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Offline dogshome

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Flying pests!
« on: September 22, 2020, 12:33:15 PM »
King wasp / hornet on his way to work this morning decided to kamikaze me. Luckily I prefer full face helmets. Not quite an egg sized splodge, but big enough to warrant a wet wipe to remove him.

Then on the way home, mr hard-case crow landed right in front of me at 20ft and I'm doing 60MPH. "SUV with blonde" reflex kicked in and somehow I counter-steered round his asp just catching his body on my boot. How he missed the cylinder with his nut I don't know. I'm glad I didn't have time to hoot, or he might have made it to headlight level by the time I got there.

No1 dog (a greyhound) killed 2 crows at once in the back garden and they are solid little things, not like pigeons. The dog is also partial to a hedgehog (which he skins first), rabbits, hares and a whole pigeon including beak and claws). He's a lovely, intelligent and obedient dog - if you are human.

The stressed blondes with kids in SUV seemed easy after these two!

(I also drive a Saab in case the odd moose walks out in front) (we have deer here and they do not have any road sense or brains. Despatching Bambi on the way to work can't be a good thing) ("How was your run into work today? traffic is really bad", "I killed Bambi  :-[ )
« Last Edit: September 22, 2020, 12:41:24 PM by dogshome »
肉(r?u)包(bāo)子(zi)打(dǎ)狗(gǒu) (meat+bun(2nd and 3rd)+hit+dog)
* Literally: To hit a dog with a meat-bun.:-O

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Re: Flying pests!
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2021, 12:13:55 PM »
I got hit right on the top of my helmet by a kamikaze on the way home. It was only a tiny little thing that flew out of the hedgerow. No mark, blood or feathers, so he or she may have got away with it. Made me shut my eyes and wonder if I'd be taking a trip to A&E for a second though. Full face helmet, visor shut, doing about 60MPH. More of a brush than the thunk I was expecting luckily.
肉(r?u)包(bāo)子(zi)打(dǎ)狗(gǒu) (meat+bun(2nd and 3rd)+hit+dog)
* Literally: To hit a dog with a meat-bun.:-O

Offline Justin B.

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Re: Flying pests!
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2021, 09:00:24 PM »
Hmmm, critters seem to have it in for ya!  Maybe change up your route and confuse the buggers?  Now that we've thinned out the Yellowjackets about all I have to contend with here at the cabin is ticks and chiggers.  The only time I went out of the cabin yesterday was to feed the "Greedy Birds" (hummingbirds) and with three trips out to where the feeders are hung, about 25' from the door, I got three chigger bites...  If I could I would kill 'em all!!!! :rifle: :flamethrowingsmiley: :furious3:
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Re: Flying pests!
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2021, 01:38:46 PM »
 ;D Chiggers sound like something sci-fi post apocalyptic. I'm glad we don't have those. We do have female horse flies. They basically take a mouthful of flesh and run off with it. They are also well armoured and take several beatings with two hard surfaces to put-off. Smacking them with the hand or stamping on them on grass merely irritates them. They don't like Tiger Balm though.

A collared dove was my latest adversary today. I'm sure they have those white collars to stop them accidentally swallowing the 4 braincells they have. I saw him at the kerb watching me and about to make his escape (invariably right into the teeth of the grim reaper). Knowing he would take the most stoopid route, I'd already slowed and aimed at his current position. Yep flap, flap, panic, OMG etc. How these things make it day to day defeats me. Thick as two short ones.

It's not just flying things this week. Yesterday saw me leaning on the horn as 15 year old girl and obviously besotted boy ambled out into the main road. I'd got plan A and B for them. Plan B worked as they kept moving whilst still watching me with ever widening eyes. Plan A was swing out the other way.

Today the obligatory M5 with scruffy bloke driving and blonde with makeup yapping, huge wheels and sea-going suspension whaled out in front. I'd clocked him also. He heard the horn, saw me and made corrective actions. Everyone makes mistakes and he did the right thing once he knew I was there so no worries.
肉(r?u)包(bāo)子(zi)打(dǎ)狗(gǒu) (meat+bun(2nd and 3rd)+hit+dog)
* Literally: To hit a dog with a meat-bun.:-O

Offline dogshome

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Re: Flying pests!
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2021, 01:45:56 PM »
What do you feed humming birds? Something with glucose or similar i guess?
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* Literally: To hit a dog with a meat-bun.:-O

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Re: Flying pests!
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2021, 11:25:45 PM »
Hummingbirds love plain old sugar water. And once you put it out they remember it and expect it to be there.
They're also very territorial and fight each to take over a feeder as their own.
Crazy but fascinating little creatures.  I've always liked watching them but learned a lot about them last year during the long pandemic days of staying home and staring out the windows a lot.
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Re: Flying pests!
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2021, 12:22:46 PM »
They are definitely out to get me - I was working on the wife's car under the wheel arch and this little fella decided to skid off the car and land on my belly. Then when it moved, made his escape straight at my face, missed and went into the garage. He calmed down after 30 mins or so then made his break. He's obviously not learned that cars are slippery yet as his two pointer turned into a 10 pointer on the roof of my car.
肉(r?u)包(bāo)子(zi)打(dǎ)狗(gǒu) (meat+bun(2nd and 3rd)+hit+dog)
* Literally: To hit a dog with a meat-bun.:-O

Offline Justin B.

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Re: Flying pests!
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2021, 11:18:00 PM »
Heh, he looks rather surly like.  Probably thinking, "What you lookin' at!?"

Yeah the little greedy birds drink sugar water.  1 part sugar, 4 parts water.  Just had to mix a new batch today.  Right now they are going through about 30 oz per day and later in the year after hatching out a couple more batches probably 48+ oz per day.

As far as chiggers go, if you get a bad batch of 'em your legs/ankles, and other parts that shan't be mentioned will look like you went through a Sci-Fi apocalypse!  They are about the itchiest thing I've ever been bitten by.
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