Serious wildlife question

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No smartass remarks, please- a serious question. How hard can a wild turkey peck? Is it hard enough to break an insulated glass panel in a sliding door? I threw some birdseed out onto the deck, since I was too lazy to suit up just to fill the bird feeders in the rain, and the cardinals that were lined up on schedule looked so sad and wet. Half an hour later, sitting here in the other room at the computer, I hear a loud banging from the kitchen, and run to investigate. I find a young tom repeatedly and with increasing ferver, pecking/head butting his reflection in the very dirty glass. 3 or 4 of his buddies were raptly watching, so he wasn't backing off. I had to actually bang on the glass to spook them back down into the yard, when usually ANY movement on my side of the glass sends them scurrying.
I don't wanna come home to find my kitchen open to the outdoors, and covered with glass. How long does turkey spring tough guy season last?
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On 3/28/2010 7:04 PM, aemeijers wrote:

order of magnitude softer than glass and there is probably not enough weight behind it. I'd set up a barrier to be on the safe side. We've got a squirrel trying to bust through our slider. Hard head makes a lot of noise when he hits the glass.
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wrote:

Bullshit. Last year, some little bird in the wren family showed up in our front yard around the beginning of April, and began pecking at his reflection in our bay window. PECK! PECK! ... .PECK! PECK! every minute or two, all day long, from April to September.
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On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:36:55 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

Birds that are drunk from fermented berries are more fun to watch.
Collide with the glass and then they take a break.
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On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:36:55 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

Every April we'd have Cedar Waxwings pick all the cherries off our ornamental cherry, get drunk, and repeatedly fly into our living room windows. The stupid birds would keep it up until the cherries were gone and then fly off until the next April.
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On Sun, 28 Mar 2010 21:06:15 -0500, " snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz"

Drunk bird on cherries:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgefm1ACchA

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They do like their cherries. ;-)
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Very good. I wonder if they dislike being drunk, and if they ever associate it with what they ate, and if they try to stop.
I saw drunk honeybees iirc, if not that, birds, at Patrick Henry's house near Richmond Va. Do honeybees ever get drunk?
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<SNIP stuff on drunken and otherwise wayward birds to edit for space>

I do know for sure that insects in general can get intoxicated by alcohol, and yellow jackets can get outright noticeably drunk.
Furthermore, insects can absorb alcohol and most other common organic solvents through their skin.
One fine day sometime in the late 1970's or early 1980's, a yellow jacket got into a discarded beer bottle that still had some beer in it.
The poor thing was barely moving, apparently nearly unconscious. I poured the beer and the yellow jacket out. Apparently, the alcohol in the yellow jacket was able to escape through its skin and evaporate - or maybe there was some other reason why it was able to recover quite a bit in mere minutes. After just a minute or two, it was able to walk, at first stumbling in random directions. A few minutes later, it was able to walk fairly straight, and then it started flying. It flew somewhat erratically, and bumped into a house a couple times before flying out of sight.
- Don Klipstein ( snipped-for-privacy@misty.com)
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On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:06:52 +0000 (UTC), snipped-for-privacy@manx.misty.com (Don Klipstein) wrote:

Thank you. Yes, that's it. I think they were yellow jackets. They were among some fruit, not a kind popular with humans so it was all lying there, under the tree, and they were staggering around. It was amazing.

Hilarious. That'll teach him. I'll bet he got into more trouble when he got home.
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wrote:

Yes, I'm sure the little woman at home tanned his hide.
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Don Klipstein wrote:

insects don't have skin, nor sweat pores. they have spiracles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiracle
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On Sun, 28 Mar 2010 21:06:15 -0500, " snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz"

I don't think my cardinal was drunk, at least there were no berries nearby, none that I knew of for blocks.
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mm wrote:

Be glad you don't live in Africa in or near a wildlife area. Drunk large animals and primates can be entertaining but a lot of trouble.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmQPwgV-WbQ

TDD
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. . . or worse, a casino in Las Vegas.
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On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 23:24:23 -0500, The Daring Dufas

That looked like a drunk meerkat at :59. I never saw that on Meerkat Manor.
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dgk wrote:

I wonder when some of my ancient ancestors the Cavebillies first discovered alcohol? I'll bet my Cavewop ancestors discovered fermented drink first, they had to have something to go with the pasta.
TDD
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On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:22:07 -0500, The Daring Dufas

There was an article in the Onion a few months back that was thanking the millions of people who died chewing different types of bark until they found the one that contained some drug (I forget which one). .
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dgk wrote:

a precursor for asprin. from willow bark.
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On Thu, 1 Apr 2010 10:34:43 -0700, "chaniarts"

Right, thanks. Very funny article but it really makes you wonder how folks figured out that chewing willow bark makes you feel better.
There was a beer commercial with a guy looking at a lobster saying something like "now who's the first person who looked at that and thought it might taste good".
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