What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected. - Chief Seattle
This is the place to continue your journey with me to help you realize how every aspect of nature is an integral part of your life.
Bathing helps the mute swans maintain cleanliness and waterproofing of their feathers. As part of the bathing process, there is a gland at the base of their tails which contains oil which they spread to make their feathers water resistant.
Mute swans engage in a variety of interesting rituals including bathing. This daily ritual, which oftentimes occurs multiple times a day, is a crucial aspect of their grooming behavior.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker has a diverse diet including insects, fruits and seeds. Here in southeast Michigan during the winter month it is a lot easier to feast on seeds, especially those provided in feeders near to its home in a tree cavity.
This one spends the day here flying between the large oak tree and the feeder. Its ritual is take fly about 30 feet from the large oak tree, eat a few safflower seeds at the feeder and carry some back to the fork in the tree. Once done, it begins the round trip continually throughout the daylight hours or until the seeds are replenished.
A seen here, the male cardinal is known for is vibrant red plumage which covers most of their body. Other prominent features are a black mask around their eyes and a conspicuous crest on their heads. Their beaks are either red or orange.
In comparison to the female of the species, the male is larger overall which plays a role in its behavior within its habitat.