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Friday, April 03, 2015

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: BIRD BEHAVIOUR IN BRITAIN DURING WORLD WAR 1

Hello

I found this snippet in the Trenton Evening Times (New Jersey) of April 11th 1915:


“ Not even bird students knew how sensitive were the ears of birds until this war began,and new facts are coming out,day by day,showing that birds hear noises or feel vibrations that human beings fail to catch. During the German airship raid on the English coast [this may refer to the Zeppelin raids on Great Yarmouth and King`s Lynn in January 1915-R] pheasants and other birds,many miles inland,awoke in the night,during the attack,and chattered in terror. Bird students believed that the birds were hearing distant explosions. But, within the past two weeks,the bird lovers have changed their minds and they now believe that it is the whirr of the air propellers that causes the annoyance. On the English coast from points where the English aeroplanes start on their cross channel raids the family parrots raise terrific disturbance while the aeroplanes are in the air. Long before an aeroplane can be seen or before a human can hear the whirr of the air engines, the parrots are trying out their discomfort. (1)


1. Trenton Evening Times April 11th 1915

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