Thursday, January 5, 2017

January the Fifth is for (some of) the birds!


Earlier today, I posted some facts regarding this date of January 5th, stating that it is the twelfth day of Christmas and mentioned that some folks will be participating in Twelfth Night celebrations. But this not the only event being honored! For according to Holiday Insights (H.I.), "National Bird Day is celebrated on January 5th."  H.I; in an attempt to clarify one bird related holiday from another states the following:

"Bird Day is the oldest of the days set aside to recognize birds. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, Bird Day was first observed  on May 4, 1894. It was started by Charles Almanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. By 1910, Bird Day was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day. Bird Day and Arbor Day events are focused upon conservation training and awareness.

"National Bird Day was established by bird activists. It calls upon people to recognize the plight of captive birds. It also draws attention to exploitation of birds in the U.S. pet industry. On this day, organizers suggest we reflect upon the conditions of birds held in captivity. Note: Our research did not find any documentation that this is a "National" day, which requires an act of congress.

"International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year. They travel thousands of miles between breeding grounds in North America, and their winter homes in Central and South America. Organizers say this is a day to both support, and to increase awareness of conservation efforts in support of migratory birds. They also suggest a field trip into a woods to look for and enjoy migrating birds."

Furthermore, H.I. suggests that on this National Bird Day (as well as all bird-related holidays) that folks be more observant of our feathered friends. This always a great thing to do, but, it's also great to give the gift of birds to a fauna lover on this day; and Cam's book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One, seen in the image atop this entry is the perfect choice! Please click here for info on how you can get her book in Apple's iBooks Store or iTunes ; or click here for info re how you can get Words In Our Beak Volume One on Amazon.

Btw, I have a confession to make re my own observation of my visiting birds! As I was typing this I heard a lot of commotion in my kitchen and thought it was a mouse! Turns out a little male house finch (a bird type that is featured in Cam's book) had gotten inside by going through a very small opening in my window! Before attempting to help him make an exit, I tried to get a photo!

BUT it turns out the memory card wasn't in my camera! I'll have to rely on my own memory re this encounter and turn to the wisdom of E.B. White's aunt which I've referenced here on Blogger in the past, stating:

"When a missed opportunity like this occurs, I try to console myself with the wisdom that E.B. White spoke of in his essay, 'Remembrance is Sufficient.' An excerpt from this can be found below:

"'...A few weeks ago she (White's aunt) said something so close to the theme of Christmas that we shall quote it here... We were apologizing for have taken her for a motor ride that morning to see once again the bright colors of the woods. 'Why, my dear,' she said without hesitation, 'remembrance is sufficient of the beauty we have seen.'"

Therefore, instead of bemoaning that I wasn't on point to document my visitor's very short stay (he figured out how to get out of Dodge...), I'm very flattered to have been in his presence. And to think he visited me on National Bird Day!

By the way, if you aren't familiar with male house finches, dear reader, the images posted directly below feature his bird type.



The first one features him alone, the second one features him with his gal pal, who was a bit perturbed at him at the time. Both of these pictures are from my fauna-flora-insect-themed postcards, and the entire collection may be viewed within a prior post here on Blogger or in one of the pages on my web-site, patriciayoungquist.com.

These also make great gifts for your bird and garden loving friends. Currently they are being sold at the gift shop at The Raptor Trust (a bird rehab facility in New Jersey); as well as an exquisite shop in NYC called More & More Antiques. Additionally, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will be selling them in their gift shop in the coming days!

And with that, dear reader, please, if you can't get Words In Our Beak, or my collection of postcards, always remember, on any day (don't wait for a bird-related holiday), take Mary Poppins advice to remember FEED THE BIRDS!


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