skutch.gifWhile reading The Minds of Birds by Alexander F. Skutch, it’s hard not to stop every five minutes or so and say to K “Here’s an interesting fact…”. This book is chock-full of fun birdie knowledge.

One of the most charming ones is that male birds will bring food to the nest before the eggs are hatched. He’ll even offer little chirps of encouragement as if he just can’t wait to see his little babies. Sort of like decorating the baby room before the birth, I suppose.

pinion.jpgAnother one is that birds have a very good ability to identify individuals — not just other birds of their species, but people as well. I’ve been wondering about this — whether the birds at my feeder know who I am. Apparently they do. Why don’t they ever thank me?

Okay, one more. Apparently, birds who hoards seeds (mostly jays and nutcrackers) have the ability to recall hundreds and even thousands of specific sites where they buried them. Multiple experiments have been done to show that it isn’t that they can smell them, or that they are finding them at random. Birds actually have prodigious memories — certainly much better than mine.

Hey, and by some quirk of synchonicity, the Pinion Jay — one of the birds mentioned for seed finding– is the bird of the day!

And now, just for fun:


3 Responses to “random cool bird things”

  1. K on February 6th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know that about birds…oh wait, you told me already.

    Cool scrub jay vid, hooray!

  2. L on March 11th, 2008 10:26 am

    I love the scrub jay!!! the video was great. I do wish I had never listened to the ring around the collar video, make sme feel ill.

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