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Rooks in action! (a video—click here to watch) The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In the case of the corvids this is very true. There was a lot of attention brought to the crows a couple of years ago after researchers learned how intelligent and resourceful they really are—using tools, etc. Now researchers have discovered a similar aptitude for intelligence in the crow’s cousin, the rook. Researchers in the Britain observed rooks using different sized stones to raise water levels in a tube that contained a worm. This discovery has been likened to Aesop’s fable about the crow and the pitcher where a bird thirsty but unable to get a drink from the pitcher began to put stones in it until the water [&hellip

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One of my favorite young children’s book series is the Pigeon series by Mo Willems. I own most of them and have read all of them. They are fun and cute. A friend once surprised me with a giant stuff Pigeon from the story and put a sign around his neck saying, “Pigeon Loves You”. This was such a thoughtful gesture. =) But the fun doesn’t stop there… apparently real life pigeons love us too… Of course, these pigeons are not as cute as the pigeon in the book series&#

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Sparrows are often thought of as pests the world over. The following story both exemplifies and questions this view of the sparrows. During China’s Great Leap Forward China found itself with an ever-increasing population but lacking the food to feed all its people. Desperate to keep every grain for his people, Mao examined the various causes of grain loss. Each year sparrows eat tons of grain which humans could consume. Believing it best to eradicate the Tree Sparrows, Mao instituted a 4-year campaign to kill these Tree Sparrows plaguing China’s crops. This came to be known as the Great Sparrow Campaign or the Kill a Sparrow Campaign and was widely thought to be logical upon its inception. How were they going to kill these sparrows? [&hellip

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We have had an artistic bird contest going for almost two months now and sadly we did not receive the hundreds of pictures and art pieces we had hoped for but we did receive some enthusiastic entries. We would like to thank and congratulate the Maddhatress for being the person who will receive the custom wallet from Rosy Bird. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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