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Tuesday December 12th 2017Tim Candler9


      As some of us have argued, Bluebirds are obviously chess playing birds. They don't fritter around with games like pick-a-sticks or charades in their quest for world domination. But Bluebirds confronting the ordeal of very cold winter nights do huddle together in their nest sites.  And if you don't believe me, while I was now-casting this morning  I watched four Bluebirds emerge from a nest box, one after the other. To my mind they looked bleary eyed, and it did strike me that possibly they were late for some kind of avian civic obligation, they all headed off at high speed in different directions.



     The question that haunted this morning and some of the afternoon has been whether or not I have to reappraise my view of Bluebirds as being chess players. Huddling for warmth doesn't seem like something chess players would do. At the same time, I told myself, the Central European winters are absolutely awful and yet Central Europe has produced some pretty good chess players. And on it went, round and around, desperately hunting down reasons that might preserve my incredibly important assumption that Bluebirds play chess. Fortunately we can all relax, I've concluded that Bluebirds share the huddling characteristics of Emperor Penguins, and we all know Emperor Penguins are masters at the game of chess.


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