Birds fly IFR!?

pilot602

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LONDON, England (Reuters) -- The secret of carrier pigeons' uncanny ability to find their way home has been discovered by British scientists: The feathered navigators follow the roads just like we do.

Researchers at Oxford University spent 10 years studying homing pigeons using Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites and were stunned to find the birds often don't navigate by taking bearing from the sun.

Instead they fly along motorways, turn at junctions and even go around roundabouts, adding miles to their journeys, British newspapers reported.

"It really has knocked our research team sideways," Professor Tim Guilford said in the Daily Telegraph.

"It is striking to see the pigeons fly straight down the A34 Oxford bypass, and then sharply curve off at the traffic lights before curving off again at the roundabout," he said.

Guilford said pigeons use their own navigational system when doing long-distance trips or when a bird does a journey for the first time.

But when they have flown a journey more than once they home in on an habitual route home.

"In short it looks like it is mentally easier for a bird to fly down a road...they are just making their journey as simple as possible."


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pilot602

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Followed trails...probably? Or other land features.

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Either that or they're one step away from evolving opposable thumbs.

Damnit! We're sooooo screwed.
 

Kristie

Mama Bear....
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How did they find this out?


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They asked the birds.. how else do you think they found out? hahahahaha
 

pilot602

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The attached GPS to the birds and watched 'em fly around. Talk about "big brother!"
 

Derg

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I hit a bird descending thru a stratus layer once.

It sounds like someone popping a paper bag and leaves an awful mess.
 

shooter13

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Either that or they're one step away from evolving opposable thumbs.

Damnit! We're sooooo screwed.

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Reminds me of this from the onion...Caution, contains profanity!

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pilot602

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Either that or they're one step away from evolving opposable thumbs.

Damnit! We're sooooo screwed.

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Reminds me of this from the onion...Caution, contains profanity!

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Yup. That was the "inspiration" of my post ... that and someone else just recently posted somthing about thumbs in the squawk box I think ...
 
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