Every Day is Mother’s Day

American avocet with chicks (photo by NPS/Patrick Myers via Wikimedia Commons)

8 May 2020

Though Mother’s Day officially occurs once a year (this coming Sunday 10 May) motherhood is not confined to a single day. Far from it!

Being a mother is hard work with rewards spread along the way. This is especially true for birds whose care giving is compressed into a few short weeks or months. They raise young every spring and send them on their way.

Shown here are four mothers: American avocet, American robin, peregrine falcon and Canada goose including this avocet family: “Mom, it’s starting to rain. Let me in.”

Every day is mother’s day.

American robin on nest with chick (photo from Wikimedia Commons)
Indus feeds her chicks at the Cleveland Clinic peregrine nest, 5 May 2020 (photo by Chad+Chris Saladin)
Canada goose with gosling on back (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

(peregrine photo by Chad+Chris Saladin, remaining photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)

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