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tio's neato nature thread

Post by the innominate one » 26 Sep 2013, 21:48

starlings evade peregrine falcon



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Post by Timothy » 26 Sep 2013, 23:37

I'm glad somebody else likes starlings.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 26 Sep 2013, 23:57

Timothy wrote:I'm glad somebody else likes starlings.
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 27 Sep 2013, 10:34

Timothy wrote:I'm glad somebody else likes starlings.
Fuck starlings! Kill them all.
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Post by Warren » 27 Sep 2013, 11:02

Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Timothy wrote:I'm glad somebody else likes starlings.
Fuck starlings! Kill them all.
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Post by Highway » 27 Sep 2013, 11:06

Yeah, this time I'm on Team Falcon.
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Post by JD » 27 Sep 2013, 11:15

I kind of like starlings. Yeah, they can be rude and messy, but they're interesting to watch, and they actually have nice voices. We've had a few nesting in the facade of our building for a couple years.

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Post by the innominate one » 27 Sep 2013, 11:52

It's not that I'm so fond of starlings, it's that their synchronized aerial acrobatics in that video are amazing. Most importantly, they're in Europe in the video, where they're native.

I guess they're not doing much harm here in the U.S., except to people's car-detailing. I suppose they're filling the niche left open by the demise of the passenger pigeon.
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Post by Warren » 27 Sep 2013, 13:46

the innominate one wrote:It's not that I'm so fond of starlings, it's that their synchronized aerial acrobatics in that video are amazing. Most importantly, they're in Europe in the video, where they're native.

I guess they're not doing much harm here in the U.S., except to people's car-detailing. I suppose they're filling the niche left open by the demise of the passenger pigeon.
No. The cell phone filled that niche, ten zillion times better and a gajillion times less messy.
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Post by lunchstealer » 27 Sep 2013, 15:59

JD wrote:I kind of like starlings. Yeah, they can be rude and messy, but they're interesting to watch, and they actually have nice voices. We've had a few nesting in the facade of our building for a couple years.
You've been spending too much time around dhex. Or Jake. Or both.
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Post by lunchstealer » 27 Sep 2013, 16:00

the innominate one wrote:It's not that I'm so fond of starlings, it's that their synchronized aerial acrobatics in that video are amazing. Most importantly, they're in Europe in the video, where they're native.

I guess they're not doing much harm here in the U.S., except to people's car-detailing. I suppose they're filling the niche left open by the demise of the passenger pigeon.
They're notorious nest-destroyers. In Europe they get a pass. But in North America? Kill 'em good.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 27 Sep 2013, 19:19

Criminey. I'd seen some small flocks maneuvering, but never one so big or complex.
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Post by the innominate one » 18 Oct 2013, 10:06

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Post by Hugh Akston » 18 Oct 2013, 10:22

the innominate one wrote:Wildlife photo contest winners:

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blo ... -year-2013
Those are all really great. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I like this one:

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Post by lunchstealer » 18 Oct 2013, 10:55

That's because mustelids are the best mammals.
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Post by lunchstealer » 20 Oct 2013, 22:10

And while they don't rival mustelids, vulpini are easily the best canids. I hadn't seen a fox about in the neighborhood for over a year, and the rabbit population is exploding, so I was worried that they'd moved out. However, I'm pretty sure I just heard an alarm bark. That or some guy decided to do a really odd, high-pitched, and throaty "woo!" for no apparent reason.

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Post by Warren » 20 Oct 2013, 22:38

lunchstealer wrote:That's because mustelids are the best mammals.
Oh hell no. I'll give otters a pass, but weasels are vermin and the only good vermin are dead vermin.
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Post by Highway » 21 Oct 2013, 00:00

We've got a bunch of foxes around here. I see as many of them running across the road as I do deer at night (there are definitely a lot more deer around, tho).
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Post by Stevo Darkly » 21 Oct 2013, 01:04

I em a wild and crazy guy!

I enjoy thee foxes all thee time!
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Post by Hugh Akston » 05 Nov 2013, 12:00

Dear Hollywood: this is what a good followup to Jurassic Park looks like.

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Post by Mo » 05 Nov 2013, 12:08

I've always wondered why so few mammals are poisonous compared to reptiles.
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Post by JD » 05 Nov 2013, 12:09

I saw a winter wren in the park the other day - the first time I've ever seen one of those, I think. My mom, who is an experienced birder, tells me that they're around, but not super-common, so it was kind of a neat sighting. Also saw a juvenile mallard, big enough that it wasn't quite a duckling anymore, and growing in that blue-green patch on the wing*, but still young enough that its proportions were not adult-like yet.

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Post by the innominate one » 06 Nov 2013, 00:20

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Post by Warren » 06 Nov 2013, 02:01

JD wrote:I saw a winter wren in the park the other day
Little suckers can really sing can't they.
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Post by JasonL » 06 Nov 2013, 07:52

Giant ass bird, hawk of some sort maybe, took out a tabby and has been eating in my side yard for a couple of days. Bird is jarringly big for what you normally see around here. Working from home, i can see passing cars pass by, stop, back up and get out to take pics.

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