Migrating birds cause a stir at San R...

Migrating birds cause a stir at San Rafael brickyard

There are 27 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Sep 23, 2010, titled Migrating birds cause a stir at San Rafael brickyard. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

They swoop through the sky at dusk like bats, but upon closer look they are birds - Vaux's swifts to be exact - and they are using old chimneys at McNears Brick and Block as a temporary home on their southerly migration.

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Taxpayer

Oakland, CA

#1 Sep 24, 2010
Declare McNears a wildlife sanctuary
misfit

Novato, CA

#2 Sep 24, 2010
why not a photo of the birds instead of photos of the people watching the birds???
Sanctuary City - SR

Burlingame, CA

#4 Sep 24, 2010
misfit wrote:
why not a photo of the birds instead of photos of the people watching the birds???
That was exactly my thought.
beherenow

Mill Valley, CA

#5 Sep 24, 2010
I know, it's weird because on the front page of the printed edition there is a big photo of the birds over the chimney!
Dopethrone

San Rafael, CA

#6 Sep 24, 2010
who cares
Micah Johnson

Chico, CA

#7 Sep 24, 2010
Dopethrone wrote:
who cares
Hey Dopethrone, sounds like you could use a dose of eco-therapy to turn that grumpy frown upside down.

Birding connects us to the natural world and fills one with a sense of awe and wonder. Try it, you'll like it. You might feel better about yourself.
dear dopethrone

San Rafael, CA

#8 Sep 24, 2010
That's why they call it dope.

If they can get the rock quarry designated a wildlife sanctuary then they can eventually force it out of business.

Then the property can sit idle for years being condos for the birds. Then they will have to get rid of the birds, knock down the chimneys and the buildings, clean up some more, costing millions, plant some eucalyptus trees for a wind break and build some comfy California condos for low income types. Yeah somebody cares all right, someone with $ signs in their eyes.

beherenow

Mill Valley, CA

#9 Sep 24, 2010
Micah, only grumpy, negative, unhappy people ever post on the Marin IJ comments page! Your comment is a breath of fresh air!

“Taste great in milk!”

Since: Aug 08

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#10 Sep 24, 2010
beherenow wrote:
Micah, only grumpy, negative, unhappy people ever post on the Marin IJ comments page! Your comment is a breath of fresh air!
That's not true.
Pot Smoking Moronite

Isleton, CA

#11 Sep 24, 2010
And I second that ^^^^^!
Birding is wonderful

AOL

#12 Sep 24, 2010
Micah Johnson wrote - "Birding connects us to the natural world and fills one with a sense of awe and wonder. Try it, you'll like it. You might feel better about yourself."

Yes Indeed. A group of us go birding every fall. There is nothing like waking up before dawn, having a hearty breakfast, loading some gear into the vehicles and all heading to a good birding area.

The crisp cool fall air, some low lying fog entwined in the tules, and patches of fog out over the water dancing with the first rays of sunlight.

You just get settled in with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate and then suddenly someone says they see a flock of birds in the distance and you wait in anticipation and then - right there in front of you over the decoys you see them - a big beautiful flock of mallards! You quickly rise and take a bead on one and then another squeezing the trigger on your well used 12 gauge and BOOM - BOOM - BOOM and you hear the guns of the other birders with you BOOM, BOOM - BOOM, BOOM, BOOM and then you see some birds laying in the water, while the rest fly away.

After allís quiet again, the black lab who's been held back on the leash is released, and with a flying leap which would make a Calaveras jumping frog envious, clears the reeds in front of the blind and lands in the water with a splash and paddles at full speed to the first bird.

Carefully he takes the first duck in his mouth so as not to damage it and proudly retrieves it back to the hunters in the blind. Then, again and again he deftly repeats this ballet until all the downed ducks are retrieved.

Then suddenly a hushed warning is heard by all as the hunter on point spots another flock far off in the early morning light and everyone scans the horizon for a sign AND THEN QUICKLY THEY'RE UPON US AND BOOM - BOOM - BOOM - BOOM - BOOM is heard again in the cool morning calm and more birds splash into the water. And the ballet begins again with the black lab.

Later in the morning as we pack our gear, police the area for any trash to be carried out, and gather the ducks we harvested, we talk about the days birding and how grateful we all are for our morning with nature, and birding and an all-American pastime that's as good the last time as the first, and we give thanks to the good Lord for our bounty and good fortune, and pray God shines upon these wonderful waterfowl and their beautiful habitat.

Yes, birding is truly a delight to the senses and gives one a true appreciation of nature.
buffalobob

San Rafael, CA

#13 Sep 24, 2010
Why my little red heart just skipped a beat. Mr birding you are a poet. Are you going to do a book signing soon I hope. Yes birding is wonderful. Spitting out those little bb's ain't so much fun though.
Birding is wonderful

AOL

#14 Sep 24, 2010
....used to be a bit easier on the molars when they were lead.

I was taught by a couple of seasoned "birders" when I was a lad - "son you got to aim so you only put one or two bb's in a bird, and then remember where you shot 'em so you can pick 'em out when you clean 'em." So I tried and tried and tried but never did quite get the hang of it.

"Birding" is a mighty special experience, I'll say that.
freud marin hunters

Sausalito, CA

#15 Sep 25, 2010
buffalobob wrote:
Why my little red heart just skipped a beat. Mr birding you are a poet. Are you going to do a book signing soon I hope. Yes birding is wonderful. Spitting out those little bb's ain't so much fun though.
1. Why are there so many fat Marin county works , and and Cops such ardent Hunters?

2. I've seen these Yahoos shoot at anything that flies over their "seemingly"
illegal blinds. There's a bunch of duck blinds near China Camp. Most look like their too close to shore, or right in that protected area? That protected area map looks like a jig saw puzzle. I wish someone would explain, who drew that map?

3. Besides ducks and geese--great herrings and Cormorants(spelling wrong) have washed up to shore with their heads blown off?

4. I don't understand why our keystone cops along with our illustrious Cororner
spend their days off killing birds? The geese and ducks, some of which have eggs
ready to hatch, have the misfortune of being blasted out of the sky. Don't you see enough death at work Ken? Haven't you seen enough blood and guts for a lifetime?
I actually think your smart enough to keep it all legal, but those cops and the other county loafers aren't members of Mensa?

5. I guess it's the large quantities of beer, latent homosexual repression, and
Manly smells in those cramped early morning cramped quarters that attracts a certain
type of "fellow"?

6. I further doubt the meat ever hit the table, but the cosy, intimate dinners at Marin Joe's among the Guy's makes it all seem normal? "My wife is driving me crazy Brian-lets go hunting? I'll bring the beer, you bring Hot Coco, and wear those tight Carhart jeans.
Bring the Big Gun--Big Boy."

7. Plus, I though you "bad Arse Marin Cops" saw enough violence on the mean streets on Marin?

yes but

Sunnyvale, CA

#16 Sep 25, 2010
Birding is wonderful wrote:
Micah Johnson wrote - "Birding connects us to the natural world and fills one with a sense of awe and wonder. Try it, you'll like it. You might feel better about yourself."

You just get settled in with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate and then suddenly someone says they see a flock of birds in the distance and you wait in anticipation and then - right there in front of you over the decoys you see them - a big beautiful flock of mallards! You quickly rise and take a bead on one and then another squeezing the trigger on your well used 12 gauge and BOOM - BOOM - BOOM and you hear the guns of the other birders with you BOOM, BOOM - BOOM, BOOM, BOOM and then you see some birds laying in the water, while the rest fly away.
After allís quiet again, the black lab who's been held back on the leash is released, and with a flying leap which would make a Calaveras jumping frog envious, clears the reeds in front of the blind and lands in the water with a splash and paddles at full speed to the first bird.
Carefully he takes the first duck in his mouth so as not to damage it and proudly retrieves it back to the hunters in the blind. Then, again and again he deftly repeats this ballet until all the downed ducks are retrieved.
Then suddenly a hushed warning is heard by all as the hunter on point spots another flock far off in the early morning light and everyone scans the horizon for a sign AND THEN QUICKLY THEY'RE UPON US AND BOOM - BOOM - BOOM - BOOM - BOOM is heard again in the cool morning calm and more birds splash into the water. And the ballet begins again with the black lab.
Later in the morning as we pack our gear, police the area for any trash to be carried out, and gather the ducks we harvested, we talk about the days birding and how grateful we all are for our morning with nature, and birding and an all-American pastime that's as good the last time as the first, and we give thanks to the good Lord for our bounty and good fortune, and pray God shines upon these wonderful waterfowl and their beautiful habitat.
Yes, birding is truly a delight to the senses and gives one a true appreciation of nature.
you forgot. What about those sweet little labs? You know, their training - keeping them in isolated kennels, putting them up on tables and clamping their muzzles down on the dummy until they get the idea, punishing them when they just don't get it.

And, when they get shot by one of the hunters, or the hunters' kids, running out to retrieve the duck with that soft mouth of theirs, well, that's all part of the fun, isn't it?

Of course, we all know that every shot is a clean shot, too. No animal is ever wounded and undiscovered, or dying in the mouth of a dog on its way back to the shore.

And, you ALL ALWAYS clean and eat what you kill - NOT!!!!

Sorry, been there...seen that...not buying it.
Hunting and Fishing

AOL

#17 Sep 25, 2010
"Birding" is a great experience and I could write a book about a lifetime of hunting waterfowl and the excitement and fun my black lab has jumping in after those ducks and geese.

And then there's big game hunting and it's unique attractions.

Hunting and fishing are some of the best and most intense and unique experiences in life.

Like coming in for a landing in a float plane to fish the Babine and watching a brown bear going after a moose calf and the mother charging the bear. Stealhead on the Babine - caught fresh, cleaned and fried over an open fire for lunch - dinner and breakfast.

It just doesn't get much better than that and I thank the good Lord for parents and friends and a great wife that have contributed to it all and made it all very special.

Take somebody hunting and fishing and you'll all enjoy life a bit more.
yes but

Sunnyvale, CA

#18 Sep 25, 2010
Hunting and Fishing wrote:
"Birding" is a great experience ....
Take somebody hunting and fishing and you'll all enjoy life a bit more.
Not true. I wouldn't.

And, that's a strange choice of words you've chosen - "enjoy life". Truly, you must mean "enjoy death".

Franky, I "enjoy" watching things live... not taking away their last breath and watching them die.

There's just something twisted about that, no matter how much hunters like to dress it up.
Hunting and Fishing

AOL

#19 Sep 25, 2010
yes but wrote:
<quoted text>

Sorry, been there...seen that....
Doubt that.
Hunting and Fishing

AOL

#20 Sep 25, 2010
yes but wrote:
<quoted text>
Not true. I wouldn't.
And, that's a strange choice of words you've chosen - "enjoy life". Truly, you must mean "enjoy death".
Franky, I "enjoy" watching things live... not taking away their last breath and watching them die.
There's just something twisted about that, no matter how much hunters like to dress it up.
And you are a vegan who wears canvas shoes and doesn't operate or ride in a vehicle or bicycle because you would kill the oncoming bugs and birds; and you don't walk outside lest you trample an ant or a spider......sure.
yes but

Sunnyvale, CA

#21 Sep 25, 2010
Hunting and Fishing wrote:
<quoted text>
Doubt that.
I've been on several hunting trips as a guest including one to a very exclusive private preserve owned by one of the country's wealthiest men and saw dogs left alone by themselves all day in kennels out in a field.

The only time these dogs saw anyone was when someone drove out to feed them. When they were taken out, or when they put them up on the tables to train (and punish) them, or when they "used" for hunting guests. And, just so you know, they were TOUGH on these dogs. It made me sick.

So don't tell me you "doubt" me. It just proves you don't know you don't know what you're talking about it.

And, you ask any hunter about missed shots, ducks (or other animals) that are maimed and not instantly killed, and dogs who are accidentally killed during a retrieval. It's no big secret.

Don't insult me when you say I haven't seen it. I have...and I don't like it.

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