Smartest Birds: How Smart Are Crows Compared to Humans?

Crows are self-aware and “know what they know,” just like humans, according to a new study. Almost no other species has that kind of higher intelligence.

  • In a study, crows performed a complex task that involved hundreds of firing sensory analytical neurons.
  • Crows can do jobs, share knowledge, and even ritualistically mourn their dead.
  • What this new study suggests is still being interpreted in the scientific community.

In what now feels like an annual update, crows are even more surprisingly smart than we thought. But do they have true consciousness? New research shows that crows and other corvids “know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds,” according to STAT. This is considered a cornerstone of self-awareness and shared by just a handful of animal species besides humans.

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10 of the best places to spot migratory birds in the UK

Autumn is a brilliant time to see birds arriving and heading off in their thousands. Spectacular movements can be seen all over the UK, but we choose 10 special spots

Spurn Point, East Yorkshire
This narrow thread of land – actually classed as a sand tidal island – facing Grimsby is home to a bird observatory that records prodigious quantities of migrants and rarities. An easterly wind will bring thousands of birds passing through.

Dungeness, Kent

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 A view across one of the main lakes at Dungeness’s RSPB reserve. Photograph: Adam McCulloch


Given its lighthouses, miniature railway, nuclear power station, curious shacks and shingle, the peninsula is a unique spot even without the vast array of bird and insect life that uses it to launch off over the English Channel. A bird observatory and excellent RSPB reserve keep track of the comings and goings. Continue reading

How to Make a Birdbath

Help your feathered friends beat the heat this summer with this easy DIY birdbath.

Birds rely on water for drinking, grooming, and staying cool. But during hot summers and extended droughts, water can be hard to find. By adding a simple birdbath to your yard (you can make one from a cake pan!), you can help birds now and into the future as climate change makes summers in many areas hotter and longer.

Materials:

• One shallow pan such as an old cake pan, not more than 2 inches (5 cm) deep. Or, use a flower-pot tray: the flat, shallow tray or pan that’s used under a flower pot so it won’t drip when watered. This should also be less than 2 inches (5 cm) deep.

• A few large pebbles or a flat rock

Steps:

1. Choose a good site to place the bath. The ground should be level. There should be some evergreens or other shrubs nearby. Pick a site where you can easily watch the birds from a window.

2. Set the pan or tray down and fill it with water. Be sure the water is only about an inch (2.5 cm) to an inch-and-a-half (3.8 cm) deep.

3. Toss in a few large pebbles or a flat stone. These will give the birds confidence to enter the water because it will help them judge how deep the water is.

Source: AUDUBON How to Make a Birdbath

Audubon’s “I Saw A Bird Show” Join the webinar 7 pm tonight!

While people across the country and globe are staying home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Audubon has launched the I Saw A Bird Show to bring a bit of the bird world indoors for everyone, no matter where you are.

This show highlights funny, engaging, educational, and sometimes weird bird-related topics and discussion, all while fostering a sense of community for everyone who has found joy in birds while at home. Join Audubon’s social media producer Christine Lin and chief network officer David Ringer as they welcome celebrities and guests to offer a fresh look at the world of birds and birdwatching.

How many times have friends or family started a conversation with you by saying, “I saw a bird and…” Too many to count? Yeah, us too. That’s what this show is all about: celebrating being the “bird person” in someone’s life and connecting with others.

Upcoming Episode

Episode #11
August 26, 2020, at 7:00 pm ET

To register for Episode #11, sign up through Zoom: https://audubon.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5RgB2_25QYGI1L1_YccZSg

Schedule & Previous Episodes

See below for the weekly schedule and each week’s discussion topics. Remember to check back in to find YouTube videos of previous episodes you may have missed (or just want to watch again) and updates on upcoming show topics.

Episode #1 — Spring Migration
April 7, 2020, at 7:00 pm ET

Saturday Night Live’s Melissa Villaseñor joins Kenn Kaufman, Purbita Saha, and Audubon’s Jenny Bogo, to talk bird migration and other bird facts.

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A month in the life of The Urban Birder, David Lindo

Urban birding can be especially rewarding. City wildlife is used to people, so species are often tame and easy to get close to. Habitats are also usually smaller, making all sorts of birds easier to see.

Growing up in the capital never stopped me. I have been fascinated by birds since I was young. At the age of seven, I discovered a field guide in the local library. I read it inside out. By eight, I was an expert! Continue reading