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Showing posts with label birds. Show all posts
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Titmouse Rescued by Bird Buddy

I did not know that birds helped one another like this. One flew into a window and was knocked out and the other helped him. The titmouse on the bottom was not moving and I thought that the one on top was attacking it. But as soon as the hurt one moved it stopped and it looks like they had a bit of a talk and a thank you afterward. There were other birds of this species around at the time. It only takes one individual to take action and a life can be saved. Man needs to do this more.

It was cold out but from experience I don't think that there would have been any risk to the bird that hit the window. I was getting ready to go outside and pick him up until he was ready to fly again. Needless to say not only did the rescue bird save his buddy but he saved me having to put a coat on. 

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Funerals for the Birds

Birds hold 'funerals' for dead

Western scrub jay (Samsara)

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Some birds, it seems, hold funerals for their dead.
When western scrub jays encounter a dead bird, they call out to one another and stop foraging.
The jays then often fly down to the dead body and gather around it, scientists have discovered.
The behaviour may have evolved to warn other birds of nearby danger, report researchers in California, who have published the findings in the journal Animal Behaviour.
The revelation comes from a study by Teresa Iglesias and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, US.
They conducted experiments, placing a series of objects into residential back yards and observing how western scrub jays in the area reacted.
The objects included different coloured pieces of wood, dead jays, as well as mounted, stuffed jays and great horned owls, simulating the presence of live jays and predators.
Alarming reaction
The jays reacted indifferently to the wooden objects.
But when they spied a dead bird, they started making alarm calls, warning others long distances away.
The jays then gathered around the dead body, forming large cacophonous aggregations. The calls they made, known as "zeeps", "scolds" and "zeep-scolds", encouraged new jays to attend to the dead.

Do animals mourn?

Giraffe (NPL / C. Courteau)
The jays also stopped foraging for food, a change in behaviour that lasted for over a day.
When the birds were fooled into thinking a predator had arrived, by being exposed to a mounted owl, they also gathered together and made a series of alarm calls.
They also swooped down at the supposed predator, to scare it off. But the jays never swooped at the body of a dead bird.
The birds also occasionally mobbed the stuffed jays; a behaviour they are known to do in the wild when they attack competitors or sick birds.
The fact that the jays didn't react to the wooden objects shows that it is not the novelty of a dead bird appearing that triggers the reaction.
The results show that "without witnessing the struggle and manner of death", the researchers write, the jays see the presence of a dead bird as information to be publicly shared, just as they do the presence of a predator.
Spreading the message that a dead bird is in the area helps safeguard other birds, alerting them to danger, and lowering their risk from whatever killed the original bird in the first place, the researchers say.
Other animals are known to take notice of their dead.
Giraffes and elephants, for example, have been recorded loitering around the body of a recently deceased close relative, raising the idea that animals have a mental concept of death, and may even mourn those that have passed.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hummer Time - Hummingbird Feeding Video

This is a view from my room - Ruby Throated Humming Birds at feeder. They can be playful and at times down right mean when it comes to their feeding time. I can hear their high pitched chirps right now while I am listing this post. They are so wonderful to watch. This is a shortened video, for a longer look check the entire video at Hummer Time
Enjoy today's post.