Science: Birds v. Radar

Bird lovers are notorious worriers; they worry, among other things, about hunters, egg collectors and cats. Now they have a new worry: radar. In Germany last week, they were blaming radar for leading wild birds and homing pigeons astray. During a recent race of 8,000 British pigeons, nearly all of the contestants disappeared on a 210-mile course between Wales and Northern Ireland. Such "catastrophe flights" are normally blamed on bad weather, but the German ornithologists say that they are commoner now than they used to be. A pigeon race near Karlsruhe lost 3,500 out of 6,000 entries. Of 2,500 Bavarian...

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