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My Top 5 Under-Appreciated Shortcut Keys in Final Cut Pro X

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Wild Chickens in Mountain View

I noticed these rough-looking fowl hanging around the Stevens Creek trail entrance in Mountain View today. They must have escaped from someone's backyard nearby.


I wonder how old they are? 
How long have they been fending for themselves?
Will they start a family? 
How long will they be around? 
For now, they're avoiding me, the most immediate threat (in their eyes). 
Cluck-cluck. 
update: @loganbaurinformed me that it's a male and a female, and though it's late in the season to be nesting, it's still possible. Thanks Logan!