Ducks Can’t Actually Eat Bread?

In the United States of America and Canada, it has become a very normal sight if not hobby to walk along lakes and ponds and see people happily feeding the ducks. As generous and heartwarming it is to see small acts of kindness between humans and feathered friends, this kind of activity is very harmful to both the birds and the environment as a whole. It becomes a really critical issue when there are so many people feeding ducks by the water, especially bread.

Foods that we as human beings eat all the time such as popcorn, bread, chips, and crackers are difficult for the ducks to correctly digest and get any nutrients from. It might taste absolutely wonderful for them, but the reality of it is by constantly filling themselves up this junk food (that we as people keep supplying to them for free) they miss out on eating things that they actually do need and become malnourished. Being malnourished leads to a lot of harmful diseases such as “angel wings,” which is a disease that deforms the wings of ducks when they are malnourished and prevents them from being able to fly very well.

The other really harmful side effect to feeding ducks regularly is that they are indirectly being taught they can always find a seemingly endless supply of food there that is super easy to get. What follows is the ducks will overcrowd the popular feeding spots and we are left with mass amounts of feces all over park spaces. It is not a completely terrible idea to feed the ducks, but it is important to be mindful about how often are you doing it, where are you feeding them, and what exactly are you giving them. Foods they can eat are uncooked rice, oats, and cracked corn.

The Great Horned Owl, a Master of Camouflage

In our last post, we talked a little bit about a unique parrot that was very difficult to track partially because of its unusual nocturnal behavior. This week we will continue to take a look at nocturnal birds, but for the most part this particular feathered friend will be much more recognizable to the broad audience. Spread all across North America and parts of South America, the Great Horned Owl is the quintessential owl of storybooks. Their two ear-like tufts of feathers on their head and its intimidating yellow-eyed gaze is what earned this owl its name.

Although they tend to dine on smaller animals and insects such as mice, frogs, and tiny scorpions, they are well known for being able to take down birds and other animals larger than itself. Another powerful quality about these birds is their adaptability to dynamic environments. A Great Horned Owl would feel equally at home in a desert as it would in the wetlands or even cities. Their signature call if a series of four to five deep, stuttering hoots.

The Great Horned Owl has a larger than average body size for birds, but this is no problem for them when it comes to their talent for camouflage. Their feathers are usually a mixed scheme of colors between white and dark brown to help them blend in with the trees they are nesting at. It was once measured that when they have their talons clenched tightly, it took a force of twenty eight pounds to pull them apart again.