Here is the latest For the Birds column, which runs in several New England newspapers.
I thought my cat was bad. The incessant licking to keep himself clean. He’s got to be the cleanest cat ever.
Then I watched a northern mockingbird preening itself. It went on for as long as I could watch and who knows how much longer after I walked away.
Feather maintenance is an important part of life for birds and it takes up a great amount of their time. Feathers play a role in a bird’s ability to fly, attract a mate, hide from predators and protect itself from the weather. Birds are the only living creatures with Continue reading