"Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently."
31 December 2009
An interesting way to feather one's nest
When I saw this photo in the Guardian's gallery of the best wildlife photos of 2009, I assumed the bird was performing an "oxpecker" service of removing/eating ticks, but the caption indicates that "Magpies pluck fur from the back of a deer at Ashton Court estate in Bristol."
I had never considered the possibility that birds might harvest nest material from living animals. Perhaps others do so as well. You learn something every day. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA