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Birds and bees

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Someone did an experiment where they captured some small birds just before they made a North-South migratory flight of over a thousand miles, put them in closed boxes, and transported them East-West, sideways the same sort of distance. Not a very nice thing to do I thought, but it worked out. They put micro trackers on the birds and released them, thinking they might return to where they were captured, or they might be completely lost, they had been in closed boxes for the journey. Neither, they flew straight to their winter site along the unfamiliar side of the triangle.
There was a different experiment with bees where bees followed a feeding station as it was taken around a building. The bees that followed it stuck to that route, but the bees they danced for in the hive flew straight to it over the top of the building. They were not told how to get there, but where it was.
Both birds and bees knew where their destination was. Not like I would know, in relation to other things, but in absolute terms, more like a mariner setting course with a sextant from an unknown port for an island at known coordinates. Except they only have tiny brains, canít do math and donít have sextants, stunning!

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Updated May 29th, 2018 at 12:01 AM by Olly Buckle

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  1. Olly Buckle's Avatar
    Blowed if I can see how to edit an entry after it is posted, sorry about the extra 'that'.
  2. dither's Avatar
    Amazed Mr. Buckle.
    Did you never ever run your cursor over the yellow pencil out of curiosity?
    Well there you go.

    As for the Birds and the Bees, that's pretty amazing also.
  3. Neetu's Avatar
    Now that is stunning, Olly, and quite frankly, I have always felt that birds and bees have a lot more survival skills than "intelligent, bigger-brained" creatures like us.
  4. dither's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Neetu
    Now that is stunning, Olly, and quite frankly, I have always felt that birds and bees have a lot more survival skills than "intelligent, bigger-brained" creatures like us.
    Yes, me too.
  5. Olly Buckle's Avatar
    Thank you, Mr. Dither. TBH I had not even seen the yellow pencil, there were so many other symbols across the bottom to distract me.
    Birds have been around a very long time, it is my personal theory that we used that period to evolve larger brains but they have used it to evolve more efficient use of their brain, you can't carry a big brain about if you want to fly.
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