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2012-09-01 12:10:40 AM  
Now I've got a mental image of a bird bringing a tuna casserole to the deceased bird's family and that's giving me the giggles.
 
2012-09-01 12:18:58 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: mental image of a bird bringing a tuna casserole


That's EXACTLY what popped into my head when I read TFA.
 
2012-09-01 12:22:37 AM  

flucto: Bathia_Mapes: mental image of a bird bringing a tuna casserole

That's EXACTLY what popped into my head when I read TFA.


Heh! Great minds. :-D
 
2012-09-01 12:24:16 AM  
I've played Drunken Bird Sex. It's not as much fun as the other game.
 
2012-09-01 12:41:55 AM  
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2012-09-01 12:50:29 AM  
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2012-09-01 01:18:12 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: flucto: Bathia_Mapes: mental image of a bird bringing a tuna casserole

That's EXACTLY what popped into my head when I read TFA.

Heh! Great minds. :-D


All I can see is a bird re-enacting Florida Evans's "DAMN DAMN DAMN" scene.
 
2012-09-01 01:40:04 AM  
They do set out hardboiled eggs then?
 
2012-09-01 01:58:30 AM  
I'd never heard of Western Scrub Jays before, but now I want an entire bevy of them.
 
2012-09-01 02:25:56 AM  
Great Blue Herons.

Saw one stand next to the body of another, never leaving (from about 9am til near sunset) letting out an awful, mournful squall like I'd never heard from one before.
 
2012-09-01 03:48:37 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Now I've got a mental image of a bird bringing a tuna casserole to the deceased bird's family and that's giving me the giggles.


and you just know they'll use their best Corningware with the little pattern on the sides. then they will lightly worry from time to time about getting their casserole & lid back, because after all, it is part of a set.
 
2012-09-01 04:08:43 AM  

KrispyKritter: and you just know they'll use their best Corningware with the little pattern on the sides. then they will lightly worry from time to time about getting their casserole & lid back, because after all, it is part of a set.


And of course that will just add one more task on to Gert's to do list, buy headstone, put flowers on grave, return Millie's Corningware, clean out Jim's closet.
 
2012-09-01 04:09:08 AM  

KrispyKritter: Bathia_Mapes: Now I've got a mental image of a bird bringing a tuna casserole to the deceased bird's family and that's giving me the giggles.

and you just know they'll use their best Corningware with the little pattern on the sides. then they will lightly worry from time to time about getting their casserole & lid back, because after all, it is part of a set.


But of course.
 
2012-09-01 04:20:53 AM  

Chariset: I'd never heard of Western Scrub Jays before, but now I want an entire bevy of them.


I have a bird feeder in my back yard. They come regularly to feed. They are amazingly smart birds. Their favorite food is peanuts in the shell. They will fly to the feeder, take as many items they can carry, and then bury the items for later consumption. They will do this until every peanut is taken.

While not nearly as smart as the Western Scrub Jay, the Stellar's Jay is a real looker.

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2012-09-01 04:27:13 AM  

Harry_Seldon: While not nearly as smart as the Western Scrub Jay, the Stellar's Jay is a real looker.


Stellar's Jays I know. (I'm from Idaho). I first say Blue Jays when I moved to Kansas City, and I see them fairly frequently here in Texas.
 
2012-09-01 04:56:50 AM  
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We are gathered here today, to pay our respects to Jay.

For one who flew as high as he did, he died low, crashing his head into the window pane of a moving 2004 Buick LeSabre.

Lest I remind you, watch for cars, don't be tricked by sliding glass windows, and above all else, let's move before we get run over or eaten by a cat.

As we rise, let us sing our final praise to Jay, and then fly in procession to defecate over the car that killed him.
 
2012-09-01 05:43:42 AM  

Harry_Seldon: While not nearly as smart as the Western Scrub Jay, the Stellar's Jay is a real looker.


Stellller!

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2012-09-01 06:39:03 AM  

Chariset: I'd never heard of Western Scrub Jays before, but now I want an entire bevy of them.


They are pretty cool Corvids. I used to hand feed a couple in my backyard.They would see me with an outstretched palm with a peanut or a worm, fly by, land on my hand and grab it and fly off.
This stopped after one of them was eaten by a cat.Sigh.
 
2012-09-01 08:05:03 AM  
I've never had drunken funeral sex.
 
2012-09-01 08:54:39 AM  

Another Government Employee: I've never had drunken funeral sex.


You have funeral sex sober?

Sicko.
 
2012-09-01 09:05:32 AM  
Ah, the lesser known horny birds game.
 
2012-09-01 09:15:09 AM  
So they gather when a bird is dead, but if it's sick they gather and kill it.

Do they then gather again because it's dead?
 
2012-09-01 10:21:46 AM  
One year I had the family over and held a Viking funeral for a bird.
...now they won't let me cook thanksgiving anymore.
 
2012-09-01 10:27:07 AM  
Over-privileged and/or white cultural bias detected: that the best reaction to discover a dead group member is to gather around to spread a warning. Had the scientists been black and lived in the Jim crow south, chances are they would think of some more reasonable reason for gathering, like mourning, or scavenging food left behind.

To appear at the scene of a death of a group member is only a good idea if your group is privileged and not easily targeted. Scrub jays are not the top of the food chain by any means. The scientists are projecting.
 
2012-09-01 11:17:04 AM  
Story time:

When my daughter was about 12, I used to take her to a nearby duck pond. One day, as we were driving to the duck pond, we noticed a dead duck in the road. We went on about our business and found a picnic table.

A few minutes later, we noticed some of the ducks moving the body of the dead one out of the road and into a field across the street. All the other ducks starting going over to the field and standing around the body in a circle. There must have been a hundred ducks going back and forth across the road. It seemed like funeral home visitation.

It was a really cool thing to watch - the whole thing had a very solemn feel to it. I did not, however, see any casseroles.
 
2012-09-01 11:44:53 AM  

mcmnky: Another Government Employee: I've never had drunken funeral sex.

You have funeral sex sober?

Sicko.


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DON'T JUDGE ME!!
 
2012-09-01 11:45:50 AM  

Richard Saunders: Great Blue Herons.

Saw one stand next to the body of another, never leaving (from about 9am til near sunset) letting out an awful, mournful squall like I'd never heard from one before.


:'(

One of these days, science is going to prove that just more than a handful of species have a rich emotional life.
Then we're gonna feel like assholes.
Or at least some of us will.
 
2012-09-01 11:47:29 AM  

Practical_Draconian: We are gathered here today, to pay our respects to Jay.

For one who flew as high as he did, he died low, crashing his head into the window pane of a moving 2004 Buick LeSabre.

Lest I remind you, watch for cars, don't be tricked by sliding glass windows, and above all else, let's move before we get run over or eaten by a cat.

As we rise, let us sing our final praise to Jay, and then fly in procession to defecate over the car that killed him.


Great post.
But Fark you for posting sad birdie.

I almost felt better thinking about tiny casseroles.
 
2012-09-01 01:44:04 PM  
First thought upon reading the headline was the "NOOOOOOOOOO!" picture, but wasn't actually expecting it, thanks to Fark's "policy." I am amused and undisappointed, and am saving this thread lest it be retconned.
 
2012-09-01 02:04:03 PM  
All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing
When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin

/can't be the only one who thought of it
 
2012-09-01 02:39:14 PM  
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FREEEEEEEEEEEE BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRD

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2012-09-01 02:41:19 PM  

TheMysticS: One of these days, science is going to prove that just more than a handful of species have a rich emotional life.
Then we're gonna feel like assholes.
Or at least some of us will.


The ones who aren't really hungry.

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/Just be glad you weren't born a skinless chicken.
/Or a jar of marmalade, unable to scream while being devoured alive.
 
2012-09-01 02:53:44 PM  

LewDux: [bulk2.destructoid.com image 614x359]

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FREEEEEEEEEEEE BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRD

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...I'm feeling bad about laughing at that.
 
2012-09-01 02:54:31 PM  

way south: TheMysticS: One of these days, science is going to prove that just more than a handful of species have a rich emotional life.
Then we're gonna feel like assholes.
Or at least some of us will.

The ones who aren't really hungry.



/Just be glad you weren't born a skinless chicken.
/Or a jar of marmalade, unable to scream while being devoured alive.


Yeah, I'm thankful not to be a toast spread.
I'll still eat the animals- maybe I'll sent the family a card, though.
 
2012-09-01 02:57:12 PM  

Another Government Employee: I've never had drunken funeral sex.


You, my friend, are going to the wrong bird funerals.
 
2012-09-01 04:17:51 PM  

Another Government Employee: I've never had drunken funeral sex.


Well, they provide you with a little wooden bed in the middle of the room. There's always someone in it ready to go. They're a little cold and don't move much, but they never say no.
 
2012-09-01 06:22:05 PM  

Chariset: I'd never heard of Western Scrub Jays before, but now I want an entire bevy band/party/scold of them.


Pedantically rectified that for your benefit
 
2012-09-01 06:25:14 PM  
Dead canary in the outlet by the lightswitch, who watches over you?
 
2012-09-01 06:25:33 PM  

bugmn99: Another Government Employee: I've never had drunken funeral sex.

You, my friend, are going to the wrong bird funerals.


My first thought was that subby is going to better funerals than I am.

My second thought was that he probably just watches too many movies.
 
2012-09-01 08:51:50 PM  
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2012-09-01 10:18:43 PM  
Yeah, I'm having trouble believing that is what they conclude it to be.
 
2012-09-02 12:10:16 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Now I've got a mental image of a bird bringing a tuna casserole to the deceased bird's family and that's giving me the giggles.


But no Chicken Salad, I presume.
 
2012-09-02 09:19:20 PM  

Harry_Seldon: Chariset: I'd never heard of Western Scrub Jays before, but now I want an entire bevy of them.

I have a bird feeder in my back yard. They come regularly to feed. They are amazingly smart birds. Their favorite food is peanuts in the shell. They will fly to the feeder, take as many items they can carry, and then bury the items for later consumption. They will do this until every peanut is taken.

While not nearly as smart as the Western Scrub Jay, the Stellar's Jay is a real looker.

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Test 'em a bit! I got them to the point where they would pry the loose top off a Tupperware jar I kept on the porch to get at the peanuts.

Second or third litter? set of hatchlings? would mingle on the patio with us as long as we provided the PNuts
 
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