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Thread subject: WELL, THE ANSWER TO THE "BYE, BYE BLACKBIRD" ("mystery death of 5,000 birds)
Name Date Message
Celeste 01/21/11 02:22 pm I can't even find words to make a comment.........


martyc35 01/21/11 02:31 pm Along with the past tendencies to kill masses of birds for food, this is no surprise. Here's what I posted here on January 4th:

"Enemies.--Probably more redwings have been killed by man than by any other one agency, for when they swoop down in clouds on the corn fields, grain fields, and rice plantations they have been slaughtered in multitudes to protect the crops. Wilson (1932) gives the following graphic account of how they used to be killed in great numbers, while roosting at night in the marshes. In some places--

when the reeds become dry, advantage is taken of this circumstance, to destroy these birds, by a party secretly approaching the place, under cover of a dark night, setting fire to the reeds in several places at once, which being soon enveloped in one general flame, the uproar among the Blackbirds becomes universal; and, by the light of the conflagration, they are shot down in vast numbers, while hovering and screaming over the place. Sometimes straw is used for the same purpose, being previously strewed near the reeds and alder bushes, where they are known to roost, which being instantly set on fire, the consternation and havoc is prodigious; and the party return by day to pick up the slaughtered game.

Before it was made illegal to sell game in the market, redwings were killed in large numbers in the fall and sold in markets as "reed-birds"; when fattened on grain or rice, their little bodies served as delicious morsels for the gourmand's table; few could distinguish them from bobolinks." Source:
Melanie 01/21/11 03:01 pm Huffington Post carried this yesterday but while I'm not surprised, I would still like to see what the deal is with the rest of them. It is certainly probable, though. So much for the Migratory Bird Act. Don't let them know you have any feathers from a migratory bird that you found on the ground but let them getting the way of agri-business then it's government sanctioned aviacide. What does it say when the government can't even live by the rules it originally set up?
FOB Webmaster 01/21/11 05:07 pm And it's not just birds that USDA kills. They also do things like engage in aerial gunning of wolves and gas wolf pups in their den. Lovely agency.
martyc35 01/21/11 05:16 pm And I won't even mention the USDA and Monsanto. If I did, you all would probably kick me off this list.
Anne UK1 01/21/11 05:42 pm Well it always was the logical explanation. 'Man' reigns supreme once again :(

Thanks for posting the news Celeste.
Mickey 01/24/11 01:27 pm so heres some fuel for thought. Our Govt kills flocks of birds to protect our food from being infected right? Then whats wrong with the fish farmer killing Osprey to protect his crops and his livelihood ?
martyc35 01/24/11 04:41 pm I imagine the fish farmer (or some of them, anyway) would think that just fine and dandy. But I don't agree that our gov has to kill birds. And I'll bet you don't, either. Nice to hear from you!
Melanie 01/25/11 04:20 pm A slippery slope to be sure. But then again, I can rationalize jelly donuts to be a source of fruit & fiber.
Mickey 01/25/11 07:03 pm I agree Marty. very funny Mel :)

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