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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Scatter Kindness #sktrkndns

Yep, we've jumped on the bandwagon too!

After all the world definitely needs more kindness!

I'm sure by now you've heard of "The Kindness Rock Project".
If not check it out here or Facebook.

Communities have sprung up all over creating their own side shoots of this amazing activity while conceiving their own names for their areas. 

But still keeping the basic goals in mind:

Inspire someone through a random act of kindness.
Recruit the finder to follow suit and inspire others through random acts of kindness.
Bring a smile to someones face, a word, phrase, drawing, picture can brighten someone's day.

Ours are spread from Merced CA to Petaluma, CA

and all over in between.

Post photo to Facebook group name on back
Rehide to keep it going 

Be Kind 
you never know what another person is going through.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

It's Feeder Season!

It's one of the best things about fall and winter. 
With the cold weather and bare trees, 
your bird feeders become hubs of activity.

Ever notice how some birds sit at your 
feeder and munch, while others flit back and 
forth on an endless quest to ferry seeds away?
Chances are this is for one of three purposes: 
fear of hawks, lack of the proper "tools," 
or planning for the lean winter ahead.

Small birds like the ones that visit feeders 
are constantly obsessed with finding safety from predators.
 If food is at a risky, exposed location, 
such as a feeder, birds must remain vigilant, 
continuously scanning their surroundings for threats. 

Birds such as Finches and Grosbeaks, 
with their seed crushing bills, 
can eat and scan simultaneously,
 looking down only briefly to grab another seed.

Birds that must look down and hammer at seeds
 prefer to fly to a safer place with their food 
instead of working on it in an area exposed to predators. 
This is why you often see Chickadees flitting
 back and forth from feeder to trees or shrubs 
and back with their seeds.

Some foods - such as shelled seeds and nuts - might even require specialized methods to crack them open
Blue Jays manage to wedge the seed between their toes.
 Looking down to work on a seed is still risky
 and you will often see Blue Jays quickly 
scan their surroundings before hammering away.

But the most fascinating reason is “caching”- the behavior
 of storing up food supplies in a safe place for later. 
This is one of the main reasons you see birds fly off 
with their food instead of eating at the feeder. 
Lots of birds - and even mammals such as squirrels, 
beavers, and bears - cache food for consumption
 later on, during lean times.

Caching isn’t as easy as it might appear. 
A bird must fly back and forth, 
one or a few seeds at a time, over hundreds of trips. 
They also have to make sure the caches aren’t stolen and remember where all the food is hidden 
when hunger strikes. 
Most common North American feeder birds
 can have anywhere from hundreds to thousands of
 separate caches scattered around their home ranges.

Many caching species have keen spatial memory
and can remember precise locations using 
visual cues like distance and direction from landmarks
 such as rocks and vegetation. 
In fact, birds such as Black-capped Chickadees increase
 the size of the brain (in the area associated with memory) 
as caching ramps up in the fall.  
I'm not so sure that Scrub Jays have that capability.
I have almonds sprout up under my larger trees, 
probably from the orchards a few blocks away!

Ravens and Scrub Jays also cache as
 inconspicuously as possible
Ravens cache food behind structures so that 
other Ravens cannot see what they’re doing, 
and Scrub Jays prefer shady locations, 
making it harder for other Scrub Jays 
to see what’s going on.
Hence under our trees.

Now if they could only remember where they put them!


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