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The (not so secret) life of birds

Walking through Embankment Gardens, I just watched a young thrush taking a cooling shower in a fountain...

A most unexpected behaviour.

[Edit: what was unespected was the fact that it was darting in and out of an intermittent fountain - coming in when it was active, moving out when it wasn't. So it was aware of the pattern and watching for changes.]

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ramtops
Jul. 4th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
why unexpected?
natf
Jul. 4th, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
That's what I was going to ask. Birdbath anyone? ;-)
sbisson
Jul. 4th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
It was the fact that it was darting in and out of an intermittent fountain - coming in when it was active, moving out when it wasn't. So it was aware of the pattern and watching for changes.
natf
Jul. 5th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
Ooo clever. I know birds used to dart in and out of my grandpa's fountain when I was a child and have watched them do that in the fountain in the Abbey Gardens on Tresco but never noticed them timing the darting before. I also know that my mum's cocatiel loves to be sprayed with water - something to do with coming from a tropical climate originally (the species, not Bluey himself!), I think. I also know that maccaws love to be sperayed and actually loved the light rain that was happening when I took this userpic. ;-)
sbisson
Jul. 4th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
It was the fact that it was darting in and out of an intermittent fountain - coming in when it was active, moving out when it wasn't. So it was aware of the pattern and watching for changes.

Joy of moblogged posts with lack of detail!
elimloth
Jul. 4th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
Well, if birds can deduce the grammar of song speech, it should be bird's play to determine the pattern of a fountain spray.
ianmcdonald
Jul. 5th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
strangely enough, I feel I may have missed you by moments, as I was prading down towards Embarkment underground at around that time, on that day
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