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Thread subject: Hardly the last word but this is from today's eNature
Name Date Message
Shelley 01/11/11 10:23 pm newsletter:

more theories on the recent animal/bird mysteries

Celeste 01/12/11 05:22 am The other day I was in my driveway tearing up a cardboard box for garbage pickup the next morning. I noticed the tree right in front of where I was standing was filled with at least 100 grackles busily eating buds from the branches. As I was tearing at the box I was thinking how they were so intent on eating that they hadn't even noticed I was there, as usually they would just fly away at the very sound of my opening my garage door and walking in the driveway. After a few moments of tearing the cardboard, I remember thinking, "wow they are still eating away:. I then had to pull a large piece of clear tape on the box in order to proceed with breaking up the box and this made a huge sound. I was startled how all at once barely seconds after the sound of the tape, they instantly flew away in unison. A mass of birds with the sounds of their beating wings, like a poof of smoke were gone from the tree.
Shelley 01/12/11 06:48 am What a visual and sound image! I know what you mean. That kind of thing always amazes me!
martyc35 01/12/11 12:19 pm I'd just like to note here, where it's safe, that this is exactly what I said on a related diary elsewhere and roundly received the tongue lashing and rebuke of many readers there:
"Several recent incidences of groups of red-winged blackbirds being found dead appear to have been caused by the birds encountering obstacles while flying in the dark, which they donĂ¢€™t normally do."
Never try to educate the public on such issues. They will treat you like a Salem witch.
marty
Shelley 01/12/11 06:26 pm Sheesh, Marty. What's their problem? Do any of them have a better idea?

Sigh...

DaisyG 01/13/11 06:00 am Marty, sorry to read of your experience elsewhere. So good to know that we have places like here where we can discuss in a sensible and friendly manner.
Celeste 01/13/11 09:30 am Ditto!

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