1 Corinthians 12:
22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
Some chores are deemed nicer than others. Dusting is one of the cleaner jobs. Then you have the ugly chores. What usually rates as one of the worst? I know what you are thinking. The bathroom, right? Well, birds also take care of such things while they are nesting.
I have to admit, I find this fascinating. Maybe because I am a mom to little guys. Now don’t worry, I will not go into all the details of bird poop, I am only focusing how it is dealt with during nesting time.
You need to click on the link to see this. I am sure you are aware of the Decorah Eagle Cam. (If you have not been keeping up, Mom has laid three eggs now.) In this video from last year, watch what the eaglet does. Humans are not the only ones who have to get up in the middle of the night.
Very Close Call
It seems they have the instinct to keep it out of the nest, even at that young age. The eaglet was not quite two weeks old, if I remember when they hatched last year.
Eagles are not the only ones who do this. I have read of other birds where the nestlings will maneuver themselves in such a way as to get their poop outside of the nest.
There is another method of keeping the nest clean. Many nestlings produce what is called a fecal sac. The excrement is covered with a mucus membrane, which makes it easy to be removed from the nest by one of the parents. They will either fly off with it to dispose of away from the nest, or eat it. (Shudder…)
Taking out the trash
There is some interesting stuff in this article, I hope you read it. Maybe I will quiz you later… Just kidding.