Ahhhhhhh Spring! When I was out in my yard pulling a few weeds, birds were singing in every tree and on every rooftop. The smell, the warm sunshine, the green grass and flowers were wonderful. The songs of the birds were loud and distinct. Over and over and over again the males called for recognition. I remember, when I was a teenager, of donning a new spring outfit, walking up town in St. George, and yes, a young male whistled at me. Could that be how the female birds feel?
Just like humans, male birds use different techniques to increase their chances of finding a mate. They use body language of bobbing their head, vibrating their wings, spreading their tail, or expanding air sacs and making weird noises. They display bright colored spring plumage (showing they are healthy), they offer gifts of food (showing they are good providers), and they do amazing feats of strength by diving, swooping, or running across the water (showing their genes will make the best offspring).
When the male bird’s efforts are successful in finding a mate, then you and I are able to live in a world of song, beauty, and a lot less creepy-crawlies. Venture outdoors and see what's happening in your yard this spring. You may get to witness something that’s new to you or never been written about. If you see something unusual, or just want to talk about birds, call Marilyn Davis/Red Cliffs Audubon at 435 673-0996.
Rae Hemsley is our artist this week. What a great job drawing Mother
Robin and her little ones. Thank you Norma Rae for a fresh look at