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Thread subject: Birds' powers of recognition
Name Date Message
Anne UK1 07/13/10 05:26 pm I suppose I should be surprised by this, but somehow I'm not. Story
martyc35 07/13/10 06:19 pm The comments were fun, too. My daughter Bonnie now must feed "our" chicadees and white-crowned sparrows in the morning before they will let her sit outside for a cigarette. We empty the feeder at night so as not to spend ALL our money on the raccoons, so the birds make sure the feeder is filled again first thing in the morning. And they obviously know WHO must fill the feeder:-).
marty
Shelley 07/13/10 06:22 pm I saw a documentary last year or so about this very phenomenon (birds recognition of specific people). Fascinating and not surprising at all, really.
Celeste 07/13/10 08:35 pm "Baldie" are poor red cardinal who has mites or a genetic fault in his molting gene, (looks something like this)..
Baldie Scroll down a bit on the page for a photo.
Anyways, whenever my husband is in our backyard doing chores, he signals him that it's time for a snack. He'll fly very close to him, around him, and then waits in a nearby tree outside our window where we place seed on the ledge. Our bald cardinal has been bald since March, but he has had at least 3 chicks that he has introduced to our ledge, gently placing seed in their beaks. His Mrs. C doesn't mind his "look". BTW, I have never seen a female cardinal at my ledge feeding her chicks, but only a male, (I have several Cardinals that visit our yard). Cardinals are very shy birds, however this Mr. Baldie seems to feel comfortable enough to signal my husband that it's time to feed him, and waits in a nearby branch thinking we don't see him until we close the window and step away.

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