write and publish her book, Words In Our Beak Volume One.
In fact, Cam is named for both of my maternal grandparents! Her name, Cam, is short for Clara Albert Melahn (Clara is my dearly departed maternal grandmother; Albert is my dearly departed maternal grandfather).
In any event, Cam is quite a forthright spokes-bird; and in her narrative, she aspires to raise awareness of all members of the avian community, but especially those who are cardinals. Cam's need to raise awareness stems from the fact that she understands what it is to be marginalized.
This is explained in the note to the reader at the onset of her book,“folks often dismiss (her) due to (her) — what some ornithologists have called — ‘dull coloring,’ and focus on the bright red males (cardinals).”
Cam admits that the female cardinal’s images are used atop a holiday coasters;
And indeed female cardinals are attracted to the brightly colored males, "the redder, the better," (in terms of choosing a mate) Cam writes, and explains that one reason for "that because the colors of our gender’s bird type are muted giving us a protective camouflage, deep red coloring in the males of our bird type indicates they are healthy and might make good partners and fathers to our children. "
The gender of a duck, for example, is very easy to determine by a quick glance of their coloring; as seen in the following pictures (which show — respectively — a female, a male, as well a female and male together).
Both of these mourning dove themed photographs are included in Words In Our Beak Volume One; and the latter of them is also included in my fauna-flora-insect-themed postcard collection.
Be that as it may, as Cam has stated in her book (re determining this bird types gender), "in terms of mourning doves, males are a little larger and more colorful than females, with bluish iridescence on the crown and pink on the breast. The mourning dove's tail has long inner feathers, white on the edges, and tapers to a point. Their feet are dull red. Their beaks are thin and black. They have large dark spots on the upper surface of their wings. The wings make a whistling sound when the bird flies and they sometimes clap their wings together noisily above and below the body when they take off suddenly. Males and females have a small dark comma-shaped mark on both sides of the head below and behind the eyes. Their eyes are dark brown and ringed about with pastel blue skin. Their eyelids are blue too!"
And, with this info about mourning doves, I'll close this post re International Women's Day; and follow up within the coming days. After all, while, today may be International Women's Day, the ENTIRE month of March (in addition to being National Peanut Month [as mentioned yesterday]; as well as being Irish American Month [as discussed last year here on Blogger] is also labeled as National Women's History Month; please stay tuned!
Meanwhile, please join me in wishing my sister a blessed birthday!