Posts Tagged 'birds'

Urban Birds Use Cigarette Butts to Get Rid of Pests

A team of ecologists discovered that city birds may be inserting cigarette butts into the lining of their nests in order to repel arthropods.

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High-Speed Video Helps Scientists Understand Hummingbird Pollination

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Hummingbirds are part of the family Trochilidae and are among the smallest birds on the planet, with most species measuring between 7.5 to 13 cm. Now, a new high-speed video has helped scientists understand why hummingbirds always pollinate flowers that hang upside down.

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Swallows & Homing Pigeons Monitor Environmental Factors

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A new study indicates that nesting birds that feed on insects that hatch in lake or stream-bed sediments make good biological monitors for pollution.

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Blood-Thinning Rodenticide is Killing Birds

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Canada and the US have started to restrict the use of rodent poisons based on blood thinners, as new research shows that the toxins accumulate in birds of prey and other animals.

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Eggs of Superb Fairy-Wren Learn Before Hatching

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The females of superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) start singing to their unhatched eggs in order to teach the embryo a “password,” a single unique note, which nestlings must later incorporate into their begging calls in order to get fed.

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Attack of the Grackle Cloud by Adam Baker

Birds by Adam Baker

Pigeons Ability to Hear Magnetic Fields Finally Linked to the Lagena in Inner Ear

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New research has showed that the individual neurons in the brains of common pigeons could relay crucial information about the Earth’s magnetic field, potentially providing these animals with an internal GPS.

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Harrier and Jaguar Jets Crash into the Tate Britain

Fiona Banner is an English artist, and her most spectacular pieces of art have to be these two jets she had installed in the Tate Britain modern art museum.

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June 28 2011

One of the Three Cackling Birds, 242/365

They love to pester our cat Yoda

They visit regularly, a nest must be nearby

Yoda wants to eat them, but she can't

Three Cackling Birds

Old World Babbler

On a Monday morning, I was greeted by three cackling birds, sitting on my balcony. I heard them as soon as I woke up. Waking up is strange. It’s like when you emerge out of water. The sounds and sights are all muffled and blurred. You make your way back into reality. Slowly, the world comes back and you start hearing things again. I noticed that I start hearing things first before seeing them, because my eyes are usually closed.

One of them had a cockroach in his mouth, which he quickly dropped, because he was quite excited. They all were. He tried to get it back, but it had fallen down to the ground floor. I like on the 4th. They were all cackling along, to each other and at me. My pets were looking at them strangely, especially my cat Yoda. She didn’t like them and wanted to pounce on them. She started making the strangest sounds.

The birds continued cackling while I continued with my morning routine. When I went out to walk the dog, they flew to another balcony, and promptly came back to cackle some more. They were still on my balcony when I left for work. They stayed in our courtyard for a few hours. They must have been someone’s pet birds. Maybe they had escaped. Their wings weren’t clipped.

Their cackling was quite loud, not melodic, and they seemed to be having a jolly old time. Spike wasn’t too bothered, but the cat definitely wanted to hunt them down. While it seemed quite harmless, it made me feel somewhat weary for most of the week. I’m not superstitious, but it was strange waking up that way. It was also eerie the way that they stayed at my window for so long. For some reason, I imagined them outside the frosted glass of my bedroom window, which is on the other side of the apartment. I’m not sure about this, but it could have just been the loudness of their cackling.

I was on edge, but nothing happened. It was just another random encounter of life.


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