Male Rufous-Sided Towhee picture from NatureWorks.com
During my time as Executive Director at Walden's, I was amazed by how many myths about wildlife are passed down from previous generations. There were countless times that I was told....."I always heard that" or "My mama told me" or "Isn't it true that...?" So, here goes:
"I touched a baby bird. The mother won't take it back, will she?" FACT: All animal mothers want their babies back. Birds, with the exception of vultures, have NO sense of smell.
"We found a baby rabbit. It took a while for us to chase it and catch it. It's too small to be on its own. FACT: A baby rabbit the size of a baseball is self-sufficient.
"Hummingbirds have no legs and can't perch." FACT: They do have legs and they do perch.
"Raccoons have to wash their food in water because they have no saliva." FACT: Raccoons do produce saliva. These creatures have more nerve endings in their paws than we do in our hands. They like the feel of water against their skin, and frequently play with things in water.
"I found a baby deer in some underbrush. I didn't see the mother anywhere." FACT: Female deer stash their babies and leave them alone most of the time to avoid attracting predators to the nest.
These are just a few.
I haven't seen any of the grosbeaks at my feeder for a couple of weeks. Much to my surprise, a pair of towhees
have shown up. I've never seen them here before. I haven't had any luck at shooting my own picture yet.