Archives for November 2013
Did you know …
- That robins find their prey by listening. Robins can be seen turning their heads from side to side as they hop across lawns. They are listening for worms.
- Robins lay blue eggs. This is quite unusual. Very few things in nature are colored blue.
- When mother robin builds her nest out of soft mud and sticks, she twists and turns in the nest to create a nest shape that fits her body perfectly. This makes the nest water-proof. When mother robin sits on her nest, her body creates the perfect rooftop on the nest. Her feathers are oily and water-proof so mother robin stays dry too.
- Robins are the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan and Wisconsin
- Batman’s superhero friend “Robin” wears a red shirt to remind people of a robin birds’ red breast.
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Turkeys aren’t the only ones with waddles.
This is a Red Wattled Pig. That’s correct… it is spelled ‘Wattled’ not ‘Waddled’ like a turkey. This is an endangered farm animals species. In 1999 there were only 42 of these hardy pigs left in the United States. Here are some fun facts:
- the wattles serve no known function.
- red wattled pigs are excellent foragers and can root out food that other animals might miss. They are well suited to living in pastures and woods.
- they have mild temperaments and are excellent mothers to their large litters of 9 to 12 piglets.
- their meat is described as lean and flavorful.
To find out more about these great pigs and other endangered farm animals species go to: www.livestockconservancy.org
- a turkey “gobble” can be heard a mile away.
- the part of the waddle that goes over the turkey’s nose is called a snood.
- “beards” are actually special stiff hair-like feathers.
- males usually have the beards but a few female turkeys will have a beard.
- male turkeys are called toms.
- baby turkeys are called poults.
- female turkeys are called hens.
Can you find the hidden hen turkey in the background?
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