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  • Birthday 07/30/46

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    Sacramento, CA
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    Birding, wildlife photography, hiking, fishing, hunting... just about anything outdoors!!

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  1. what is that?"
  2. large fin circling
  3. Very possible. I've seen birds drunk on fermented berries, and also on fermented sap. When I was growing up in Fla. people used to burn their woods pastures every couple of years to keep the underbrush down. Gallberries grow very fast there, and sometimes when the burning was done lots of Gallberry bushes would be killed back with berries still attached. These berries would sometimes ferment given the right conditions, and wintering Robins would feed on them and become intoxicated and fly around and sometimes crash into the ground! Quite a funny sight to see. I always wondered if a flock of them ever got drunk and decided to fly back North during the winter!! I've also seen a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker apparently drunk from fermented sap. It fell out of the tree, laid on the ground for a bit, got up and staggered around, then finally flew off in a crooked flight!! Don't know what birds do for a hangover, though!!
  4. who by now
  5. ducked and fell
  6. My son said when the ducks and chickens started squawking and he first looked out there were two Red-shouldered Hawks on the Peking carcass. He didn't know if they attacked it simultaneously or if one killed it and the other one flew in to share in the big meal. As for your question, I have noticed the same thing with chickens and birds. With wild birds I assumed it was a learned reaction, probably from their parents and other birds. In the wild they would have to learn quickly or die! I also wondered, though, if it might be an instinct they are born with, like a Deer fawn knowing to lay perfectly still when its mother leaves it. With domestic fowl, I would almost have to think it is an instinct, but after being domesticated for so long I would also think they would lose some of that born instinct. Good question!!
  7. for him, but
  8. horse (seems we put the cart before the horse!! )
  9. but his quickness
  10. My son, who lives in North Fla., has free range chickens and Peking Ducks in his yard. A predator or predators have been killing them, and he suspected a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks who hang around his back yard. I told him I would be surprised if a Red-shouldered would try to take a Peking or one of his large Barred Rock Chickens, either of which would be much larger than a Red-shouldered. Well, I got surprised!! This morning he sent me this photo he took through his back window..... Red-shouldered Hawk vs Peking Duck by Wayne J Smith, on Flickr
  11. came swooping in
  12. until, without warning