Monday, June 9, 2008

Father’s Day (Jun. 15) Is For The Birds

YARROWSBURG, Md. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Being a great dad this Father’s Day (Jun. 15) is for the birds!

That’s the high-flying fact from Douglas Inkley, senior scientist with the National Wildlife Federation, who says songbirds like the Carolina Wren make fantastic fathers by feeding as many as seven young in addition to themselves and their mate.

Another fabulous flying father is the Cardinal, who not only provides for his young but brings his potential mate gifts of food to prove his worth.

But there are also some deadbeat dads circling the skies.

After a remarkable courtship ritual where he flies 500 feet into the air and then descends while chirping, the American Woodcock mates and then immediately flies away from his family.

Inkley says, “He’s awesome at courtship, but when it’s time to raise the young, he’s flown the coop!”

And once you get to land, Inkley says some dads are downright deadly.

Given the chance, Inkley says Polar bear dads have been known to eat their own children.

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