5 thoughts on “Hand-Feeding Mourning Dove And Downy Woodpecker, In Slow Motion

    1. Bix Post author

      How does that dove swallow those nuts whole, one after another. I would get such indigestion!

      When birds are slowed down, they look like they’re moving normally, in our speed. To them, humans must be moving in slow-motion all the time.

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  1. Randy

    Delightful!
    Readers might also N’joy some of the story behind how woodpeckers “do what they do”.

    Ever wonder about the pause pattern woodpeckers use in “short-burst strike” w/break-time in between?

    This is letting the brain cool before the head banging hikes up the heat. Besides “spearing” the woodpecker’s tongue serves a dual vibro-acoustic function– listening to track/pinpoint insects inside the bore & monitoring (intero-ceptively) this brain-heat. It’s all in the Herbst corpuscle, uniquely uncovered in birds, distinct as a sensory nerve ending w/vibration-sensitive cells to registers emf pulses.

    Found in both skull areas & in the LEGS & FEET, it invariably traces to the dorsal root ganglia as well as nerve fibers of the sciatic nerve.

    Specifics? See: https://www.academia.edu/44800797/WoodPecker_Tensegrity_Reveals_Surprising_Targeted_VibroAcoustics_by_R_Eady_KR_Therapeutics

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  2. forumholitorium

    I was so relieved when the downy woodpecker finally worked up the courage to eat the first seed. Woodpeckers are truly weird – a woodpecker’s tongue is so long that it wraps around the skull!

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