And you thought YOU had a long day....

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  1. BeBop

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    Very cool indeed.
     
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    The article also mentioned that the species is declining by 6% a year. Nobody has figured out why yet. Let's hope these little troopers don't go the way of the dodo bird.
     
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    That is amazing.
     
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    The Arctic tern does that and more...

    These fly at least 12,000 miles each season when they migrate...we studied these little creatures about a year ago from some of our reading...

    Arctic Tern
     
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    Astonishing.

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    Fully 1/2 don't survive the attempt.

    Here's the highest flying bird.

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    The yellow billed chough can fly higher than Mt. Everest.
     
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    So they're the lemmings of the sky?
     
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    It lifts my spirits, knowing that there is such wonder in the world. Thanks for posting that.
     
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    bah. the wind probably does most of the heavy lifting.
     
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    Know what would be better than having to fly non-stop for 1,700 miles? Doing it with the additional weight of a locator device that someone attached to your back.
     
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    hahaha.."c'mon bird, buck up!"

    true, that's a lot of flying but he has no bills, no alarm clock or an asshole for a boss. actually he has it made.
     
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    hehe - ya, I kinda thought the same thing. Heck, they only weigh 12 grams! At least they take the "easy" route back home.

    I have some barn swallows that have a nest under my front porch eve. They are due back the last week of April or first week of May.

    This will be my 5th year watching them fix up their nest (which I leave up year round) and raise their young. Usually takes about a month for them to hatch and then they are gone.They crap a lot on my porch, but I hose it down every night so not that big a deal. I figure if they are tenacious enough to come back to my house every year, what the hell. I have gotten to see 3 of the broods take their first flight. :)

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