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Old 05-19-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The birds are watching. They know who you are. And they will attack.
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:40 PM
 
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imagine getting paid to go harass mockingbirds
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:35 AM
 
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Sounds like the Alfred Hitchcock movie, The Birds. Where I live, we have zillions of starlings. Most of the time, they're out walking the fields looking for insects. But if you're anywhere close enough that they can see you from the trees during nesting season, they'll dive-bomb like terrorizing maniacs, sometimes grazing anyone and everyone, young and old alike.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Not surprising at all. Many bird species are very intelligent - just ask any parrot owner...

Here's a video of a crow that actually fashions a tool out of a piece of wire to get some food out of a cylinder:


YouTube - Crow Makes Tool

And, of course, there's the work that Dr. Irene Pepperberg did with the famed "Alex", proving that birds have the potential to learn some pretty remarkable things.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Smart bird. Things like that are what chimp watchers watch for to suggest they are smart.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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At one time, using tools was considered to be what separated humans from other animals. But when it was discovered some birds and primates also use tools, the idea was tossed in the the pile with other worthless scrap.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:53 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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The mockingbird was adopted as the official state bird of Texas by an act of the Legislature, approved on January 31, 1927. The mockingbird is also the state bird for Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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Old 05-22-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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I love birds but I can't stand Mockingbirds or BlueJays. Both are too aggressive and chase other birds away. I love to watch Cardinals, Orioles, Blue birds and a favorite is the Killdear. A Mexican eagle showed up in the last few weeks but I haven't got a close look at it. I thought it was a bald eagle but it was too far away to tell for sure. Our area of south central Texas ia a Mexican eagle haunt and thus the likely bird.

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Old 05-22-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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Two weeks ago I had a golden eagle sitting on a fence post behind my house here northeast of Lubbock. My barn owls that were in my barns when I moved in earlier this year have now gone.
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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They must be intelligent, they somehow know when I wash my car. The other day I was drying it off and I swear the amount of birds tripled in a few min. watching me dry it off.
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