Why do so many birds vanish during the winter months? For most, it’s a basic question with a simple answer.
For centuries, though, it was a great unsolved scientific mystery. In the mid-1600s, an Oxford-educated academic suggested that birds migrated — but, slightly less impressively, he also thought their destination was the Moon.
The other consensus was that birds hibernated, and that the reason we didn’t see them doing it was because they slept at the bottom of rivers and lakes.
Thanks to Lucy Cooke, we now know more!
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