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?
Off hand, I don't think he could break the glass. His beak would be an
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.
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.
On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:36:55 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
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?
<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
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 ( email@example.com)
On Mon, 29 Mar 2010 20:06:52 +0000 (UTC), firstname.lastname@example.org (Don
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
Hilarious. That'll teach him. I'll bet he got into more trouble when
he got home.
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
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).
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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