Crunchy Starling

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    Babaganoush
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    I was cleaning up my files and found this little clip from the summer. 

     

    During the summer I usually take a quick hike after work to unwind for a bit.  I started to notice this skunk in the same field at the same time digging for grubs to eat. He probally wasn’t too successful  because he would be digging away when I came in and he would still be going at it on my way out.  

    So on this this day I grabbed the Daisy880 and popped a nice fresh snack for the little bugger. We where quite used to seeing each and he let me get within 5 yards before getting nervous. At that point I bopped him on the head with the starling and he bounced  back and looked at me like “What the hell dude?” 

    A moment later his nose took over and it was all bussiness as he cracked into starling. 

     

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    survivor45
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    Haha that’s too funny. 👍

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    Bob_O
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    I never knew a slunk would eat a dead bird. 

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    JimNM
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    Skunks are very trainable.  You may make a friend, if you are not careful… 

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    lbc_PSI
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    On your way to creating Pavlov's Skunk.

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    stoti
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    That's a cool video, really cool! I never knew they'd eat a dead bird either, crazy!

    My dad had a pet skunk when he was growing up. He found it abandoned in a log and took it home when it was a tiny newborn. It grew up with my dad and his family. My dad always told me it was like a mix between a dog and a cat. It laid around the house and acted like a cat but would follow him around and were trainable like a dog.  In all the years he owned and kept it in the house it never sprayed. After all the stories, I've always had a soft spot for skunks.

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    Aimright
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    stoti

    That's a cool video, really cool! I never knew they'd eat a dead bird either, crazy!

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    Never really thought about them munching on dead birds but it doesn’t surprise me, they were always the night clean up crew for fish heads and entrails after a successful day of fishing.  They really like dry kibble dog food too, one night I tried to shoo one away that was eating dog food out of the dogs dish at a hunting camp and it just stood on it rears and kind of growled at me.  I kept throwing rocks at him and he wouldn’t budge, so I conceded my defeat.

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    Vana2
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    I met a skunk at the shed when I was putting out the garbage one night. After a bit of quiet conversation all was calm and treats were accepted. She became tame enough to take food from my hand and liked being stroked and scratched behind the ears like a cat. Knew her for a couple of years then she disappeared, we have a lot of fishers and great horned owls around so I guess that something got her.

    I put a "buffet" of pests out on a stump and between the foxes, racoons, skunks and ravens they usually disappear pretty quick. We have a couple of large snapping turtles that are fond of birds and chipmunks as well. The funniest was a two-foot garter snake that tried (for half an hour) to eat a grackle and finally gave up in frustration.

    I keep the property pretty "wild" – lots of critters around here.

     

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