

Rats, instead of gold, we found a small rectangle of obsidian.

It looked like hard candy.

It could turn out to be an expensive Christmas present if swallowed by your family’s gold digger.

Rock “candy” for $ 5. Emergency room visit: $ 475. Stones removal with shock wave lithotripsy: $ 14,800. Ibuprofen to be taken with the passage of the stone fragments: $ 4.95.

In total, let’s just say the total is exactly the cost of a new Chevrolet Spark.

Not having that much cash on hand, I’m going to have to think of another Christmas stocking to give Natalia next Christmas.

Maybe I’ll go back to the Union City antique store to bail out the Baby Jesus.

Nope.

I think I’ll buy an antique Mickey Mouse watch.

Disclosure: The following year my parents bought me an assembly kit with real metal tools; a Lionel train with a steaming locomotive; and a Hopalong Cassidy set of a holster with a .45 caliber single-action six-shot. They didn’t buy a Mickey Mouse wristwatch with painted radium hands that glowed in the dark. My dad said if I wore radium, “maybe someday you will glow in the dark too.”

Hank Nuwer is an author, columnist and playwright. He and his wife Gosia live on the Indiana side of the Union City state border. The views expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these views or the independent activities of the author.


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Dickey’s Restaurant Brands Brings New Approach to Nashville https://budgies-paradise.com/dickeys-restaurant-brands-brings-new-approach-to-nashville/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 21:26:34 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/dickeys-restaurant-brands-brings-new-approach-to-nashville/ Dallas, TX, Jan.6, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Dickey’s Restaurant Brands is bringing Nashville heat with its fourth virtual brand – Trailer Birds Hot Chicken! If you can handle the heat, you’ve come to the right kitchen. Available for pickup or delivery, Trailer Birds features bold and crispy Nashville Hot Chicken with cooked-to-order levels from zero […]]]>

Dallas, TX, Jan.6, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Dickey’s Restaurant Brands is bringing Nashville heat with its fourth virtual brand – Trailer Birds Hot Chicken!

If you can handle the heat, you’ve come to the right kitchen. Available for pickup or delivery, Trailer Birds features bold and crispy Nashville Hot Chicken with cooked-to-order levels from zero to hella hot sauce. Trailer Birds doesn’t come with other bells and whistles because the bold flavor speaks for itself. With hot entrees, hot chicken sandwiches, specialty tater tots, and hand-cut fries options, Trailer Birds has you covered when the craving for hot chicken strikes.

“If you are sweating, then our Trailer Birds Hot Chicken mission has been fulfilled,” said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We are delighted to begin another journey by delivering one-of-a-kind products. items through our fourth virtual brand. If you’re craving delicious spicy chicken, tasty tater tots, and crispy hand-cut fries without all the puns, Trailer Birds is the place for you. Our cooked-to-order meals allow each guest to set their own personalized heat level for hot chicken. We can’t wait for our Dickey fans to try out our hottest deals yet! “

For 80 years, Dickey’s Restaurant Brands has focused on the food, not the hype. At Trailer Birds, the same guiding principles are honored by serving Nashville-style food with excessive heat and without the frills or gimmicks.

Trailer Birds offers combos for their hot dishes and hot chicken sandwiches that come with a starter, dip, side, and of course a big yellow mug. For savory sides, customers can choose from hand-cut crispy fries or potato chips with the option of seasoned, cajun or hot tots, tots, mac and cheese, coleslaw, or Texan toast. Trailer birds also offers hand-cut Nashville Hot fries or toddlers loaded with hot chicken and drizzled with jalapeño and ranch cheese. To satisfy your sweet tooth while your taste buds recover, add a chocolate chip cookie, a slice of pecan pie, or a blonde brownie.

Guests can put their heat tolerance to the test by ordering Trailer Birds for curbside pickup, delivery via trailerbirds.com, or via their preferred delivery service like UberEATS or a catering service on ezCater. To learn more, visit trailerbirds.com.

For more information on Trailer Birds or other Dickey’s brands, franchise opportunities, please visit franchise.dickeys.com To learn more about Dickey’s, follow Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Download the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest barbecue concept, was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey. Over the past 80 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has served millions of legitimate guests. Texas. Barbecue. ™ At Dickey’s, all of our grilled meats are smoked on site in a walnut pit. Dickey’s takes pride in believing that there is no shortcut to a real barbecue and that’s why they never say barbecue. The Dallas-based family barbecue franchise offers several slow-smoked meats and healthy sides with “No BS (Bad Stuff)” included. Dickey’s has more than 550 locations in the United States and six other countries and is expected to have more than 600 by the end of 2021.

In 2016, Dickey’s won No. 1 on Fast Casual’s “100 Best Movers and Shakers” list, was named one of the Entrepreneur’s Top 500 Franchises in 2018, and was named an Industry Heroes. hospitality technology in 2021. Led by CEO Laura Rea Dickey, who was named one of the Nation’s 50 Most Influential Women in the Restaurant Industry in 2020 by Nation’s Restaurant News and was recognized as one of the Top 25 Industry leaders on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers 2020 list, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has also been recognized by Fox News, Forbes Magazine, Franchise Times, The Wall Street Journal and QSR Magazine. For more information, visit www.dickeys.com.

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How to start birding in Ohio https://budgies-paradise.com/how-to-start-birding-in-ohio/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 21:55:50 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/how-to-start-birding-in-ohio/ The Red-breasted Merganser lands in open water during migration. Lake Erie is the most important staging area in North America for these ducks heading for the wintering grounds on the coasts. Mergansers’ legs are set far back on their body, fueling their dives. But that does mean they have to get off to a good […]]]>
The Red-breasted Merganser lands in open water during migration. Lake Erie is the most important staging area in North America for these ducks heading for the wintering grounds on the coasts. Mergansers’ legs are set far back on their body, fueling their dives. But that does mean they have to get off to a good start on the water to be able to take off; they are unable to take off from the earth. (Tim Daniel, Ohio Division of Wildlife, photo)

There are over 800 species of birds in the United States and over 400 species of birds have been recorded in Ohio. No matter the time of year, the birding opportunities in Ohio are endless.

Bird watchers can enjoy a great diversity with opportunities to see birds of all shapes, sizes and colors in a wide variety of habitats across Ohio throughout the year.

Learn to find and identify different types of birds in Ohio, and start birding regardless of the season.

To start

Stationery

  • Binoculars
  • Field guide
  • Newspaper

Choose a field guide. Make sure you choose an up-to-date, well-credited identification guide. An up-to-date guide is essential as bird populations are constantly changing and new species are identified. You may also want to consider choosing a guide specific to your area if you are new to limiting the number of species listed in the guide so it doesn’t get as overwhelming.

Applications and electronic guides are an alternative option to a field guide. There are both advantages and disadvantages of using electronic options instead of printed field guides. You will need to consider ease of use in areas with poor cell phone service. Screen size, dead batteries, and damaged devices are other considerations for fully relying on electronics to provide identifying information. However, there are several reliable free guides that include both sights and sounds to help identify birds.

Here are some great electronic resources for birding:

  • Audubon.org – includes free comprehensive Audubon Bird Guide and bird conservation information. A mobile application is also available for download.
  • eBird – allows users to explore sightings and hotspots by allowing them to search by species and region. The eBird app is supported by Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • HuntFish OH mobile app – The Ohio Wildlife Division provides maps of public birding areas on its mobile app.
  • iBird – allows users to track bird sightings and store information such as date and location using a mobile device.
  • Merlin application – Free identification app via The Cornell Lab.
  • Lake Erie Bird Watching Trail – Visit lakeeriebirding.ohiodnr.gov to explore 88 birding sites along Lake Erie.
  • Sibley app – A digital field guide with audio recordings.
  • Song detective – identifies the bird songs of the 200 most common North American land birds.

Your backyard. Your garden is a good place to start. This allows you to familiarize yourself with the birds in your area and provides identification practice. You can increase your chances of seeing different birds by setting up a bird feeder in a location with good visibility. Birds are most active before dawn and at dusk, so your viewing opportunities are increased during these times.

Identification

Birds’ physical and behavioral traits help them find mates, find and eat food, and survive both inclement weather and predators. They also help scientists group birds based on their shape, size, colors, and behavior. And they can help you identify birds.

  1. Evaluate the shape and size of the bird. This is the first step in reducing the type of bird down. You can see different shapes of birds using Cornell Lab’s All About Birds Tool. Does your mysterious bird have a long neck, long beak and legs? Click on the silhouette of the heron to display a list of potential species. Does it have the strong, curved beak of a raptor? Click on the hawks and hawks. After evaluating the general shape of the bird in question, estimate its size by comparing the size of the bird to a species that you can already identify. Is it closer in size to a sparrow, a crow or a goose? Also, assess the size of its tail, beak, and legs.
  2. Take note of the bird’s overall color pattern. Notice light or dark spots and distinctive patterns such as stripes or spots. If the bird is colorful, note where the colors are – chest, wings, head, back, etc.
  3. Observe the behavior of the bird. Determine if its posture is straight up and down or horizontal when perched on a branch. Observe how it flies – does it flap continuously or does it take off when it flies. Observe how he moves on the ground – does he walk or jump. In the water, observe if the bird dives completely in the water or if it jumps upside down with its butt in the air. This will help you narrow the list of possible species to just a few.
  4. Consider the location of the sighting. After determining and noting the shape, size, color, and behavioral traits of the bird, you can further refine using habitat, geographic region, and time of year. Different species of birds may share similar traits and live in different habitats, different parts of the country, or be present at different times of the year.

sick birds

Being able to identify sick birds is also important, especially if you have provided shared resources such as a birdbath or bird feeder.

The indicators include:

  • Blurry eyes
  • Missing / ruffled feathers
  • Dirty / tangled feathers
  • Puffy / crusty eyes
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis of the legs
  • Increased vocalization

If you notice sick birds, take the following actions:

  • Stop feeding birds and providing water in birdbaths.
  • Clean feeders and birdbaths with a 10% bleach solution.
  • Avoid handling dead or injured wild birds.
  • Wear disposable gloves if it is necessary to handle a bird.
  • Keep animals away from sick or dead birds.
  • To dispose of dead birds, place them in a sealable plastic bag and dispose of them with household garbage.

Where to look for birds

If you want to see specific birds, you need to start by paying attention to their habitat preferences throughout the year. Many birds migrate and at different times of the year different species inhabit Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division recently posted a few birding hotspots by season.

Winter

Tri-Valley Wildlife Reserve – This open pit recovered in Muskingum County is home to a variety of raptors during the winter. Golden eagles can be seen monitoring their prey. Bald eagles are also attracted to abundant water sources. You might also spot a coarse-legged falcon, a northern harrier, or a snowy owl. Most of these birds will be extinct by spring, making winter the best time to see them in the Tri-Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

The shores of Lake Erie – Thousands of ducks, gulls and other birds arrive from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Newfoundland and the Arctic to winter in Lake Erie and other Great Lakes. Farm and dairy columnist Barb Mudrak detailed some of the activities in a recent column. You can also visit lakeeriebirding.ohiodnr.gov to explore 88 birding spots along Lake Erie and plan your next trip.

Spring

Battelle Darby Metropark – Battelle Darby Metropark spans 7,000 acres on the southwest side of Columbus with expanses of forests, meadows and wetlands offering bird watchers an array of species in the spring. Some of the species visitors can expect to see include yellow-breasted warblers, gallinules, sandhill cranes, vireos, grosbeaks, and yellow-and-black-billed cuckoos. Marsh birds are abundant in wetlands in the spring, and warblers are known to roam the riparian corridors along Big and Little Darby creeks that cross them during spring migration.

Summer

The coast of Lake Erie – Shorebirds are the first to migrate south and their migration begins in summer. Lake Erie is a popular stopping point for many of these species, including the killdeer, semipalmated plovers, American golden plovers, big yellow paws, and little yellow paws. Last summer, a pair of endangered piping plovers nested in Maumee Bay State Park. If you’re lucky, you might even see wood storks congregating in the swamps before they migrate south.

Falls

Caesar Creek State Park and Wildlife Preserve – Caesar Creek State Park and Wildlife Area covers 2,830 acres and includes one of the deepest lakes in Ohio. It attracts a variety of waterfowl, including gulls, loons, and sometimes rarer waterfowl. Bald eagles and ospreys hunt fish.

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‘Free as a bird’ – trapped pigeon rescued from Worcester Store prison https://budgies-paradise.com/free-as-a-bird-trapped-pigeon-rescued-from-worcester-store-prison/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 18:39:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/free-as-a-bird-trapped-pigeon-rescued-from-worcester-store-prison/ A PIGEON trapped in a Worcester store has finally been released after animal lovers secure the entrance to the building. Lara Sysum provided an update on the bird’s plight after visiting the Angel Street property in the city center on Sunday and is now caring for the female pigeon at home. How we first reported […]]]>

A PIGEON trapped in a Worcester store has finally been released after animal lovers secure the entrance to the building.

Lara Sysum provided an update on the bird’s plight after visiting the Angel Street property in the city center on Sunday and is now caring for the female pigeon at home.

How we first reported the plight of the poor pigeon

Miss Sysum, who specializes in pigeon and dove rehabilitation for Help Wildlife, attended with Sandra Champken and a locksmith to access the building, a meeting pre-approved by owners Daniel Stores and Centrick (the estate agents running the property).

She said: “We walked into the building and grabbed Miss Pigeon (now named Apple Mac) and checked her out. (Yes, she’s a little lady!).

We entered the site and checked all five floors, including the basement. Contrary to the belief of others, there is NO access point that we can see for the pigeons to enter and exit.

“No broken glass at the back of the building (as mentioned earlier), there are actually no windows, doors or entrances at the back of the building.

“We checked all floors for entry points and did not identify any. The only entry point we could see was a possible fireplace on the second floor but the door to the second floor was closed.

“Unfortunately there was a sick pigeon in the basement that had clearly been there for a few months. The basement had no entry area and was a completely closed unit except for the open door to the room. Workshop Bird droppings were only visible on the first floor (workshop), not even a small drop was found on another floor.

“Therefore, we can only assume that the pigeons were trapped from the front door of the store, or a very rare possibility that it could have been the chimney, but we do not see this possibility given that the door to the second floor was closed. ”

Miss Sysum added: “On a good note, ‘Apple Mac’ came home with me to pick up, we would have liked to release her right away, but given her condition, we thought it was better than she comes to rehab, proper nutrition and also to check her stool for any illnesses. Once she has gained a fair amount of weight she will be sent back to Worcester town center. ”

She added: “I want to thank Denise Theophilus of the ‘Feathered Friends Foundation’ and Skye Hollywood for your total persistence with the authorities and for getting over this!

“I would also like to thank all the residents, including Sandra and Cee for feeding him regularly as well as all the other members of the public who kept this poor pigeon alive!”

We have previously reported how a campaign to free the bird was launched on social media after passers-by noticed the pigeon was behind the glass of what was once Ary Mobile’s repairs to Angel Street for more than two decades. month.

Residents affected said the RSPCA recorded the incident but took no action.

Meanwhile, people were pushing food and water through a hole in the door.


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The 2021 Tammie Awards: Vermont Arts Honors Some of Vermont’s Best CDs | Vermont Arts https://budgies-paradise.com/the-2021-tammie-awards-vermont-arts-honors-some-of-vermonts-best-cds-vermont-arts/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/the-2021-tammie-awards-vermont-arts-honors-some-of-vermonts-best-cds-vermont-arts/ We went through our first difficult winter of COVID-19 in 2020-21, and a considerable amount of music was produced by Vermonters who had plenty of free time and decided to use that time to record their music. In this 16th edition of The Times Argus-Rutland Herald Tammie Awards, we applaud their efforts. We found two […]]]>

We went through our first difficult winter of COVID-19 in 2020-21, and a considerable amount of music was produced by Vermonters who had plenty of free time and decided to use that time to record their music. In this 16th edition of The Times Argus-Rutland Herald Tammie Awards, we applaud their efforts.

We found two albums worthy of the Tammie Award for Best Traditional Album, “The Bird’s Flight” and “Cabot Old Time Jam Session Repertoire Vol. 1. “

“The Bird’s Flight” with Tim Cummings, Pete Sutherland and Brad Kolodner makes the connection between Scottish music and old time music by marrying the Scottish pipes with the banjo and the claw violin. You can’t get better musicality than Cummings on pipes, Sutherland on violin, and Marylander Kolodner on banjo.

With this new CD we have an album of authentic, interesting and good listening Appalachian music. Kolodner’s game is the link that unites the two bodies of music.

Dana and Susan Robinson have been running Cabot’s Old Fashioned Jam at Harry’s Hardware store from the start. They also run Cabot Arts. The repertoire “Cabot Old Time Jam Session Vol. A CD of 1”, with 20 tracks, was recorded at home as a way to get jammers and friends playing and as a fundraiser.

Dana Robinson plays just about all instruments with Susan Robinson on the banjo. They both sing. What started as a COVID-19 stay-at-home project is so well done it deserves an award. This is music created in the studio thanks to a lot of overdubs, but it sounds very live, like the jam sessions that it tries to promote.

Karen McFeeters wins the award for best female singer. We waited a dozen years for another McFeeters album and “Bonfire” found her voice as good as ever. She has a no-frills, honey-flavored delivery aided by the direction of producer Colin McCaffrey. The clarity of her voice and near perfect diction as well as a warm friendliness are strong points. It doesn’t hurt that in her day job she is a medical speech therapist specializing in voice therapy.

Mark LeGrand, originally from Montpellier, has performed in Vermont for over 50 years as a bassist and later singer-songwriter. He has built a solid fan base with his country-flavored music that often tackles the hard core of life and the many social ills we face.

LeGrand’s Best Country Album “Retrospective” is based on recordings dating back to 1997’s “Mischievous Angel”. There are also tracks from 2002 “All Dressed Up”, “Cold New England Town” from 2006 and “Tigers Above, Tigers Below” from 2016. Three tracks from the EP “Wrong Turn” from 2017 complete the program. This album is not LeGrand’s swan song but the one that reminds us of how talented he is. We expect a lot more new music from him in the future.

Jed Hughes wins Best Male Vocalist for Saints & Liars’ Thes Times. He has an easily recognizable voice with elements of Kenny Rogers and Waylon Jennings setting the tone and delivery. He may sound gruff or sweet depending on the song.

Hughes’ vocals and songwriting ability propel the group’s second album “The Times”. Saints & Liars is a bar group that performs regularly in the Killington and Ludlow areas. With the excellent material of their album and the voice of Hughes giving seriousness to the group. This quartet deserves to be heard by a wider audience.

Best Singer-Songwriter Album

From Windsor, Dave Richardson’s “Palms to Pines” is the winner for Best Singer-Songwriter Album. We found the lyrics and music to be generally positive with little of the negativity that has gripped the country in recent years. His songs are about his relationship, his house and even his garden. He seems comfortable with his place in life.

Richardson counts among his musical influences Neko Case and Caitlin Canty. Collectors and re-performers of songs like Jean Ritchie and Martin Carthy and Archie Fisher also influence him. He writes catchy melodies reminiscent of Paul Simon and James Taylor.

Richardson might not write the deepest lyrics or dazzle with a sophisticated guitar style, but there is something important about heartfelt songs that express basic human feelings in a way that we can all identify with each other.

This year we received two albums which are difficult to classify but which deserve to be recognized.

“Garden Dreams”, by Aaron Marcus and Sam Sanders, combines poetry reading and piano. Sanders reads the works of seven Vermont poets and Marcus plays a variety of musical styles ranging from traditional to classical.

Marcus’ playing is familiar to audiences in Vermont and New England. He plays banjo, concertina and piano with a variety of groups while dancing with English Revival and Celtic inspired material. Sanders is a fluent operator. As a former sound engineer and VPR reader, speech is spoken with ease, grace, and subtle humor. The pitch of the voice never feels strained, the words are spaced out as if they were written in a word and music script with a fair amount of thought time between sentences.

The album “Hashkiveinu”, produced by the Jewish community of Greater Stowe and performed by its rabbi, David Fainsilber, and two of his friends, caught our attention. We haven’t seen an album of religious material yet, but this album, Jewish in its material, has caught our attention. We are not aware of any other albums of this type produced in Vermont.

The album highlights the growing trend to recast traditional Jewish liturgical music into a more modern and accessible form. We see both those of the Jewish faith and others interested in similar musical forms find this CD refreshing and very listenable. Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg’s lead voice on the album’s title track was inspiring. This is one of the best vocal performances of 2021.


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Did Santa Claus bring you a bird feeder? Let the party begin! – Kane County connects https://budgies-paradise.com/did-santa-claus-bring-you-a-bird-feeder-let-the-party-begin-kane-county-connects/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:04:55 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/did-santa-claus-bring-you-a-bird-feeder-let-the-party-begin-kane-county-connects/ EDITOR’S NOTE: This Good Natured column has been written by Pam Erickson Otto, Outreach Ambassador for the District of St. Charles Park. She can be reached at 630-513-4346 or potto@stcparks.org. If Santa has brought you a bird feeder this year, you might breathe a sigh of relief right now. They are, after all, pretty straightforward, […]]]>
  • EDITOR’S NOTE: This Good Natured column has been written by Pam Erickson Otto, Outreach Ambassador for the District of St. Charles Park. She can be reached at 630-513-4346 or potto@stcparks.org.

If Santa has brought you a bird feeder this year, you might breathe a sigh of relief right now. They are, after all, pretty straightforward, right? No indecipherable owner’s manual; no desperate calls for tech support. Shoot, most don’t even need batteries.

All you have to do is get some seeds or some tallow and, woo hoo! Let the party begin.

But is it really that easy?

It’s true – in fact, we’ve said this many times before – hanging up a bird feeder is like throwing a party. Keep in mind, however, that you will have no control over the guest list.

Despite the colorful cardinals and perky chickadees decorating the seed packet, you might find your feeding station inundated with house sparrows or other pork imports. This succulent tallow cake can be just as irresistible to a squirrel or raccoon as it is to the woodpecker it’s intended for.

The good news is that there are some things you can do to, if not control, at least influence who or what feeds on your seeds. And you don’t need to hire a feathered bouncer to do it.

The first step you can do is actually not at the feeder, but at the feed store.

You know how at the butcher’s shop you can choose between the cheap cuts, all fat and crisp, and the raw ones? It’s the same with birdseed.

Some seed mixes are loaded, not with fat and cartilage, but with “filler” grains that most birds don’t want to deal with. Milo, for example, is a bulky seed with little nutritional value. However, it is cheap to produce and takes up a lot of space, so you will find it in abundance in many inexpensive birdseed mixes.

Although some birds, such as doves, pheasants and wild turkeys seem to actually enjoy milo, most songbirds avoid it by kicking the ground. It sits there, attracting the attention of starlings, rodents and other revelers.

If you don’t like those guys at your feeders, spend a little more on your seed; get the soft mesh instead of the fluffy shoe leather.

One seed you can’t go wrong with is black sunflower. A 50-pound bag might set you back $ 40 or more (less if you find a sale), but you’ll be rewarded with visits from all kinds of delicious guests – tits, nuthatches, finches and woodpeckers, to name a few. some.

It is true that black sunflower seeds are loved not only by birds, but also by mammals, especially squirrels.

If you’d rather have squirrels not come to your party, try swapping sunflower seeds for safflower. Squirrels don’t care, but many songbirds do, provided it is introduced gradually. Just as you’d be wary if your favorite restaurant changed their menu overnight, so too are the birds.

Another common method to deter squirrels is to add ground cayenne pepper to the seeds. In short: no.

The hot, powdery substance will indeed turn squirrels away, but it can also irritate the eyes and nasal passages of birds and any other creature… including pets that might like to sniff among the seeds on the ground. Good party hosts don’t spray their guests with pepper spray, and neither do you.

Getting back to the menu of dishes, another staple of the birdseed buffet – especially in winter – is the tallow cakes. Packed with high calorie fats, these blocks provide the energy birds need to survive the extreme temperatures of winter.

Perhaps the most important aspect of organizing a bird buffet is also the least glamorous; in fact, it is the bird-feeding equivalent of working in the dining room in a banquet hall. But it’s absolutely essential that you disinfect your feeders at least once every two weeks.

Use a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water and allow the feeders to air dry to complete the sanitizing process.

One final tip concerns the timing of your party. The species of birds that come to feeders are diurnal or active during daylight hours. Yet some of our region’s biggest festivities – namely raccoons, opossums, and deer – spend the evening or night.

So if you find your feeders messy in the morning, do the easiest thing and take them down at dusk. Place them in a metal box or trash can (which is also great for storing bulk purchased birdseed) and tie the cover on the rubber band or weigh it down with a brick or two.

Ta-da! The issue of the Midnight Foster Marauders is resolved.

Just be sure to hang up the feeders the next day so the party can start again.

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GROW: Freshly-cut Christmas trees provide refuge for birds after the holidays | Lifestyles https://budgies-paradise.com/grow-freshly-cut-christmas-trees-provide-refuge-for-birds-after-the-holidays-lifestyles/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 21:00:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/grow-freshly-cut-christmas-trees-provide-refuge-for-birds-after-the-holidays-lifestyles/ The presents are unwrapped, the last leftovers from the holiday meal have been cleaned up, and the grandparents have returned home. While some families like to leave the Christmas tree for as long as possible, others are ready to take it apart and pack the ornaments for next year. For those who are fed up […]]]>

The presents are unwrapped, the last leftovers from the holiday meal have been cleaned up, and the grandparents have returned home. While some families like to leave the Christmas tree for as long as possible, others are ready to take it apart and pack the ornaments for next year.

For those who are fed up with vacuuming pine needles from the ground, don’t just throw the tree on the sidewalk for recycling. Turn it into a natural bird feeder and landscape bird shelter.

While the decorated tree has certainly taken center stage inside the home during the holidays, it can also be a fun addition to the landscape. With the ornaments and lights removed, leave the tree on the stand or place it in a bucket of soil and place it outside. Not only will it add a touch of color to the winter landscape, but it will also be a safe haven for birds. The tree will offer them a place to hide from the cold as the dense branches will protect them from wind, rain and snow.

Not only can the tree provide a comfortable habitat, it can also be a food source – not the tree itself – but it can be a place to hang popcorn or cranberry strings that birds can munch on.

A fun after Christmas family activity can be making edible tree ornaments. In addition to popcorn or cranberries, collect pine cones and coat them with peanut butter and roll them in birdseed. Tie colorful thread to the top of the pine cone and hang it from the tree.

Another option is to string red or green grapes on pipe cleaners. Make a circle with the pipe cleaners and they look like miniature crowns on the tree. Cut apples and hang them on the tree with ordinary ornamental hooks or wire. After the birds have eaten the apples, they can use the wire or twine as nesting material.

If you have any leftover mesh bags like the ones the onions come from the store, fill them with chopped fruit and hang them on the tree. Winter can mean thin pickings for our feathered friends, so any food help you can provide is good for them. Before you know it, the landscape can be filled with chickadees, song sparrows, cardinals, and a host of other birds that are happy to find food and shelter.

For those who may not want to turn the old Christmas tree into a bird feeder, check with city officials about a tree recycling program. In many communities, trees are collected and turned into mulch for local parks and public gardens.

While the Christmas season can be somewhat short, families can extend the joy of the holidays with a Christmas tree bird feeder.

David Hillock is a consumer horticulturalist at Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension.


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Company Ensures Customer and Employee Safety Amid Omicron https://budgies-paradise.com/company-ensures-customer-and-employee-safety-amid-omicron/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 03:13:00 +0000 https://budgies-paradise.com/company-ensures-customer-and-employee-safety-amid-omicron/ DETROIT (WXYZ) – Thirteen cases of the omicron variant are now confirmed in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Two of those cases are in Detroit and two more in other parts of Wayne County. With a rush of last-minute shoppers for the holidays, how are Detroit metro companies keeping […]]]>

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Thirteen cases of the omicron variant are now confirmed in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Two of those cases are in Detroit and two more in other parts of Wayne County.

With a rush of last-minute shoppers for the holidays, how are Detroit metro companies keeping people safe?

The City Bird co-owner said he enjoys the foot traffic while on vacation. At the same time, he said he was carefully monitoring the number of people in the store at a time.

“If it’s a little too crowded, we go out and keep people out for a little while,” said Andy Linn.

Linn, who is also a co-owner of Nest, strives to put health and safety before profits. He said staff at the two Midtown Detroit stores had not given up and were still taking COVID-19 seriously 22 months after the start of the pandemic.

“We are definitely monitoring the omicron situation closely. It is certainly a matter of concern to us and our staff. We demand vaccination for all employees, ”explained Linn.

This includes getting the callback. In addition, he said staff members are required to mask themselves. They also test frequently.

“And if someone has a symptom of any kind, even like a sore throat or a runny nose, we get tested immediately. It’s actually amazing that we haven’t had a single case of COVID on our staff of 17 throughout the pandemic. So knock on wood. I think that seems to be working, “Linn said.

He says all clients are encouraged to wear a mask, especially the unvaccinated. But it is not obligatory since the State does not impose it.

Client Alice Duffy says she doesn’t leave the house without her.

“I’ve tried doing a lot of my shopping online this year, much like I did last year,” Duffy said. “Staying safe is really important to me. I got my booster just two weeks ago. Going out in public without a mask.”

City Bird is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Additional information and resources on the coronavirus:

See a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.

See full coverage on our Continuous cover page of the coronavirus.

Visit our The Detroit Rebound, a place where we work to help those financially affected by the coronavirus. We have all the information on everything that is available to help you get through this crisis and how to access it.


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