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Old 2021-08-28, 11:39   #232
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Old 2021-08-28, 18:08   #233
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That got recommended to me today, too. For me, it was part 4.

My grandmother saw it also and conjectured that this is expected behaviour when grabbing a duck that way, but she said that she might be wrong. Does anybody here has experience in picking up and holding ducks?
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Old 2021-09-02, 16:41   #234
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It looks to me like the duck is being held at a height above the drum at which its feet can just barely reach down and touch it. The duck can sense that its feet are making contact, but it can't plant them firmly enough to support its weight.

So it keeps trying and trying to stand, but alas, its legs aren't quite long enough to reach the ground.

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Florida considers ousting mockingbird from honorary perch
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - After nearly a century on its lofty perch, the northern mockingbird may be singing its last melodies as the state bird of Florida.

An effort is taking flight to replace the far-ranging musical mockingbird with a bird that is more identifiable as distinctly Floridian.

"Part of what we're working to do is highlight that Florida has these incredible species and we should recognize the bird that most represents Florida," said state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican whose legislation would strip the mockingbird of its title. "To me, it's a fun conversation to have."

Suggestions for a new state bird are all over the map, but four main contenders have emerged: the Florida scrub jay, flamingo, osprey and roseate spoonbill. The white ibis, swallow-tailed kite and wood stork also get mentioned. Some joke it should be the construction crane.
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Owl habitat cuts by Trump appointees used 'faulty' science
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Political appointees in the Trump administration relied on faulty science to justify stripping habitat protections for the imperiled northern spotted owl, U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday as they struck down a rule that would have opened millions of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a decision made five days before Trump left office to drastically shrink so-called critical habitat for the spotted owl. The small, reclusive bird has been in decline for decades as old-growth forests disappear.
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Here is a picture of three ducks that have been hanging around our house.
Only the center duck has survived. One of the white ones was run over by a car and the other white one was killed by a fox or coyote.

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What is Sid watching?
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Our neighbors got seven new ducks. The mallard on the left is from the original gang. We have been feeding them cracked corn and oiled sunflower seeds. We have a large plastic container on the back patio that we fill with water. They love to play in the water!

Unfortunately, our neighbors continue to buy pets that they let roam around. We have lost count of the ones that have been killed. We wish there was something we could do to prevent this because we kinda feel responsible for them since they hang out at our house so much.

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We recently read that small birds need a source of unfrozen water during the winter, so we purchased a 150W heater for our bird bath. It has a thermostat so hopefully it won't affect our electricity bill too much.

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