25 Sep Lessons from Birds | Sept 2018
Birds Teach Life Lessons
If you observe birds, you will find many useful lessons.
Admittedly, their actions are driven by instinct, rather than by conscious choice.
And yet, they always act in ways that protect their future.
For example, consider how this Black-capped Chickadee eats.
Certainly, this bird needs food to survive.
And it also needs to minimize the effort spent finding food. Otherwise, it would perish from a nutrition deficit.
So how does this bird eat?
In the above photo the bird is pecking at galls on a Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa).
Notable, it eats only a some of the larva in the gall. Then it flies to another plant where it nibbles a bit. And so on.
Because this approach leaves food for this bird (plus other birds) to eat at another time.
You might conclude that this is a form of conservation. By protecting its food source, it’s also protecting its future.
Lesson: Plan for more than one season.
The Great Egret is a large bird: 39-in (1-m) long, 52 to 57-in (132 to 145-cm) wingspan, and weighing 1.9-lb (.86-kg)
It lands, as you can see in the photo, by spreading its wings and stretching its toes forward.
Compared to smaller birds, this landing is deliberate and delicate. It’s almost like a ballet landing.
Lesson: The larger you are, the more important it is to land with grace.
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Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation
Another excellent book: What Birds Want to Tell Us – Note: Click on the title to see the book.