songbirds

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Compilation of birds dropping levitating food items.

Species and Sources in order:
1. Red-breasted Nuthatch by Bonnie
2. Blue Jay by Ruthie Kansas
3. Coal Tit by Dave Cook
4. White Stork by Silvio Sola
5. Common Kingfisher by Martin Price
6. Carolina Chickadee by Flyfishermike

The Nest

Last week I was out in the yard and I found a nest… Looks like a small songbird nest.  It’s past nesting season, so this nest being on the ground is fine – the babies have all long fledged.  The reason I’m sharing the nest with you is if you look carefully, you can see little white pieces of fuzz woven in.  That’s teddy bear fuzz from one of the fabrics I frequently use for transplants!  It’s the little bits that come off as the fur is cut. :-)

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Part two of the Pride Storybook Aviary series!  I wanted to put my own little twist on the pride flags and naturally i gravitated towards birds, and here we are! (if you don’t see a flag here, it might be in part i of this series!) 

You can click the images for the flags and bird species, but I’m also going to list them here for ease, from top to bottom and left to right: 

>Lipstick Lesbian Robin 

>Nonbinary Fairy Wren 

>Pansexual Purple Finch 

>Polysexual House Martin 

>Trans Mourning Dove 

>Violet Lesbian Azure Tit 

>Pride Onagadori Rooster 

PART I HERE! 

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The first set of the Pride Storybook Aviary; I wanted to put a twist on the pride flag, and naturally gravitated towards drawing really storybook-y birds. (If you don’t see your flag here, there’s a part ii that it might be at!

You can click the images for orientation and bird species, but for ease, i’ll just list em all here, from top to bottom and left to right: 

> Agender Zebra Finch 

>Aromantic Redwing Blackbird 

> Asexual Pine Warbler

> Bisexual Barn Swallow 

>Demisexual Chickadee 

>Genderfluid Cardinal 

>Genderqueer Tuffed Titmouse 

Part 2 is here! 

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Cleanliness is next to godliness.  I still can’t believe I sat there and watched him preen.  I guess because he was chit-chatting while I was sitting there.  

Fun Fact Friday!

Did you know that songbirds’ brains actually have so-called “song circuits” that are active when the birds sing. These circuits also respond to the song of a bird’s own species more strongly than to other species’ songs. The theory is that a bird’s genes guide development of brain circuits that relate to singing and the ability to learn songs. Then, exposure to songs shapes those neural circuits to produce the songs that are typical to that species.

Genetically encoded or innate behaviors aren’t unique to songbirds. They’re widespread in the animal kingdom. Other spectacular examples include the long-distance migrations of monarch butterflies and salmon. 

So what does this mean for humans? Are we also born with innate information written into our genomes that helps shape our neural circuits, and ultimately results in something we know? Could there be some knowledge that is unique and intrinsic to humans as a species?

From the TED-Ed Lesson How do birds learn to sing? – Partha Mitra

Animation by TED-Ed / Lisa LaBracio