Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bird Strikes

Researchers for the Ministry of Transport found over 200 dead crows near greater Manchester recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.

However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colours of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with lorries, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.

Ministry of Transport then hired an Ornithological Behaviourist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills.

The Ornithological Behaviourist very quickly concluded the cause: when crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout "Cah", not a single one could shout "Lorry."

Hat tip: Babs of Beetle's Humour
Image Credit: Science20
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48 comments :

  1. LOL. Sounds like the crows might want to come up with a better system.

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    1. Yep, not a good system at all. :)

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  2. Oh...too funny. Have a super day. Big Hugs xxoxxxx


    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. You have a super day too. :)

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  3. Someone needs to invent something to fix that for them. :)hahahaha

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  4. too funny! crows are one of the few birds i actually like. they are very social and VERY smart. i enjoy watching them interact with each other. they take care of their own. when i walk to the club i speak to one and he always seems to remember me. he gets close but not too close. i call him birdy and he seems to know his name now. roche' says i'm nuts. sigh...

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. I love crows too, and they are very smart. Roche is a hoot.

      Have a fabulous day. ♥♥♥

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  5. How about BIG Cah. Too funny. We like that one. Have a most wonderful day Sandee.

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    1. Have a most wonderful day too Marg. :)

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  6. hahaha!. Maybe they need a Mynah as their lookout? He'd work for peanuits, too. :)

    Have a fab day, Sandee! big hugs xoxo

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    1. That's a good idea. You have a fab day too. Big hugs. :)

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  7. Ha! Good bird joke! :-)

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    1. Sent from England too. :)

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  8. That joke was for the birds - lol - (just kidding).

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    1. It is for the birds. :)

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  9. That's funny!
    Have a great day!

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    1. Have a great day too. :)

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  10. You almost had me there. I thought wow, a research story about crows this early in the morning. Ha,ha,ha, Sandee. Did you ever really see how large these birds get? Did you ever see the movie " Birds "? Ha,ha,ha, Have a great Tuesday Sandee.

    Paul

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    1. I've seen the movie birds and it scared me to pieces. Have a great Tuesday too Paul. :)

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  11. It sounds like it's more from Manchester, New Hampshah.

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    1. You are probably right Kyla. :)

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  12. They can't shout it with a Manchester accent anyway LOL

    Have a crowtastic day ;-)

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    1. I wouldn't know. Have a crowtastic day too Steve. :)

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  13. Hah! Time for a new lookout bird.

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    1. Yes it is time for a new lookout bird. :)

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  14. I reckon they won't crow over that....*ducking boos and throwd copies of Raven Nevermore..*

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    1. Actually that was pretty clever. :)

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  15. Ah yes, a little British humor first thing in the morning ... c-)

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  16. Good one! They need to train a parrot as lookout.

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  17. I wondered what this post was this was leading to, but never saw the great ending joke coming - kind of like the birds meeting their end with those trucks! :D LOL Excellent Sandee! Just simply excellent!

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    1. I thought it was pretty silly, but I'm glad you really liked this. :)

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  18. Dear Sandee, Sounds reasonable! lol Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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    1. Yes, it does doesn't it. :)

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  19. You totally got me! I entertain quite easily...and just had a lovely crow on our patio, but he didn't talk to me at all. Bugger. Oh wait, there was no cah moving!

    Big hugs, honey...

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    1. I entertain as easily as you do. Big hugs back. :)

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  20. where do YOU get these hysterical bits? Laughing too hard to breathe now! Cheers!

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    1. I find them here and there and often people send me stuff. :)

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  21. LOL! Funny!

    Thanks for the giggles Sandee! We needed them! Scritches to Little Bit!

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    1. Giggles are good when there is a remodel going on. :)

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  22. Cah! Cah!
    LOL!
    Hugs from the north.

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    1. I thought it made sense. Hugs from California. :)

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  23. That is so bad, yet I laughed. Poor birds.

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    1. It was pretty lame, but I laughed too. :)

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  24. Well that must explain it!

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