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Birds start fighting each other and spill the seeds that I put on my window ledge

They don't waste the food that falls to the ground. Consider it from the birds' point of view: A rich source of food is a great treasure, to be fought over or snatched from. It's also probably a ...
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Are food store locations of scrub jays and squirrels precisely remembered?

There's a nice explanation of the behaviours of squirrels at LiveScience.com. Basically it boils down to that they can remember about 95% of the hoards, but they will use deception on the burying ...
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A bird is stuck flying in circles in my room. How to make it fly away?

Having dealt with this a time or two, the best plan of action in my opinion is as follows. Attach a blanket or large towel to two brooms, mops or anything with a long handle. You can use binder clips, ...
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Are food store locations of scrub jays and squirrels precisely remembered?

This page says that it's estimated that squirrels forget between 25 and 75% of their stock (or don't need them). However, this is important for the forest: The forgotten nuts become seeds and start ...
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Will house finches abandon a nest that fills with snow?

Well it doesn’t exactly answer the question, but 7 weeks later they’ve come back to the nest. According to a few sources I’ve seen, finches typically lay multiple clutches of eggs in a year so it’s ...
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Why would a bird sing while still dark at the same time each night?

Many functions in both plants and animals are governed by internal biological clocks of different cycle lengths: cirdadian (~24hrs), circumlunar (~28 days), and circannual (~365 days). These clocks ...
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A bird is stuck flying in circles in my room. How to make it fly away?

For a few years I lived in a house that had two screened porches with open doorways. Small birds, about the size of sparrows, would find themselves "trapped" in them several times a year. ...
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