Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Donkeys and Siskens, March 16, 2016

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

ABC Wednesday
J is for jack (a male donkey) and jenny (a female donkey)
Tishomingo County, Mississippi, USA, December 7, 2015
Donkeys are widespread around the globe, and they have been used as working animals for at least 5,000 years. In poor countries they are a primary source of farm labor and transportation. Here in the United States they are often used as guard animals for cattle. (If a coyote or other predator approaches, a donkey will bite, strike with its front legs, and kick with its hind legs). Yet they are gentle enough to be popular at fairs and petting zoos as children's entertainment.

Wild Bird Wednesday
Pine Sisken with sunflower seed in its bill
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 9, 2016
Pine Siskens, Carduelis pinus, are members of the Finch family of birds. They are often seen across the northern United States and southern Canada. In Winter they wander down to the southern United States in search of food - preferably the seeds of hemlocks, alders, birches, and cedars. But just about any seed will do when the weather is cold!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

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  1. Wonderful photo's .....animals are always fun to photograph, aren't they?

    Have a nice ABC-Wedneday-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  2. I love Donkeys' they are so gentle, I was surprised to read that they are used as a guard dog (donkey), how clever!

    ABCW team.

  3. Donkeys are gentle, like you say, and they are smart in spite of their reputation of being a stupid animal! Great choice Lea.
    Have a great week!
    Wil, ABCW Team

  4. Our Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches have already left us. I think our mild winter convinced them that it was time to nest.

  5. I didn't know that about donkeys being guard dogs. I like them even more. That's a pretty cool birdfeeder.

  6. great defenses the mules have!


    1. Did we lose something in translation here? Mules and donkeys are different animals.
      Thanks for your visit to my blog

  7. I did not realize donkeys were that gentle...I have not been around them at all. so I learned something new here.


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