General chat

“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

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  1. Blazer

     /  November 20, 2017

    Eagles on my mind…for no particular..reason..

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    • We’re a birdie lot around here aren’t we! My regular talks with siblings in Oz always include updates on our recent bird sightings.

      There’s rarely an outdoor scene in our lives that doesn’t include birds. Omnipresent. Can’t imagine life without them.

      This murmuration of starlings is fascinating.

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      • Gezza

         /  November 20, 2017

        Used to watch flocks of starlings do this act in the evenings where I grew up In Fitzroy in New Plymouth. There was a golf course nearby with a stand of large macrocarpas they nested in. not as many as in that clip though.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 20, 2017

          I hope that nobody will post The Birdy Song or Dance or whatever it is.

          I thought for years that the street in the Rocking Robin song was Jailbird St.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  November 20, 2017

            And that the horses in the Ascot Opening Race were waiting for the QUEUE to fly away….

            and that Bei Mir, Bist Du Schon was ‘By me, Mr Shane.’ It didn’t sound exactly like that, but I couldn’t think what else it COULD be.

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          • phantom snowflake

             /  November 20, 2017

            This one’s better, Kitty.

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        • patupaiarehe

           /  November 20, 2017

          Quite fascinating to watch, isn’t it? Friends of mine have witnessed the phenomenon below in person, and were amazed that there seemed to be zero fatalities. There must be some sort of ‘avian telepathy’ happening…

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          • Birds do this because of a threat by a predator.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 20, 2017

              Sounds right. Pretty sure I saw an Attenborough doco where the predator was a European Falcon.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  November 20, 2017

              That makes sense. Must confuse the heck out of any hungry hawks that are lurking about.
              What I find most interesting, is how mankind’s actions not only destroyed their traditional nesting area, but also created a new one, in both cases inadvertently.

              The birds began using the site in the early 1980s in response to the loss of much of their natural roosting habitat — old growth Douglas-fir and forest snags. Vaux’s swifts prefer roosting in standing hollow trees.
              To protect the swifts, the school stopped using its heating system during the weeks of roosting. Students and teachers wore sweaters and jackets, especially toward the end of September when classroom temperatures can drop to 50 to 60 °F (10 to 16 °C). Around 2003, the Audubon Society of Portland, school fundraisers and corporate sponsors donated $60,000 to $75,000 for an alternate school heating system which is independent of the brick chimney. The chimney is now maintained solely for the use of the birds.

      • robertguyton

         /  November 20, 2017

        I really like starlings and watch them often as they swing by my garden during their daily pattern of activity; part of which involves a trip to the beach to feed on sand-hoppers. I regard them as handsome, starry chests and all. I’ve seen titi behave like starlings, creating skeins as they prepare to land in the evenings. At one point, sections of the skein just seems to fall out of the sky into the forest they burrow in. It’s amazing to watch.

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  2. Gezza

     /  November 20, 2017
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  3. Most dangerous roads on world

    I have been on 1 (Zoji La) as I’ve driven from Kashmir up to Leh in Ladakh. I’ve also been on 4 (Khardung La) which is the highest motor able pass in the world. Cannot tell you how terrifying it is being made to take an outside lane with a pebble between you and a ravine, while the Army take the inside. Needless to say we were all on the middle line side of bus!

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