Monday, July 26, 2010

Robins can see magnetic fields with their right eye !

Yes, you read that correctly !

And who would have thought?

We have known for many years that birds migrate long distances.

And we have been told that this is somehow related to their ability to detect a compass heading (amazing that this just happened by evolutionary chance?  NOT !).

Now, scientists are adding to that information and are telling us that Robins use their Right Eye to see magnetic fields and to navigate using these visual magnetic clues.


Also, the goggles that the robins wore during these studies are ‘something else’.  I wonder how hard it is to put goggles on a robin?

Anyway, since I know you will want to read the details (and see a robin wearing goggles!), HERE’S THE LINK.