Posts tagged ‘Woodlands’

What is a cuckoo?

Nearly everyone is familiar with the cuckoo clock which a small, wooden bird announces the hours “cuckoo, cuckoo.”

The clock bird is imitating the loud call of the European cuckoo, and ashy-gray bird about size of the small pigeon.

Cuckoo

“Cuckoo” is the name of several closely related birds that are found nearly all parts of the world.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the cuckoo is that it builds no nest of its own but lays its eggs in the nests of other birds.

When the baby cuckoo hatches, the foster parents feed it as carefully as if it were their own.

Actually, not all cuckoos are guilty of this behavior.  Some cuckoos build untidy nests in quiet woodlands and care for their young.

Cuckoos are helpful to man.  They eat many insect pests such as hairy caterpillars.  Such insects are shunned by other birds because of the caterpillar irritating bristles.– Dick Rogers

What is a shrew?

You might call a mouse small, but a tiny creature knows and a shrew may be much smaller.  In fact, shrews are among the tiniest mammals on earth.

Shrew are furry animals that look much like a mice, except for their long, pointed noses, which they use to explore cracks and crevices for food.

Shrew

Some kinds of shrews are only two to three inches long and weight about as much as a penny, while the largest ones may be the size of small rats.

Shrews make their homes in grassy fields, woodlands, gardens and marshes.  They are often mistaken for mice because of their small size.

But for all its small size, a shrew is a big eater and spends almost all its life in a never-ending hunt for food.

It must eat nearly twice its own weight in insects and worms each day to keep up its supply of energy.

Shrews are useful in gardens and farms.  They get rid of pests that destroy drops.– Dick Rogers