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2009-05-18 07:10:00

After years of decline, bald eagles are springing forth with an aggressive appetite for great cormorant chicks.It's a phenomenon that threatens to wipe out the U.S. population.Some believe the eagles are finding less fish to eat and instead flying to Maine's remote rocky islands where they've been raiding the only known nesting colonies of great cormorants.In fact, the eagles are causing the numbers of the shiny black birds to fall from more than 250 pairs to 80 pairs since 1992."They're like...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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