Bahama Black Bird
One of the beautiful things about the internet is google. It does make research possible when hitherto for I would have had to spend numerous man hours in some library or the National Archives or elsewhere. That being said the credit to this piece are included in the web addresses. As I said in the previous post, I would begin to explore certain aspects of the excerpt about Grand Bahama. This is not in any order.
I was fascinated to learn about the Bahama Black Bird or savannah cuckoo as Powles friend Bowdler identified them. I wondered if it is the same black bird that we see common to the country. Of course you know that when you see black birds that means someone is going to die. And you should make the sign of the cross and other things to ensure that it is not you. Our folklore is filled with such stories. This may be because people associate these birds most often with their presence in the grave yard or burial places. I know that as I grew older there must have been some other reason they frequent certain places. I found out also as the writer in the piece credited here states the star anis as they are properly called are very inquisitive and not at all shy. They are especially playful also. When I was mowing the lawn which had grown tall from improper care, the black birds are we know them came one by one onto the lawn. I wondered what they were up to. It was quite apparent that they we waiting for me to move out of the way so that they could have a feast. As the lawn was being mowed the insects that lived in the tall grass were not aware that it was moving day and were caught by surprise. This made it possible for the star anis to come right behind me and eat as I mowed. They were so close that at times I almost walked on them when pulling the lawn mower backward.
It is good to see that these birds are not the bringer of bad luck or ill fate but great keepers of our natural environment. They assist with keeping the balance in nature that is ever so fragile and delicate. Yes, they can be a nuance to farmers at times but with proper understanding of their habits and lifestyle we can utilize them most effectively to our advantage. It is too sad that since the 1800’s we still have by and large to a greater degree a poor appreciation of their usefulness.
To our credit though there are now more persons participating in the National Trust and other bird watching campaigns and functions. This is even becoming a great part of our tourism product. Hopefully our agricultural sector will follow suit and begin the process of proper management and utilization of the natural resources that are found in these islands even to this day.
“STAR ANIS”: ENTERTAININGLY GREGARIOUS CUCKOOS ON ABACO
Bahama Black Bird
on July 4, 2016