The Long Road South
Friday, October 16, 2009 | Author: eventer79
Friday Fun Fact!

It's migration season, the time of year when animal species around the world complete ming-boggling feats of endurance and determination. Best known of these journeys are those completed by feathered denizens of the sky.

Some warblers (a common local one here is the prothonotary warbler, pictured) complete their journeys, as many birds do, with no stopovers. It's a single, all-out flight from summer to winter feeding grounds. And they cover as much as 1,900 miles in just three days. That's like you driving from San Francisco to the Mississippi River. Only you weigh two pounds and can only use your tiny flapping wings to get there.

Makes me tired just thinking about it...

So help out a songbird or two in fall and spring. Feeders and water can go a long way towards helping out an exhausted bunting or oriole or warbler as many places they would normally obtain food and water along their route have been destroyed by development. Seeing them able to rest and fly off refreshed is a colourful thank you salute.
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4 comments:

On October 17, 2009 at 12:27 AM , Frizzle said...

Well, I do have 2 bird-feeders, but I don't think it will help the migrating birds, seeing as I'm in Miami!
Oh, and do you get the Defenders of Wildlife e-mails? I just got one today about protecting wolves and thought you might want on board. There's a petition to the Secratary of the Interior.

 
On October 18, 2009 at 6:40 PM , eventer79 said...

I do get those, Frizz -- and NRDC too, they are good peeps. Hey, there are birds that migrate to S America, you never know!

 
On October 19, 2009 at 3:00 PM , lifeshighway said...

I know now for a fact that you like saying "prothonotary warbler".

 
On October 19, 2009 at 4:12 PM , eventer79 said...

Well, they are the prettiest ones!