Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.

Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.

There are 81692 comments on the The Cincinnati Enquirer story from Jan 5, 2011, titled Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.. In it, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that:

MURRAY, Ky. - State wildlife officials say "several hundred" dead birds were found near the Murray State University campus last week.

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Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#63209 Jul 17, 2012
I did my chores while you were still trying to rock the VW playing ping pong in the back.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#63210 Jul 17, 2012
If you are really Irish, you are not only Scottsville's outcast but an outcast to your own ancestory and heritage with your stance against beer. I bet your favorite drink is a "Shirley- Temple".
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63212 Jul 17, 2012
Birds will have nice weather
Tuesday
tstorms Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 91F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Tuesday Night
nt_tstorms Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 73F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Wednesday
chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 95F with a heat index of 100F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Wednesday Night
nt_chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Thursday
tstorms Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 91F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Thursday Night
nt_chancetstorms Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Friday
cloudy Overcast. Fog early. High of 90F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night
nt_mostlycloudy Overcast. Fog overnight. Low of 59F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday
partlycloudy Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 88F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night
nt_partlycloudy Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 64F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday
partlycloudy Partly cloudy. High of 93F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Sunday Night
nt_partlycloudy Clear. Low of 64F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Monday
partlycloudy Partly cloudy. High of 95F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night
nt_partlycloudy Partly cloudy. Low of 66F. Winds less than 5 mph.
Tuesday
partlycloudy Partly cloudy. High of 97F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
nt_chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 73F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Wednesday
chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 91F. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Wednesday Night
nt_chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday
chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 91F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday Night
nt_chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday
chancetstorms Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 91F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Friday Night
nt_chancetstorms Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#63213 Jul 17, 2012
It is obvious that you have an obsession with the wrong part of your anatomy. I knew you were distorted.
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63214 Jul 17, 2012
The variety of bird seeds and mixtures on the market is staggering. In most locations, however, the best all-around attractant is black-oil sunflower seed. This seed has a high meat-to-shell ratio; it is high in fat; and its small size and thin shell make it easy for small birds to handle and crack.(Striped sunflower seeds are larger and have thicker seed coats.)

Try starting with sunflower seeds, then experiment with other seeds or mixtures. A table showing the seed preferences of various bird groups can be seen at the bottom of this page. Remember that the table is a generalization, and that some bird species have different preferences in different parts of their ranges.

Read more about different types of seeds.

Suet

Suet is a good choice for attracting insect-eating birds. Most suet is beef kidney fat, which is inexpensive and available at many meat counters. Suet also can be purchased as processed cake that includes seeds, berries, and other ingredients. Be careful if you offer suet in hot weather; it may become rancid if it has not been specially processed.

Bushtits at suet feeder, by Lisa Schwab, Mt. Vernon, Washington

Nectar

To make nectar for hummingbirds, add one part sugar to four parts boiling water and stir. A slightly more diluted mixture can be used for orioles (one part sugar to six parts water). Allow the mixture to cool before filling the feeder.
Store extra sugar water in the refrigerator for up to one week (after that it may become moldy, which is dangerous for birds). Adding red food coloring is unnecessary and possibly harmful to birds. Red portals on the feeder, or even a red ribbon tied on top, will attract the birds just as well.

Hummingbird at nectar feeder, by Thomas Fedewa, Estacada, Oregon

IMPORTANT: Change nectar every three to five days to prevent mold and deadly fermentation. NEVER use honey or artificial sweeteners. Honey readily grows mold that can be harmful to hummingbirds. Do not put any kind of oil around feeding portals to deter bees; you might contaminate the nectar. If bees or wasps become a problem, try moving the feeder.

Other foods

Several species, including jays, nuthatches, and woodpeckers, readily consume peanuts. Be creative and see what you can attract with a variety of foods. Try popped popcorn (without salt or butter), hulled sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, soaked raisins, pieces of fruit (orioles like oranges), fruit seeds (melons, apples), grapes, or mealworms.

Grit

Birds “chew” their food in the muscular part of their stomach, the gizzard. To aid in the grinding, birds swallow small, hard materials such as sand, small pebbles, ground eggshells, and ground oyster shells. Grit, therefore, attracts many birds as a food supplementor even by itself. Oyster and egg shells have the added benefit of being a good source of calcium, something birds need during egg laying. If you decide to provide eggshells, be sure to sterilize them first. You can boil them for 10 minutes or heat them in an oven (20 minutes at 250 degrees). Let the eggshells cool; then crush them into pieces about the size of sunflower seeds. Offer the eggshell in a dish or low platform feeder, separate from your seed feeders.

Water

Since birds need water for drinking and bathing, they are attracted to water just as they are to feeders. You can purchase a bird bath or simply use dishes or shallow pans. Birds seem to prefer baths that are at ground level, but raised baths will attract birds as well. Change the water every day to keep it fresh and clean.

If the bath is on the ground, arrange a few branches or stones in the water so that birds can stand on them and drink without getting wet (this is particularly important in winter).
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63215 Jul 17, 2012
Birds (class Aves) are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), egg-laying, vertebrate animals. With around 10,000 living species, they are the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. All present species belong to the subclass Neornithes, and inhabit ecosystems across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Extant birds range in size from the 5 cm (2 in) Bee Hummingbird to the 2.75 m (9 ft) Ostrich. The fossil record indicates that birds emerged within theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 160 million years (Ma) ago. Paleontologists regard birds as the only clade of dinosaurs to have survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 65.5 Ma ago.

Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. All living species of birds have wings—the now extinct flightless moa of New Zealand were the only exception. Wings are evolved forelimbs, and most bird species can fly. Flightless birds include ratites, penguins, and a number of diverse endemic island species. Birds also have unique digestive and respiratory systems that are highly adapted for flight. Some birds, especially corvids and parrots, are among the most intelligent animal species; a number of bird species have been observed manufacturing and using tools, and many social species exhibit cultural transmission of knowledge across generations.

Many species undertake long distance annual migrations, and many more perform shorter irregular movements. Birds are social; they communicate using visual signals and through calls and songs, and participate in social behaviours, including cooperative breeding and hunting, flocking, and mobbing of predators. The vast majority of bird species are socially monogamous, usually for one breeding season at a time, sometimes for years, but rarely for life. Other species have polygynous ("many females") or, rarely, polyandrous ("many males") breeding systems. Eggs are usually laid in a nest and incubated by the parents. Most birds have an extended period of parental care after hatching.

Many species are of economic importance, mostly as sources of food acquired through hunting or farming. Some species, particularly songbirds and parrots, are popular as pets. Other uses include the harvesting of guano (droppings) for use as a fertiliser. Birds figure prominently in all aspects of human culture from religion to poetry to popular music. About 120–130 species have become extinct as a result of human activity since the 17th century, and hundreds more before then. Currently about 1,200 species of birds are threatened with extinction by human activities, though efforts are underway to protect them.
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63216 Jul 17, 2012
Birds diversified into a wide variety of forms during the Cretaceous Period.[22] Many groups retained primitive characteristics, such as clawed wings and teeth, though the latter were lost independently in a number of bird groups, including modern birds (Neornithes). While the earliest forms, such as Archaeopteryx and Jeholornis, retained the long bony tails of their ancestors,[22] the tails of more advanced birds were shortened with the advent of the pygostyle bone in the clade Pygostylia. In the late Cretaceous, around 95 million years ago, the ancestor of all modern birds also evolved better olfactory senses.[23]

The first large, diverse lineage of short-tailed birds to evolve were the Enantiornithes, or "opposite birds", so named because the construction of their shoulder bones was in reverse to that of modern birds. Enantiornithes occupied a wide array of ecological niches, from sand-probing shorebirds and fish-eaters to tree-dwelling forms and seed-eaters.[22]

Many species of the second major bird lineage to diversify, the Ornithurae (including the ancestors of modern birds), specialised in eating fish, like the superficially gull-like subclass Ichthyornithes (fish birds).[24] One order of Mesozoic seabirds, the Hesperornithiformes, became so well adapted to hunting fish in marine environments, they lost the ability to fly and became primarily aquatic. Despite their extreme specializations, the Hesperornithiformes represent some of the closest relatives of modern birds.[22]
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63217 Jul 17, 2012
Birds have one of the most complex respiratory systems of all animal groups.[42] Upon inhalation, 75% of the fresh air bypasses the lungs and flows directly into a posterior air sac which extends from the lungs and connects with air spaces in the bones and fills them with air. The other 25% of the air goes directly into the lungs. When the bird exhales, the used air flows out of the lung and the stored fresh air from the posterior air sac is simultaneously forced into the lungs. Thus, a bird's lungs receive a constant supply of fresh air during both inhalation and exhalation.[55] Sound production is achieved using the syrinx, a muscular chamber incorporating multiple tympanic membranes which diverges from the lower end of the trachea;[56] the trachea being elongated in some species, increasing the volume of vocalizations and the perception of the bird's size.[57] The bird's heart has four chambers like a mammalian heart. In birds the main arteries taking blood away from the heart originate from the right aortic arch (or pharyngeal arch), unlike in the mammals where the left aortic arch forms this part of the aorta.[42] The postcava receives blood from the limbs via the renal portal system. Unlike in mammals, the circulating red blood cells in birds retain their nucleus.[58]
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63218 Jul 17, 2012
Many bird species migrate to take advantage of global differences of seasonal temperatures, therefore optimising availability of food sources and breeding habitat. These migrations vary among the different groups. Many landbirds, shorebirds, and waterbirds undertake annual long distance migrations, usually triggered by the length of daylight as well as weather conditions. These birds are characterised by a breeding season spent in the temperate or arctic/antarctic regions and a non-breeding season in the tropical regions or opposite hemisphere. Before migration, birds substantially increase body fats and reserves and reduce the size of some of their organs.[54][104] Migration is highly demanding energetically, particularly as birds need to cross deserts and oceans without refuelling. Landbirds have a flight range of around 2,500 km (1,600 mi) and shorebirds can fly up to 4,000 km (2,500 mi),[105] although the Bar-tailed Godwit is capable of non-stop flights of up to 10,200 km (6,300 mi).[106] Seabirds also undertake long migrations, the longest annual migration being those of Sooty Shearwaters, which nest in New Zealand and Chile and spend the northern summer feeding in the North Pacific off Japan, Alaska and California, an annual round trip of 64,000 km (39,800 mi).[107] Other seabirds disperse after breeding, travelling widely but having no set migration route. Albatrosses nesting in the Southern Ocean often undertake circumpolar trips between breeding seasons.[108]
A map of the Pacific Ocean with several coloured lines representing bird routes running from New Zealand to Korea
The routes of satellite-tagged Bar-tailed Godwits migrating north from New Zealand. This species has the longest known non-stop migration of any species, up to 10,200 km (6,300 mi).
Some bird species undertake shorter migrations, travelling only as far as is required to avoid bad weather or obtain food. Irruptive species such as the boreal finches are one such group and can commonly be found at a location in one year and absent the next. This type of migration is normally associated with food availability.[109] Species may also travel shorter distances over part of their range, with individuals from higher latitudes travelling into the existing range of conspecifics; others undertake partial migrations, where only a fraction of the population, usually females and subdominant males, migrates.[110] Partial migration can form a large percentage of the migration behaviour of birds in some regions; in Australia, surveys found that 44% of non-passerine birds and 32% of passerines were partially migratory.[111] Altitudinal migration is a form of short distance migration in which birds spend the breeding season at higher altitudes elevations and move to lower ones during suboptimal conditions. It is most often triggered by temperature changes and usually occurs when the normal territories also become inhospitable due to lack of food.[112] Some species may also be nomadic, holding no fixed territory and moving according to weather and food availability. Parrots as a family are overwhelmingly neither migratory nor sedentary but considered to either be dispersive, irruptive, nomadic or undertake small and irregular migrations.[113]
The ability of birds to return to precise locations across vast distances has been known for some time; in an experiment conducted in the 1950s a Manx Shearwater released in Boston returned to its colony in Skomer, Wales, within 13 days, a distance of 5,150 km (3,200 mi).[114] Birds navigate during migration using a variety of methods. For diurnal migrants, the sun is used to navigate by day, and a stellar compass is used at night. Birds that use the sun sed photoreceptors.on
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63219 Jul 17, 2012
Birds occupy a wide range of ecological positions.
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63220 Jul 17, 2012
birds are highly visible
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#63221 Jul 17, 2012
Not even noon yet and evaporation is already underway. Hempburn must have seen a really bright sun this morning.
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63222 Jul 17, 2012
Birds
qwerty

Pine Mountain, GA

#63224 Jul 17, 2012
A certain bird is feeling moody and it will be almost impossible to second-guess them. This means you may try to pacify them, only to find that you've said something that makes them even more angry than they were in the first place. They're also keen to do things in a hurry and will lose all patience if they think you're dragging your heels or letting the side down.
OhioJeepGirl

Prestonsburg, KY

#63225 Jul 17, 2012
Abeliever wrote:
Did you see this one OJG?
US Navy Fires on Ship in Persian Gulf, One Dead
An American Navy ship fired on a boat in the Persian Gulf today, killing one person and injuring three others aboard the craft, a U.S. naval official told ABC News.
A spokesperson for the Navy's 5th Fleet, which is based in nearby Bahrain, said that a security team aboard the oil supply ship U.S.N.S. Rappahannock fired a .50 caliber machine gun at a "small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the U.S. ship" off the coast of Jebel Ali, a city approximately 30 miles from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The Navy is investigating the incident as details continue to emerge. A Navy official said the offending vessel was a white pleasure craft, but a UAE official told ABC News the it was a fishing boat with four Indians and two Emirates on board.
There doesn't appear to be any indication the incident was terror-related, the UAE official said.
The Navy official said it's not uncommon for Iranian speed craft to harass U.S. ships in the region, but in this case the boat wasn't Iranian.
"I can't emphasize enough that this has nothing to do with Iran," the official said.
American sailors are trained to take special caution of any vessels that appear to be approaching their warships. In 2000 the destroyer U.S.S. Cole was attacked off the coast of Yemen by al Qaeda terrorists who used a small private craft armed with explosives to attack the ship, killing 17 American sailors.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-navy-fires-ship-pers...
LOLOLOLOL
Small speed boat - quickly approaching Navy ship...this has nothing to do with Iran. LOLOLOLOLOL

While it turns out that it does not have anything to do with Iran, those Navy guys had to wash their pants! I know Iran's tiny speed boats and I know that if a small boat quickly headed towards mine...I would fire...then I would go wash my pants! These little boats are very well armed.

Oh, and Good Morning.(...nothing to o with Iran) LOLOLOLOL

“TELLING IT LIKE IT IS”

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#63227 Jul 17, 2012
Ancient Wolf wrote:
Not even noon yet and evaporation is already underway. Hempburn must have seen a really bright sun this morning.
I'm telling you Scruff, Ol' Humpaburn has been seeing lot's of things here lately. LMAO.
OhioJeepGirl

Prestonsburg, KY

#63229 Jul 17, 2012
_-_Nope_-_ wrote:
<quoted text>
You're on a privately owned web site. There is no obligation on their part to give you "freedom of speech" once you've hit that 'post comment' button and put in those four little numerical digits. Look underneath of the comment box. EVERY time you place a comment on here, you have agreed to abide by THEIR terms. THEIRS. Get it now?
There's also a big difference in definition between free speech and libelous typing, harassment, vulgar language and being rude to other users while doing it with an anonymous I.D. You GIVE them the right to remove your posts every time you comment. By the mere act of clicking 'post comment', you've AGREED to their terms....
No use in complaining, it is what it is. Like it or leave it I suppose....
Ha! I have been reading several of your posts and, it is official, you have been added to my list of favorite posters!

I am an iced tea lady myself and owned a bar in Cleveland, Ohio for about 5 years and then became a free barmaid for my best friend who had a thief he needed to fire and no replacment..worked out great for me...I was there anyways, my deal was that I drink for free and keep my tips (for the juke box).=) It was when I was working for free that I met my Husband who died back in 2002. Yeah, I love to bet the horses, but I have not got o do it much. My mother lived at the track when I was younger. That is where I fell in love with horses. I was a Santa Anita track girl.

Well, that is about all the ammo I am going to feed the trolls today! LOL Glad you are here "Nope"
OhioJeepGirl

Prestonsburg, KY

#63230 Jul 17, 2012
Whew! Finally caught up on all the posts.
Wow! On all the sports! ha ha ha

Ok...have a headache for some odd reason. Maybe I need more coffee.

@Hope - where ya going? one post said you were leaving out next week? You do enough travelling for the whole darn thread. LOL Did you see the Chinese Olympic game commercial? If so, what do you think? Makes those anti-aircraft missiles on top of the London roofs seem a little more needed.

I'll dig ya later tatters.

(((Hugs)))

“peace...”

Since: Apr 12

Madisonville, Ky

#63231 Jul 17, 2012
OhioJeepGirl wrote:
<quoted text>
Ha! I have been reading several of your posts and, it is official, you have been added to my list of favorite posters!
I am an iced tea lady myself and owned a bar in Cleveland, Ohio for about 5 years and then became a free barmaid for my best friend who had a thief he needed to fire and no replacment..worked out great for me...I was there anyways, my deal was that I drink for free and keep my tips (for the juke box).=) It was when I was working for free that I met my Husband who died back in 2002. Yeah, I love to bet the horses, but I have not got o do it much. My mother lived at the track when I was younger. That is where I fell in love with horses. I was a Santa Anita track girl.
Well, that is about all the ammo I am going to feed the trolls today! LOL Glad you are here "Nope"
With all that being said, I must admit that I look forward to reading YOUR posts.

If I could crack a whip like you can, I'd be a ringleader!
speed boat

Lebanon, KY

#63232 Jul 17, 2012
OhioJeepGirl wrote:
<quoted text>
LOLOLOLOL
Small speed boat - quickly approaching Navy ship...this has nothing to do with Iran. LOLOLOLOLOL
While it turns out that it does not have anything to do with Iran, those Navy guys had to wash their pants! I know Iran's tiny speed boats and I know that if a small boat quickly headed towards mine...I would fire...then I would go wash my pants! These little boats are very well armed.
Oh, and Good Morning.(...nothing to o with Iran) LOLOLOLOL
so what was the true identity of the craft and what was actually on board? Where there any weapons that the little craft could have used on the navy vessel? Could it simply have been a case of miscommunication and mistaken identity? Imagine if you wee on that little boat and were completely innocent with no bad intent. You come across a heavily armed vessel and you don't know what they are saying to you. What do you do? Turn around and start fleeing (that would make you look guilty and they would probably fire at you) or do you approach them to show them you are unarmed and have no bad intent (this is probably what they were trying to do). I worry about this type of attitude from the military. Fear everything and shoot at anything indiscriminantly, this is the type of thing that escalates into major conflicts. The situation there is tense already, cooler heads must prevail and the navy soiling their pants over a little speedboat is a bit of an exaggeration, don't you think?
These Iranian speed boats harrassing huge navy ships are really harmless unless there was a swarm of them poised to attack, otherwise I believe they are nothing more than patrol boats trying to tell the big bully to back off. That's really how I assess the situation, anything else is fear mongering and I think is geared toward puttting us into war. I believe that within the next three months there will be war over there, and they are prepared for it already. This summer has been relatively quiet, like the quiet before the storm. The storm is quickly approaching as we speak, and who do you think is the aggressor in this case? We should just get the heck out of there and defend our borders, and let Israel fight their own battle. Going to war would be suicide for this country right now. We already have economic depression, and with the drought throughout the major portion of the US we will soon be faced with a major food shortage. War coupled with this will bring us to the brink of societal collapse.

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