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Remember the lazy summer days of your youth spent whiling away the hours on your backyard tyre swing? It only stands to reason that your local bird population — who are all clearly unemployed — are looking for a lazy spot to hang out too. So this 5.5-inch ceramic tire swing bird feeder is the perfect way to lure them to your yard.
Meet 007. Not Bond but the bird. But they might just be as smart as one another because the crow can use tools to figure out complex puzzles just as well as a spy. Here’s a crow taking one of the most complex tests for the animal mind ever created. If he succeeds, the BBC says it will be a world first. Spoiler: he figures it out.
Swans: elegant symbols of romantic love or terrorisers of plants, small children, and aeroplanes? The non-native mute swan has been wreaking enough havoc in New York City that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation wants to declare it a “prohibited invasive species.” By 2025, under the proposed plan, there will be virtually no more wild mute swans in all of New York.
From BBC’s Penguin — Sky in the Huddle, comes this adorable footage taken by John Dowder of a bird of prey, the striated caracara, stealing a hidden camera inside a penguin egg and taking it for a fly to film an entire penguin colony. The bird made sure to get the camera angle just right to capture the massive amounts of happy feet dancers.
If you’ve found that the local bird population has been completely ignoring the feeder you hung for them to feast at, maybe the problem doesn’t lie with the nuts and seeds you’re offering. Maybe it’s the feeder itself. After all if you were a bird, would you rather eat from a hollowed out gourd, or this gorgeous ultra-modern crystal clear feeder?