Life of Birds
A few days prior, I read "Ravens, Crows, Magpies, and Jays," by Tony Angell. It had tickled my fancy so much, I must repeat it for you here.
"A man had a pet raven that he let out one morning. He soon heard the bird struggling with something a short time later and wondered what it might be. He called the bird back to him, which took a few minutes for him to return. The bird had a clothespin in his mouth, which impressed the man so much, he gave the bird his favorite food that he referred to as Ambrosia, a mix of overripe bananas and chicken, and all was well
Our hero was let out again the next day, and he was heard struggling with something even greater this time. The raven was called back again, and it took him even longer to return. When he was flying in, it was noticed that he had what appeared to be a white banner behind him. When the raven landed, it was seen that he had a pair of ladies' underwear.
The moral of the story is to keep the raven inside on wash days."
The cordivae, which includes ravens, or the title of the book that I refer to, is a very intelligent family of birds that can speak, use tools, utilize helpers with their offspring, assist other members of their class in danger, and a host of many other things that only highly evolved creatures can accomplish. These are birds that I intend to learn a great deal more about.
To put things simply, humans are not the only ones privy to being able to exist in a society. The animal world does it quite commonly. More good examples are apes and lions. They provide for their families, young are raised, and life exists, not necessarily as one big, happy family, but it is reality for all of those concerned. They live and die as we do, fight battles, and sometimes, must even move to other territories in order to survive with those necessities, food and water.
So next time that you are out in the woods, in the park, or at a wildlife refuge, look around you and see how the lives of animals compare with your own. In order for us all to peacefully coexist, we must allow one another the space in order to do it properly.
I tend to tell people that ask me how to help birds raise their young to provide a little dryer lint in the spring outside their doors or under a tree. Just be sure that the dryer lint has no traces of fabric softener or any other chemicals. Dog or cat hair placed in a suet feeder hung in a tree is helpful, too. Just a couple of common things can help so much and it will keep the dryer lint and animal hair out of your trash, so in effect, you're recycling. Also in the winter, provide some black oil sunflower seeds so all that energy that birds expend to keep warm is helped along by the high calorie content in these seeds.
Thanks for what you do, and have a rewarding spring.