1. blf says

    The inner rat has “chewed out & run” — as opposed to “walked on” — and is now deserting the stinking ship of puppet States.

    (Actually, I meant “sinking” but the typo also seems to work…)

  2. cubist says

    saad @1: The dinosaur is seemingly intact, so the cause of its death is probably not predation. Beyond that… [shrug] Maybe its surroundings were just too damn cold for it?

  3. rq says

    The bird is not located in the uStates.
    I think it’s the early spring that got it (this is from last March), the weather temperature-wise was all over the place, and I think it’s a brambling, not a wintering species here, so it may have returned too early and was caught in the freeze.

  4. blf says

    The bird is not located in the uStates.

    The rat propulsion unit presumably deliberately stayed inside the puppet, as a disguise, until it had escaped over teh wall…

  5. says

    That is probably male brambling. I would say very probably, it is not a bird that has any look-a-likes that I know of. The cause of death could be anything, but I would not expect the cold alone to kill a bird, only in combination with exhaustion and/or hunger. But it could be any number of causes, life is after all 100% fatal.

  6. says

    My money is on freezing to death. Every winter, we have birds that freeze overnight. One really harsh winter saw half a dozen doves dead. In milder winters, it’s Robins who stay that succumb.

  7. rq says

    I expect a combination of all three, if it came too early. March can be a weird season all on its own.
    Also, the puppy started spending more time outside -- while not directly bothersome to the birdfeeder, shyer birds may have been shy enough to go hungry.

  8. says

    I have actually never seen a bird frozen to death, but we only rarely get temps bellow -10°C over here, and when then usually only for short periods of time.
    The funny thing about birdfeeder is, that actually the smallest birds that come to ours (blue tits) are also the boldest ones. They feed even when we are visibly outside, as long as we stay approx 10 m away. The bigger the bird, the more wary they are. It is almost impossible to get pictures of magpies, because even slightest movement behind the window makes them whoosh.
    Oh and this reminds me, I must buy birdfeed tomorrow on my way from work. This winter started slow, but January has been relatively rough.

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