- many birds may do battle over one specific feeder (even as others are available) -- simply because one bird considers the disputed feeder 'valuable'.
- male/alpha will guard its own territory/feeder -- not even partaking in its nectar -- but just for the sake of power and control.
- one bird will try to control more and more and more area/feeders, as if never, ever satisfied. s/he will only back away from total dominance if/when it becomes exceedingly difficult to control everything.
- size matters.
- agility matters.
- thirst/hunger matters: birds will become more and more aggressive (and willing to risk/fight) as they become more and more thirsty/hungry.
- (note: the next global war might [well] be over water)
- 'alpha' doesn't always mean 'male'.
- short-term attraction relies (mostly) on appearance, while long-term attraction has to do with substance.
- where there are birds, there will (very likely) be bees.
- no bird is an island. even the 'loner' bird is a social animal.
- sometimes, the little birdbrain will control the actions of the whole bird.
this whole essay might be for the birds.
- fly, mate, nest, migrate.
- eat, compete, attack/retreat, repeat.
- sharing happens (among friends).
- friendship doesn't end.