Hundreds of birds die in western Ky.

Jan 5, 2011 Full story: The Cincinnati Enquirer 81,786

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

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Abeliever

Vine Grove, KY

#77737 Dec 10, 2012
THE UNA FARTER wrote:
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I have more Cardinals than any kind. They are pretty. I bet the Red males think the females are pretty even if they are brownish-red. Lol. Believe it or not my kitty cat doesn't bother birds at all. He will kill, moles, snakes and mice and lay them for me to see. He caught a baby squirrel one day and was laying beside it as if he was guarding it. I couldn't believe it, the squirrel was unharmed in any way. It went to sleep in my hand while rubbing it. Then I thought, no way enough pets. I put it in a hollow tree out back, maybe the parents found it. LOL.
I love to watch the Cardinals. At least the Kentucky State Bird Cardinals. lol My fat gray stray I feed and sleeps on my porch never bothers them. He don't even look up when they fly in to tap the feeder. I use to have a cat years ago in Tennessee that would bring me baby rabbits, squirrels, field mice etc and drop it at my front door. Never ate them or were they mangled. It was like he was bringing me gifts. One time one of the rabbits was still alive. I picked it up with a towel, rubbed it gently and then carried it back to the edge of the woods and set it free. It cracked me up as it was hopping away, it stopped and turned to look at me, either to see if something was chasing it and it was a trap or just to say thanks. I go with the latter. Thanks for the memory your post brought back. I loved that cat. I had it seven years and still miss it. That was sweet what you did. You are starting to amaze me with all your good posts. Please keep it up. Thanks
Abeliever

Vine Grove, KY

#77738 Dec 10, 2012
I hope everyone has a great day. We just had a bit of sleet pinging the windows and doors. I wish I could I could stay in "slug mode" today, but I am off to run errands and see my sister. Take care everyone. Stay warm and please keep the thread positive. It is extremely nice to see. Wow, the Christmas spirit has hit the bird thread.:)

Be back later.

“TELLING IT LIKE IT IS”

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Since: Apr 09

FARTSBURG

#77739 Dec 10, 2012
_-_Nope_-_ wrote:
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And the audacity of me to use a feather for that process... I'll surely burn.. Alas, I heard no sighs of delight from the cacti. Not even any requests for a post pollination smoke..
LOL!
:)
Someone asked uglygirl if she smoked after we did, well you know. My darling told them she had never looked to see.

Sometimes my kitty cat eats the snake. I told him to go for it, he caught it. Yep the old boy, well semi-boy gets Purina One for urinary tract problems, he loves the stuff.
W KY Girl

Mchenry, IL

#77740 Dec 10, 2012
_-_Nope_-_ wrote:
On a more fun note, I just finished cross pollinating some of my Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti. One of the ones I decided to cross was an heirloom red Christmas cactus with a lavender Thanksgiving cactus... I'm anxious to see what kind of seed develops, eventually to find out what kind and color of flower I'll see in about a year, LOL! You gotta have a high patience level with these succulents, but it's SO worth the wait.!
That's pretty cool Nope. I wish I had a green thumb.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#77741 Dec 10, 2012
Not a good day for looking out the window for bird watching, but I can look at the little creek in front of the homestead. It is really rolling. We used to have a term for long periods of rain such as this. We called those "Frog stranglers".
Imposter

Somerset, KY

#77744 Dec 10, 2012
Abeliever wrote:
I hope everyone has a great day. We just had a bit of sleet pinging the windows and doors. I wish I could I could stay in "slug mode" today, but I am off to run errands and see my sister. Take care everyone. Stay warm and please keep the thread positive. It is extremely nice to see. Wow, the Christmas spirit has hit the bird thread.:)
Be back later.
I think you're right, It must be the Christmas spirit. I may even put on my Christmas hat that I made. Mistletoe is hanging on a string from a birch branch in front of it. I can sneak up on women and have that mistletoe over their head before they are any the wiser.
I was wondering why I'm feeling....Not as mean, as usual today.
I wonder how long it'll take for it to wear off?
I would still like to see those....Ahem, never-mind.
Imposter

Somerset, KY

#77745 Dec 10, 2012
THE UNA FARTER wrote:
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Someone asked uglygirl if she smoked after we did, well you know. My darling told them she had never looked to see.
Sometimes my kitty cat eats the snake. I told him to go for it, he caught it. Yep the old boy, well semi-boy gets Purina One for urinary tract problems, he loves the stuff.
My cat wont quit eating that purina. I think they put kitty-crack in that stuff. I had to switch to nine lives, he was getting so fat on the purina he couldn't move.
The sorry thing never would chase anything that I know of.

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#77746 Dec 10, 2012
Ancient Wolf wrote:
Not a good day for looking out the window for bird watching, but I can look at the little creek in front of the homestead. It is really rolling. We used to have a term for long periods of rain such as this. We called those "Frog stranglers".
That's the first time I heard that term. Kentucky folks have very colorful language to describe something. When I first moved here, I needed a translator to figure out what the country folks were saying. They didn't understand my regional accent and vocabulary either. When I was embarrassed to ask for an explanation, I tended to nod yes periodically. My hubby laughed and told me be careful about what you are agreeing to. It took me only about 6 months to learn the dialect. After being here for 15 years, I now have a blended speech pattern of Ma. and Ky accent and vocabulary. Now, that's a strange one!

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#77747 Dec 10, 2012
W KY Girl wrote:
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Ancient Wolf! That was mean! LOL
The only birds I have seen today was a hawk getting its butt kicked by some little bird.
Have you ever noticed that there is sometimes a small bird flying next to a hawk or buzzard. I've seen it on several occasions, and it is not a baby hawk or buzzard, just some little, nondescript bird. The larger bird does not seem to be threatening the little bird at all. What the heck is up with that???
W KY Girl

Mchenry, IL

#77749 Dec 10, 2012
Oglala wrote:
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Have you ever noticed that there is sometimes a small bird flying next to a hawk or buzzard. I've seen it on several occasions, and it is not a baby hawk or buzzard, just some little, nondescript bird. The larger bird does not seem to be threatening the little bird at all. What the heck is up with that???
That's what I saw this morning. I don't know what they do or how the hawks offend the little birds but those little birds are attacking the hawk and giving him an escourt out of their territory. I have seen that a lot of times. Sometimes they will gang up on the bigger bird. Those redwinged black birds attack the big birds quite a bit. It doesn't make sense to me, the Hawks are huge and can pack off a grown chicken yet they let a little bird boss them around. lol
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#77750 Dec 10, 2012
Oglala wrote:
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Have you ever noticed that there is sometimes a small bird flying next to a hawk or buzzard. I've seen it on several occasions, and it is not a baby hawk or buzzard, just some little, nondescript bird. The larger bird does not seem to be threatening the little bird at all. What the heck is up with that???
Little birds are probably "drafting" and know they are safe flying along in the blind spot proving to the buzzard that they are not dead. LOL Would you pass up a steak for a peanut?
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#77751 Dec 10, 2012
W KY Girl wrote:
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That's what I saw this morning. I don't know what they do or how the hawks offend the little birds but those little birds are attacking the hawk and giving him an escourt out of their territory. I have seen that a lot of times. Sometimes they will gang up on the bigger bird. Those redwinged black birds attack the big birds quite a bit. It doesn't make sense to me, the Hawks are huge and can pack off a grown chicken yet they let a little bird boss them around. lol
Crows especially can escort a hawk making much noise all the way. It is to lead them away from the crows nest. The last time a hawk got into my chickens, I was alerted to that fact by a flock of noisy crows. Safety in numbers.
W KY Girl

Mchenry, IL

#77752 Dec 10, 2012
Ancient Wolf wrote:
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Crows especially can escort a hawk making much noise all the way. It is to lead them away from the crows nest. The last time a hawk got into my chickens, I was alerted to that fact by a flock of noisy crows. Safety in numbers.
I've heard about people with chickens putting stuff out to feed the crows so they will keep the hawks ran off. I don't see many crows here but I see hawks or maybe turkey vultures about every day, sometimes 3-4 at a time.
that

Wooton, KY

#77753 Dec 10, 2012
W KY Girl wrote:
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That's what I saw this morning. I don't know what they do or how the hawks offend the little birds but those little birds are attacking the hawk and giving him an escourt out of their territory. I have seen that a lot of times. Sometimes they will gang up on the bigger bird. Those redwinged black birds attack the big birds quite a bit. It doesn't make sense to me, the Hawks are huge and can pack off a grown chicken yet they let a little bird boss them around. lol
reminds me of the old time tells way before any records was kept.how the settlers kept the hawks of their chicks.by the word passed down.they used the bird called a martin. they would build big high bird boxes to try get them birds to nest in them.if the bird nested in them then the settler would have protection.rumor from way before records was kept.was that the martin would attack in numbers one from the behind then the one coming at the hawks from the front was trying pluck the hawks eyes out.that why the old timers had their reasons for it.and watch today as ravens and smaller black birds charge a hawk they are charging in the same manner.as they was many yrs ago. i have seen them.that the reason the hawk gets lost the eyes is the hawks best survival tool ..
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#77755 Dec 10, 2012
A buzzard is not a killer anyways, and only eats dead stuff. So a small bird tracking a buzzard is just following an updraft and is not fearful.

Hawks eyes are for distance viewing and can't see when the martins or crows are attacking in numbers up close and personal.

Martins will not nest close to the ground and is why those boxes were built so high up.
W KY Girl

Mchenry, IL

#77756 Dec 10, 2012
that wrote:
<quoted text>reminds me of the old time tells way before any records was kept.how the settlers kept the hawks of their chicks.by the word passed down.they used the bird called a martin. they would build big high bird boxes to try get them birds to nest in them.if the bird nested in them then the settler would have protection.rumor from way before records was kept.was that the martin would attack in numbers one from the behind then the one coming at the hawks from the front was trying pluck the hawks eyes out.that why the old timers had their reasons for it.and watch today as ravens and smaller black birds charge a hawk they are charging in the same manner.as they was many yrs ago. i have seen them.that the reason the hawk gets lost the eyes is the hawks best survival tool ..
I can believe that. I've seen those little birds following a hawk - they fly along then they dive in and attack, fly some more then attack again until that old hawk decides to leave. I haven't ever seen a hawk fight back. They are always trying to get away. hahaha
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#77757 Dec 10, 2012
that wrote:
<quoted text>reminds me of the old time tells way before any records was kept.how the settlers kept the hawks of their chicks.by the word passed down.they used the bird called a martin. they would build big high bird boxes to try get them birds to nest in them.if the bird nested in them then the settler would have protection.rumor from way before records was kept.was that the martin would attack in numbers one from the behind then the one coming at the hawks from the front was trying pluck the hawks eyes out.that why the old timers had their reasons for it.and watch today as ravens and smaller black birds charge a hawk they are charging in the same manner.as they was many yrs ago. i have seen them.that the reason the hawk gets lost the eyes is the hawks best survival tool ..
I just now saw what you posted and you are correct.
Ancient Wolf

Lexington, KY

#77758 Dec 10, 2012
Ancient Wolf wrote:
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I just now saw what you posted and you are correct.
*re-read.
Hempburn

Whitley City, KY

#77760 Dec 10, 2012
Ancient Wolf wrote:
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I don't care what friends or enemies think. I find it really easy to let the guys swarm all over and competing for the attention of the skinny women and I just stroll right on by and go see the chunky ones and let them compete for attention from me. LOL
Good plan AW. Of course I was only joking, bone is for the dog, man needs a little meat on that bone.

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Since: Mar 11

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#77761 Dec 10, 2012
Ancient Wolf wrote:
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Little birds are probably "drafting" and know they are safe flying along in the blind spot proving to the buzzard that they are not dead. LOL Would you pass up a steak for a peanut?
You have a point there.

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