By S. J. Brown
As I pondered the possible subjects for this month’s blog I toyed with a variety of subjects. I always want my blogs to be interesting, educational and thought provoking. So I thought I would share some animal info with everyone.
Did you know that when a black bear is nervous it will sway from side to side? This swaying motion makes it difficult for me to focus and get a clear image of a bear. The solution on most occasions is to back up just a step or two and let the bear relax before I click the shutter button.
Did you know Red Knots (that’s a bird folks) fly over 9,000 miles every spring? They fly into the Delaware Bay area each year in May to feed on horseshoe crab eggs. Nearly 90 percent of the Red Knot population can be seen in a single day along the beaches of Delaware. Sorry I don’t have a decent picture of them to share. Most migratory birds are very nervous when passing through an area. That makes them difficult to photograph.
Did you know that planting trees just after it rains is hard work? I know this because I in the last two weeks I have helped plant over 100 trees. The mud sticks to your feet, and hands, and makes everyone a muddy mess. While we are on the subject of trees, did you know the practice of loosening up the roots on plants and trees before planting them is called tickling the roots?
Did you know a Snapper Turtles jaw is so powerful it can bite off a human finger? Snapper Turtles have no natural predators except humans so this is a skill that could come in handy. This knowledge combined with the fact that full grown male Snapper Turtles can weigh as much as 220 pounds should deter you from picking one up.
Did you know most animals will warn you before they attack? An alligator will make a growling sound. White tailed deer will stomp their foot or snort. The exception to this rule is mothers with babies.
Yes, I know most of these facts the average person will never need to know. However, as the human population continues to grow more and more people are encountering wild animals that are simply trying to survive.
Here are some facts that may come in handy. Most animals have a food preference. Deer love hostas, also known as deer candy, but they tend to stay away from plants with a strong aroma.
Did you know that mockingbird that keeps attacking your car mirror or window most likely thinks it is another mockingbird in its territory. All you have to do eliminate the reflection by placing a towel, shirt or cardboard over it.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed learning about animals.
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