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Bird Habitat

Wild bird habitat is as varied as the birds themselves and of course us, the viewers. Wild birds live almost everywhere on this earth. From the frigid barren antarctic to some of the most desolate regions on this globe. They're found everywhere. Most of us don't have a clue to the busy and intricut life of wild birds.

But if you just look outside, you don't have to look far to see a bird. You're probably not going to see the bird of paradise or a California condor. Chances are though, something is flying around very close to you wherever you are right now.

I personally have lived in barren, arid and extremely dry regions, to the opposite which is humid, lush vegitation and frequent rains and have observed the different species of birds living in both of these conditions.

Take for instance the Pacific west coast. What does that conjour up in your mind? Stunning scenic coast lines? Gentle waves on the beach? Gorgeous ocean veiws? While all that's true, I'm thinking of sandpipers, gulls, terns and cormarants just to mention a few.Now let us go inland one to two hundred miles. Think Death Valley. One of, if not the most inhospitable places on the west coast. You won't find many people living there, but you will find wild life. You have to look for it,but it's there. From road runners and burrowing owls to scorpians and sidewinder rattlesnakes. Wild life is there!

All these birds thrive in their given habitat. Why, Wish I knew. Why does an emporor penguin raise it's one chick in the coldest place on earth? Why does a kill deer lay her eggs on a gravel road where cars frequently go by? These questions can be asked, but it's obvious birds have adapted to their environment remarkably well.

The burrowing owl doesn't dig it's own burrow, it moves into an old uninhabited one. The common American robin builds a new nest in a different spot in the same area every year. Birds like people, have their own way of doing things.

I have no less than fourteen different species of birds in my back yard at the height of spring and through the summer months. Just a few birds around my house are grackels, thrashers, cat birds(they go "mew" not me-ow), orioles, blue birds, bluejays and golden finches. All of these birds nest within the habitat in my backyard. One acre of my yard is woods. There is ample ground cover for many different species of birds to co-exist in a given area. Ironically , the one bird I miss the most, does not live were I do now. That would be the mocking bird. It's not that the mocking bird can mimick over two hundred other bird calls, wich it can. It's not the colorful and often bizarre way it finds insects, By raising it's wings systematically as if trying to scare an insect into flying. The same way if you were to raise your arms and say BOO to somebody you wanted to scare. No it's neither of these, in fact it's what I don't like about the mocking bird that I miss.

For three maybe four days and nights, the male mocking bird will court the females by going through his complete musicle ensamble. He goes almost non stop ( near your bedroom window), with every song,pop,wizz,whistle crack, click and bang that he knows. And he knows a lot! It's not amusing when one little bird can keep you up at night, after night, but it is amazing to listen to the vocal talents this odd little feathered friend belts out. I do miss him. What does a mocking birds courtship song have to do with his habitat? It must be what he likes, cause he, or they, would come back year after year.


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Thanks Rob. I've always been keen to notice wild life, big or small. Learning to write about it is my new challenge. Yes, sometimes I sit and watch there oddities a little too long. We have doves that frequent my feeders every year. Last year they got one over on me. They built a nest not five feet from my back deck in this large pine tree. Maybe five to six feet off the ground. I never new they were there until this past winter. Got quite a suprise on that one. I heard the doves last night in the woods. Got my eye on'm this time.

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  about 6 years ago

I love the article Dave, you are obviously a bird lover to notice the oddities of the birds. I love to sit and watch the goings on of birds, we have two doves that roost every evening on one of our gutters, their performance to get the roosting rites correct amazing. Birds in the wild a constant attraction, we can learn so much from them, the coexistence of so many different species in a small area could teach us as humans to better coexist with our fellow man.

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  about 6 years ago
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