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Offline chain

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The omen
« on: July 13, 2011, 06:46:06 PM »
Many years ago, I returned home from service, waiting for me  was a job on the farm running a mechanical cotton picker and also working as cotton scaler at the local cotton gin.

Now, the rest of the story [my 'puter shut down after my lead sentence]

So, one crisp December day I was sent out to pick cotton on a two row 'picker. It was very boring as the field had been picked in October and I was basicly 'scrapping' the left over cotton' only dumping every hour or so. I stopped the picker in the middle of the field, I think a press door had stopped up. Climbing down I turned around and just before my eyes was a lizard impaled on a cotton stem! Just what are the odds of this happening I asked myself as I searched around for more lizards on a limb?

I took my finding to the gin that afternoon, our local Doctor, a surgeon, and our secretary were in the office as I brought my prize in for I.D. The secretary said,"get that THANG outta here!" But good 'ol Doc..he said wait a minute..I know what did that, a bird!

Anyoine guess what bird impales his victims to come back later for a meal?

My 'omen' story. :)


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Re: The omen
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 08:03:09 AM »
In my cotton picking days, we used our fingers and drug a cotton sack.  Of course we only had 7 acres.  My omen was to go somewhere and get a real job.

I now own that old cotton field and planted it with pine seedlings.   ;D
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Re: The omen
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011, 04:10:51 PM »
butcher bird is what we call them.

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Re: The omen
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011, 04:56:15 PM »
Northern or loggerhead shrike .Up here in Maine the Northern Shrike impales mice on hawthorn tree thorns.I think shrike means impaler in German.

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Re: The omen
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011, 04:57:02 PM »
Yup!  Butcher Birds!

They'll even use the barbs on a barbed wire fence to store their prey!
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Re: The omen
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 10:46:25 AM »
Probably was the logger-head shrike, I've confused those birds with the 'cat bird';  has been years since I've seen a shrike.

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Re: The omen
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 07:03:48 PM »
I only see northern shrike on migration and not too often over the years. They winter down here and nest way up north. They are larger than the loggerhead. I have seen them catching field mice in the grass. There southern range is not well defined it seems, it fluctuates.
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Re: The omen
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011, 09:33:04 PM »
Recently watched  bluejay peck a shrew to death...and proceed to fly off with it in it's beak...never knew they ate meat!

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Re: The omen
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011, 10:42:54 PM »
I watched a cattle egret catch and swallow a mouse.  I thought that they only ate insects.
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