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Migration happens once every year. And then again maybe six months later.Depending on several factors, at most times of the year, there are many birds on the move. Some are merely altitudinal migrants, descending when the weather turns fowl in the mountains. The large majority undertake a twice... read more »

Topics & Themes:  migration

Birds' Senses

I have been asked how birds that feed by probing in mud locate their food – Which of their senses are they using?They are using the exact sense you would use, whether probing with your fingers or your nose – the sense of touch. Most of the birds that probe in mud for prey are sandpipers, varying... read more »

Topics & Themes:  science

City Birds

I’ve been wondering why some birds, especially some of the introduced species, seem to be so well adapted to cities. They certainly didn’t evolve in cities, yet they are right at home where we’re right at home.Could it be because we tend to introduce birds that are familiar to us, which would... read more »