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.

 

Shaking It Off

February 21, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Shaking It OffShaking It Off

 

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.

 


Daily Ritual

February 19, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Daily RitualDaily Ritual

 

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.

 


Back to the Feeder

February 16, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Back to the FeederBack to the Feeder

 

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. 

 

 


Up and Away

February 14, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Up and AwayUp and Away

 

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.

 

 


Leap of Faith

February 12, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Leap of FaithLeap of Faith

 

In spite of their name - - "Red-bellied Woodpecker" - - the red belly of it is rarely seen.  They are more easily recognizable by the vibrant red cap they wear on the back of their heads