A bird's eye view of a life in flight.
Footprints In The Snow
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW Lennie and Suzie saw them as soon as they set foot into their large backyard. Overnight the gently falling snow had covered it with an all-white shimmering blanket. They had seen the snow-covered yard from their kitchen window and naturally assumed that they were to be the first ones to set foot onto it. As they stepped down from the porch they realized that someone or something had beaten them to it. Left behind in the snow were the tracks of an unknown animal. They were not exceptionally large in size but there dozens of them. They originated from under their neighbour's fence and travelled in a back and forth pattern as if to check out every tree in the yard. Lennie was only slightly ahead of his sister Suzie as he followed the animal's tracks to the largest tree in the backyard. This is where they had come to an abrupt end and Lennie and Suzie simultaneously looked up at the tree's branches. Stretched along a thick branch was a grey and white cat. At first it looked as though the cat was alone but it soon became apparent that there was an object being held down by the cat's two front paws. When the object moved the children could tell that it was a tiny yellow budgie and it was desperately trying to escape! The cat was holding the budgie down and it had no intentions of letting the bird go free.
The Bird Which Revolves Around My House
Every morning at nine clocks. when I am getting ready in front of my mirror making sure that my hair looks great because of what a boy of 20 years wants. I hear a question from my grandmother. " see outside the window is there enough grain for pigeons on the front shelter ", she asks. It is a regular duty of mine to check as my grandmother can't see far away objects. My granny used to feed the pigeons wheat for many years. Many people in my neighborhood do this type of good deed. It is in our religion to feed the animals like cows, fish, and pigeons, etc.
I wake up to the sound of bird song. I lie with my eyes closed, trying to identify individual singers as they all compete outside my window. There’s a blackbird’s high trill and a blue tit’s peep, a turtle dove’s soft purr and a nightingale’s melody. A cuckoo sounds briefly, such a distinctive call.
Chickens Can Fly, But Not On Planes
Chickens can fly, not well but, they can fly about six feet high. If you wanted to make your mammalian pets fly, you could take them on an airplane with you. However, your pet chicken, is on the no-fly list.
Bird Lives Matter
Approximately one billion birds die each year in North America alone due to window collisions. We can only estimate the numbers for the rest of the world. If these collisions were occurring with, say puppies or dolphins, the world would act. And the saddest part is it’s easily preventable. All it takes is a few rows of nearly invisible dots.
The Red Winged Blackbirds
The Red Winged Blackbirds Railroad men have been hand feeding them for over 115 years.
My Chickens Wear Diapers
You no longer need a backyard coop to enjoy the companionship of chickens. Our feathered friends are low-maintenance, intelligent, and goofy birds that make great indoor pets.
Birds of Prey
A jolt of lightning struck a tree, a bird's nest with newborn barn owls perished in the force of nature. As the morning sun cleared the storm, hikers explored the wreckage. A tree cut in half and charred. Leaves and twigs camouflaged the walking paths. A small squeak called out. The creature that would change my life forever would be called Ollie.
Sussex Ornithological Society Conference
Four hours dedicated to the birds! Covering curlews, birding in Spain, migratory birds, engaging youth, and inclusivity in the world of birding.
Ontario Backyard Bird ID 101-1
Who is visiting your back yard? Find out with this list, broken down into five parts with five birds per article. Whether you have a bird feeder or not you have likely asked yourself, “What bird is that?” Maybe this list will be helpful! Visiting species will be dependent on the types of bird feeders (platform, tube, suet) you use, range of the species, time of year, and available habitat nearby. This series of articles includes abundant backyard birds that frequently use feeders in Ontario, listed alphabetically. I listed only the most common calls and some of the key id features. The similar species only apply to other birds within Ontario as many birds have look-alikes in different regions.
The year was 2001, and it was just at the beginning of my third year of University. I had been working a morning shift as a barista in a coffee shop. The place was located inside an office building in downtown Montreal.
Cock A Doodle Doo To You
Cock A Doodle Doo is the term given to the sound a rooster makes. I grew up in the county and many of our neighbors had chickens which included roosters. I don’t particularly recall hearing them crow each morning at sunrise but I was given the impression that this is what they did. I recall the Kellogg’s Cornflake TV commercial where Cornelius Rooster could not get the proper sound out until he ate a bowl of the cereal. He did his cock a doodle doo and the sun immediately popped up into the sky.