Posted by: atowhee | August 22, 2022

PARLEZ VOUS FINCHAIS?

I am learning to understand Finchlish or Finchais. I’ll never be able to “speak” but some vague level of comprehension is soaking into the aural lobes of my antique brain. For years I have felt fairly confident around corvids, when they speak. And Flickerish is almost my second language sometimes. But right now there are House Finches present in our garden during almost every daylight hour until near sunset. They are certainly around at dawn. Today at least nine as the winter-sized flocks begin to form. Nearly all their communications outside breeding season are really about personal and group concerns, They do not announce the way corvids or woodpecker or nuthatches do, they directly communicate with then other nearby finches.

Avian flu kills hundreds of Black Vultures in Georgia–spells death for many domestic birds as well. Click here.

In the Shetland Islands, gannets and other seabirds are dying of flu–click here.


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