Wild Wings Nature Store
12458C Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606
in the Glendale Shopping Center
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Your friendly birding store since 1991
Questions For Jim
Q: Are the humming birds all gone for the season? Can I stop feeding the hummingbirds now?
A: The majority have left the area to go to the winter grounds. You can get an occasional winter bird in November. If you are ready to take your feeder down it is OK, it is your choice.
Q: Do birds see color, or are they like animals that only see black and gray?
A: Birds appear to have a well-developed color sense. Recent experiments indicate that birds are sensitive to all colors, though some scientists believe they are less receptive to the blue end of the spectrum. The fact that birds see color should be no surprise for in all the forms of animal life, birds are the most colorful.
Q: Do birds have keen sense of smell?
A: scientists generally believe that birds have a relatively poor sense of smell. This belief is based largely on the fact that the nostrils of birds open into a dry, horny beak. The turkey vulture is the exception as it has an excellent sense of smell.
Q: Which North American bird builds the largest nest?
A: The bald eagle builds the largest nest. They also use the same nest year after year. One nest in Ohio was 12 feet deep and 8-1/2 feet across.
Q: What is the most ancient of man’s interest in birds?
A: Paintings of birds show up on walls of caves that prove that ancient man took accurate note of birds and their habits. There is a literary reference to birds in the book of Genesis that was written in the 9th or 10th century B.C. There is an account of the creation of the birds on the 4th day: “Let the water bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that hath life and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven” Genesis 1:20.
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