Clearly this bird was using its head.
About three weeks ago, an ingenious gull hitched a ride on a Recology truck to a composting facility in California's Bay Area, returning to Farallon Islands Refuge the next day. How do we know? A GPS tracking device clearly shows it crossed the Bay Bridge, and then headed east on Interstates 980 and 580.
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photo by Pete Myers<p>I'm a great fan and admirer of scientists (Carl Safina in <em>Beyond Words</em>) and writers (Jennifer Ackerman in <em>The Genius of Birds</em>) who document there's a lot more going on in animal brains than traditional animal behavior scientists imagined. </p><p>Not only did they not imagine… they often derided the possibility. </p><p>But even Safina and Ackerman didn't imagine the antics of this <a href="http://bit.ly/2L73fVO" target="_blank">garbage-truck riding Western Gull</a> hitching a ride to an organic composting center before returning to its nest on the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco Bay.</p>