Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Interesting Mocker Adaptation

The thrushes and their allies are as a rule poorly designed for suet feeders like mine. They don't have the length strength to grasp and hold the wire in a suet basket. As a result, their suet forays are "hover-spear-and-drop" attacks. But I have seen some of these birds make a go of it. American Robins and the Hermit Thrush did it, and for the first time I can see a Northern Mockingbird clinging, woodpecker-like, to the main suet feeder. Surely the bird observed others and did its best to mimic the behavior. I'm endlessly fascinated by the way various species observe one another, ape behaviors, and produce some surprising results. Here's one more. It will be fun to see if the lesson sticks!

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