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22 / DES MOINE8 REGISTER • Thurt., Aug. 2S, 197S 1 'Anting'— an unusual bird habit By IRSTON BARNES Rimwnhin»t«np«il WALLINGFORD, CONN. When engaged in "anting," a bird takes one or more ants in its bill and uses the ants in grooming its plumage. The bird passes its bill, still holding the ants, through its feath crs, with particular attention to the under-wing and under- tail areas and to the primaries. A bird will usually spend many minutes in anting, renewing its supply of ants from time to time. Sometimes the anting is carried on in a quietly purposeful way, characteristic of preening. At other times, the bird will go through all kinds of contortions, perhaps even falling over, in its efforts to reach all parts of the body. Moth Ball Episode I am obliged to Mrs.,F. V. Waugh of Arlington, Va.,>r a particularly-interesting observation with respect to anting. She writes: "I had put out some moth balls hoping to discourage the cats. I noticed that they were strewn around and saw a grackle with one in its beak. This did not surprise me, but what happened next did. A grackle had two moth balls on the ground before him. He would pick up one, toss it up and down, and then raise his wing and preen with his beak. He repeated this with the other wing. He did this over and over again." What Mrs. Waugh observed is anting with a substitute item. What makes it particularly interesting is that the substitute item may have been the functional equivalent of the ants that the grackle would normally have used. The picking up of the moth ball and manipulating it by tossing it up and down would have transferred some of the moth ball's chemicals to the bird's bill, whence it was used in normal anting fashion. Behavioral Studies Behavioral studies are a relatively recent branch of ornithology. They are of absorbing interest because birds, though governed largely by instinct, perform so many complex activities suited to the survival of the species that the student can only marvel at the evolutionary process that produces both the organism and its instinctive patterns. What birds engage in ant- ing? Anting has been reported most frequently for songbirds, the passerines, but larger birds, from the hawks down, also resort to anting. Altogether some 150 different kinds of birds have been observed to use anting. Why Birds "Ant" Why do birds engage in ant- ing? It has been suggested that i tie live ants actually eat the bird's parasites — perhaps a plausible explanation in the case of those birds that stir up an ant hill and then settle on it to let the angry ants work through their plumage, a practice observed In crows. It has also been postulated that ant fluids relieve itching, dress the feathers,-or-«et as-a-skin-ton— ic The instinctive nature of ant- ing activities Is revealed by anting activities with substitute materials, some of which '•nuld conceivably have some of the benefits postulated above, but others of which seem quite fortuitous. Some of the substitute "ants" have Ix-m beetles, wasps, cigarette butts, orange peel, hair tonic, vinegar and now moth balls! Embargo ended on Texas swine !«wa Secretary of Agriculture Hubert H. Uunsbtrry said' Tuesday the embargo on swine from Texas in effect since July ; 9 because of a cholera outbreak has been ! fled Iowa will accept all classes of **ine from T?\JS. I.ounsberry Miid However, ;.<«umberry said. fuiL/ig UK tjftfdjng swine (ruin Texw .«.u be subject to a i .To-day qui.'jmuie at dectina- : in ado• on alJ feeding and ' duig Si ue must DC identi- 1 and mt.e on a health ccr- i die IML- i *ithm 72 hours Off the Record USED FORD HESITANT rA r IN TURNING ^ IN NIXON FILES WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) President Ford has been more reluctant to turn over files from the Nixon administration than from the Kennedy administration, the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday. "It is quite wrong," said Chairman Frank Church (Dem., Idaho). "The committee must insist on equal treatment." 1973. TWft and Tr-bune S "If I didn'l already own il — Pel buy it myself." Rockefeller welcomed in South COLUMBIA. S. C. (AP) Vice-President Nelson A. Rock efeller continued his swing through the conservative Deep South on Wednesday and said was pleased with the reception he was getting. "There's been an extremely friendly and warm atmosphere," Rockefeller said at a tews conference on the seconc eg of a two-day mission which las been characterized as a 'ence-mending trip. lit Uberalness Rockefeller -met throughout he day with South Carolina Re publicans, many, of whom have criticized him for'being too liberal. Among the critics is Gov. James B. Edward^ South Caro- ina's first Republican governor n a century. Rockefeller said after meet- ng with Edwards that the name of former California Gov. Ronald Reagan was not men- ioned during his private talk with Edwards. "We didn't get in to that subject," said Rockfeller. Edwards is an avowed sup- lorter of Reagan for the Rei u b 1 i c a n presidential nomi- lation in 1976. Rockefeller came here from Point Clear, Ate., after speak- ng to the National Conference f Lieutenant Governors Tues- lay night. Didn't Hurt Self The lieutenant governors, all ut one of them Democrats, greed that the vice-president didn't hurt himself any" with is visit. But they shied away from guessing at the ultimate politi- al effect. He acknowledged in Alabama wt he is unpopular with many outhern Republicans, who with leir traditional conservatism endency to lend their support o Ronald Reagan, the former California governor. This also was the first major political trip Rockefeller has nade since July, when Howard F. (Bo) Callaway, President Ford's campaign manager, said hat his operations would-not nors' conference applauded the v i c e-presidcnt's warning against continued deficit spend ing. They said it reflected the feeling of people generally across the nation. But Texas Lt. Gov. Williarr P. Hobby said there is no way to assess the long-range politi cal effect of Rockefeller's ap pearance in the South. "One speech or one trip doesn't change the direction the sun rises in," Hobby observed. In similar words, South Caro- liifc's Lt. Gov. W. Brantley Harvy, jr., said "One trip doesn't make a ball game.' But, he added, when a public official who has had no opportunity to campaign nationally gives people the chance to see and hear him, "it is beneficial." 'A Plus" The one Southern Republican at the conference, Virginia Lt. Gov. John N. Dalton, said the visit "definitely was a plus" for Rockefeller. He said he was impressed by the flood of autograph seekers who crowded around the vice-president at the dinner Tuesday night. And among the other lieutenant governors, Dalton said, "All the comment I heard was favorable." By contrast, Lt. Gov. James B. Hunt, jr., of North Carolina, while applauding Rockefeller's attack on federal spending, said, "I did not receive the im- >ression that he was coming across as a man who can inspire this country and call forth our very best efforts to deal with the nation's very great problems." The conference host, Ala- Dama Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley, said the vice-president was 'very well received in Alabama jonsidering the fact that he is a Republican and a man who has not enjoyed great popularity in the South." Lt. Gov. James H. Williams of Florida questioned whether Rockefeller would have attend:d the conference "without the :act that Reagan is in the vice- presidential picture." involve the renomination of Rockefeller. Without exception, Soutti- mers at the lieutenant gover- Seed production falls Timothy seed production in Iowa is forecast at 371,000 pounds, according to the*Iowa Crop and Livestock Reporting Service. That is 39 per cent less than the 1974 production of 612,000 pounds. Months Possible At the same time, presidential counsel Philip W. Buchen indicated that it could be months before the White House can reply to committee subpoenas seeking .former President Nixon's tapes and documents relating to Chile and to domestic intelligence gathering. Church spoke with reporters after a two-hour meeting with Buchen and General Services Administrator Arthur F. Sampson. The White House, Church said, is reserving for itself the right tb' determine the relevance of Nixon tapes and pa- oers which might shed lieht on the extent of Central In/ telligence Agency (CIA) involvement in a 1970 kidnaping attempt which resulted in the death of the head of Chile's army. When the committee sought documents relating to alleged Kennedy administration efforts to kill Cuban premier Fidel Castro, committee investigators were allowed to determine for themselve* which documents were relevant, Church said. "I would hope that President Ford would reconsider his position," Church said, adding that the committee would meet again with Buchen next week. The committee has agreed to extend the deadline on its subpoenas, which fell due Wednesday, until the U.S. District Court for the District of Colum- jia can rule on whether the White House has the authority :o search the Nixon files. The lies are a subject of a complex egal battle to determine whether they are the gov- irnment or by Nixon. Buchen said Mr. Ford "is perfectly willing to have a search of the files assuming it's reasonably possible.",But Buch- n warned that the Nixon files were not indexed and that he had no way of knowing "whether it will take a month or seven months" to find the documents sought by the committee. Report's Release Church said the delay in chaining the Nixon papers on Chile would not affect the re- ease of the committee's assas- ination report, expected some- ime in September, Church stated that recent reports of partisan disputes' with- n the committee were "utterly ;roundless." However, he was ot willing to predict that Sena- or Barry Goldwater (Rep., Ariz.) would be willing to ccept the draft report put together by the subcommittee. Arson suspected in Utah fire STOCKTON, UTAH (AP) Tooele County Sheriff Bill Pitt said Wednesday he suspects arson in the fire which flashed across tinder-dry sagebrush near here Tuesday, killing one fire fighter and criticallly Injuring another. Pitt said he suspects arson since two fires broke out within two miles of each other and a pickup truck was seen leaving the area just before the fires! began. The fire destroyed 200 to 300 acres and a fire truck. Lorein Dow, 27, of Tooele died at the University of Utah Medical Center burn unit in Salt Lake City. Danny James, 19, of Tooele was burned over more than 80 per cent of his skin and is in critical condition at the center. Cornfeld cleared of gambling count LOS ANGELES (AP) - A municipal judge Wednesday distil! s s e d gambling equipment possession charges against playboy financier Bernard Cornfeld. Judge Leonard Wolf acted after defense attorney Martin Klass demonstrated that tfW slot machines seized by polic§ at Cornfeld's mansion were rigged to play for free. Cornfeld still faces three fed* eral counts of fraud involving alleged use of an illegal "blue box" electric device to place overseas calls for free. Cornfeld's attorneys have iild he will return from London to face those charges it a later date. Accepts resignation WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) President Fortf—aceepted~the" resignation Wednesday of Marshall Green as ambassador to Australia and the Republic of Nauru. Mrs. Ftrd It t«d AH i — Vaca- for Mrs She heads today in ,j) family ttntle Hou»«. Happy Halterday. From the First Family of fete, HaHert. 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