| By JeanAnn Taylor |
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
Beautiful BluebirdsNow is the time to invite bluebirds into your garden. Male bluebirds are diligently searching for a mate and the female is searching for a new home in which to lay her eggs. It is the female who determines where the couple will reside. Bluebirds are very particular about where they live, so take care in placing a proper nest box in their preferred location. They look for clean nest boxes near trees for safety. The entrance hole should be exactly one and a half inches in diameter to keep out other birds and squirrels. To minimize intruders, avoid placing a perch on the opening. Nest boxes should be placed 300 feet from each other as bluebirds are territorial during mating season. Bluebirds are not only beautiful and enjoyable to watch, they are exceptionally family and community conscious. The male bluebird is primarily responsible for feeding the baby birds, while the female prepares for the next brood. Bluebird families may have up to three broods in one summer! If one parent dies, the other will work to keep their babies alive. It has also been observed that unrelated bluebirds will pitch in to help the single parent feed it’s babies.
Party Like A Flamingo …
because pink flamingos are the hottest party trend going on right now. These long-legged birds tend to go in and out of popularity. Fortunately for all of us pink enthusiasts, they are once again an obsession. This spring and summer is a good time to stock up on paper products, party favors, home decor and even clothing. The fashionable flamingo is back.
Happy Buzzard Day
If you happen to be in Hinckley, Ohio on the first Sunday after March 15, you will have the opportunity to celebrate the return of the migrating buzzard. Buzzards are vital to our planet as they are our clean-up crew. Without these maintenance birds, rotting animal carcasses would spread disease and make for a very unsanitary environment.
Ever wonder why birds sing? While we enjoy listening to these sweet tweets, male songbirds are actually sending intimidating messages to other birds that say, “This is my territory. Keep out.” Of course, they also use their pretty songs to attract mates.
Rare FormBirds fly in a “V” formation to conserve energy. The first bird’s wings break up the wind and create a current on which the following birds can ride. Birds that fly in V’s can fly much further distances than birds flying alone.
Hummer HijinksThe hummingbird is the only kind of bird that can fly upside down. They can also fly backwards which allows them to pull their beaks out from flowers when sipping sweet nectar. They can fly up, down, hover and zip away at 60 miles per hour. Their wings flap 50 to 75 times per second! The best way to attract these tiny sprites is to plant tube-shaped flowers. When hummingbirds see day lilies, holly hocks, butterfly bush, bee balm and and petunias, they consider it to be an invitation to dine in your backyard.
JeanAnn Taylor is a style expert, home organizer and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.