People are always thrilled when a live bird alights in their hand to retrieve a seed. In winter, I carry seed with me just in case.
I visited Lynde Shores in Whitby today and saw this sign:
A previous sign recommended not feeding ducks or geese and suggested feeding only songbirds. Now Canada Wildlife has gone one step further.
Here is an article from the Saskatchewan StarPhoenix:
Avian flu: Please don’t feed chickadees in Saskatoon | The Star Phoenix
A Black Swallowtail landed in sow-thistle and put on a show:
Found mainly in Central or South America. Wow!
In the dewy fields the cattle lie
Chewing the cud ‘neath a fading sky;
Dobbin at manger pulls his hay:
Gone is another summer’s day. – Walter de la Mare (1873 –1956)
Here is a link to an article and audio about birdsong.
Is birdsong music, speech, or something else altogether? The question has raged for millennia, drawing in everyone from St. Augustine to Virginia Woolf.