I’ve asked all my fans to ask me any questions they have about birds or birding, so that I could answer them here to educate everybody! The results are below:
How do birds fly?
With their wings, dummy! Ah ha ha, I’m only teasing!!! They flap their wings until it lifts them up. Hence, this process is known as “lift.” Science is so interesting like that!
Why are all birds’ beaks yellow?
I’m afraid you’re mixing up real life with cartoons, which I often do, too. While most birds have yellow beaks, some of them actually don’t! As for why: since I just explained that the basis of your question was ill-informed, it doesn’t make much sense to still answer it, now does it?
Is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker really extinct?
Sadly, we’ll probably never know.
Is your favorite band The Eagles, Flock of Seagulls, or The Byrds? (LOL)
No way, my favorite band is John Mayer!
What do you think is the general public’s biggest misconception about birds?
I’ll tell you what, that game “Angry Birds” makes me such an “Angry Birder!” It’s nothing but lies! How that game ever became so popular is beyond me, because birds are never angry! They are the sweetest, gentlest, most magical animals on the planet! The makers of that game are a bunch of liars who don’t have a clue about ornithology!
Which bird song do you think sounds the prettiest?
As nice as the springtime dawn chorus in the eastern woodlands can be, I must say I’m absolutely transfixed every time I hear the amazing song of this electronic motion-sensing parrot I bought:
Is it true that all birds are beautiful?
Do you know the scientific name of the Ash-throated Flycatcher?
What is your favorite food? (Oh, was this supposed to be a bird-related question?)
Well funny you should ask, because I like to step into birds’ shoes now and then (how adorable would that be if birds really wore shoes?!) so I usually eat a lot of sunflower seeds. But my favorite food is probably chicken fingers, yum!
Is there a funnier name for a bird than the “Titmouse?”
While it definitely is pretty funny that a bird was accidentally called a mouse, I’ve always thought “Great Blue Heron” was the funniest name, because they’re not really all that great.
Whatcha lookin’ at? [Asked in the field.]
Oh, there are just some nuthatches up there.
Where is your favorite birding “hot-spot” around the ‘Burgh?
Wherever the most birds are! So usually the trees!
How do migrating birds even know which way is North or South? Maps?
I’ve often wondered that myself! I’ll bet they just remember.
What’s the best bird you’ve ever seen?
Well that’s easy! That’d be the very first bird I ever saw, the one that brought me into this world to teach all of yinz about birds: the Stork! 😉
Think you can think of another thing for me to think about? Ask me below!