Friday, May 21, 2010
Today's Feather Friday bird is the Roadrunner.Here are some cool facts about the Roadrunner. The Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico, but are seen in all southwestern states. The Roadrunner weighs between 8-24 ounces, is 20-24 inches in length, is 10-12 inches tall, and lives 7-8 years. Roadrunners eats lizards and insects and are fast enough to catch and eat snakes. YIKES! Roadrunners prefer walking or running over flying and can attain speeds up to 17 mph. Roadrunners are ground cuckoos, a subfamily of the Cuckoo bird. Roadrunners have bizzard behavior. Because it it uniquely suited for the desert environment, it can reabsorb water from its feces before excretion. A nasal gland eliminates excess salt, instead of using it's urinary tract like other birds. It reduces it's activity during the heat of the day. Hey...that sounds like Rambo. It's extreme quickness allows it to catch a hummingbird or dragonfly from mid air!! Because Roadrunners are so swift, I only have the one picture. Hope you enjoyed the 6th episode of Feather Friday. Have a pawsome weekend!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Today's Feather Friday birdie is the Bullock's Oriole. The Bullock's Oriole is 8 1/2 inches tall. In my opinion, one of the most beautiful birds to visit our yard. Males are black above with bright yellow below with a white patch on the wings. The females are more olive above and pale yellow below. The main food of the Oriole is insects, but fruit and nectar are also eaten. In winter, orioles are attracted ro oranges, apples and jelly. In summer, they visit the hummingbird feeders that have perches. They are very hard to capture pictures of. They move very swifly. One is sitting in the eucalyptus tree if you can find him. Their nest is a pouch of plants fibers, hair and plant down bound with spider webs and hungs from the tips of twigs and large trees. Maybe their nest is in the eucalpytus??
Hope you enjoyed Feather Friday!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Today's Feather Friday birdie is the hummingbird. Take it away G-Mom. Thank you Rambo. Yes....today's bird is the beautiful little hummingbird. Here are some interesting facts about the hummingbird.
- the hummingbird is the smallest bird and also the smallest of all animals that have a backbone.
- they have no sense of smell
- because they can rotate their wings in a circle, they are the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down ,sideways and hover in mid air.
- to conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they can go into a hibernation-like state (torpor) where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of its normal rate.
- during migration, some hummingbirds make a non-stop 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.
- during courtship dives they can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour and can average speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour.
- they can beat their wings up to 80 times a second during normal flight and up to 200 times per second during a courtship dive.
- their heart rate can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute. percentage wise, the hummingbird has the largest brain of all birds (4.2% of its total body weight).
- hummingbirds have very weak feet and use them mainly just for perching
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
You tube just informed that there is a dog using my name, Rambo the chihuahua. I want to let you know that he is an imposter. I am the ONLY Rambo the chihuahua. I am the REAL Rambo the chihuahua. This dog has some b-lls stealing my name. That filthy liar. Quiero hundir los dientes en él y cuando yo lo consigo que yo lo romperé a pedazos. ¡Gringo! woof woof woof woof woof HOWL. I'm gonna find you imposter Rambo.