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#182191 - 01/30/09 08:22 AM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: BranShea]
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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we've had a big Barred Owl hanging around for the last few days. cool.
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#182194 - 01/30/09 08:44 AM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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Is this the new bird thread? Yay! I love owls, but rarely get a chance to see them. There is a bird rescue organization in the park by my house (Wild Wings), and it's open every day 10-2. They have a barred owl who is adorable! Here are the residents, including a bobcat: Residents. For a smile, check out Barf, the turkey vulture!

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#182219 - 01/30/09 08:13 PM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: twosleepy]
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Originally Posted By: twosleepy
Is this the new bird thread? Yay!

Double yay! This has nothing to do with owls, but here's one of a Pacific Gull I took last weekend:

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#182222 - 01/30/09 08:43 PM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: The Pook]
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Very cool pic!
As long as we're showing off, I actually have some "bird in the hand" pics, taken at that same park, hubby is the hand:












I love this one because it's a two-fer!















This one is just too cool! :0)

These are Black-capped Chickadees, named for their most common call, as the Whippoorwill from the other thread. They are adorable, feisty, opportunistic, and smart! :0)

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#182225 - 01/30/09 10:49 PM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: twosleepy]
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>These are Black-capped Chickadees, named for their most common call..

huh. here I thought they were named for their distinctive black cap. wink

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#182227 - 01/31/09 12:11 AM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: twosleepy]
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Somehow they remind me of W.C.Fields...

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#182236 - 01/31/09 01:56 PM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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Originally Posted By: etaoin
we've had a big Barred Owl hanging around for the last few days. cool.
What an impressive, fascinating bird. But I love all the new pictures here. That's a generous big gull Pook!






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#182241 - 01/31/09 04:00 PM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: BranShea]
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here's our guy:

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#182250 - 01/31/09 06:49 PM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: The Pook]
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Originally Posted By: The Pook
Originally Posted By: Faldage
Originally Posted By: The Pook
[quote=olly]
We also have moreporks here (at least on the mainland, not sure about Tassie. They are also called mopokes. Both names are onomatopoeic of their mournful call.


Some of them are non-rhotic and some aren't.

laugh

Actually I heard an American today on the radio pronounce 'environmental' non-rhotically. Even an Aussie wouldn't do that. It was weird. What kind of US accent would that be? The pronunciation was something like 'envionmental' or even 'eviomennal.'


Now that's a word that I have never heard before, i.e., rhotic, which may be surprising since I had seven years of formal studies in Koine'. Furthermore, it is not in my *Webster's New World Dictionary of American English* (1988 edition). The nearest to it was rhotacism. But, I Googled it and that took me to a new website on using English that appears to be a resource for future reference.

However, now that I know what rhotic and non-rhotic mean, an observation or two on your American radio speaker. There are several sections of the USA where rhotacism and related manifestations of mispronuciations are common. The most common section so charged is the Deep South (Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia in particular). The particular flaw that you described might have come from some one raised in particular sections of New York City or north New Jersey. I have frequently heard some one from the latter speak of his State as New Joisey.

While there are quite a number of examples that might be drawn from the South, one that I like to use as an illustration is "like." If a Southerner ever asks you "What do you 'like'?", it is more than likely that he is asking you what is that you need, i.e., "What do you 'lack'?"

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#182251 - 01/31/09 06:51 PM Re: A bird in the hand [Re: twosleepy]
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Originally Posted By: twosleepy
Is this the new bird thread? Yay! I love owls, but rarely get a chance to see them. There is a bird rescue organization in the park by my house (Wild Wings), and it's open every day 10-2. They have a barred owl who is adorable! Here are the residents, including a bobcat: Residents. For a smile, check out Barf, the turkey vulture!



I am with you: I love birds too, hope lots of pictures appear here, thanks for those who
have posted them so far.
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