Friday, September 25, 2015

AMERICAN SONG BIRDS:  Slowly But Surely, We're Losing Them

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM

         YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
A WISE OLD OWL SAT IN AN OAK, THE MORE HE SAW, THE LESS HE SPOKE, THE LESS HE SPOKE, THE MORE HE HEARD.  WHY CAN'T WE BE LIKE THAT WISE OLD BIRD - Edward Hersey Richards

THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM BUT THE SECOND MOUSE EATS THE CHEESE - Willie Nelson


CAROLINA PARAKEET
When the Pilgrims landed there were an estimated nine billion passenger pigeons.  They are all gone.  Second in number to the carrier pigeons was the Carolina Parakeet, a lovely, innocuous bird.  They are all gone.  Increasingly from year-to-year, bird watchers and ornithologists note a steady decline in the number of song birds in America.

A BIRD DOES NOT SING BECAUSE IT HAS AN ANSWER, IT SINGS BECAUSE IT HAS A SONG - Chinese Proverb

CRESENT CHESTED WARBLER
Increased housing and shopping malls instead of fields of brush,  where song birds nested for generations.  Wind turbines and communication towers take their toll.  CATS KILL AN ESTIMATED 3.7 BILLION SONG BIRDS ANNUALLY.  Birders in every season search the woods, grasslands and wet lands finding fewer and fewer song birds.

GOD GIVES EVERY BIRD IT'S FOOD BUT HE DOESN'T THROW IT IN IT'S NEST - J. G. Holland


MOCKING BIRD
In the Mediterranean, hundreds of millions of song birds are killed each year for sport, food, and profit.  Cranes, storks and large raptors are shot.  Italy is the worse where the rural areas crackle with gun shots and song bird traps.  In 2012 a record cold winter in Eastern Europe forced geese, who normally would have stayed in the Danube Valley, to fly to Albania.  An estimated 50,000 of the tired, hungry geese were promptly shot.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER


EASTERN BLUE BIRD
Like the American Bald Eagle, the Eastern Blue Bird was going extinct.  Enforced federal laws and protected nesting has brought back the bald eagle.  One nests near my lake side retreat.  When my sons were young and in a Webelos Cub Scout pack, and I was the Pack Leader, we built Eastern Blue Bird housing out of natural materials and put them on a farmers fence line. This specie has  also come back.

IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK, QUACKS LIKE A DUCK AND LOOKS LIKE A DUCK, IT MUST BE A DUCK

BUT WHAT CAN I DO?

BLUE JAY
THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO!  Make your law makers aware of the problem and ask for laws to protect song birds like those that protected eagles.  Feed the birds winter and summer.  Provide water for them, put up a bird bath and feed humming birds.

THERE'LL BE BLUE BIRDS OVER THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER, TOMORROW, JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE - Nat Burton 

THANK YOU LORD FOR ALL THE WONDERS YOU GIVE US, INCLUDING THE BIRDS

GOD BLESS YOU

GOD BLESS AMERICA

1 comment:

Mark Pierce said...

Dad, I never realized how much you cared about trees and birds. You never cease to amaze me.