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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Are you a twitcher?

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As tribute to our fine feathered friends, celebrations are named in their honor. People love birds. Bird-watching is a favorite pastime of millions of people all over the world. It is the most popular of hobbies being enjoyed by anyone regardless of age. Any serious birdwatcher will take great exception to being called a twitcher. With this popularity, it comes as no surprise that there is more than one day established to recognize and appreciate birds. One such celebration is today!
 
May 4 is...

 

The enjoyment of birds is even more prevalent in the springtime. Their bright colors, distinct songs and calls, diverse plumage, and showy displays as aerial acrobats add so much enjoyment to our lives. Birds have even been known to provide Inspiration: Solitude. They spread seeds from one location to another helping in plant dispersal, transport pollen on their beaks and feathers from one flower to the next, relocate fish eggs that get stuck to their legs, and so much more necessary in maintaining balance to our environment.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/may04.html
Today in History: May 4

Bird Day is the oldest of the days set aside to recognize birds. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, Bird Day was first observed  on May 4, 1894. It was started by Charles Almanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. By 1910, Bird Day was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day. Bird Day and Arbor Day events are focused upon conservation training and awareness. 



This day is not to be confused with National Bird Day celebrated on January 5th. It was established by bird activists. It calls upon people to recognize the plight of captive birds. It also draws attention to exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. On this day, organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity.


Coming soon...May 10

http://www.examiner.com/slideshow/smithsonian-celebrates-international-migratory-bird-day-may-11-at-washington-s-rock-creek-park#slide=1
Scarlet Tanager, one of 350 species celebrated
during International Migratory Bird Day May 11, 2013
International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year. They travel thousands of miles between breeding grounds in North America, and their winter homes in Central and South America. Organizers say this is a day to both support, and to increase awareness of conservation efforts in support of migratory birds. They also suggest a field trip into a woods to look for and enjoy migrating birds.

On each of these Bird Days, take a few minutes to watch and observe birds.  Set up a bird feeder, several bird houses and enjoy the show!

Some of the birds who frequent my backyard include...

Blue Bird
Brown Thrasher
Blue Jay
Cardinal
Mockingbird
Red-Winged Blackbird
Red Headed Woodpecker
Wren
House Finch
Song Sparrow
Purple Martin
Bobwhite Quail

Dove

This is when the bird watching really takes your breath away...






 
Do you love to hear the little birdies sing? What kind do you see on a daily basis?