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Cats with jetpacks or something just as silly

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Because if you strap something ON FIRE to a cat, he is obviously going to do what you anticipate… 16th-century manual shows ‘rocket cat’ weaponry. Fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and siege warfare seem to show jet packs strapped to the backs of cats and doves, with the German-language text helpfully advising…

Bird is the word: Four swans a-surfing

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Surfin’ birds! Birds do the darndest things. Video: Four black swans spotted surfing in Australia – Telegraph. A group of black swans have been filmed surfing off a beach on Australia’s Gold Coast, to the astonishment swimmers. Birds just wanna have fun… A video of a crow sledding down a snowy roof on a jar…

Tap tap tap… hello! Anyone there?

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This is not usual behavior and it’s freaking people out a bit. I think it’s neat! BBC News – ‘Scary’ crow annoying residents in Allestree, Derby. A “scary” crow which has begun pecking at the windows of homes in a Derby street is causing Hitchcock-style worries for residents. People living on Portreath Drive, in Allestree,…

Another grebe-ous error – Thousands of birds crash landed

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More than 12,000 birds crashed in Utah’s west desert Monday | The Salt Lake Tribune. The number of eared grebes rescued — and killed — after their Monday crash-landings at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground was far higher than originally estimated. Wildlife biologists and volunteers spent Monday and Tuesday gathering 12,800 water birds, carrying…

Millions of pest birds

A flock of starlings in California

Invasive birds cause nuisance. It will likely get worse. Bird invasion brings real-life horror to Kentucky city | Reuters. The blackbirds and European starlings blacken the sky of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, before roosting at dusk, turn the landscape white with bird poop, and the disease they carry can kill a dog and sicken humans. “I have…

Intoxication caused bird deaths

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BBC Nature – Dead birds were intoxicated, an investigation finds. Animal health specialists were called to examine a dozen birds found in the playground, many with trauma injuries. Post-mortem analysis revealed that one of the birds had a large amount of pure alcohol in its liver. Scientists suggest the birds sustained their injuries in flight…

Rain of dead birds in NJ neighborhood

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Dozens of Dead Birds Fall From the Sky in NJ | NBC 10 Philadelphia. Residents in a Cumberland County community were left wondering Tuesday morning what caused dozens of birds to drop dead from the sky. Residents along Peach Drive in Millville found at least 80 birds — mostly red-winged blackbirds — on the ground…

Aflockacalypse 2012

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Dead Blackbirds Fall In Arkansas Town, Again. Thousands of dead blackbirds rained down on a town in central Arkansas last New Year’s Eve after revelers set off fireworks that spooked them from their roost, and officials were reporting a similar occurrence Saturday as 2012 approached. Police in Beebe said dozens of blackbirds had fallen dead,…

Did people inadvertently create their own horror of The Birds?

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Mystery of incident that inspired ‘The Birds’ solved? Dying and disoriented seabirds rammed themselves into homes across California’s Monterey Bay in the summer of 1961, sparking a long-standing mystery about the cause among marine biologists. The avian incidents sparked local visitor Hitchcock’s interest, along with a story about spooky bird behavior by British writer Daphne…

A grebe-ous error

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Thousands of confused water fowl crash-land in Cedar City The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources office in Cedar City had thousands of dead, injured and confused Eared Grebes on its hands after the migrating birds crash-landed in the southcentral Utah community. DWR spokeswoman Amy Canning confirmed that a large flock of the water fowl plunged…

Yes, you can observe evolution in action

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Birds caught in the act of becoming a new species. A study of South American songbirds completed by the Department of Biology at Queen’s University and the Argentine Museum of Natural History, has discovered these birds differ dramatically in colour and song yet show very little genetic differences which indicates they are on the road…

Bird watchers all aflutter over mystery hummingbird in Illinois (Updated)

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Mystery hummingbird buzzes into Oak Park A mysterious hummingbird that was spotted in Oak Park this past week is drawing much excitement from casual bird watchers and experts around the country. The bird was initially believed to be a broad-tailed hummingbird, a species that breeds in the Rocky Mountains and spends winters in Central America.…