Sunday, April 26, 2009

The View Looking In

First, let me introduce myself:

I am SpokesBird for the local branch of the North Carolina Outdoor Birds Society! It is a flock consisting of members from a variety of species including orioles, finches, sparrows, crows, cardinals, tanagers, hummingbirds, indigo buntings, woodpeckers, chickadees, and many more.

Blue jays and cowbirds are the only species not permitted into our Society; it should be obvious why. They are simply bullies. We cannot encourage this behavior by giving them full membership privileges.

Two species have provisional membership: the pileated woodpeckers and the crows. We are working with them (positively, of course) to curb their excessively loud and repetitive vocalizations. We have explained to them that unless a squirrel, blue jay or cowbird is in the area, we would prefer they not carry on like a couple of human school girls at a slumber party! It severely disrupts feeder activity.

With regard to the indoor birds that are the subject of this blog, I must first say (and the membership agrees) that the green parrot is as loud (and virtually the same size) as the crows. We were quite disturbed to hear her imitate their vocalizations perfectly. The crows were brought before council and reminded that they represent the society at all times. Too late now, the damage is done. Nonetheless, we have requested that they stop egging her on....

The local hummingbird population has reported that the little gray bird is quite fascinating! He apparently acquired the ability to mimic their sounds as they were drinking from the local feeder.

Initially, it caused quite an uproar. He would not respond to their attempts at direct communication. They thought he was simply mocking them. (Head's up: don't use that term in front of the mocking birds. They can be quite sensitive.) Their complaints were brought to the Society. We did consider that since they overwinter in Mexico, their international accent might be confusing the gray guy. Upon further investigation, we discovered he is not from around here. He simply repeats what he hears; he doesn't understand a chirp of what he is saying.

The newest addition to the indoor group, the little blue guy, has a fabulous singing voice! We sit in the trees in awe of his abilities! We would love to have more of his kind in the neighborhood. He seems laid back, beautiful to look at, and a joy to listen to. He has been seen, on a number of occasions, dive bombing the large green parrot to knock her off her perch. While we don't officially condone this behavior, we find it entertaining! He has an impressive sense of self confidence for such a little dude!

Looking from the outside in, we are surprised to see there is quite a bit of flying going on, and that food is shared easily! The arguments that seem to plague our feeding stations are all but absent from the indoor bird area. If we could only discover why they get on so well....

Feeder etiquette is a frequent topic at Society meetings; no matter how much we encourage sharing, it seems there are always problems... always, always.... Not to be pointing talons, but the smaller birds seem to have a chip on their wing....

To give an example, here is a sample of the two smaller ones sharing millet! Amazingly, there was no fowl language!



Jim said...

Great video! As always, nice post.

Robin said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Jim! I look forward to posting more videos of Strider's progress!

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