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Thread subject: I don't know about you, but.....
Name Date Message
Kathy 04/23/05 05:50 pm I know this is nature uncensored and I shouldn't apply human feelings to them but, it still bothers me to see them sitting in unfavorable weather conditions.
Tiger 04/23/05 06:47 pm Just what alternative do they have??
Nancy L 04/23/05 06:58 pm I was thinking about that: wondering if they think this is an unpleasant day compared to a nice, sunny one. Maybe they don't even think that at all. Maybe it's just another day to them, since this is what they're used to.
Shelley 04/23/05 08:31 pm I know. I wish there was a little canopy or roof or shelter over them. Last year, I remember thinking this too, don't they have the sense to come in out of the rain??!

Would they still use the nest if a roof were built over it (in the off-season)? Or do they actually seek out open, exposed places to build their nests? And why?
Cecilia 04/23/05 09:28 pm I always hate seeing them sitting there in the rain too but I understand that this is their life...it's instinct, not comfort that drives them. Betty may look miserable to us but she is coated with oil so this rain is just rolling off of her. She shakes her head every now and then to get the water out of her eyes but she's not cold...she can trap her body heat by keeping her undercoat fluffed up. I also think that the wind sound that we hear is magnified by the fact that the mic is totally exposed...that they are protected somewhat by the sides of the nest.

I think that they pick exposed spots so that they can land easily and also so that they can keep an eye on the nest while they fish in the neighborhood.
Kathy 04/24/05 02:42 pm Thanks Cec for the information and, Shelley I like your idea about a canopy or roof.
I watched a program last Monday on PBS, narrated by Siguorey Weaver, "Why Dogs smile and Chimpanzees cry," and I'm convinced that animals do have emotions and feelings just like humans.
Pam 04/24/05 05:32 pm I agree Kathy, of course they do!

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