100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

Jan­uary 20, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

HE late Lord Ave­bury, Pro­fes­sor Büch­ner, Leroy, Combe and oth­ers con­sider it in­du­bi­ta­ble that birds of the cor­bie tribe have no­tions of num­bers up to a cer­tain point. I had a blind jack­daw which would count the bars of his sleep­ing cage be­fore jump­ing on to his perch. A jack­daw be­long­ing to ‘C. E. L.’ took it into his head to al­ways sleep on the sev­enth stair. It was cu­ri­ous to see him pon­der­ing in his mind as to which it was. Some­times he would go up three times be­fore he felt quite sure it was the sev­enth; then he would rub his lit­tle head against the ban­is­ter and, if very tired, took no no­tice of us go­ing to bed.—t. S. Hawkins

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