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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by getbent, Aug 22, 2019.
Why do I get the feeling you'd shoot an eagle if it annoyed you?
In Delano California a little town about thirty five mile north of Bakersfield they have had a crow problem for years. The worst infestation of them was probably about twenty years ago, the West Niles virus wiped 'em out, but they have come back. Here's a video from 2014 it's not very long if you stay with it, you can see the sky covered with them. They come in abut sundown, and crap on everything below them, and just about everything IS below them. In this video they are mostly on the west side of town, but when the virus wiped 'em out they were on both sides of town, and this is no exaggeration there were thousands of them. I used to have some clients I called on up there on Thursday, but I made sure I was out of there by three o'clock in the afternoon. I made the mistake of staying there too long one time. I had a new white Chevy extended cab pickup, just too much temptation for those crows to pass up.
Crows are a problem for almond, and pistachio growers in California. They get up in the trees, and knock off a bunch of the nuts, then they go down to the ground and eat. They waste a lot of the nuts they knock off too. Personally I think there are too many nut trees in the valley, but hey, the people that own them think otherwise. I'm neither on the side of the crow or the nut growers, they'll have to have their own range war.
lest we forget! sanctimony will NOT buy you a slurpee!
In other news, I was listening to a podcast and the scientist guru dude was saying that dinosaurs evolved feathers for insulation and gradually adapted them to use for flight. Incredible! He also discussed which animals feel 'grief'...
book vs tv show?
LOL...you city slickers and your "feelings".
I'll betcha them goats they snag off the mountain side would LOVE to be armed when the eagles come after 'em.
Great! Now I need to listen to some Allan Parsons Project.
I was on a rock on a lake in Ontario. Stuff kept hitting me in the head. Baldy nest in dead tree overhead and they were angrily throwing fish bones down on me. Got some in my coffee. The best helicopter pilot I know had a talking Raven for 25 years. Golden's are the biggest eagle in NA. They can span 8 feet. They're here in the winter. I've seen them latch on an antelope in a running herd and ride em down. Our grocery store has a thug of Ravens that live for trash bags and groceries in open pickup beds.
I wish there were ravens in my area but still love my local crows.
Here's one on the prowl in my yard.
Crows hang out in our yards. They are eating something out of the grass, probably insects or tiny frogs or such.
Yeah I never like grackles.
With some regret I'll admit I used to shoot them with my BB gun when I was a kid.
Always talkin' trash, no culture or class in that community.
Crows talkin' though that's interesting and cultured.
Guess I'm bird biased.
That first one was faked... the second one...
The museum of ornithology at Cornell is really cool, and so is their online content and bird ID app.
Apologies if something like this was already posted. I had my head down when that little skirmish in the culture war broke out
Growing up my family was generally big on shooting critters, primarily for food, but also as practice for the kids I guess.
Kid needs to get used to killing animals if they plan to shoot deer, because you really don't want to wound a deer and have to chase it through the snow for miles, then have to haul it miles back to the vehicle.
Often enough the unskilled hunter cannot catch the wounded animal before nightfall, so it bleeds to death.
Shooting critters and hunting just stopped being fun and changed into the sort of revulsion many feel about killing critters.
Even meat eaters may feel like killing critters is awful.
I can't say I'm against killing animals for food, and don't judge the practical based culture of hunting, but do find doing it purely for fun pretty unpleasant.
I've also at times chosen to kill those who attack my protected home area including digging up my gardens and attacking my chickens.
This Spring a pair of Canada geese and ten goslings spent the day on the seaside hotel property I take care of.
Many of the guests loved the visitors, despite their pooping every few feet.
I was surprised at how the Canadian guests seemed to really dislike Canada Geese.
Seems in Canada they are protected, and cannot be hunted or killed for any reason.
So in Canada they have some sort of poison they are allowed to put on goose eggs in nesting grounds to prevent the eggs from hatching.
I was quite surprised by this, and they were generally annoyed at not being able to kill Canada Geese in Canada.
I recommend Ka by John Crowley. It is a fantasy novel in which the viewpoint character is an immortal crow. It is a tour of human history from the viewpoint of a crow. You will never see crows, or humans, in the same way again.