So - just how smart are birds?--

I have a bird feeder in my back yard as I've mentioned in many previous blogs. I get all the little birds as well as a few larger ones including blue jays and recently - pigeons.--

The pigeons are not very welcome as they're large birds, hence they eat a lot and usually come in large numbers, a double whammy you might say. The group I get can number about 12 at most. That's much too much. When they started coming around more frequently I started shooing them away. All it usually takes is for me to open the door and they quickly flutter off into the nearby trees.--

One morning after not having had the pigeons around for a while Rick noticed blue jay squawking coming from someplace other than out by the feeder. As he went to the back door to see where it was he noticed a pigeon at the feeder - and the blue jays were sitting on our outdoor furniture right next to the back door!--

I'll ask again: "How smart are birds?"--

Normally the blue jays are also easily frightened off by a simple opening of the door. So what prompted these guys to come right to the door to squawk and bring our attention to the fact that there were the uninvited pigeons at the feeder once again? --

Maybe they were tattling. I think they're a lot smarter than we realize.

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Anonymous October 11, 2009 at 9:44 PM  

A farmer near here cuts the hay in his field for baling. This certain red tailed hawk sits on a fence post waiting for him because the mowing drives all the mice out - easy pickins for the hawk. If the farmer is late starting - the hawk screams and screams for him to get started. So,. I gotta say...birds are very smart! It's amazing how they communicate with us.


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