songbirds Archive

by: Susan Woodward Approximately fifty species of cavity-nesting birds accept birdhouses, thirty-five of them do so on a regular basis. Man-made nest boxes can provide important cavities for many of these species, because natural cavities in snags (dead trees) and large live trees are increasingly in short supply, especially in city and suburban yards. The birds don’t find much in the way of accommodation in these areas, so if you provide artificial holes for them and pay some attention to detail, you’ll be able to attract specific birds and exclude those that are less desirable. If you provide a place for them to nest, you’ll enjoy seeing them frequently at close range. Also, birds that use nesting boxes tend to be prodigious insect eaters, which [&hellip

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Birds fly. Their little wings do so much work, beating and beating, keeping their bodies afloat. We admire them in many ways. We try to imitate them. Oh what we would not do to fly!! Most small songbirds fly between 20 and 20 miles per hour.1 And most songbirds have a wingbeat frequency between 10 and 25 beats per seconds. One of our personal favorite backyard birds, the chickadees, have a wingbeat frequency of about 27 beats per second. Slowest Wing Beat Large vultures will often only flap their wings one time per second. Fastest Wing Beat It should come as no surprise to anyone who watches birds that a hummingbird beats its wings the fastest. The title of fastest wing beat goes to a [&hellip

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