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Dec 11th, 2004, 07:53 PM
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who said anything about illegal copies?????
 
Dec 12th, 2004, 04:50 AM
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GoTravel, did they include pink flamingos in this documentary?
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Dec 12th, 2004, 06:28 AM
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fehgeddaboudit, when one buys and gives a CD or DVD as a gift, is it not referred to as "giving out" gifts?

No GoT, not sandpipers, these are the size of tiny wrens or sparrows, with long beaks and they move really quickly, darting under my closed umbrella, into my flower pots, they know where the ghekkos hide!
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Dec 12th, 2004, 10:24 AM
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Scarlett, Mr. GoTravel calls them Bitchy Birds because of the way they train their young to hunt. I know which bird you are speaking of but don't know the name.

fehgedda, you've found me out. I'm actually burning copies as I write this, copying the cover, and selling illegal copies of Winged Migration in Times Square on the corner of 42nd and Broadway just up from the NYPD. I have a vendors permit so the police can't stop me. There is a high demand for this DVD you know.
 
Dec 12th, 2004, 11:26 AM
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Thanks GoT! It figures I would have Bitchy Birds at my house LOL
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Dec 12th, 2004, 11:58 AM
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Oohh! I love a bird mystery. I don't know Florida birds at all but I'd love to know what they are. Could they be a type of a wren such as a Marsh Wren? Do they have little tiny tails? The wrens are so good about teaching their young and are bold enough to hang around patios. What color are they? Warblers are small with long beaks but I can't imagine any of them behaving like this. Honey creepers are also small with long bills but I don'g think they eat gekkos. Someone has to give us an answer.
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Dec 12th, 2004, 12:23 PM
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No, they have long tails. I am doing some bird research right now- I will get back to you with the answer asap
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Dec 12th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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I have been through a lot of bird sites, found kingfishers eat lizards but not sure if this is the bird.
I did find out that gekkos are the only lizard to make noise..they actually bark!
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Dec 12th, 2004, 12:53 PM
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Scarlett, do they have dots on their backs? Sort of speckled?

Mine are multi colored.

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Dec 12th, 2004, 10:50 PM
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Oh this is perfect. I've been trying to think of one more gift for my biologist brother and this sounds perfect. Thanks GoTravel!
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Dec 13th, 2004, 07:04 AM
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As much as I enjoyed this movie, I did get sort of miffed, because everyone I watched it with ended up falling asleep but me. Oh well, they are all very young or sort of old, but still! We see the real thing so much, I guess they are jaded.

This year in late October I "got caught" on an out-bound country road going to work and was encased in a tremendous flock of birds. They just descended so fast and it was in more density than in Hitchcock's The Birds. I had to stop my car and then I went very, very slowly and they started to "part" in front of me like a zipper on a jacket. I had to stop one more time as they all ascended. This group was at least 4 or 5 city blocks long and with wing to wing tip placement. It was a mixed group of sparrow sized to starling sized black/brown birds. You could not see the ground, road, or sky for birds. You could feel/hear the wing taps on the car and in the air. It was awe inspiring but also rather creepy. Geese, duck and kildeer we have all the time in the acre behind us- various types. Finch, sparrows of all kinds, doves, cardinals, robins, orioles, and pigeons etc. all very common. Gulls are here in quantity and we are at least 30 to 40 miles from Lake Michigan.

In the areas near my house, Park District (Cook/ Will Counties Illinois- Little Red School House Project) have done 50 to 60 year old studies continuously, and the birds are actually more varied, healthier, and in increased quantity by number and territory size, now, then they have been in the past, except for a very few wrens. But they are coming back now too.

Michael Crichton's new book is out and I watched his interview this weekend. He is wary about it's reception, as he has been doing research study for years into global warming, bird/ animal conservation etc. He says he finally has put what he has learned in this new book. What he and many experts have concluded is that there is little or no global warming phenomena and that animals are INCREASING their adaptability so successfully that it is rather the media hype and political agendas involved, that will become one of the big "oops" of this century. I hope he is right. But seriously, nature is more than HARSH. The kildeers behind us had never successfully raised a single chick until their third year trying. All robins newly hatched will by their third day, be trying to push the smaller or later hatchling out. AND they do it. And for every animal that gets caught in an oil slick or line, there are also those that have shelter/ food from human crops or habitats also. We are seeing coyote, wolf and big cats adapting into suburbia here. What we do need to do is try to "live in let live" regardless of their making dog/cat oownership a bit harder. I see about 10 or 15 coyote a year myself right now, and do they look healthy and bushy.
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Dec 13th, 2004, 12:22 PM
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I'm glad the bird species are doing well in your area. They are doing terrribly in the mid-Atlantic. Starlings are introduced "exotics" and are taking up nesting spaces that our natives used to use. Its not only the birds but the amphibians also that are decreasing in huge numbers.
Scarlett, Kingfishers are big and chunky. They don't sound like the bird you all have been describing.
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Dec 13th, 2004, 07:52 PM
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Scarlett, could it be a female bluejay? Or a female mockingbird? I'm not sure which birds in Florida eat geckos or lizards.
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Dec 14th, 2004, 06:25 AM
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I wonder what that bird is also.

When staying with a ailing aunt in Bull Head City, AZ (just across the river from Laughlin NV). I would take walks and was SHOCKED (was not prepared) by the habits of the RoadRunners. They are vicious and eat lizards etc. like that. Those long pointed beaks sure get used and they do run, just like in the cartoons. But I was not prepared for how aggressive they are.
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Jan 1st, 2005, 08:20 AM
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GoT and Scarlett: Have you found out what this bird is yet? I looked through my Birds of the West Indies and Advanced Birding books and couldn't find it. The only one I found was the Lizard Cukoo and that is too big to be your bird. The birds here in VA are enjoying our unusually warm New Year's day. I've already seen Pileated, red-bellied, and downey woodpeckers, plus the usual finches, titmice, wrens, and nuthatches at the feeder.
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Jan 1st, 2005, 09:23 AM
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A reminder birdlovers, the birds need water. Even if it freezes, they will be able to peck at the ice. The purple finch are having grand time in the bird bath with this mild weather in the Shenandoah Valley.
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Oct 21st, 2005, 05:09 AM
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Birdie, I beleive it was a Deerkill.
 
Oct 21st, 2005, 06:41 AM
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Just an observation from Jupiter, Florida. I usually have Sand Hill Cranes, flocks of Ibis, Osprey, Turkey Vultures, and many of other smaller birds like Mockingbirds etc. Today there isn't a bird in sight. Not a chirp or scream. My own Weather Channel!
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Oct 21st, 2005, 06:59 AM
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Isn't that funny? I know during storms the birds here always disappear.
 
Jul 24th, 2007, 04:08 PM
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ttt
love this movie and the making of behind the scenes footage~
 

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