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Birds Eat Fermented Fruit, Fly Drunk
wsmv.com ^

Posted on 02/28/2009 11:19:39 PM PST by fallingwater

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some drunks got out of hand near Beale Street in Memphis, but instead of barflies it was birds intoxicated from eating fermented fruit.

The Health Department investigated this week after receiving calls about dead and floundering birds, cedar waxwings to be exact. The birds were crashing into buildings in the Peabody Place area.

An investigator told The Commercial Appeal he traced the problem to berries from nearby holly trees. Recent freezes ruptured berry cells, allowing the wild yeast to convert sugars into alcohol.

The birds apparently got tipsy from consuming the fermented berries.

Health officials said they don't how many birds died from flying intoxicated.

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TOPICS: Humor; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: libertarians

1 posted on 02/28/2009 11:19:39 PM PST by fallingwater
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To: fallingwater
My family lived in the migratory pattern of cedar waxwings when I was a kid. They loved to munch on the red berries of our pyracantha bush (red berries, thorns, oval-shaped leaves). Some kept diving at the windows, stunning themselves on impact, getting up, wobbling 'round a bit, then flapping off. We figured they were a little bombed.
2 posted on 02/28/2009 11:22:53 PM PST by Othniel (Kirk: Don't trust them. Don't believe them. Spock: They're dying. Kirk: LET THEM DIE.)
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To: fallingwater

My road was littered with car-hit and staggering robins a few years ago. Lots of wild grapes grow in my semi-rural area, and they must have got into quite a parcel of grapes.

They were amusing, but I hated seeing them flying into things they’d normally easily avoid.


3 posted on 02/28/2009 11:25:07 PM PST by cydcharisse
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To: fallingwater

I saw some little nuthatches eating Morning Glory seeds this fall. I thought, “you little fellas are gonna be in super-freak-out mode.” They were walking around on the ground like they were marching. This one little guy kept getting on the fence post and then falling, hanging upside down for a while only to right himself and start all over.

The ones who tried to fly did very well and I saw no evidence they were having any difficulties. Flying was easy, it was the landing part that seemed to be giving them trouble. They would consistently misjudge the branch or whatever it was they were attempting to land on. They would overshoot branches sometimes and others they would run directly into the branch. I started to feel a little guilty laughing at birds on acid and went inside. :)


4 posted on 02/28/2009 11:36:43 PM PST by WildcatClan (Iam fimus mos ledo ventus apparatus)
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To: WildcatClan

“Heavenly Blue”...ahhh the memories....:)


5 posted on 02/28/2009 11:56:07 PM PST by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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To: Tainan

Heh :)


6 posted on 02/28/2009 11:59:11 PM PST by WildcatClan (Iam fimus mos ledo ventus apparatus)
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To: fallingwater

Birds crashing into my front picture window after eating fermented crab apples were an annual spring tradition in my last home. They were usually so loopy, the impact would knock ‘em out for a few minutes & they’d soon stagger to their feet, gain back some of their senses & fly back into one of the crab apple trees to sleep it off.


7 posted on 03/01/2009 12:06:08 AM PST by GoLightly
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To: WildcatClan
The ones who tried to fly did very well and I saw no evidence they were having any difficulties. Flying was easy, it was the landing part that seemed to be giving them trouble.

That's why they call it TRIPPING.

LOL.

8 posted on 03/01/2009 12:06:41 AM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: WildcatClan
and "Pearly Gates" was the other one MG type.

The name flashed back to me 36 yrs later...heh heh heh.
9 posted on 03/01/2009 12:24:48 AM PST by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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To: GoLightly
My father (born in 1901) use to talk about when he was a boy there were bounties on certain birds like crows. You could get 1 penny for each one your brought in but it cost a penny for a shot gun shell, so the farm boys would soak grain in whiskey overnight and set it out for the birds. When enough got drunk, one shot gun shell could net you quite a few birds....
10 posted on 03/01/2009 12:39:41 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Tainan

The Aztecs used those for various purposes. :) They grow like crazy and choke out my mater plants but my wife loves them and I’ve a feeling the nuthatches have developed an affinity for the seeds. Tasting rainbows and landing on unicorn horns. Like, “tweet,tweet, meow”, dude.


11 posted on 03/01/2009 12:57:27 AM PST by WildcatClan (Iam fimus mos ledo ventus apparatus)
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To: fallingwater

I heard of elephants doing this, flying elephants would be nasty.


12 posted on 03/01/2009 1:27:56 AM PST by this_ol_patriot (I saw manbearpig and all I got was this lousy tagline.)
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To: fallingwater
I am the shadow of the waxwing slain
by the false azure in the windowpane...
13 posted on 03/01/2009 2:11:56 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Think HollywoodÂ’s hit rock bottom? You forget how well they dig. (bighollywood.breitbart.com)
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To: fallingwater
Meanwhile, from across the country....

Science digest | Birds may have been dead drunk

14 posted on 03/01/2009 2:19:42 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: goat granny

Smart kids!


15 posted on 03/01/2009 3:20:52 AM PST by GoLightly
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To: goat granny
My father (born in 1901) use to talk about when he was a boy there were bounties on certain birds like crows. You could get 1 penny for each one your brought in but it cost a penny for a shot gun shell, so the farm boys would soak grain in whiskey overnight and set it out for the birds.

LOL.

Down here, bootleg liquor is readily available, and I often buy a quart and flavor it by adding fresh whole cherries or the small India peaches and letting it soak for a few months. Unfortunately, the fruit gets really nasty, and isn't fit to eat, so it gets thrown out.

A couple of years ago, I threw some cherries (about four quarts worth) on the ground just inside the woodline behind my house. About an hour later, I heard a lot of noise out there, and walked out to investigate. It seemed that every crow in South Carolina had found the stash, and was busily eating itself into a drunken stupor. When I approached them, they could only run away, because they couldn't get it together enough to fly. It was pretty funny.

Needless to say, I dispose of the fruit by other means now.

Your Dad's story reminded me of that. Thanks.

16 posted on 03/01/2009 6:27:50 AM PST by PalmettoMason ("an empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Obama got out")
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To: WildcatClan

Ahhh, cheap laughs at the animal’s expense are the best...


17 posted on 03/01/2009 7:24:53 AM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: PalmettoMason
He also had a recipe for whiskey cherries that all my son's love and have the recipe for ..it starts with X amount of gin, X amount of a certain whiskey, one lug of cherries and God knows what else and you let it sit for X amount of weeks until there is no liquid left and each cherry is about equivalent to a shot. There is also some rule that on certain days you have to give the jug 3 shakes...those old guys knew things that are a lost art to modern man. He was friends with the sheriff of Sugar Island and they would go spend a week at the cabin and make white lighting (?) When done they hooked the container to the back of the sheriff's boat and spend 30 minutes on the St Mary river (a choppy old river between upper Michigan and Canada) to age the stuff... I just wish I had recorded all the stories he use to tell.
18 posted on 03/01/2009 11:22:56 AM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny
I just wish I had recorded all the stories he use to tell.

Several years ago, before they passed on, we sat my grandparents down in front of a video camera to tell their life stories. They farmed in South Dakota their entire lives. The stories are amazing.

I recommend that anyone who still has a relative who grew up back in the "old days", get their story on tape, DVD, or whatever... just get it. You will treasure the stories now, but you will treasure it even more when they are gone.

19 posted on 03/02/2009 3:08:45 AM PST by PalmettoMason ("an empty limousine pulled up in front of the White House, and Barack Obama got out")
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To: fallingwater
"The birds were crashing into buildings..

"Here, hold ma' berry an' watch this!"

20 posted on 03/02/2009 10:19:19 AM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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To: Designer

Drunk Bird video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgefm1ACchA


21 posted on 03/02/2009 10:38:46 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: PalmettoMason

You are so right. When my mother passed away (1966)dad and I opened a box of her “private” stuff. She had kept all of my uncle’s letters from WW2. He was in Borneo.. I wish I had kept them, but dad and I talked it over and decided to let her private things remain private. we burned them and other things from her life she had saved...An emotional response, but should have saved them for family history..How great of you to think of interviewing your grandparents..Wish I had thought of that..


22 posted on 03/02/2009 11:06:21 AM PST by goat granny
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To: WOBBLY BOB
"Drunk Bird video"

Thanks for the video. Poor thing. I'll bet he has a hangover.

23 posted on 03/02/2009 12:09:37 PM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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