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Bird bullies, white-nose fix & boating foes

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THE BIG BAD

Who’s the unfairest of them all? A researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology studied more than 7,000 observations of bird feeder interactions to see which of 136 North American species were most likely to displace other birds while at the feeder. In general, large birds were dominant over smaller ones. (This is why hefty wild turkeys came out on top.) But some species—including jays and crows—were bigger bullies than expected, given their size. Shocking: the wee, lovable black-capped chickadee was observed displacing the larger hairy woodpecker. Chickadee don’t care!

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