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Cindi    Posted 04-01-2004 at 11:05:08       [Reply]  [No Email] many of you but I saw something yesterday that I have never seen before. It wasn't dramatic, just odd. I was sitting outside with a co-worker, and a little bird, about the size of a wren, apparently saw something interesting on the ground about five feet in front of us.

He landed several feet away, with one eye trained cautiously on us, and I could tell he'd made up his mind to run over there and snatch that little tidbit, and then fly away as quick as he could, just by the way he positioned his little body.

He took off at a dead run, hippity, hoppity, all the while looking at us and then when he got to within inches of where he was going, he tripped over a stick and fell flat on his face.

Charlene and I looked at each other and burst out laughing.

"Did you see...."

"YEAH! I thought for a minute my eyes were playing tricks on..."

"NO! No I saw it too! He feel right smack on his beak.."

"What the he11'd he trip over?"

"I don't know! But I have never in my life seen a thing like that!"

I would never have expected a bird to be saddled with something so human as clumsiness. I mean they're supposed to be graceful, and flitter about. Maybe that just applies to flying. On the ground I guess anybody is capable of tripping over a stick. Kinda makes me feel better.

Cindi (who trips over air)

TO35    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:10:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rumor has it that if you take human hair and put it where deer are your yard or garden they will stay away from it...I think I remeber a movie,believe it was "The Rookie" where they did that...can anybody here comfim or that either way?


Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:28:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Iv'e been giving out hair clippings to customers for years ....they swear it works well to keep deer out of their gardens....don't do squat fer rabbits tho....

Michael M    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:24:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep. Ask any deer hunter. Anything that will hold human scent will keep the deer away, usually. I have seen them do some pretty un-deer like stuff though. I typically relieve myself outside when working, and do so around the edge of our yard. Might be a bit impolite, but it does keep the deer away.

KellyGa    Posted 04-01-2004 at 15:31:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL! My dad would kill me if he knew I told y'all this, but he started doing that to get rid of some cats pooping in his flower gardens, lol.

Hmm..    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:35:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could it have been a 'ruse' to 'lure' you away from the nest?

I know that Killdeer will do a similar thing...Sort of a loping run dragging one wing to lure a predator away from their nest...


~Lenore    Posted 04-01-2004 at 11:59:47       [Reply]  [No Email]

My cat, Top Cat, is a Himalayan who needs a lot of brushing . I had put a lot of the cat hair in an empty flower pot on my porch. This morning my son, Hog Hunter, was here doing a few little Mommie-do chores for me.

We were watching some little finches in my climbing roses. One flew low on the porch and went to a little shelf I have for my garden tools. As we watched, he grabbed a beak full of something and flew away. I remembered the pot of cat hair, sure enough he/she was taking some to put in their nest! It looked so funny flying out with a furry beige beard!!

I had read that birds loved cat hair to finish the inside of their nests (thanks to Martha Stewart), now I know it is a fact. I had thought of it when I was cleaning the hair off the brush and saving it in the pot. Sort of neat knowing I helped them "feather" the nest.

bill b va    Posted 04-01-2004 at 15:31:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

explain feather the nest with cat hair . maybe cat hair the nest .

~Lenore    Posted 04-01-2004 at 15:38:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know; I thought of that when I posted it!!
I just knew some persnickity person would comment!!
Gonna call you "persnickity bill" from now on. ;-)

Paula    Posted 04-01-2004 at 13:52:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oooh, I didn't think of doing that with my cat hair.
Sounds like way more fun than putting it in the trash.
Thanks for the info.


donna in w.v    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:13:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have long red hair and clean the brush and throw it under the feeder.which is at the end of my garden,so it serves 2 purposes as they say it keeps critters away[the human scent] and the birds use it . when my eldest grandaughter comes she likes to look for the nest that have nana's hair in them.

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:04:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
For the last 10 years I have been putting out all the hair clippings from my Shop. You'd be amazed at how little time it takes the birds to carry off all the clippings from a 33 gallon bag pile. :^)

Linda in UT    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:10:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
When my Newfoundland was alive, I would usually spend the entire month of April brushing out his winter coat. I was in a very large public park in Idaho one sunny April afternoon brushing out my Newfie. A man came along and told me off for leaving the hair lying on the ground. With the huge bird population along that river, I didn't think the hair would be around for long, so I ignored the man.

You should...    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:15:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
have sicced the pooch on werd for people like that...STOOPID.

Clipper:who thinks all birds deserve a Sealy Mattress. :^)

Linda in UT    Posted 04-02-2004 at 00:06:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess I could have told the dog to SIT (on the man)!. He weighed 150#. LOL

One day my husband was playing with his kids and the dog got in the middle of it. My husband suddenly told the dog to SIT and he did . . . right in my stepdaughter's lap. She was "pinned" and lost the wrestling match.

jeanette    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:33:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
in the spring the birds run into the picture windows like the windex ad only mine aren't that clean. i don't think i've ever seen one trip.

Them birds...    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:36:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
are chasing all dem SPIDERS you got hanging round there! LMAO!!

Clipper: who is ready ta dodge the skillet!

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