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Paul Pless
03-25-2016, 02:48 PM
Last week more than five hundred crows were found dead along railroad tracks near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michigan's DNR investigated and found no toxins in the crow carcasses. This week there was another mass killing of crows in the same location - hundreds of crows. This time they know what happened, a large flock of crows collided with the 120 mph AmTrak train from Detroit to Chicago. I've never heard of such weirdness.

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TomZ
03-25-2016, 02:56 PM
Nobody told them they could just move to Canada if Trump is elected.

I've heard its pretty hard to train a crow anyways.

Ted Hoppe
03-25-2016, 03:01 PM
Last week more than five hundred crows were found dead along railroad tracks near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michigan's DNR investigated and found no toxins in the crow carcasses. This week there was another mass killing of crows in the same location - hundreds of crows. This time they know what happened, a large flock of crows collided with the 120 mph AmTrak train from Detroit to Chicago. I've never heard of such weirdness.

http://earthreview.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dead-crows-02.jpg

crows are interesting birds. They have amazing memories, have the ability teach each other and have shown creative rational thought to overcome adversity. When they die like this, it is devastating for thier next generations.

in our neighborhood, the crows know me and the dogs. When I go out with the dogs they talk to each other. One comes and taunts the dogs into a small game they all seem to enjoy. When I go outside without the dogs, the birds squawk differently almost asking me to go get the dogs so they can see them.

Paul Pless
03-25-2016, 03:15 PM
well played good sir

CWSmith
03-25-2016, 03:19 PM
Pity. They were my enemy when we grew corn in our garden, but all told they are rather remarkable animals.

Todd Bradshaw
03-25-2016, 03:21 PM
Maybe just a murder suicide.......

Durnik
03-25-2016, 03:24 PM
^Ah, so a murder suicide mystery!

bobby

BrianW
03-25-2016, 03:43 PM
Murder mystery.

marshcat
03-25-2016, 04:18 PM
I think they mourn their dead (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/10/151003-animals-science-crows-birds-culture-brains/) (or maybe just try to figure out why it happened), which might be why the second event happened. The why is hard to figure out. The how doesn't seem so hard. I was picturing a DNR investigator standing in between those two gigantic train tracks, thoughtfully tapping his forefinger on his chin, "Now what in the world could have killed these crows?"
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Jim Mahan
03-25-2016, 05:46 PM
Maybe they're all sleepin,' you know, fagged out after a long sqawk.

I read an article about crows by a guy who got his doctorate studying them. He told the story of a colleague that did something that was part of the research that pissed off crows he was studying, and they always remembered him and his car, and would dive on him and harry him until he drove away. I think they live a long time, too.

I had one in the oven just the other day.

http://i.imgur.com/o5SH1Z7.jpg?1

It's a piece of butternut a little larger than lifesize. I'm redoing the feet so it can perch in the yard when I'm done with it.

It's in the oven because it still had something eating it from when I brought it home.

Breakaway
03-25-2016, 05:49 PM
You guys are raven lunatics.

Kevin

S.V. Airlie
03-25-2016, 06:29 PM
I had two crows as a kid! Extremely smart! Visited every restaurant within 6 miles of my house getting handouts from the cooks. Well known to everyone in the neighborhood. Drove the neighbor's one rooster nuts on a daily basis, loved drinking my father's scotch every time my father went to sit on the porch. Used too take two glasses, one for them and one for him. My neighbor to the north, the Paynes used to garden in the most outlandish attires, the crows were intrigued. The bastard shot one one Sunday and my neighbor, a lawyer to the south took the asshole to court for hunting on a Sunday within 100' of the house. Won the case, I lost one of the crows and the local restaurants wouldn't serve them.

Breakaway
03-25-2016, 06:35 PM
Just caws!

Kevin

paulf
03-25-2016, 06:45 PM
I'm very fond or Ravins and crows, They were maybe following the rail corridor and
met a train, thy are incredibly intelligent birds.

skuthorp
03-25-2016, 08:02 PM
I swa a truck punch a hole in a big flight of starlings a few weeks ago. They never hit each other it seems but couldn't avoid the truck.

Dave Hadfield
03-25-2016, 08:05 PM
They might have been on the tracks, gravelling, when 2 trains passed, squeezing them in between.

If one survived then perhaps it'll pass it on.

Ted Hoppe
03-26-2016, 11:24 AM
They are capable of multistep problem solving. I do not believe crow are supporters of Cruz although some other species may have indicated they perfer Sanders.


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