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Think You Know The Ways Of Love? The Smith’s Longspur Puts Any Don Juan To Shame!
Posted on Monday, February 06, 2017 by eNature
Range of Smith's Longspur; summer red, winter blue
Range of Smith's Longspur; summer red, winter blue

Are you the sort that has an insatiable appetite for lusty affairs? 

Do you seek the same qualities in a partner?

Then you’ll probably enjoy the story of the Smith’s Longspur. This bird’s 70’s swinging style is enough to make even Hugh Hefner blush.

Arctic Summers, Midwest Winters
Small like a sparrow, the Smith’s Longspur spends its summers in Alaska and Canada and its winters in the Midwest and the South, often congregating in open fields.

In terms of range, then, it’s a lot like some other species. What sets the Smith’s Longspur apart is its astonishing libido.

An Insatiable Appetite For Love
At the peak of the spring mating season, the typical Smith’s Longspur copulates more than 350 times a week. The females solicit these encounters, and the males cooperate roughly half the time.

Otherwise the creatures are resting and refueling—for their fall migration or just to maintain their busy love lives!

You can always play eNature’s Mating Game to find what creature you most resemble in love.

As hard as it may be to believe given the cold and snow affecting much of the country this weekend, spring is only a month or so away! 

Have you seen any signs of the plants and animals in your neighborhood preparing for warmer times and the new life the spring season brings?

We always enjoy your stories.

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We have been getting a lot of rain and some pretty cool nights here in the Pacific Northwest Oregon.  Even so last week there were 5 Robins scratching for worms in my back yard and yesterday a couple more were there.  They usually don’t show up until at least the middle of March.

Posted by Grace Neff on 2/9

I was interested in the comment above about robins showing up in Oregon at an unusual time.  We moved here to Northern Colorado from Illinois the summer of 2012.  We feed birds at our home there, including robins that showed up 4-5 at a time spring and summer.  They then left in the autumn.

Now we know where they went: out here.  We seldom see a robin here in the spring or summer.  But in late fall and winter they swarm in to join other birds feeding in our backyard.  We often have 20 or more at our birdbath and eating raisins scattered on our patio.  In the half hour before dark, I can see 40-50 flying around out our front window.

Posted by John Kuhar on 2/9

Spring is almost here. Daffodils are beginning to bloom and I saw two bats this week. The male finches are turning brighter red and the male cardinals are singing. We live in the Boston Mts. of Arkansas and the robins have arrived here for springtime also.

Posted by Deborah Brown on 2/9

Another Robin story:  If I remember right, back in the 1980’s one year the Robins stayed in Oregon all winter as it was a very mild winter eating berries from shrubs and trees.

Posted by Grace Neff on 2/10
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