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Dead birds

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mac66, 4 Mar 2008.

  1. Mac66

    Mac66 Senior Member

    Location:
    Newbury-ish
    OK. Here goes. This really bugs me.

    Recently I saw 2 trees fall over on the same day. An unusaul sight I trust you'll agree and this got me thinking about other things that should be quite a common spectacle but aren't.;)

    Why dont I see more birds drop dead out of the sky. There must be a lot of birds and a lot of people, so the probability is that at some point someone somewhere must have seen this. But I don't know anyone who has.

    Do they wake up in the morning and think "Oh no, got a dodgy ticker this morning, better not go flying? "
     
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Phew, I thought this was going to be another necrophilia thread!
     
  3. Pete

    Pete Guest

    You need to consider the most common causes of death amongst wild birds. I reckon action of predators - both in the air and on the ground - accidents such as roadkill - human activity - etc. - account for a fair proportion.

    But when it does come to a bird dying of natural causes, I reckon it will suffer an instinctive feeling of being unwell and will return to the ground or perch before succumbing. Whereupon its body will, as likely as not, be taken by a cat or fox before you come to spot it.

    As it happens we were watching a sparrowhawk soaring and swooping over the local woodland on Sunday, obviously looking for prey. If we had been lucky enough to see it actually take another bird that would have been a sight worth seeing. But we watched in vain...
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Someone I knew once saw a pigeon drop out of the sky, dead. The more disturbing thing was that shortly afterwards, a little old lady came along and picked it up and put it in her shopping basket on wheels.

    But otherwise, Pete's right. Any animal not feeling well will stop behaving normally, and probably hide under shelter somewhere.
     
  5. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Because you don't go pheasant shooting. xx(
     
  6. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Or, if it's an Elephant*, of course....

    *but hopefully not a baby one...xx(
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Friend of mine trained as a vet. When he and his wife lived in Wales, they had a rural practice and holiday makers used to bring injured pheasants in.

    "Hmm," says the vet. "This bird's been shot."

    "Oh," say holiday makers, "Who would do such a thing....?"

    The vets would take it in for 'care', which normally involved a hot oven and basting - and lo and behold, Mitchell and Webb did a sketch to that effect last week!
     
  8. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Beat me to it.
     
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I've heard then seen a few birds drop dead out of the sky, a few milliseconds after being caused to decelerate instantly from flying speed to zero by an invisible sheet of window glass.

    Does that count?
     
  10. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
  11. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    Little boy sees dead bird on path and asks Dad the question.

    Dad points out as above that birds know they are goinfg to die, and simply lie down add wait for God to collect them.



    Little boy muses for a few minutes and says ....... Mummy nearly died!

    Dad asks "What do you mean?"



    Little boy replies........................................






















    Well she was lying on the floor yelling "God, I'm Coming!" and she might have gone if the Milkman wasn't holding her down!
     
  12. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Birds don't fly for long, unless they're eagles or albatrosses or something, or they're migrating. YOur common or garden sparrow or blackbird only flies for a few metres/seconds at a time, they probably stop bothering when they're nearing the endof their innings.
     
  14. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
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