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Jackdaw Notes #22

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This morning as I came out of the house there was a jackdaw pecking away at something unseen in the middle of the road. He was no more than eighteen inches from the white line. He heard a car approaching and looked to see which side of the road it was on. Seeing that it was not on 'his' side of the white line he put his head down and went on pecking, the car drove past I'd say no more than three feet at the outside from the jackdaw, maybe less.

But the bird took absolutely no notice, just went on pecking. It gambled on the car staying on the right side of the white line. Gosh if a child did that it would receive no end of a telling off from its parents.

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Posted at 23rd May 2018 - 06:28PM   Posted by Fennie   Jackdaw Notes #22 Comments: 3

Faith's Avatar Jackdaws are very intelligent birds - and they know the Highway Code!

Posted by: Faith on 23rd May 2018 at 08:05PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar The jackdaw, like most corvids has the intelligence of a 6/7 year old - not bad for a bird brain. Very Happy

I remember watching a documentary some time ago about how birds perceive the world, the bit that fascinated me most was the way, compared to us, they see the the world in slow motion. The blackbird we narrowly miss hitting as it swoops across the road in front of our car is ambling across the road as far as it is concerned.
I guess it would be the same to the Jackdaw, to it the car was only driving past slowly at 10 miles an hour. Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 24th May 2018 at 10:32AM

Camilla's Avatar You are just like me Fennie, I am always worried about birds on the road, I even stopped for 2 mallard ducks to cross the road yesterday when I was driving and had just gone round the bend, HL was with me and he said... are you mad keep driving, well I am going to stop for the Ducks no matter what. They must have just waddled a few yards away from the Duck Pond there.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 24th May 2018 at 01:15PM

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