Migrating birds cause a stir at San Rafael brickyard

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. Full Story
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yes but

Sunnyvale, CA

#22 Sep 25, 2010
Hunting and Fishing wrote:
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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.
Oh, you're so original.
yes but

Sunnyvale, CA

#23 Sep 25, 2010
Hunting and Fishing wrote:
"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.
Oh, and how about those "canned" hunts? Don't want to forget those in your fascinating best-seller. You know, those thrilling moments when you can aim your gun - let's make that an AK47 because the NRA doesn't protect those for nothing - at poor exotic cats and excess zoo animals trapped and pacing in cages so you don't have to do all that costly traveling and pesky walking.

What a man! What a sport!
etnia

San Rafael, CA

#24 Sep 25, 2010
who yuo gone call?????????? ICE JAJAJAAJJAJ
yes you need help

AOL

#25 Sep 25, 2010
yes but wrote:
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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.
You should turn yourself in to law enforcement and tell them of your cruelty to animals and it will help clear your conscience and your guilt. Some prison time may be good for you and never owning another animal - you are sick - get help.
steph

Belvedere Tiburon, CA

#26 Sep 25, 2010
Micah Johnson wrote:
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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.
this whole bird fascination...is that what happens to a person once they turn 50? seems like it.
R Scalf

Santa Rosa, CA

#27 Sep 27, 2010
dear dopethrone wrote:
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.
You can't just 'designate' a private quarry a wildlife sanctuary. That's ridiculous.
The stacks were decommissioned in the 1960's, I imagine demolition is prohibitively expensive. The workers there are very kind and hospitable. The swifts aren't hurting anything. There is no need to fulminate. But if you do have that need, you'll have to find a different topic.
beherenow

Mill Valley, CA

#28 Sep 27, 2010
How did this become a hunting debate? It's about swifts, tiny little birds that live on the wing and are gracing us with their presence right now. They have nothing to do with hunting! Why is there so much anger just waiting to be unleashed everytime there's a nice story like this?

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