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Do You Follow The Speed Limit? Birds do.

Some new researcher suggest that birds have learned to observe our posted limits in their own way.

Essentially, the higher the speed limit is on a road, the faster the birds take off to avoid oncoming traffic.

That may seem like a no-brainer, but here's the part that especially intrigued the researchers: The birds don't react based on the speed of a particular vehicle, but on the average speed of the road. They'll take their sweet old time on slow roads and rush on fast ones, no matter the speed of an individual car. More birds tend to get hit in the spring, possibly because young ones haven't yet learned the rules of the road.

This doesn't surprise me much considering I see a bird swoop into traffic at least once a week and they always seem to come out unscathed.  It sure freaks me out though.  In general, I have nothing against birds.  Geese though.  That's a different story.  One traumatic childhood experience of a Goose attacking me and I forever understand where the phrase "his goose is cooked" comes from. STAY AWAY FROM ME GOOSE!

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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08/23/2013 9:21AM
Do You Follow The Speed Limit? Birds do.
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