Mourning Doves in the Morning

Nov 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Youth Blog

This morning when I woke up I saw seven mourning doves on our swing set. That made me think of all the other birds I see.

Birds are always around, but this is a great time of year to see them as they start their migration! I like to watch them feeding. All it takes to see a bird feeding is a feeder, food, and a lot of patience! I find that sparrows are the most abundant, but this time of year the cardinals and finches may show up as well.

In the spring you never know what birds will show; but it’s mostly sparrows, crows, ravens, blue jays, and a cardinal or two.

Birds are really important for the environment because they help spread plants. They eat the seeds of a tree or plant, then as they fly to other places the seeds come out in their droppings. This means that when they hit the ground they already have their own little bit of fertilizer.

They’re one of the first animals to really show the climate change, too, because they rely on the weather to tell them when to start migrating. So scientists track migration patterns to watch for differences from year to year.

There are many different kinds of birds, and lately I have been bird watching for the birds that are only around for a few more days. I love to take photos of them. If you want to bird watch on your own, you have to be persistent (and willing to sit in the cold without moving) to actually catch a glimpse of a bird or other bit of wildlife.

But it’s worth to watch their tiny movements and to think how important those tiny movements really are.

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