In the spring a gentleman turkey’s mind turns to finding lady love. As with most in the bird kingdom, the males don exquisite plumage and make a great dancing display to attract that special hen. Sometimes they get into a shoving match with the other males, not unlike the church dance scene in Westside Story but soon things calm down and the flock proceeds to forage for insects and nuts. Want to know more about wild turkeys here on Long Island? Well take a listen to this nature moment from local biologist Mike Bonttini.
We have always been inspired by The City of Boston’s love of their ducks and swans. The Boston Public Garden has an adored statue dedicated to the famous children’s book, Make Way for Ducklings, story and illustrations by Robert McCloskey and statue by Nancy Schon. It tells a tale of a duck family that finds happiness right in the middle of Boston through the kindness of its citizens. Here at the edge of the wood our hearts and good wishes go out to Boston. We know like your world-renowned ducklings, you will find peace again.
Here at the edge of the wood we know that a baby squirrel is much more adorable than a baby computer, but are they as smart? According to scientist Frans De Waal, “A growing body of evidence shows, that we have grossly underestimated both the scope and the scale of animal intelligence. Can an octopus use tools? Do chimpanzees have a sense of fairness? Can birds guess what others know? Do rats feel empathy for their friends? Just a few decades ago we would have answered “no” to all such questions. Now we’re not so sure.” As scientists develop tests that are animal centric, not human centric, they have, “Moved from viewing animals as instinct-driven stimulus-response machines to seeing them as sophisticated decision makers.” So, it seems our animal friends have beauty and brains.
We are not sure but they seem to be trying to communicate. What is most impressive is the black-cap chickadee’s landing. Her claws are strong enough to perch through any storm yet delicate enough not to puncture the balloon. Her white-breasted nuthatch friend seems impressed too.