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Birds harass and injure bypassers in Texas

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If you are afraid of birds, this might give you the willies. These birds mean business. Man loses tooth in attack by ‘kamikaze’ birds. Two bird attacks in two days in Channelview have people who frequent the Chrome Shop wondering what’s going on. Both incidents were caught on camera. “We got some kamikaze birds,” said…

They aren’t flying monkeys but getting pretty close

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Many animals have been recruited to use in military applications. China now has a crew of monkeys. It’s just a small step from dispatching birds… They’re fierce, furry and ready to protect China. The People’s Liberation Army revealed Monday that it has trained a small unit of macaque monkeys to protect a northern air force…

Swifts invade California home through the chimney

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A flock of birds invade a home in California by flying down the chimney. Hundreds Of Birds Fly Into Exeter Woman’s Home – KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source. An Exeter woman describes the scene inside her home as real-life version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds.” That’s after a huge…

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…

Bird mass mortality in Australia could signal serious change

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Bird deaths in Australia may signal a bigger problem. Dead birds ‘not just a freak event’. Muttonbirds are dying in their thousands nearly every year and much more frequently than ever before, washing up on the coast from Coffs Harbour to Tasmania. On South Melbourne and Port Melbourne beaches on Wednesday beach cleaning contractor David…

Dead birds drop on Winnipeg neighborhood

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This is from last week but worth mentioning. Dead birds fall ‘like raindrops’ in Winnipeg’s North End – Technology & Science – CBC News. Animal experts are trying to figure out what may have killed dozens of black birds that fell from the sky in Winnipeg’s North End on Wednesday. Conservation officers have picked up…

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,…

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…