So exotic - both parrots and vultures! I envy you both!
As to the new thread every month. I'm sort of divided. I think a year would be intimidating to new people plus a year can get into a pretty long thread. I think it was originally done monthly to make it easy for people to reference -- what birds are where in what month type of thing plus it keeps the individual thread much shorter & as was already mentioned -- the intimidation factor.