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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Texas State Bird

In 1927, the “Mocker” was adopted as the Texas state bird. This was due to the fact that the Mocking bird has the prettiest song in the entire North America. The Taxes state bird is also known for its highly protective nature of its nest and family.

Scientifically known as mimus polyglottos, the mocking bird is 10 inches in length. The bird is known for its melodious tunes and songs. Bringing all natures’ beauty in the songs it sings, the Taxes state bird is indeed a joy to ears. Common notion is that there are two species of the mocking bird in the United States. They are seen in abundance near the sea and make the shore an even more beautiful sight for the tourists.

The Taxes state birds live in a close knit community and are protective about not only their own family but about the entire community. If the nest of a fellow bird is being attacked by a snake or any other predator in the absence of that bird, then the entire community strives to protect it. The mocking bird is a fierce predator and can make it difficult for its attackers or other animals passing through its environment.

In winters it moves more towards plantations and farmhouses and can be seen in roof tops. It travels mostly during the day. The male bird is larger than the female and hence easily distinguished. Texas State Birds generally build their nests in shrubs and trees and they often make use of bits of wool and string for building purposes. Mockingbirds raise two or three broods each year, often so near houses that they can be watched from a window or porch as they feed and care for their young ones. Mockingbirds are very much concerned about their nests and act as a fierce protector of their young ones. Texas State Birds are sometimes seen swooping down on a dog, cat or predator that comes close to their nest. In the North, their natural diet is primarily insects during the breeding season while in the south, all the year round they survive on seeds, fruits and berries.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Blind Robin

"The blind robin" is a very popular poem written down a few decades ago, that won the audience heart and made them feel lively and jolly. It is counted among the favorites of the people all over the world, and has received great appreciation from the same. However, before proceeding ahead with our subject topic "the blind robin", we must know what the "robin" here means.

Well, the blind robin is one of the most familiar birds of the North America. They are popular for having red colored breast and gray back that gives them unique yet unparallel look. There are others which have white patches as well on their bodies. You can also easily find the robins with white breast instead of red, or white backs instead of the typical gray colored ones. However, there also exist the robins which are pure white like the marble. Such beautiful white robins are generally given the name "albino robins", though they are now rarely found on the land.

Whatever may be the color of the blind robin, it is not difficult to identify the males or females among them, even though both of them hold the same color combination. It is because the nature distinct them by giving males comparatively richer color combination, giving them brighter look as compared to their female counterparts.It is of course not a surprising phenomenon, but mainly due to the difference in the pigment content of the male and female robins that brings in them this color difference. An albino bird, a breed of robin, makes no pigment at all and hence is of pure white color. On the other hand, the ones which secret normal quantities of the same are seen to have the definite red breast and gray black, as is the case of normal robins.

Now that we have gained enough idea about the robins and their basic looks, we can start with our subject topic that is "the blind robin". Basically, the blind robin was a poem cum song written a few years back that gained publicity among the people and is now adored all over the world. Do listen it, if you have been missing the same till now!!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tweety Bird

Tweety Bird is a well known fictitious character of the Looney Toon cartoon "The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries" of Warner Brothers. It was actually sketched by the Bob Clampett in 1942 for the cartoon "The tale of two kitties", where in it was rather seen in naked pink colored form, as compared to present yellow version of the Tweety bird.


Further the Tweety bird was supposed to hold more aggressive nature in its original version, though later on it was shown to be a cool calm and witty character in the cartoons. One can easily see the Tweety bird along with the other popular cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny, tom and jerry, etc, although its most popular cartoon is the one shot with a ravenous cat named Sylvester. The Granny working as a detective is yet another popular characters of the cartoon.

Tweety, as was originally named, is now more popularly known as Tweety bird now. The bird got its first name from the cartoon shot with the Sylvester, wherein it was given the look of a canary with big blue eyes and bright yellow feathers. In their most popular animated TV series, Tweety bird and Sylvester play the characters of pets and helpers of the detective "Granny " in her investigation process.

The presence of Tweety tempts Sylvester and therefore he makes each possible attempt to catch and eat the bird. However, he generally fails in his attempts due to the wittiness of the Tweety bird which drags the cat towards Hector the Bulldog, or due to other circumstances like presence of Granny around, etc. You would also see big building or heavy irons, and other appliances falling over the characters, making you laugh and feel entertained. The cartoon slowly gained the publicity and became popular among the people, especially among the school going kids. The kids loved to see their fights; and adored the characters for playing tricks on each other.

The Tweety Bird cartoon has gained enough popularity among the people. This can be witnessed by the goods available with the prints of the scenes from the cartoons, or they being made exclusively in the shape of the cartoon characters. For example, you can find Tweety Bird and Sylvester bags, pencil boxes, t-shirts, gift papers, etc.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Wildlife Feeders

Wildlife can not exist without the four components that comprise their habitat: food, water, shelter, and space. Your property may not be large enough to provide all of the habitat needs for the kind of wildlife you wish to attract. However, you can offer one or more of these habitat components, even in a small backyard environment. Providing a variety of feeding stations will give wildlife, both residential and migratory, added incentive to visit your property. Wildlife feeders can provide an opportunity to view wildlife from the comfort of your home. The most popular types of wildlife feeders are those for backyard birds.

Because this is the most common type of wildlife feeding, there are a wide variety of wildlife feeders to choose from. However, wildlife feeders can also be provided for other species such as pheasants, bobwhite quail, white-tailed deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, butterflies, and moths. When food supplies are scarce, such as in the very early spring or during bouts of severe weather, wildlife will rely more on your feeders. Do not worry that the animals will become dependent on your feeders. If you have to stop feeding for a month or so, they will find alternate sources.

The combination of habitat diversity and the quality of available food are what will attract and keep songbirds at your backyard feeders. Pick a location that can be seen from your house, where the seed hulls and bird droppings won't be a problem, and that you can easily access year-round for filling and cleaning. If possible, locate the wildlife feeders near shelter such as evergreen or deciduous shrubbery that will provide protection from predators and winter winds. After you have set up your feeders you may find that you have unwanted guests. One such problem is that of other animals eating out of, and sometimes monopolizing, the feeders. Squirrels are the biggest culprits when it comes to taking over bird feeders, as they scare off birds when they are at the feeders, and often end up destroying the feeder by gnawing right through it. The simplest solution to the squirrel problem is to place the feeder on a pole away from houses and nearby tree limbs, and place a baffle on the pole. A baffle is a smooth metal sleeve or cone that prevents climbing. Other seed snatchers include chipmunks, rats, and mice. Reducing seed spillage under the feeder by avoiding mixed bird seed will deter them. Also, storing your seed in metal garbage cans will eliminate consumption of stored food.

Another problem encountered at wildlife feeders is that of predators. Avoid placing the feeders in an area that has a lot of ground cover as this provides good places for mammalian predators to hide. Cats pose a serious threat to backyard birds, especially to nestlings, fledglings, and roosting birds, as they are not natural predators. When a cat is present in your yard you are not likely to see many birds at your feeders. If possible, keep cats indoors, or use a belled collar to warn birds. Several precautions can be taken to ensure that the birds visiting your wildlife feeders remain healthy. Avoid crowding the birds in a small space, as overcrowding facilitates the spread of diseases. Keep the feeders clean of waste and food droppings. Feeders should be cleaned once or twice a month with a mixture of warm soapy water and a capful or two of household bleach. Clean more often during humid summer months and cool, wet weather to avoid food spoilage.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Animated Ducks

Animated Ducks is what we shall discuss in this article. To animate, and the related words, animation, animated and the animator all derive from the latin verb animate, which means ‘to give life to’ and within the context of the animated film, this largely means the artificial creation of the illusion of movement in animate lines and forms. A working definition, therefore, of animation in practice, is that it is a film made by hand, frame by frame, providing an illusion of movement which has not been directly recorded in the convectional photographic sense. So what can animated ducks be?

Carl Barks was the anonymous "duck man" for Walt Disney whose draftsmanship and writing gained him a cult like following among artists and fans of Donald Duck comic books and of his very own creation, Scrooge McDuck. "Duck Tales" was Disney's crown jewel in the 80's and 90's, a series that Carl Barks would be proud of. And this is when animated ducks started gaining popularity. It represents everything that was cool about cartoons in that glorious period: quirky characters, awesome voice acting, animation that actually looks like it was drawn at one time, and an AWESOME theme song. All these years later, I still find myself humming the theme often.

Duck Tales was the most successful of Disney's early attempts to create high-quality animated ducks for a TV animated series. One of the most popular of the Disney cartoon characters, Donald Duck made his debut in the Silly Symphony cartoon "The Wise Little Hen". Animation has given a new life and soul to a design not through copying but through transformation of reality.

Today, ‘animated ducks’ specifically ‘Donald Duck’ is recognized by people of all ages, the world over. His face appears on lunch boxes, T-shirts, and thousands of other products, including a long-running brand of frozen orange juice. And at any given moment, somewhere in the world, in any of a hundred languages, someone is reading a Donald Duck comic book or watching a Donald Duck cartoon and that’s how popular animated ducks are.

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