Confused Birds

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Confused Birds

Some migrating birds, called vagrants, make mistakes in navigation. Find out why on today’s Creation Moments Minute.


To find an explanation, scientists studied the starting ranges of vagrant warblers in Canada. Their first discovery was that most of the birds were first-timers. But since compass headings for migration are genetically built into the birds, this didn’t explain how they got lost. Here was the problem. If, for example, a species was programmed to fly 55 degrees to the left of south, the vagrants arrived in California rather than their normal wintering grounds by flying 55 degrees to the right of south. The birds had confused their left and their right!

Vagrant birds are one illustration of how man’s sin has placed a burden of decay upon the entire creation. We can understand why all the creation eagerly awaits the return of Christ for its complete deliverance from the burden of sin.

For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.


Ref: Diamond, Jared. “The Case of the Vagrant Birds – or Left Coast, Here We Come.” Discover, January, 1986. P. 82-84.


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