Out of the Blue

I recently requested recommendations for an outdoor camera to keep tabs on our impending duckie brood. Unfortunately, it took me too long to sort through the daunting millions of camera options, and Ms. Duck was due even sooner than we thought. We discovered yesterday morning that her eggs had hatched, and the new family was gone. So I did not get a recording of any of the festivities. Something I learned along the way is that the duck family's immediate departure was to be expected. Unlike many birds that remain in the nest for a couple of weeks being fed, ducks hatch ready for action, and their mama takes them to the water to start their new lives right away. MrsBlue and I took a walk to see if we could spot them, but no such luck so far. Anyway, we cannot plan to sell our home and downsize now that we're literally empty nesters, as apparently having a successful brood generally means the same duck will come back to the same spot to lay her eggs in ensuing years. It will be awesome if that happens, as we really enjoyed her company while she was here. I'll just make sure to get a camera in time for the next go-round.

Obituary: Kid reporter who interviewed Obama at White House dies at 23.

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Blue wrote on May 16, 2021, 11:41:
Jonjonz wrote on May 16, 2021, 06:33:
Couples who faun over animals as surrogate children rather than take on the responsibility of actually having and raising their own children, is this just a millennial and trust fund kid thing?

MrsBlue and I are neither millennials nor do we have trust funds. So - no?

Yeah, but you're El Presidente for Life.
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Jonjonz wrote on May 16, 2021, 06:33:
Couples who faun over animals as surrogate children rather than take on the responsibility of actually having and raising their own children, is this just a millennial and trust fund kid thing?

Not everyone can have children and frankly many people should not. Having a child does not automatically make you a responsible human being or a better member of society. In fact, there are many situations where having one is pretty much the opposite of those things.
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May 16, 2021, 12:53
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Jonjonz wrote on May 16, 2021, 06:33:
Couples who faun over animals as surrogate children rather than take on the responsibility of actually having and raising their own children, is this just a millennial and trust fund kid thing?

The world needs less people, a lot less people. And animals need more help from people. Sounds like a win for the rest of life on the planet in my books.
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MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on May 15, 2021, 17:05:
Feral cats are a huge threat to birds and all sorts of local wildlife. Cats are an invasive species in the USA, and a lot of countries really. But there is a caveat to this headline: the actual article says this shelter has released 1000 feral cats... since 2012.

That's averaging 111 cats a year.. not completely insane.

Too bad for the birds, but... rats bring the plague and many other diseases, destroy crops and utilities, destroy homes and apartment buildings, etc. Now I'd like to see some data on whether the rat population has decreased since 2012, aka are the cats effective at all, or do they just go after easier local fauna, as has been suggested in this thread already?

Seeing as the rat problem is worse there now the answer would be no. The problem is two-fold, the housing boom and the pandemic. It's displaced tons of animals and they're all looking for food. As I've said before, I've been looking after my local wildlife forever and never had a rat problem until Nov. of last year. And so has everyone else all over Ontario. The main problem with rats isn't that they're so destructive per se, it's that they breed so fast and overpopulate areas. It's the numbers and ensuing competition that creates havoc.
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Jonjonz wrote on May 16, 2021, 06:33:
Couples who faun over animals as surrogate children rather than take on the responsibility of actually having and raising their own children, is this just a millennial and trust fund kid thing?

MrsBlue and I are neither millennials nor do we have trust funds. So - no?
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Jonjonz wrote on May 16, 2021, 06:33:
Couples who faun over animals as surrogate children rather than take on the responsibility of actually having and raising their own children, is this just a millennial and trust fund kid thing?

Maybe not being sure :
If they'll be fine enough parents.
If they'll have the means to ensure a reasonably comfortable life/good education for them.
If they are doing their children a favor, considering this world's ugliness.
When that sweet peaceful moment finally arrives, that intimate question, was it worth the toil and effort ?

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Jonjonz wrote on May 16, 2021, 06:33:
Couples who faun over animals as surrogate children rather than take on the responsibility of actually having and raising their own children, is this just a millennial and trust fund kid thing?
No. There have been people around like this for many centuries. It is why domestic cats and dogs exist.
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Couples who faun over animals as surrogate children rather than take on the responsibility of actually having and raising their own children, is this just a millennial and trust fund kid thing?
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RedEye9 wrote on May 15, 2021, 22:48:
Anyone at any age can die from a natural cause. Death from natural causes might be a heart attack, stroke, cancer, infection, or any other illness. By contrast, death caused by active intervention is known as unnatural death (suicide, overdose, accident).
What you are saying is accurate but overlooks the reality that in current times no one dies of natural causes at 23 without having a significant underlying medical condition. In such cases the death may be natural, but was effectively caused by the underlying condition.
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I agree with Mr Tact - there's nothing natural about dying at 23 years old.
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Anyone at any age can die from a natural cause.
Death from natural causes might be a heart attack, stroke, cancer, infection, or any other illness. By contrast, death caused by active intervention is known as unnatural death (suicide, overdose, accident).
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Prez wrote on May 15, 2021, 20:04:
Kid reporter who interviewed Obama at White House dies at 23

He was 23. That's awful.
I haven't seen anything saying so, but I assume he was ill in some way. I remember seeing something about the interview when it happened and I remember assuming that was the case at the time. His sister was quoted as saying he died from natural causes. Sorry, but twenty three years olds don't die from natural causes.
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Kid reporter who interviewed Obama at White House dies at 23

He was 23. That's awful.
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No thankyou note blue? Maybe a rating on their accomodation site ducksavvy.com Tiny
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Acleacius wrote on May 15, 2021, 15:30:
US national terrorism alert issued Friday
Just a general warning that as restrictions are eased, expect an uptick in domestic and foreign terrorism. Sounds reasonable, but not really going to affect my day to day life.
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bigspender wrote on May 15, 2021, 17:08:
Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

PhD student: Oh hi mom and dad, I'm starting my thesis today. I'll be suffocating cute animals to see if they can breathe their butts.

You joke, but imagine having a tube stuck into your lower genital body parts up to your heart through your entire body for machine assisted emergency blood oxygenation. When you consider that, the article sure describes a vastly more human way of getting oxygen into you when your lungs ain't doing it. And in case you are not aware, this is what emergency covid-19 patients go through when their lungs fail. And that number is not small, hospitals here reported having to do this 50x more often during covid-19 than with any other illness ever recorded. You don't walk away from that procedure happily dancing even IF you survive by the way. You need months of lung training to even learn breathing again..... so all around, way through the butt sure sounds like the better alternative to me....
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Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

PhD student: Oh hi mom and dad, I'm starting my thesis today. I'll be suffocating cute animals to see if they can breathe their butts.
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Feral cats are a huge threat to birds and all sorts of local wildlife. Cats are an invasive species in the USA, and a lot of countries really. But there is a caveat to this headline: the actual article says this shelter has released 1000 feral cats... since 2012.

That's averaging 111 cats a year.. not completely insane.

Too bad for the birds, but... rats bring the plague and many other diseases, destroy crops and utilities, destroy homes and apartment buildings, etc. Now I'd like to see some data on whether the rat population has decreased since 2012, aka are the cats effective at all, or do they just go after easier local fauna, as has been suggested in this thread already?
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eRe4s3r wrote on May 15, 2021, 15:00:
Releasing feral cats against rats.... wow
I leave this here https://abcbirds.org/program/cats-indoors/cats-and-birds/

Cats #1 Threat to Birds

Predation by domestic cats is the number-one direct, human-caused threat to birds in the United States and Canada.

In the United States alone, outdoor cats kill approximately 2.4 billion birds every year. Although this number may seem unbelievable, it represents the combined impact of tens of millions of outdoor cats. Each outdoor cat plays a part.

Should give Blues something to think about I'd say. Do you like ducklings? Say no to outdoor cats.

Yeah, that was my first thought. It's not like they hang around waiting for a rat. They'll go after anything and everything...even if they aren't hungry. They need to keep their skills sharp and the only way to do that is constantly killing stuff. Cats are the ultimate little murder machines. The most effective and humane way to kill rats is with carbon dioxide from dry ice or a vehicle/generator. Go to sleep, don't wake up. This likely won't end well.

Congrats Blue. Now in the off season you should see if you can make that area a little safer for them when they return next year. Block off parking lot access, maybe plant a few dense shrubs around there if you can for privacy/shelter - ideally something berry producing the ducks would eat would be very efficient to boot - blueberries, sea buckthorn berries, anything like that. Maybe a small bowl of fresh water close by they can access for a quick drink without having to go too far.
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