In the secret life of birds, depending on whether the bird is a pet bird or a wild bird, some things aren’t so secret.
If you have a pet bird, you’ve probably watched it groom itself. Think about it, have you ever considered that they might appreciate a shower curtain when it’s time for their ablutions? If we’re there, there’s no way for them to hide the process, they’re on full display, their every moment of grooming can be known to us. I’m not saying they crave privacy at that time, it’s just that we don’t know their secret thoughts, so why not assume that they don’t want us there at that time and buy them a cute bird shower curtain.
Wild birds can always settle in some tree or bush that has heavy foliage to take care of whatever maintenance is necessary. Any and every thing done is PRIVATE! A pet bird probably would consider that SUCH a luxury…but I don’t know for sure, because they keep that secret in their little bird brains.
Look at the bird in the picture above…look how clean it’s snowy white feathers are. These birds are hammered with every weather element that comes along and yet, almost always they are immaculate…unless it’s raining and then they just have to put up with being a mess.
I want to know what their secret is…how do they stay so clean? How do indoor pet birds stay so clean? We don’t provide the indoor birds with soap and unless there’s a bird convenience store somewhere in the woods that I don’t know about, the wild birds don’t have access to soap, either.
To put you all out of your misery, I will wrap my musings up…but if someone out there knows the answer to the following question, I sure would appreciate being let in on the secret…IS THERE SOAP IN THEIR SPIT?
I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not a bird behavior specialist…although I have been mistaken for one at cocktail parties.
I am just a bird observer, a mere mortal with an uncanny ability to be wrong about a lot of things.
In the spirit of keeping my track record very blemished, I would like to offer my thoughts on the interaction above. The wide spread wings of the bluejay above may mean, “STOP”. Perhaps little bluejay birds were crossing the branches on their way to bluejay school, crossing guards are always needed and heeded.
I didn’t notice any traffic or construction, but the commanding posture of the wings could indicate that oncoming birds should take an alternate route. I’ve been told that these worker birds take a lot of verbal abuse from frustrated fliers.
One last possibility for this behavior is some kind of weird attempt to find a date for the “spring fling.” Personally I think this move just smacks of desperation and I suspect this bird will be shunned and become the catalyst for an urban myth about a creepy, inappropriate bird that lurked in the woods.
Look at that sweet little face.
I wonder what the little bird’s name is,”sweet pea”,
It’s possible that this bird considers itself to be a rough and tough character. Perhaps it imagines itself a superhero of the bird world. It’s possible that it goes by the name of “Hercules”.
Of course I’ll never know what it’s name is…unless it can talk…then I would want to know a lot more than what it’s name is.
I find myself wondering if birds get really chilly on winter, windy days.
I know their feathers keep them warm, but when the wind lifts them up and away from their bodies, the cold wind must send a chill through them.
I was trying to recreate their experience by walking up and down the driveway and flapping my coat open and shut and I definitely was colder than I would have normally been. If you live in a cold climate, you can try the same experiment. Make sure to wear clothes under your coat…we don’t want to read about you in the newspaper.
Isn’t this an intense look? Male cardinals have an image problem…in my professional opinion.
I think a simple change by Mother Nature could solve the whole issue. I’d suggest that the less dark feathers to the side of the eye, (see arrow), add to the impression of a stern demeanor.
An easy fix would be to add some interesting eyelashes and replace the black feathers under the beak with red feathers.
I’m aware that this is a radical proposal…but I think many cardinals would like to soften their, “look”.