Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A bird that can live for a hundred years??

From http://www.kakaporecovery.org.nz/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=15&Itemid=244

Yes, second post and it appears that I've gone soft already.  This blog was supposed to chronicle my distaste for birds (a.k.a. Rats with wings).

So, meet Bill the Kakapo.  He is a member of the most endangered species on the planet. Here are some of the other things I just learned from the Kakapo Recovery Center:

  • It's the heaviest parrot in the world

  • It's possibly the longest-lived bird species in the world; the low adult mortality rate suggests a mean life expectancy of 90 years

  • It's flightless
It's hard to be all snide when it's so endangered, so here's a half-hearted WTF, Bird? to the flightless parrot who can live to be 100, the Kakapo.

What exactly do birds have against Bikes?

Image from: http://www.hockeydrunk.com/tag/bird

After we arrived at the Capitol Hill transit tunnel for a tour of the tunnels under construction, I locked my bike up to a chain link fence.  I looked around and everything looked fine, no people hanging around, no bird poop.  When I returned from the tour, I was surprised to see that the birds had pooped on my handlebars and front fender!  WTF, Birds?

At least the bird didn't poop on my handgrips!

They made sure to poop on my fender.