Saturday, April 24, 2010
International Dawn Chorus Day~
A little know fact, "International Dawn Chorus Day" is the first Sunday in May.
You may be awakened to the sound of a soloist, " Cheer-y Cheer-y Cheer-Up," followed by another, " Hey-Sweetie Hey-Sweetie Hey." Soon a whole glee club erupts.
It's before dawn and the winged chorus is spreading morning cheer.
The males of the bird kingdom mainly produce the break-of-dawn racket.
The refrain may start at different times depending on light, but the species enter the chorus in the same order every morning.
A bird's voice box is a double-membraned organ called a syrix. He can alternate exhaling between the two lungs and harmonize with himself.
Ad that's an impressive feet bound to attract attention from the opposite sex...which is in fact the the aim.
Another less known fact...Long ago Mother Nature played matchmaker and crossed water mint with spearmint to make peppermint. The natural hybrid sports perky, dark green leaves, nectar-rich flowers that bees love to nuzzle, and a tempting fragrance.
Morning cup of tea....
Bring 4 cups of cold water to a boil
Remove the water from the burner and let settle for a minute
Place 1 tablespoon of loose green tea leaves, 2 tablespoons fresh peppermint leaves, and 1/4 teaspoon Stevia ( or 2 tablespoons honey ) into the water, allow to steep for 4 minutes.
Strain and enjoy while listening to the morning bird songs of flirtation~