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  •  but the individual harasser is relatively safer (11+ / 0-)

    than the ignorant..of course depending on the skillset shown: Ravens can flip upside down and grab a pursuer as I think can hawks maybe.

    But the individual would be preserving his gene pool by protecting the flock at some risk to oneself.

    And in flocking birds isn't it precisely that math involved, that 'I can sleep cause someone will be alert?'..and 'if we get attacked my numerical chances are better and our mad flying skillfu will confuse the attacker' (Willets, Sandpipers, Blackbirds massive close order flying, some with the dark side quickly reversed to the silver sides, wing flashes etc.)...heh, they actually say this you know..:>

    But, yep, I get it, the challenges to the biologist to study this stuff. I have slowed my reading of 'Mind of the Raven' to a page or two a day it is so interesting.

    Anyway, cool story 6. keep it up.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:36:39 PM PST

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    •  Hmm, KenBee (8+ / 0-)

      I see your point.  The harasser may actually be safer. I keep expecting to see a hawk pull a 180 and nail one of those annoying birds, but I haven't see it yet.

      At least I can understand the benefits to the gene pool at a cost to the individual.

      Another Hmm, about your description of flocking behavior, reverse coloring, wing flashes ... It all fits doesn't it?

      Thanks for the food for thought.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 03:10:45 PM PST

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