This winter join in the fun at Ark City, KS and other locations for a bird counting expo put on by the Audobon Society. Don't know how to count birds? It's okay, there is an easy consult at the website of ornithology. Winter weather hasn't scared the birds away yet, and many species remain in icy-cold conditions, faring in nest-boxes with food from garden feeders.
It seems that the greatest predator to birds in the backyard, are other birds such as owls, hawks and falcons. Birds consume many rodents, bugs, and berries, necessary to corridor insect proliferation and manage the population of lower-level animals. Birds may even feed humans during times of stricken survival. The advantage of having bird watching skills indicates in the wild, a movement of certain predators, and abundance of food.
Some birds, you may have noticed, migrate with the weather, but not all birds are warm-weather adapted. The myth that robins are a warm-weather bird, has turned sour because it has been revealed to watchers in colder climates, that robins don't disappear in spite of snow and ice.
So, what is it about a partridge in a pear tree that makes bird-watching inevitable? Probably the reason for the season, altogether a symbol of majesty, combined with wilderness, and a fowl-course main meal. The bird watching--well, that's for mere counting folks!!
Want to debunk this Christmas rhyme? Make a comment to add to discussion. Do you think 'partridge in a pear tree' is a factual description of the holidays?