Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bird Portraiture: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Church Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada
Member of the Hummingbird Family
*true hummingbird fact*~Hummingbirds can fly backwards as quickly as they can fly forwards. They can also hover. They are the only birds able to do this sort of thing.

*true bird fact that is actually relevant to this specific bird*~ The Ruby-throated Hummingbird has quite a unique migration pattern. To begin with, they are the only hummingbird east of the Mississippi. Additionally, their migrations are timed to the blooming of their favorite flower species. Some of them even travel across the Gulf of Mexico, a distance of 500 miles over water without stopping. Quite a feat for such a little bird.

No discernible personality beyond endless need for fuel
Is actually a bug or something, probably
Maybe a robot, that would also make sense
I mean just look at this guy

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Birds.gif: Sparrow Bathing

 (click me to witness unprecedented degrees of bird drying)

White-crowned Sparrow
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Member of the Sparrow Family
*true bird fact*~ Most of what scientists know about bird song comes from study of the white-crowned sparrow. Sparrow songs differ by region, meaning that two different birds can speak 'different languages'. Some are even 'bilingual'!

Has what is called 'bird pride'
A harsh judge of character, but fair to those he deems worthy
Has a spiritual nature that is impossible to ignore
Patient but resolute

Full vids of bird both washing AND drying. Don't say we never went the extra mile for you here at amateurnithologist: