Many a bird day, but today, May 4th, is the original and first national holiday to celebrate birds. May 4th is Bird Day! According to the U.S. Library of Congress, Bird Day began on May 4th, 1894. The superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania, Charles Babcock came up with the idea to “encourage conservation training and awareness of birds for all.” This should NOT be confused with National Bird Day celebrated on January 5th every year.Â Nor is it the International Migratory Bird Day which is celebrated on the second Saturday of May every year…which happens to be May 12th this year. So. Today, take the initiative to learn about a new bird, read about it online, find one in your neighborhood, go bird
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GBH Originally uploaded by sproutter The Great Blue Heron…one of my favorite birds, albeit I have so many. This bird is so beautiful. I remember the first time I seen one. I was mesmerized by it and ever since, I’ve been on the lookout for it whenever I am near its habitat. Also known as Ardea herodias in the scientific world, this bird is the largest heron in North America. It can be from 36 to 55 inches from head to tail and has a wingspan of 66 to 79 inches! Many inches of awesome. =) It has a scratchy, throaty call. You can hear it here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Great_Blue_Heron.ogg It eats small fish mostly but it will also eat shellfish, insects, rodents, amphibians (such as frogs),
Bewick’s Wren Originally uploaded by sproutter Another birdy found in Washington State, the Bewick’s Wren, (Thryomanes bewickii). I read this species is the only one in the category Thryomanes and that there is a subspecies called the Seattle Wren. I think you can guess what tomorrow’s bird of the day will be… =) It is a small bird who likes to live in urban areas, near houses and once found throughout the eastern part of the U.S., it is mostly located in the western part now. They speculate this is because of the tricky ways of the House Wren. I seen one of these eating something near the peanuts I fed the crows this morning. It is about 5 inches and likes spiders and insects.
American Avocet Originally uploaded by Wayne Weber I did a search for bird of Washington State and found this bird, the American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana). It is found around marshes, beaches, ponds, and shallow lakes. It gets to be about 18 inches tall, about the size of a toddler. =) Straight from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, here are some cool facts about the American Avocet: # In response to predators, the American Avocet sometimes issues a series of call notes that gradually changes pitch, simulating the Doppler effect and thus making its approach seem faster than it actually is. # Nesting American Avocets aggressively attack predators, sometimes physically striking Northern Harriers or Common Ravens. # A female American Avocet may lay one to four eggs
Anna’s Hummingbird Originally uploaded by lselman Calypte anna, also known as Anna’s Hummingbird, flew into the bird of the day by flying into the tree right by my railing while we were feeding the crows the other day. We spent about an hour identifying it and now we know for certain, it was an Anna’s Hummingbird. How adorable it is… and this photograph is an amazing shot of a mom feeding her chick. They are sweet. Anna’s hummingbird is known as a medium sized hummingbird at about 4 inches long with a wingspan of 5 inches and only weighing between 0.11 and 0.21 ounces! This is a tiny little bird but apparently not so tiny in comparison to other hummingbirds. I got the following cool