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High point perches for US songbirds

“If you as an individual want to speak with authority, you will find an elevated podium.  For most birds, song is a means of defending your territory.  Thus one seeks out the highest perch possible so its song will resonate outward warning others of its territorial imperative.  The redwing’s perch is only a white indigo flower spike at about 20 inches, while the dickcissel’s, an old dry sunflower stalk some 5 feet high.  You simply make do with what is available and should an adversary threaten, you take wing in hot pursuit.  It is a full-time job.  Loafers can get eviction notices.” –Carl Kurtz, photographer, author, and farmer.

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