Birds React to Anti-Fowl Spikes: Hah!

Anti-bird spikes on signs and ledges in Germany (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

23 July 2023

In case you missed it …

Pigeons nesting among bird spikes, Church of Saint Ginés of Arrecife, Canary Islands (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

When Auke-Florian Hiemstra revealed Bird Nests Made From Anti-Bird Spikes on 11 July 2023, the information unfold like wildfire. The Guardian and the BBC instantly introduced his report that Eurasian magpies and carrion crows included spikes of their nests within the Netherlands and Scotland. The birds’ ironic re-use of our threatening materials captured the Web’s creativeness.

Are the birds thumbing their noses (beaks) at us after they use anti-bird spikes? For essentially the most half, no.

Within the metropolis it’s fairly frequent to see plastic in nests. For instance this pigeon (nesting on prime of anti-bird spikes!) included a size of pink plastic wire in its nest. Discover the pigeon’s head behind the bend within the wire.

Pigeon nesting among bird spikes at Passage Vendôme, Paris, 2013 (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Hiemstra (@AukeFlorian) explains that Eurasian magpies (Pica pica) search for spiky issues, like thorn branches, to guard the highest of their dome-shaped nests. However thorn bushes are exhausting to seek out within the metropolis so …

video embedded from NowThisEarth

His tweet thread beneath consists of pictures and movies of different birds’ plastic use. If you aren’t on Twitter, click here to see his entire thread.

So nesting birds aren’t thumbing their noses at us however parrots in all probability are. In Australia, the place cockatoos stay within the wild, they present their perspective towards our anti-bird makes an attempt. Take that you simply nasty spikes! Hah!

embedded YouTube video from ViralHog

Magpies and crows use our plastics in artistic methods. Parrots mess with our minds. 😉

(pictures from Wikimedia Commons, tweet and movies embedded. Click on on the captions to see the originals)

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