Buffalo and cowbird symbiotic relationship

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buffalo and cowbird symbiotic relationship

Symbiotic relationships between species are so universal they must be Cowbirds were originally called Buffalo birds by early trail herders. You may have heard the story of the Brown-headed Cowbird evolving its habit of "nest parasitism," Oops, gotta move – my buffalo is leaving. "I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine." I think I actually heard a buffalo say that once. Symbiosis is just a way of saying mutually beneficial.

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I've mention to you how I enjoy taking pictures of old and deserted homes. This time we came across a veritable treasure trove of photo opportunities. All in one location: The old barn is is better condition. Some old and rusting cars from the 50's and 60's check out the 60 something Chevy wagon, and notice the upper left corner for more cars.

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A real find was the stable of old Milk Trucks. Borden's, who remembers that blast from the past? It is a shame to see them falling to rust and old age.

buffalo and cowbird symbiotic relationship

We turned the page on the calender a few days ago. August, can you hardly stand it? We are into august already. Fireflies are but a few now. Japanese Beetles were never an issue for me this year, but should be winding down as well. Other insects are now in force. What I notice most from the insect world this time of year is the night life.

Crickets, Katydids, and other nighttime music makers.

buffalo and cowbird symbiotic relationship

A whole different orchestra to enjoy. Don't forget to clean your feeders and water sources if you haven't done so. Back side of barn While most birds have finished or are finishing up nesting duties the yard is full of fledglings and juveniles American Goldfinches are kicking into full gear.

buffalo and cowbird symbiotic relationship

I have some youngsters right now, but they will be in full force later this month and into September. All sorts of hummers. I figured once the flowers kicked into full gear that i would see more of the tiny birds.

buffalo and cowbird symbiotic relationship

That and fledglings make the yard more entertaining. I even saw a hummingbird moth. Sad to say, still nothing much in the way of butterflies.

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Bumble bees and other bees sightings are way down too. Vegetable crops show the lack of pollinators. Last week I asked you for some help, or a little homework from you. A few of you did reply.

buffalo and cowbird symbiotic relationship

The question was on Symbiosis and Symbiotic Relationships. Symbiosis is a relationship between two different species of life, where both directly benefit from the other. Everyone is familiar with flowers and pollinators. The flower feeds the pollinators, in return the flowers reproduce seed, fruits and nuts that keep the species alive and regenerated.

Symbiotic relationships between species are so universal they must be intrinsic to life.

Symbiotic Relationships

Just the thought of them brings a warm feeling to me. I guess the ones that immediately come to mind are ants and aphids, clown fish and anemones and those birds that clean off the ticks of large grazers. I recall that ants provide protection in exchange for the aphids' honeydew. It's obvious what the exchange is between the birds and the wildebeest: Clownfish and Anemone, the bright colors of clownfish attract predators; the anemone provides shelter for the clownfish What seems important to me is the exchange of services, the give and take, the co-existence which benefits both.

A good lesson here. Oxpeckers and rhinoceroses You recall well, I did indeed write on ants and aphids. Jackie and I have had some deep E-conversations in the past, she is well versed in many topics and I enjoy sharing with her.

Jan Tosses this quick one in the mix. Cleaner wrasse fish and various coral reef fish. The larger fish and eels get parasites cleaned off of them, and the wrasse get food via the parasites. Thanks Jan, it is a win, win situation for all parties involved.

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Food, cleanliness and protection. Nature does amaze us. The story goes that Frigga overlooked the mistletoe plant, so Loki was able to trick the blind god into killing her son Baldr, with a spear fashioned from mistletoe. Baldr's death brought winter into the world, until the gods restored him to life.

Then Frigga declared the mistletoe sacred, ordering that from now on it should bring love rather than death into the world.

Happily complying with Frigga's wishes, any two people passing under the plant from now on would celebrate Baldr's resurrection by kissing under the mistletoe. The sticky juice of mistletoe berries was used as adhesive to trap small animals or birds. A study of mistletoe in junipers concluded that more juniper berries sprout in stands where mistletoe is present, as the mistletoe attracts berry-eating birds which also eat juniper berries.

They share the prey. Cowbird eggs hatch first, and their chicks grow faster than the others. By virtue of being the tallest mouth in the nest, the cowbird babies get more food. House wrens puncture cowbird eggs. Yellow build a new nest right on top of the invaded one—smothering their own eggs as well. Robins, catbirds, and a few other birds with big beaks toss out the strange eggs. I feel like giving them all a high-five for not being duped.

The problem was that bison herds moved regularly, and the birds had to follow. A female cowbird lays about one thick-shelled egg each morning, and can lay forty or even sixty eggs in a season.

Ecological Relationships & Symbiosis

Using radio-tagged birds, scientists discovered that females will spend the morning in nest-rich habitats like forests and edges. They spend their afternoons foraging in more open habitats. Once fledged, the young cowbirds instinctively seek flocks of their own kind. This worked out pretty well when there were still plenty of bison moving freely across the plains. Nomadic cowbirds rarely parasitized the same nest repeatedly, so their songbird hosts recovered easily from the reproductive setback.