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Thread: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious

  1. #41
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious


    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >>

    > Many years ago, there was a bluejay that had a nest right on the top of my
    > downspout. One day I heard all this bird noise outside so I went out to
    > investigate.
    >
    > The baby bird had fallen down the downspout and the bottom of it was
    > clogged
    > up with leaves. So the baby bird had fallen down the downspout but was
    > trapped in the bottom of it.
    >
    > The baby bird was upset and squalking loudly.
    > The mother bird was sitting on a tree branch squalking loudly too and
    > obviously very upset.
    >
    > I took a stick and poked it into the bottom of the downspout. Sure
    > enough,
    > lots of leaves and sticks came out and then the baby bird plopped out on
    > the
    > ground. I backed off immediately and the mother swooped right down to her
    > baby.
    >
    > Hopefully, she got the baby into a safe place but I wonder if she could
    > have
    > taken her back to the nest???
    >
    >
    > Gary



    Until a baby bird has fledged there is little the mother bird can do in such
    a situation

    Jill


  2. #42
    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious

    On 28/04/2012 11:48 PM, sf wrote:
    vid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>>> A few years ago I had a robin attack my lawn tractor. I was mowing the
    >>>>> back yard driving along carefully along the edge of the stream. There
    >>>>> was a young robin up a few yards ahead who took off as I approached. He
    >>>>> flew up and across the stream, then turned around and dove ....... into
    >>>>> the discharge chute..... then there was a cloud of feathers flying out
    >>>>> the chute. It all happened in the blink of an eye.
    >>>
    >>>> If that had been a blackbird, it probably would have taken your
    >>>> tractor out (JK). They might be cute, but they are viscous.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Visous? Maybe after being chewed up by the tractor

    >>
    >> I think he meant vicious. Are you two imbibing?

    >
    > Relax. I picked the wrong word from the spell checker and she's
    > making fun what I did.
    >


    It was vicious of that little bird to attack my mower. The results were
    viscous.

  3. #43
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious


    "Dave Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:TEYmr.64603$[email protected] om...
    > On 28/04/2012 11:52 AM, Gary wrote:
    >> Pennyaline wrote:
    >>>

    >> <snip)
    >>
    >>> There are certainly more than enough robins to make up for the loss of a
    >>> few during mating rituals.

    >>
    >> No offense Pennyaline but that comment struck me as pretty cold and
    >> uncaring.

    >
    > Perhaps, but it is true.
    >
    >
    >> There are certainly more than enough humans to make up for some human
    >> losses
    >> too.

    >
    >
    > That is true too, but some people will think that it is even more cold and
    > uncaring that her comment.
    >


    Dead birds become food for other animals and insects, thus supporting the
    life cycle of nature. Dead humans take up space in cemeteries or urns on
    the mantle


  4. #44
    sf Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious

    On Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:58:57 -0400, Dave Smith
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > It was vicious of that little bird to attack my mower. The results were
    > viscous.


    The result was shredded tweet.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  5. #45
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious

    On Apr 29, 10:56*am, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:58:57 -0400, Dave Smith
    >
    > <adavid.sm...@sympatico.ca> wrote:
    > > It was vicious of that little bird to attack my mower. The results were
    > > viscous.

    >
    > The result was shredded tweet. *
    >
    > --
    > Food is an important part of a balanced diet.


    Ok, that was funny!

  6. #46
    Tommy Joe Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious

    On Apr 29, 9:23*am, "Ed Pawlowski" <e...@snet.net> wrote:


    > Dead humans take up space in cemeteries or urns on the mantle



    Not when I get done with them Ed. I've been killing people for
    years - professionally, not for kicks - and I'm pretty good at hiding
    my work. First I hack them to pieces - takes about a day - rough
    work. Then, day two, I pull out the hacked pieces and hack them
    further to bits. Day three I use one of those new Vita-mixers to
    blend the less boney parts into mush. Once the machine is warmed up I
    insert the bony parts. Just last week I got a 250 dead guy into a 64
    oz glass bottle. It looked like tomato juice with little streaks of
    yellow in it. No more digging. Just take it out and spread it around
    a tree or a bunch of bushes - makes a great fertilizer. You're right
    Ed, dead humans take up too much space. My method, which is my own
    invention, is currently being used for illegal purposes - but perhaps
    the day will come when my invention will make it's way into everyday
    use so that all in our world might benefit from it.

    TJ


  7. #47
    Hell Toupee Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious

    On 4/28/2012 11:09 AM, Gary wrote:
    > Dave Smith wrote:
    >>
    >> On 28/04/2012 12:04 AM, Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> Birds in general are extremely aggressive. Even cute little parakeets will
    >>> kill other parakeets. Hummingbirds have been known to kill. We found a
    >>> dead hummr underneath the feeder one day and surely it was murdered by one
    >>> of its own. Swans will kill you and recently one man drowned while being
    >>> attacked by one. Had you rescued the robin it would have come back to pluck
    >>> your eyes out.

    >>
    >> Birds are naturally quite vicious little critters. We just don't take
    >> them seriously because they are so small and they have such interesting
    >> noises, which are most often aggressive territorial threats.
    >>
    >> A few years ago I severely trimmed trivet hedge by our driveway and
    >> exposed a tiny nest owned by a pair of very tiny wrens. They were
    >> screaming and swooping at me. They were really pissed.

    >
    > I heard on a documentary once..... early morning, nice day, all the birds
    > start chirping, etc. According to that, most of the "friendly" bird
    > chirping was actually birds sending out threating warnings to other birds.
    > That kind of killed my "early friendly" scenario. lol.


    The way I heard it (from an ornithologist), when the birds are
    singing, they're basically saying one of two things, over and over:
    "Who wants to fight?" "Who wants to get laid?"

  8. #48
    Tommy Joe Guest

    Default Re: OT, I never realized that robins could be vicious

    On Apr 30, 5:00*pm, Hell Toupee <w...@menull.com> wrote:

    > The way I heard it (from an ornithologist), when the birds are
    > singing, they're basically saying one of two things, over and over:
    > "Who wants to fight?" "Who wants to get laid?"




    My aunt was a pie in the sky artisto who lived in the insulated
    world of art and believed that the world was one big happy song. I
    remember her many times mentioning the birds singing. Not just her
    but others as well. And I used to say, "They're not singing, they're
    crying- just like us they are crying with need - to eat or get laid or
    to warn others of their kind of lurking danger. The world is a need
    machine from which all living things are spewed. We are born of
    hunger. We are hunger. All who live must eat. And all there is to
    eat is that which lives. Except for roadkill. Vultures take care of
    that. They are the garbage sweepers of the sky. They keep our
    roadways clean.

    TJ

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