reply to post by aaaiii
I would suspect that the answer lies in simply, birds are legion and mostly being vulnerable, they need to do their mating up in the trees and often
at distance ergo "vocals" have become far more important to them. Apes simply don't have the same survival imperatives and visual cues work just
fine within their world. Even amongst humans you will find strange anomalies, ie female mill workers from Britain. Because of the volume of the
ambient noise, from their work place, they developed their own unique way of speaking that was carried over into home life. Their speech involves a
strange habit of tailing off their sentences into silence where the words were merely mouthed. Other mill workers would have no problem deciphering
the sentences however, to an outsider you'd find yourself saying "pardon" after virtually every sentence.
Returning to the birds, scientists are claiming right now that, Crows are quite possibly as intelligent as we humans were some 200,000 years ago. The
truth is, they are the only animal we know of, that can actually fashion a tool, not just use something already made by nature or man rather create a
tool from bare materials. I don;t know how many people know of the member of the crow family the Rook, they are the most social of the corvines living
it really quite large and at times noisy colonies. Many claim that should a member of the colony infringe socially acceptable bounds the other Rooks
will seem to hold "court" and after much vocalising the offender will often be forced out. My own garden has Crows and magpies living in it and
around it, it is so damned funny to see a Crow hopping sideways down a low branch on the Ash tree squawking at the Magpie and you can tell that the
Crow is telling the Maggie....
"Look buster, the Ash is ours, now stay out or else you really don't want me to have to hop all the way to the end of this branch cos that means me
opening a whole can of whoopass on your hide". Given the size of the Crow, so far the Magpies have backed down every time however, the territorial
dispute has been ongoing throughout this summer.
Here's a theory for you, something that struck whilst doing some ahem, "pioneering of the west in head". I'm sitting outside on a dark night when
our then cat strolls across the lawn and parks himself in front of me giving me the old. "Err it's dark, what are you doing out here hippy?" look .
Anyway, given I'd been out a while in the dark my eyes fully accustomed to the dark and suddenly I notice the following. When you look at a black
cat against a dark background cos how their fur meets the surroundings, suddenly they merge into the background as an identifiable shape and you seem
to be looking at two eyes staring out of another dimension, another world. The thought struck me.....
"Ahhh, is that possibly why black cats are traditionally seen as Witches' familiars?" Cos in the dark, when a human sees one, a black cat seemingly
has no edges and it's as if they have the ability to span the gap between the "fairy world" and ours? That is, we imbued the black cat with this
"other worldly" link that has become ingrained in our collective psyche. Interesting to note that, here in the old world of Britain, a black cat
crossing your path is considered good luck, isn't it the opposite in the USA? Those pilgrim fathers didn't just export their "faith" they also
exported their prejudices against anything connected to the "old ways"?
I suspect, the cultural reaction to anything "weird, including UFOs is slightly different over here in the old world to that of the new world. That
might be one reason why we here in the old world simply don't go for the "UFOs are demons thing". in any big way. As the reporter says to the
shrink in the classic film "Night/Curse of the Demon"
Please go easy on our ghosts professor, we British are sort of attached to them".