Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I grew up hearing so many different bird songs so it's nice when I'm able to identify the source. Especially for the birds that don't visit my mother's bird-feeders. These wrens were sneaky but I'm glad I finally tracked them down!
- White bread offers poor nutrition for the birds (refined sugar and processed fats are essentially "junk food" for them).
- It causes ducks to gather in larger-than-normal groups, which might alter the behavior of the birds and make individual ducks more aggressive.
- Another negative result of allowing large groups of birds to gather is it might change their migration timing and some ducks might not migrate at all.
- Large bird congregations can also contribute to the spread of disease among birds.
There was also a article on the subject in a recent MassWildlife newsletter, but I'm having trouble finding it online.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Further down the river, beyond Watertown Square and headed toward Brighton, I saw what appeared to be two more of these birds swimming in the water. I found some images of Soras swimming and they looked very much the same.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
These pictures were not taken at a fast shutter speed- the bird was simply holding its wings up and fanning them very, very slowly.
Click on the image of the fledgling about to jump off the 10' concrete wall to read the story. Don't worry- it has a happy ending of course.