Published On: Thu, Nov 26th, 2015

BACKYARD BIRDING IN MERIDA, YUCATAN AND BEYOND – THANKS GIVINGS

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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.

Cozumel Emerald

Cozumel Emerald

Orchard Oriole male

Orchard Oriole male

Bananaquit

Bananaquit

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.

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Roadside Hawk at Merida English Library

Roadside Hawk at Merida English Library

THANKS FOR THE SEED DISPERSERS:

Birds help maintain and even restore plant communities as seed and fruit dispersers.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

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.

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

THANKS FOR THE BEAUTY, WONDROUS BEHAVIORS, ENJOYMENT, SONGS, AND INSPIRATION:

Link to a Tropical Mockingbird song:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/136311

Scarlet Macaw

Scarlet Macaw

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

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.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

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: all4birdies@gmail.com  All rights reserved, ©Cherie Pittillo

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  1. bruce says:

    Love all these ‘thanks’! Superb images as usual. You sound a little bit last column-ish here–I hope not!

    (the yellow bird from underneath is mislabeled)

    • Cherie says:

      Thanks, Bruce! I thought the “thanks’ would be a different approach. And I’ve asked TYT to fix the Lesser Goldfinch. I did have it labelled correctly.

  2. Diane Nunn says:

    These birds are wonderful.
    Hope you are feeling wonderful too!

  3. Jerry Friesner says:

    I’m a lifelong birder. As a pre-teen, I Had 4 cardboard backed bird books from the “dime store” and roamed the woods on our farm in Missouri identifying the birds.

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