This post was written by Patti Daniel, one of our Customer Service Team Leads, and is part of our Celebrate Every Day in May series. Read more about the series…
You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird . . . So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
Richard P. Feynman (Nobel Prize Winning Physicist, teacher, storyteller, bongo player)
They are a constant like the sun, moon and stars. Wherever you travel – there they are. Birds. Feeding birds, watching birds and inviting the nesting of birds, adds a delightful element to my life. I feed them here in Austin during the winter and my Westie, Pebbles and I enjoy hours of entertainment observing from our balcony. I have sparrows nesting in a gourd right now and last year baby cardinals were born.
Whether you watch them, feed them, take ecotourism trips for bird watching, shoot and eat them or resent their droppings on your windshield you cannot deny they are a significant presence. And they can do what we cannot – independently take wing.
The calls we get here for bird calendars are always welcome. I enjoy the bird lovers as much as the dog lovers and gardeners. Great clientele.
Spring is here and the migration season is upon us. Some regard May 6 – 16th as the time of the best birding in America.
The amazing lyre bird, which mimics the calls of other birds – and chainsaws and camera shutters -, is one of the most impressive and funny in nature. Here is a video clip from David Attenborough’s The Life of Birds. From the BBC.
Bird Related Links
A blog I came across written by the editor of Birder’s Digest has some wonderful pictures he took while at the New River Birding & Nature Festival. Visit here:
Interested in Bird Songs? Here is a unique community database of shared bird sounds from the whole world. Fascinating that people have recorded these across the globe. Check it out here.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
Henry David Thoreau
The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.
Photo credit: Copyright-free-photos.org.uk and NOAA.gov