By in Animals

As Night Falls

Night is falling, the sky is turning dusky blue. Birds are twittering softly in the trees and will soon be fast asleep.

I hate to break the mood, but tell me something. How is it that birds don't fall out of the trees while they sleep? I'm awfully glad I don't wake up in the morning to find birds all over the sidewalk, grass, and car, half-asleep and wondering what happened.

I'm sure I could Google it and find out the scientific reasoning, but I think it would be much more fun -- and possibly humorous -- to get opinions from the Internet community. So, what's your opinion? Why is it that birds don't fall out of the trees while they sleep? Magic? Fairy dust? Extreme leg cramps? Or something else?

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OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 16, 2014, 12:04 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. I'd like to know, too.

bestwriter wrote on September 16, 2014, 12:23 AM

I have countless birds visiting my garden. They just perch on trees but do not sleep like the way you imagine :) Just perching is their way of resting, as they are on the move during the day time.

bestwriter wrote on September 16, 2014, 12:29 AM

Thank God you sleep during nights and do not prowl around for birds. I hope you do not get ideas now after reading this post. But I know for a fact cats sleep during the night and the birds are safe. I have this Lolly who prowls for birds and he succeeds. I have a birdbath and these poor beings come to have some frolic there.

tinamarie wrote on September 16, 2014, 10:14 AM

Love this! Maybe they use some glue at night so Oldroadsoncetraveled - Guiness the Cat can't get to them. They probably keep a storage of it in an upper tree limb and hand it out before sleeping.

margielynn wrote on September 16, 2014, 8:18 PM

Maybe they just have really good balance and sleep with one eye open so they can see if they are fixing to fall!

AliCanary wrote on September 16, 2014, 11:23 PM

I have read or heard (it's been awhile) that the muscles of their feet are so that when they grasp a branch, their feet lock into place until the bird makes a conscious effort to let go.

AliCanary wrote on September 16, 2014, 11:24 PM

...unfunny answer :p

DorothyGale wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:31 PM

Ha ha, &AbbyG ... sleep-belts. I like that! :)

DorothyGale wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:32 PM

AliCanary ... thanks for your thoughts. Had never heard that before, but it makes sense!

DorothyGale wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:33 PM

margielynn ... if so, they have better balance than me, with both eyes open! :)

DorothyGale wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:35 PM

Oh, Guiness, I like the birds. And despite that fact that I love you, too, there is no way I'm letting you in on their secrets! And no, there's no point in asking Mom ... er ... OldRoadsOnceTraveled ... because she won't tell, either!

DorothyGale wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:35 PM

bestwriter ... I'm concerned Guiness might be getting ideas, so we'd better not give him toooo much info on the birds, huh? :)

DorothyGale wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:36 PM

bestwriter ... just so long as they stay far away from your Lolly, they should be fine. :)

DorothyGale wrote on September 17, 2014, 6:37 PM

tinamarie ... now, I like that idea. Maybe I should be putting tubes of SuperGlue in the trees at night? Ha ha. :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 18, 2014, 12:32 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Sigh. You're just no fun.

tinamarie wrote on September 18, 2014, 11:56 AM

A little bird store. lol... :)