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    How Do They Know?

    We live on a acreage, not really urban, but not really rural either. My neighbor puts out corn for the wild turkeys that roam this area, but it is in a small feeder almost at ground level. The other day, I saw a Mallard hen and an drake swoop in and partake of the corn. I have seen them several times since; and recently a couple of geese landed and did the same thing. I am still amazed; how do they know that there are goodies in that one little area about one yard square? Any thoughts?
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    The same way songbirds manage to find that lone bird feeder in a neighborhood in the middle of winter I guess.
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    Reminds me of the Hummingbirds since our first one was back on Monday. I find it amazing that they can fly such a distance - even across the Gulf of Mexico - and come to the same exact place each spring. We have 3 regulars that are here every year.

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    Fowl idea

    All birds but especially waterfowl are acutely aware of what appears to be a feeding area. The species doesn't matter as long as it's uses similar foods so ducks look for geese, swans etc. I would suspect the geese found the food first and the ducks homed in on the geese.

    That's one reason that moving/splashing decoys are so effective. That movement shouts, "Chow time" to waterfowl.

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    I read on twitter that they tweet this information to each other!

    I observed the same thing with the cracked corn my neighbor puts out. It seems the crows notice it first and they make such a racket that other birds notice and join in. So I guess the info does get "tweeted" throughout the bird population.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    All birds but especially waterfowl are acutely aware of what appears to be a feeding area. The species doesn't matter as long as it's uses similar foods so ducks look for geese, swans etc. I would suspect the geese found the food first and the ducks homed in on the geese.

    that's one reason that moving/splashing decoys are so effective. That movement shouts, "Chow time" to waterfowl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titleist1 View Post
    I read on twitter that they tweet this information to each other!

    I observed the same thing with the cracked corn my neighbor puts out. It seems the crows notice it first and they make such a racket that other birds notice and join in. So I guess the info does get "tweeted" throughout the bird population.
    My father in law used to call the crows the "undertakers"!!! They keep the roads cleaned of dead squirrels or anything else that's dead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2LaneCruzer View Post
    We live on a acreage, not really urban, but not really rural either. My neighbor puts out corn for the wild turkeys that roam this area, but it is in a small feeder almost at ground level. The other day, I saw a Mallard hen and an drake swoop in and partake of the corn. I have seen them several times since; and recently a couple of geese landed and did the same thing. I am still amazed; how do they know that there are goodies in that one little area about one yard square? Any thoughts?
    The animals use an "APP" on their smartphones called "Fowl List", kinda like Craiglist but for the animal kingdom. They have a whole range of things like "great Landing places" and "favorite feed spots" and of course, they have a section called "Fowl Play" where the various animals have personal ads, and I will leave it at that.........

    The reason it is called "Fowl List", but is used by all animals is because a Chicken, who desires to remain anonymous, created the program and prefers to not have to split the ad revenue or other monetized benefits with their human owner.......

    It's something they keep real quiet.........
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