Thanksgiving Day, November 26, will be honored by many US citizens around the world. This small tribute recognizes a few representative bird species that impact us. Although the examples refer to specific foods for these birds, these examples and other species may eat varied diets during different times of the year.
THANKS FOR THE POLLINATORS/NECTAR FEEDERS:
Over 2,000 bird species in the world pollinate plants as they feed on nectar. In North America we are familiar with hummingbirds pollinating wildflowers.
THANKS FOR THE INSECT AND RODENT EATERS:
Insect-eating birds destroy many agricultural and garden pests along with those pesky mosquitoes. The rodent eaters are usually hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons, but herons and egrets will also eat rodents too.
THANKS FOR THE SEED DISPERSERS:
Birds help maintain and even restore plant communities as seed and fruit dispersers.
THANKS FOR THE SCAVENGERS AND NUTRIENT RECYCLERS:
Both the scavengers and other bird species help in recycling nutrients into the soil. Nature’s clean-up crew such as vultures help break-down carcasses. They recycle nutrients of their “organic diets” to contribute to healthy ecosystems.
Although not scavengers, flocks of geese may feed in salt marshes, harvested grain fields, and even lawns. They help tear up the leaf litter by trampling the ground, which aids in decomposition of nutrients back into the soil.
THANKS FOR THE BEAUTY, WONDROUS BEHAVIORS, ENJOYMENT, SONGS, AND INSPIRATION:
Link to a Tropical Mockingbird song:
As thanks to my readers and supporters of three years of my columns, I give you the Bluebird of Happiness. It discovered a bountiful feast, supplied by humans, in giving thanks.
MAY YOU EXPERIENCE A BOUNTIFUL YEAR FILLED WITH GRATITUDE!
Cherie Pittillo, “nature inspired,” photographer and author, explores nature everywhere she goes. She’s identified 56 bird species in her Merida, Yucatan backyard view. Her column, published on the 7th and 21st of each month, features anecdotes about birding in Merida, Yucatan and beyond. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org All rights reserved, ©Cherie Pittillo
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