Stacey Cole's Nature Talks: Warblers apparently like 'grilled' food, too
They inquired if this "reasoned" behavior would be passed on and become "instinctive" behavior in succeeding generations of this sparrow. I could not offer an answer and turned to our readers for their thoughts.
During the fall and spring migratory periods in New Hampshire readers should always be looking for a prothonotary warbler. However, in checking with Rebecca Suomala, longtime biologist and Managing Editor of NH Audubon's "Bird Record" publication, there have been only five known records of the appearance of a prothonotary warbler in New Hampshire.
"We have become accustomed to being greeted by hummingbirds when they arrive in the spring. This consists of their hovering for several seconds about a foot away from one's face. About three years ago one of us was on the step ladder painting the inside of a screened building when the hummingbirds arrived. Two came inside the building (the screens were down) and performed the usual greeting ritual. This year the greeting occurred when one of us was leaning out of a second story window. There is usually a similar farewell ritual when the birds are ready to move south.
What an interesting description of bird behavior! I must confess, I've never heard anything quite the equal to it. We thank our Bradford readers for sharing their experience with us.
The pink lady slipper (Cypriedium acaule) is our state wildflower. It is covered, along with other wild flowers under NH RSA Chapter 217‑A:9, (Prohibited Acts) and reads:
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