Birds at the burn

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Birds at the burn

Postby oddmanout » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:08 am

Best Burn Ever!

Hi boys and girls, or what have you, Peace! Bird watcher's are always "horny for orni" which leads me to inquire about the various interactions of our avian friends and Burner's. Personally a crew-member and I both tried to tempt an American Pipit to eat granola bars (not) in Center Camp in 2011. A Western Sandpiper, a perfectly dessicated specimen, was found by early arrivals in 2012. The White Pelican shouldn't really surprise us, along with the Hummingbird (2012). Anyone get an id? I'd be interested in any bird/burner interactions enplaya. Certainly a "wildlife" thread would be tempting fate. Thank you for burning!

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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby ygmir » Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:22 am

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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby trilobyte » Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:10 am

Moving this over to Experiences At Burning Man.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:38 pm

word on the street is the Saudi's and their Falconry Training Facility near BRC are bitching about the noise noise noise...




seriously.




maybe i should put this on the conspiracy thread.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:41 pm

did a little bird tell you?
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby ygmir » Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:09 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:word on the street is the Saudi's and their Falconry Training Facility near BRC are bitching about the noise noise noise...




seriously.




maybe i should put this on the conspiracy thread.


and I thought their Falcons were supersonic............
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby junglesmacks » Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:08 pm

Savannah wrote:It sounds freaky & wrong, so you need to do it.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Elorrum » Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:37 pm

Some rangers found a canadian goose, and helped it by giving it a quiet place and water until it was better.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby skyhawkecks » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:20 pm

Don't lie, that goose was grand-fathered in.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Lonesomebri » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:24 pm

Well, my buddy also reported on seeing that goose. One mid-day I noticed a Raven land past the outer road, looking in at the city (8:20 and L), waiting for that edible moop. He stood out there and hopped back and forth a couple times. Then I saw him never more. Other than those, the only other bird I saw during the week was when some folks cruised by as we sat in the shade enjoing a cold drink and called Camp THREAT a bunch of pussies. There was that.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:53 am

Ravens don't hop.

I call bullshit...
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby ygmir » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:10 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Ravens don't hop.

I call bullshit...


Huggin and Munnin do a mean "Texas two step" though.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Lonesomebri » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:10 am

theCryptofishist wrote:Ravens don't hop.

I call bullshit...


And it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.
"Ravens are scavengers. When approaching dead animals, often the raven will land a short distance away, then hop forward or sideways to the carcass."
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I didn't like the way that raven was looking at me when he was doing that hopping.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:14 am

*slinks away in defeat*
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Lonesomebri » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:20 am

Do ravers hoop?
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Jackass » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:22 pm

I too saw the hopping raven and sometimes he brought a friend, mostly first thing in the morning or just before sunset. They too love the "community", they were moopers.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby JStep » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:28 pm

Saw a couple birds this year and a few insects as well, notably a wasp.

The birds were pre-event (early entry) and didn't see much of them after the city influx filled it up.

The one I was the closest was right in camp, trying to catch a little shade underneath one of the bikes. He chilled a bit, hopped around some and then left.

Looked like a finch or sparrow. Small brownish bird.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby MacGlenver » Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:54 pm

I saw 4-5 small birds around the playa, as well as a big bumble bee. Last year I didnt see any birds and I saw 2 moths.

Do you the birds fly there, or stow away in the various campers/MVs? Any chance they make it back alive (the little ones, especially)?
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Immisterclean » Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:47 am

I was the the Temple on Wednesday saying goodbye to my wife who passed away several years ago. I had finished my reflections, wrote a note and placed it with all the others. With tears welling in my eyes, I turned to go. A hummingbird, an Anna's or Ruby throated ( just a guess), flew past my head, close enough to hear his wings. It flew to a red paper lantern someone had placed on an overhang. It inspected the lantern and finding nothing of sustenance, turned its attention to me. It hovered in front of me for a brief moment, cocked his head, and looked into my eyes (of this I am certain). He pivoted and flew of towards the western hills. I was a Virgin and had heard Burners talking about "Burning Man just happened" when odd coincidences happen, I.e. running into people you haven't seen in years or needing something but not knowing it and somehow it appears at the most opportune moment, but it took me several moments to realize "Burning Man just happened" for me. I have no clue as to why this delicate little jewel of a bird graced me with its presence at that moment, I just hope he made someone else's Burn too.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby MacGlenver » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:36 am

Immisterclean wrote:He pivoted and flew of towards the western hills.


He died. :)
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Immisterclean » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:16 am

Shit. . .you're probably right. Oh, we'll. . .
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby oddmanout » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:53 pm

Thanks for the responses. As a boring and pedantic birdwatcher I feel safe saying that the playa, while harsh and hostile to you and I, is, on a fair day, a place of safety and solace to the littlest bird. Clear vision, no lurking places, no ambush sites. No tall grass for the cat. and the distance is not as great nor perilous as any stretch of megatropolis where you live.
A big drink and a full crop make for a days ambition in bird world, for all we know. The Hummer? As a birdwatcher, I'd be willing to consider the rufus-throated hummingbird (Selasphorous rufus) because they have a broader range, but nevertheless, that bird likely worked the magic and went straight back where the food was. Birds in health have amazing resiliency, in the ability to gain and drop weight for specific functions and emergencies. Burning man would perhaps be a more perilous venue for birds if we resorted to impromptu menus and invited them to be part of our lunch.
As a factoid which often depresses me, Osprey, the world over (!) spend an average of eight minutes getting the days ambition out of the way. What has a billionaire got on that?
Again fellow burner's thanks for the info. I'll keep checking this thread.

Also, I invite any objections or additions to these comments. After all, I'm just winging it!!

@lonesomebri: I'd like a closer look at some of those peeps, but the birds I surely know.

@macglenver: Indigenous or local species would have little trouble on the playa. Birds hiding for hours in a vehicle: very unlikely (please post a video otherwise!! I love it), and the chances of survival of a liberated imported species with no playa experience would be perilous in the extreme, to my way of thinking.

@immisterclean - Need I say you are the docent of your own paradigm? So make of the hummer what you wish, just bless yourself. Be sure that hummer was traveling in a casually direct line between two sources of water, which were surrounded by tiny flowers bursting with tiny drops of nectar for a tiny bird. As burning man takes place long after all hummingbird nesting has been completed, your little avatar perhaps just arrived in migration. Better than yours his/her chances are.

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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:45 am

WHO KNOWS HIS SHIT?



I DO...



"In Nevada, Ms. Egbert says she eventually realized she could only harvest mud at certain times of the year. When her father, David Jamieson, bought the 144-acre ranch 12 years ago as a place to train falcons, she says she immediately noticed the high quality of the mud created from hundreds of geothermal springs on the property."


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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:46 am

Simon of the Playa wrote:word on the street is the Saudi's and their Falconry Training Facility near BRC are bitching about the noise noise noise...




seriously.




maybe i should put this on the conspiracy thread.



maybe we should get a list of the gulf state arabs he's catering to...


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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby H.G.Crosby » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:57 pm

feathers, feathers everywhere.



kinda looks familiar.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby 666isMONEY » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:15 pm

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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby knowmad » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:20 pm

wanna post but alas have no sock...
spoiler... Bird dies, we laugh. moop.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby 48_love » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:27 pm

^ i can create one on your behalf for a small fee ... account creation - complete with mock email account depending on the TOS of your particular forum. i'm sure there's a post per day package that will fit your needs.

but we can't do bizness here, k.

pm me, lol
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby knowmad » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:40 pm

Damn! dude yer everywhere!
but seriously, I don't have a sock. does this make me weird? I figure I'd get found out real quick, or take myself to seriously and hold long inane arguments with myself. Or be accused of being one of Simon's socks.
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Re: Birds at the burn

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:58 pm

We should all moonlight as one of Simon's socks.
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