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  •  If you're calm when you're holding them, they (2+ / 0-)
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    Kestrel, whaddaya

    generally stay calm too.  In the wild, if something is holding you, its next step is to eat you.  If you are jumpy, they'll stay jumpy, trying to wiggle out of your hands.  If you are calm but have a firm grip, they will stay calm and conserve their energy to make an escape (since you haven't started eating them yet).  When you finally release them, I'm sure they think they are amazingly clever and awesome to have outwitted this big dumb thing and escaped before we could eat them.  If you're really really calm when you handle them, they stay put in your hand even after you've opened your fingers to release them.  Both the birds we banded today needed a little toss to know they were free to go.  I've had kestels and sharpies step up onto my finger to get a quick look around before flying off.

    They only call it Class War when we fight back.

    by lineatus on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 08:49:32 PM PDT

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    •  Makes sense (2+ / 0-)
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      But is nonetheless "wow" if you've never thought about it reduced to such terms.

      "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

      by Kestrel on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 09:46:09 PM PDT

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      •  I got some video of one of the releases, which (1+ / 0-)
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        I'll post one of these weeks.  I'm holding the bird and giving little shakes, and finally just give him a bit of a toss...

        They only call it Class War when we fight back.

        by lineatus on Sun Oct 10, 2010 at 09:52:01 PM PDT

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