The pfeilstorch of Mecklenburg, or how we came to know that birds migrate


9 Responses to “The pfeilstorch of Mecklenburg, or how we came to know that birds migrate”

  1. Sceadugenga says:

    “And now, my esteemed colleagues, I turn to the conclusion we are compelled to accept. The moon is inhabited by Central African hunters. Now we must apply our not insignificant minds to another, deeper question: how, indeed, did they get there?”

  2. Dangerpants says:


  3. rrh says:

    Remarkable that it could still fly.

    It might be my future bias, but they had to have heard of migration by this point, no? The Britons had colonies on five continents. Stories of passenger pigeons, caribou, buffalo, etc. had to be trickling back by this time.

    It’s weirdly humbling to try to put yourself in the position of not knowing a fact like this and try to think of how you could have discovered it.

  4. David Bendit says:


    The answer’s obvious! They just held onto the spear and let the stork do all the work!

  5. zikman says:

    awesome article. I think you guys have been the best guest bloggers so far. or, most interesting at least.

  6. Mojave says:

    Agreed….very cool stuff from the AO…and this stork story is one I had read about elsewhere, and is indeed a wonderful thing ( minus the part of the stork taking one in the neck…ouch!!)

  7. Chaos Engineer says:

    What is the airspeed velocity of a spear-laden stork?

  8. mindpimp says:

    I can’t help but feel sorry for the stork. It flew all that way with a spear in its neck only to get plugged by some other bugger (who probably wasn’t going to eat it) when it made it back.

  9. DanC says:

    Jeez, people in the past were stupid.

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