I was walking on the bike trail and this fucko tried for the SECOND TIME to lure me into his vehicle. The last time was a few months ago. This guy preys on girls on this bike trail, idling in this barren parking lot until someone walks by. Then he rolls up to you, rolls down his window, and said something I couldn’t hear but it was “something something baby”. 

I ran away last time and he sped off. This time, I kept walking until I was behind this fence, and he drove back to his parking space. I stopped behind the fence and stared at him, then he rolled up to me again and said something else I couldn’t hear. As soon as I raised my phone to take a photo, he cranked up his window and sped out of the lot really fast.

I might have fucked up, because now he might find a new spot. I’m going to arm myself to the teeth and keep walking this path, until I can get a picture of his license plate number. He was a latino or middle eastern guy with a short black beard and a black hat, maybe in his 30’s or 40’s. It was hard to see from a distance.

If you live in or near Olympia, WA watch out for this vehicle.

Crows feed cuckoo chicks, get stinky defense against predators

Cuckoos aren’t so much parasites as running a protection racket.

By Rose Thorogood on Ars Technica

If you come across a young cuckoo in a bird’s nest this summer, you’ll be witness to one of the most bizarre sights in nature. Cuckoo chicks are interlopers in the nests of other species, and they can be seen being frantically fed by their unwitting foster parents even though they’re often many times larger than their hosts.

It makes you wonder: why on earth does this bird expend so much energy raising such clearly unrelated offspring? Or, more accurately, why haven’t all the species victimized by the cuckoo evolved some form of defense against this nest parasitism? The clue comes from thinking about this puzzle in terms of costs and benefits.

Raising a cuckoo chick often comes at an obvious cost. Common cuckoo chicks, for example, famously remove any host eggs or young from the nest within days of hatching. Chicks of some other cuckoo species will grow up alongside their host’s own offspring, yet they still remove competition. Magpie chicks often die of starvation when sharing a nest with great spotted cuckoo chicks, because the cuckoos beg to be fed more intensely. […]

By looking at the relationship between these species differently, the study, led by Daniela Canestrari, reveals that crows do not defend themselves because they actually benefit from having a cuckoo in the nest. Combining data collected over 16 years with careful field experiments, the study shows that nests containing cuckoos produce more crow chicks than those without. Better yet, the authors show how this entirely counter-intuitive end point comes about.

When disturbed, great spotted cuckoo chicks emit copious amounts of a sticky, smelly substance. The authors tested the novel hypothesis that this stinky substance deters predators from the nest. If cats and hawks were given tasty pieces of chicken meat that were smeared with the cuckoo’s excretion, these typical nest predators were repelled. This indicates that the cuckoo’s excretion is a very powerful defense mechanism, likely to save both cuckoo and crow chicks alike if a predator comes calling.

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