“This was a magical first experience bird watching”
 
Pawan Kumar Purohit
Have you noticed the absolutely astounding and fascinating phenomenon happening outside these days? Yes, it is migration time with millions of birds travelling to their spring/summer homes in the northern hemisphere (or their fall/winter homes in the southern half of the world)!

Below are some interesting migrating facts.
 
 
How do birds find their way?
Sighting (they don't call it a “bird's eye view” for nothing) features like rivers, coastlines, and mountain ranges. They monitor earth’s magnetic field, with their visual system and with tiny grains of a mineral called magnetite in their heads. They also observe the stars, use the sun for guidance, have a distinct sense of small and also follow their neighbours.
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Why do some birds go north for the summer?
There’s much more to eat there! The 24-hour days near the Arctic Circle produces a fantastic flowering of life. This brief, but abundant, source of food attracts many birds to the Arctic for breeding purposes.
 
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What influences migration patterns over the long term?
Changes in climate (particularly ice ages), and shifts in the positions of islands and continents as a result of tectonic drift.
 
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How do they keep going?
Some birds store a special, high-energy fat before the trip. Other species eat along their migration routes.
 
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How high can they fly?
Higher than Mt. Everest!