birds

Mystery Short Story: Who Squawked?

by Maddi Davidson


“This is Chet Armor. I need to dispose of a parrot.”
“Thanks for your call, Chet,” Jake replied. “I’m sorry, but we don’t––”
“You have to take him. I’ve called every bird and animal adoption place within an hour of Sacramento. No one will take a parrot. Snakes, pot-bellied pigs, and rats are welcome, but not parrots.”

The Dove Apartment

by Maria Ruiz



We have a hanging basket on our front porch in front of one of the windows. We hung it when a couple of doves insisted that they wanted to lay eggs in my plants, a disaster for many reasons, especially since I need to water the plants daily in the summer. Everything we did to discourage them failed. They wanted our porch. We bought a plain basket, metal with a sphagnum insert, hung it, and waited.

Mysteries With Bees!

by Sandra Murphy


This week we have reviews of 2 mysteries that involve bees-Honey Drop Dead by Laura Childs and Birder She Wrote by Donna Andrews. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of both the books, with links to purchase them at the end of each review--you may not see the links if you have ad blocker on.

Lindy The Parrot Says Hello

by Lee Juslin



Lindy was a double, yellow-headed, Panama parrot. He was given to my mother by her father around the time Lindbergh made his historic flight. So, of course, she named him Lindy. Lindy was well established in the family before my arrival. However, since parrots live almost as long as humans, he was a teenager and still pretty active when I was born.

One for the Birds: Photographer & Muscian Larry W. Cusick

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


Nature and photography go hand in hand for award-winning Fresno photographer and musician Larry W. Cusick, whose love of birds makes the avian species one of his favorite muses. But variety is the spice of life, and Cusick has also made a name for himself as a maker of music, playing the fiddle, Irish flute, and uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes).

Rio 2: Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall


Rio 2 is a sequel that starts up their story a few years after the first movie, Rio. Blu, Jewel and their three children are thought to be the only Spix's Macaws left in existence. However, Blu's former owner, Linda and her husband Tulio who is an ornithologist, discover that there may be more Spix's living in the Amazon. When Jewel hears this, she wants to go and check it out for herself. Blu isn't excited about the idea but goes along with it. Their friends, Nico, Rafeal, and Pedro, join Blu and his family as they head for the Amazon, although they are going more to look for talent for the upcoming carnival they want to put on.

Birds Behaving Badly

by Lee Juslin



One of the nicest things about the arrival of spring and warm weather is the return of the birds. Step outside in the morning and you are greeted by a chorus of bird song instead of the silence of winter early mornings.

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