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Bird Mourns Death of Mate
monokuroboo92.blogspot.com ^ | 21 April 2009 | unknown

Posted on 05/24/2009 7:55:36 AM PDT by Daffynition

A flock of birds had stopped on a highway (somewhere in the Ukraine) perhaps just taking a rest or maybe they had spotted a bit of food. A vehicle passed by and one of the birds was injured and unable to move from the roadway. Here, his mate injured and the condition was fatal.

Her mate lingers nearby offering solace and eventually he brings food to her. On one of his return trips he finds his mate dead and seems to try to shake her awake and attended to her with love and compassion.

Aware that she is lost to him he cries out in obvious anguish. Every time a car passes, the bird flies off for a moment but then returns to mourn, his heart clearly broken. Shocked at her death, he tried to move her.

Eventually the photographer, concerned for the safety of the living bird, put down his camera, picked up the bird and removed it from the road. The grieving bird lingered in a nearby tree, "crying" out loud with adoring love and reluctant to move on.

No one knew how long he stood beside her and cried. Devastated by the loss.

There he stood beside her lifeless body with sadness and sorrow.

I don't know what species of bird this is, but I think it could truly be considered a "love bird." So sad =/


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Looks like a barn swallow.
1 posted on 05/24/2009 7:55:36 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Poor thing. Sad.


2 posted on 05/24/2009 7:58:45 AM PDT by Sister_T (The Obama Administration = EPIC FAIL!)
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To: Daffynition

Poignant.


3 posted on 05/24/2009 7:59:37 AM PDT by gigster
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To: Daffynition

Wow, that’s really sad. I have heard some birds mate for life.


4 posted on 05/24/2009 8:00:17 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Daffynition
You may be correct about the barn swallow call. However, I don't believe the dying bird is its mate. Female barn swallows have whitish breasts -- as the living one does -- but males have orange breasts.

Sad to say, I believe the dead swallow is the female's offspring, probably recently fledged.

And, yes, birds are spectacularly underrated creatures. See my tagline.

5 posted on 05/24/2009 8:02:20 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: mysterio

That may be true, I’m not positive ...at least some will stay “single” for a very long time if they lose their mate.

We have mourning doves and one of a pair was taken by a hawk at the feeder. She comes alone and has for several years now ...not that this is a particularly scientific observation.


6 posted on 05/24/2009 8:05:37 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Daffynition

I just don’t believe animals are soulless creatures.


7 posted on 05/24/2009 8:06:43 AM PDT by libh8er
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To: Daffynition

“The grieving bird lingered in a nearby tree, “crying” out loud with adoring love and reluctant to move on. “

Maybe he was calling for some ‘new tail’.


8 posted on 05/24/2009 8:07:35 AM PDT by EAGLE7 (They MAY take our lives but they'll never take our freedom!)
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To: Flycatcher
You are probably correct in your ID ... supposedly these pix were taken in the Ukraine.

Some more beautiful barn swallows

9 posted on 05/24/2009 8:12:35 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Daffynition

There are about 1.5 million mourning doves living in my parents’ trees, so I heard them all of the time while growing up. They have a very unique song.


10 posted on 05/24/2009 8:14:43 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: EAGLE7
I know the copy from this blog is pretty sappy ... but it remains that birds and other critters have much more going on that we know. ;-D

More tail......


11 posted on 05/24/2009 8:15:58 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Daffynition

More compassion than some of the human species


12 posted on 05/24/2009 8:18:11 AM PDT by silverleaf ("Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal ( Martin Luther King))
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To: mysterio

Millions? YIKES! They’re pretty dumb ...but sweet at the same time ....but I wouldn’t like millions of them. Are there a lot of pine trees around in which they can roost?


13 posted on 05/24/2009 8:18:20 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Daffynition

I saw an example of this in our old neighborhood. A dove had been hit and was lying in the road, already did. It’s mate waited and waited not far away for her/him to get up. It was sad.


14 posted on 05/24/2009 8:20:24 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Earth: It's not your mother, it's just a big rock.)
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To: Daffynition
Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Nuthatch

Downy Male

15 posted on 05/24/2009 8:21:05 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Daffynition
Eastern Bluebird

Goldfinch

Indigo Bunting

16 posted on 05/24/2009 8:25:08 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Daffynition

Well, I might have exaggerated the number slightly, lol. But there were a lot of them. My parents have a large yard with a lot of pine trees, and that’s where the doves were.


17 posted on 05/24/2009 8:25:50 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Flycatcher

A liberal would conclude that these were gay mated birds.


18 posted on 05/24/2009 8:25:57 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Daffynition

Bump for more to see.


19 posted on 05/24/2009 8:28:01 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (This tagline has been shutdown due to lack of funds.)
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To: Daffynition
I saw very nearly the same thing last week in Fresno. A mallard hen had been hit in traffic and her mate was desparately trying to get to her. He was frantic as we drove by. There was nothing to be done.

Those who say animals don't have souls need to think a little more.

20 posted on 05/24/2009 8:31:31 AM PDT by stboz
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To: Flycatcher

A few years ago, I saw a dead crow in the yard at an office complex.

The trees nearby were literally full of crows. They would frequently fly down and land next to the dead one crying mournful crow sounds. And I specifically watched, and it wasn’t always just the same one that came down.

No doubt this was some kind of crow community, and the deceased was a popular dude!


21 posted on 05/24/2009 8:32:28 AM PDT by djf (Lawyers are mathematicians. The bad ones.)
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To: Daffynition

Awesome pics. Thanks.


22 posted on 05/24/2009 8:34:01 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Daffynition

Appears as if they were soulmates, reincarnated.


23 posted on 05/24/2009 8:36:10 AM PDT by MyTwoCopperCoins (I don't have a license to kill; I have a learner's permit.)
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To: djf
I have a good story for you. I'm working as a bird surveyor this year, and at one site in southern Nevada, I saw a crissal thrasher dart through the joshua trees and scrub. So I played a thrasher callback tape I carry with me to call him back. It was for a LeConte's thrasher, but it was close enough apparently.

Within 5 seconds of playing it, the mate of the crissal thrasher flew out of some bushes and nearly collided with me. (It must have had good "air brakes.")

It soon flew off and eventually found its mate. They were so delighted to find each other again they did this little dance of moving back and forth like two square dancers at a hoedown. Then they flew off together.

It may not be "love" as we know it, but they sure seemed happy to find each other again. :)

24 posted on 05/24/2009 8:40:38 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: All

Sad. Thanks for sharing.


25 posted on 05/24/2009 8:45:44 AM PDT by patriot08
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To: Flycatcher

We haven’t even started to understand bird intelligence. Some of the things I’ve heard about parrots and budgies are almost scary. And from a brain smaller than an almond...


26 posted on 05/24/2009 8:46:14 AM PDT by djf (Lawyers are mathematicians. The bad ones.)
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To: djf
"And from a brain smaller than an almond..."

Hey, some of those can grow up to be Vice-President.

27 posted on 05/24/2009 8:51:06 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: gorush

Beautiful pictures! Thank you.


28 posted on 05/24/2009 9:13:31 AM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: Daffynition

Sad and beautful pics..
Thank you for sharing them.
There is so much beauty(and tragedy) in nature.


29 posted on 05/24/2009 9:38:08 AM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Like loved ones and lost socks, we seem to mourn passing in our own way. ;)


30 posted on 05/24/2009 9:47:42 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: gorush
Great photos gorush! Thank you. We share a mutual admiration. ;)


31 posted on 05/24/2009 9:50:59 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: stboz

In the scheme of things, we humans understand little about critters ...but it’s sure fun trying. ;)


32 posted on 05/24/2009 9:53:03 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Flycatcher

The mating dive of a male hummingbird is quite fascinating to watch.


33 posted on 05/24/2009 10:01:14 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Daffynition
No doubt about it. I also enjoy watching the big grebes (Clark's and western) run across the water two by two in their ritualized minuet.

In fact, I'm surprised and delighted every time I watch birds. It's almost humbling.

34 posted on 05/24/2009 11:00:17 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher
Bird watching can make you forget the silliness of the world ...and bring you around to what is really important ... like a good scratch! ;)


35 posted on 05/24/2009 11:07:02 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If any of you die, can I please have your ammo?" ~ Gator113)
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To: Daffynition; georgia peach
Thank you...

Nuthatch, White-Breasted

Black-Capped Chickadee

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Indigo Bunting

Barred Owl

36 posted on 05/24/2009 11:27:08 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Daffynition

LOL!


37 posted on 05/24/2009 11:32:21 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: gorush
Wow! Great gray! That's a bird I'll always be after -- and probably never see.

You must be from New England, Canada, or northern Minnesota. Great birds. Great pics!

38 posted on 05/24/2009 11:34:18 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Actually that is a “Barred Owl”...and these shots were all taken in our yard in rural central Wisconsin.


39 posted on 05/24/2009 11:37:50 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush
I stand corrected. A nice "yard" bird nevertheless.

But what's all that white stuff on the ground?

Hehehehe

40 posted on 05/24/2009 11:47:16 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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We've had more than our fair share of that white stuff the past two winters...

Feb 2008

Photobucket

41 posted on 05/24/2009 11:51:17 AM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for posting this series of pics and the back story behind them. These are very moving and arresting images that brought a tear to my eye.


42 posted on 05/24/2009 11:55:53 AM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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To: gorush
Global warming, ya know...

All the best from the Low Desert to Central Wisconsin!

Flycatcher

43 posted on 05/24/2009 12:00:19 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher
Here's one for you then...not from our yard.

Roadrunner

There is a Gila Woodpecker hiding in this shot:

Gila on Beemer

Back to the yard...

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

44 posted on 05/24/2009 12:06:25 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Daffynition

When a female cardinal flew into our second story window, her mate acted the same way. Thankfully, she came around, and they flew off.


45 posted on 05/24/2009 12:16:35 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: gorush
Ah, yes... my backyard birds now. Thanks!

I'm sick of roadrunners though. How 'bout if you send me all your Wisconsin rose-breasted grosbeaks for one season, and I'll ship you all our roadrunners for that same time span. Hey, I'll even throw in half the cactus wrens and Lucy's warblers -- but you need to truck some scarlet tanagers and indigo buntings my way.

Deal?

46 posted on 05/24/2009 12:29:03 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Daffynition

“in God Who cares about even the smallest sparrow.”


47 posted on 05/24/2009 12:33:55 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Flycatcher

Throw in a few Phainopeplas and Vermilion Flycatchers and we can deal...a truckload of Indigo Buntings could be a problem, though...we’ve only a couple of pairs.


48 posted on 05/24/2009 12:42:36 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush
Deal.

I'll even throw in some verdins at no extra charge too. LOL!

49 posted on 05/24/2009 12:47:24 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Daffynition

Great pics and story. Animals never cease to amaze. Thank you for posting this.


50 posted on 05/24/2009 12:48:48 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder)
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