The best gift that you can give someone is your time. What most people remembers the most are the good times spent with loved ones or friends.
Gifts are nice, but the gift of happy memories with loved ones or friends, lasts forever in their mind. Take the time to play games, or go to movies. Take walks or watch the sun setting together. The gift of your time is something that money can’t buy.
The American Goldfinches are the State bird of Washington, New Jersey and Iowa. They like to hang out with other Goldfinches except during breeding season. The Goldfinches are vegetarians; their diet is made up of mostly seeds.
Goldfinches will molts it body feathers in late summer and again in late winter. The word molt( when talking about bird feathers} means the process of removing their old feathers to make room for new feathers. In spring time they grow new body feathers and they grow a new set of feathers before the winter months.
They build their nests when thistle, milkweed, and other types of plants produced their fibrous seeds in June or July. The plants give the finches materials with which to build their nests and the plants also provide them with seeds to feed their young ones. The photo below was taken in March.
Hairy is larger than Downy, and has a longer bill. Hairy has all whiter outer tail feathers. The Downy outer white tail feathers have black spots. Both Hairy and Downy woodpeckers will use their bills for drumming on trees as a way to communicate. The drumming noise may be used as a way of calling their mate, defining their territory, or part of their courtship rituals. The Downy woodpecker is on the bottom right side.
Carolina Wrens will mate for life.The wrens will work together to build their nest ; one of them will bring materials to the nesting site while the other one will put together the nest. They will use a variety of materials for their nest, things like dead leaves, strips of bark, dried grasses, feathers and etc. We have a few brush piles in our side yard for the birds to pick out some of their building supplies. The brush piles is also a place that the birds can go to for shelter and a place to hide in at times.
The female may lay about four or more eggs and will sit on them for about two weeks. The male will bring her food doing that time. After the chicks break out of their shells, both parents will feed them for about two weeks. By then the chicks should be strong enough to leave the nest.
The parents will still feed the chicks for a while after they leave the nest. We have seen the parents feeding their young ones insects out in our yard. In our backyard we put out dry roasted unsalted peanuts, bird seeds and suet for the birds that are in our woods. The wrens could have several broods in a year.
Do you ever feel like you are at the end of a limb and nowhere else to go? Look deep inside of your heart and you may find a way out. When birds are at the end of a limb, they just spread their wings and fly off to a better place. Wouldn't it be nice if we could fly like the birds?
A man was climbing up a high cliff, and was almost to the top when he heard a noise that sounded like a snake. He thought, should I climb to the top and get bite by the snake and die, or should I just let go and fall to my death?
Back then they didn’t have the stuff that they have now for climbing, he was just using his hands and feet to climb up the Mt. top.
After a few minutes he decided to take his chance with the snake. When he reached the top he didn’t see the snake, but he did see the wind blowing a bush, and that was what was making a noise like a hissing snake. The point is when you don’t know for sure about something, hang on, it may be only a bush making a noise, not a snake.
Hairy & Red-bellied, Woodpeckers -They did a little fussing at each other, and then they decided to go their separate ways. No winners, no losers, they agree to disagree, and that was fine.
We are alike in many ways and in many ways we are different, just like the birds. It is OK to think different then someone else. It would be a dull world if we all dress alike, look alike, and had the same ideas all the time. It is OK to be different; it makes the world a more interesting place to live in.
The Blue Jay with the wide tail out, said to the other Jay," I was here first," and Blue said, pointing with his wing,"this way out, hit the sky Jay."
Hairy woodpecker diet is mostly of insects. The will eat spiders, bees, wasps, grasshoppers, ants and etc.They also like to eat suet, sunflower seeds and dry roasted unsalted peanuts.
Some of the ways they can find their food is by looking along a branch or trunk of a tree and pick up the insects that are on the surface of the tree bark. Another way is that they can use their bill to rapidly tap along a trunk or branch to locate their prey that is hidden within the tree. When they have found the hidden insect they will use their chisel-shaped bill to chisel away the wood so that they can use their long tongue to remove the insect