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Birding, Birders and all things Birds

This group is for birding, birders and bird enthusiasts. One can be a pet owner, researcher, Ornithologist, birder that is advanced or novice. Anyone interested in birds!

Location: Austin, TX
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Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by BarbaraSATX on Friday. 1 Reply

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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 2. 2 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 25. 6 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

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Hypersonic drones, flying armored cars, space planes — these are the kinds…Continue

'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds

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Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are…Continue

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

Started by Steph S. Apr 29. 0 Replies

Studies have shown for some time now that endocrine disrupting substances from…Continue

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 28. 1 Reply

The population of blue-footed…Continue

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Comment by Sentient Biped on October 16, 2012 at 6:00pm

Outside my window.  I'm no expert.  From the web these look like housefinches.  They love the nyger seed feeder.

This pic is via a little point and shoot camera, through a window that's not all that clean.  I have a hanging plant in the window so they don't fly into the glass.

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 15, 2012 at 9:40am

Any thoughts on feeding birds for the winter?  I've been using commercial seed mix.  Then I read, some of the mixes have junk seed like red millet, but white millet is OK.  I also buy black sunflower seed and thistle.  

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Maybe next year I'll grow the sunflowers, but for the time being have to buy them. 

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I've been buying suet cakes.  It would be nice to make my own but as a vegetarian I don't want to buy animal fat.  Not imposing on the birds, just not wanting animal fat in my pots and pans and kitchen.  Some articles say Crisco is a substitute, but others say Crisco isn't "natural".  I don't buy the "natural" argument - how many birds in "nature" are eating cows and pigs?  But, I don't want to do harm. 

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Anyway, I'm thinking about getting some vegetable shortening.  If I can find coconut oil I might go for that, assuming not too expensive. Any info on whether I'm helping vs. harming the birds, using those products?

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Getting a lot of the following birds at the feeder.  Pics from wikipedia commons, my camera is too cheap to get good shots.

 

Stellar Jay

Chicadee

house finch

And multiple others I haven't identified yet.

Comment by Steph S. on October 15, 2012 at 6:26am

I had an idea and made some other groups (Dr. Seuss) fits in the Animation group I made ( I know there are some Dr. Seuss fans here)

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/animation-fans

and then

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/muppets-and-jim-henson-fans

I just had to do a Muppets group

And I had to do a Tim Burton group
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/tim-burton-fans

So hope you might want to join

Comment by Steph S. on October 12, 2012 at 3:56pm
Love that funny Raven cartoon booklover! The Raven by Poe is one of my favorites. I just love Edgar Allan Poe! Thank you!
Comment by booklover on October 12, 2012 at 3:27pm

Silly, but funny...

Comment by Steph S. on October 10, 2012 at 12:13pm
Thank you Sentient and Joan for your wonderful links! I can't wait to check them out.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 11:15am

Birds of Paradise Evolved

Collection of bird photos evolved in New Guinea. Their stunning colors and forms delight the viewer.

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 9, 2012 at 10:31am

10000birds.com  Birder's Oktoberfest.  This site has beautiful pic of birds.  I put them on my RSS feeder.  Gives me something to look forward to.

birdingblogs.com has some great pics too.  Also on my RSS now.  Not as frequent postings as 10,000 birds.

birdzilla.com  more pics

Mainly wanted to post the birding oktoberfest.  My camera is not so good, doesn't take great bird pics.  The feeders have lots of birds, big and small.  I have suet cakes (need to make a recipe for those so I don't keep buying them), sunflower seeds, chikadee/finch mix, and a thistle feeder.  I hope that helps them survive the winter and attract beneficial birds to the yard.

Comment by booklover on October 6, 2012 at 9:00am

The Secretary Bird is Gorgeous!

Comment by Steph S. on October 5, 2012 at 11:37pm
It's a new type of bird! A giraffe that flies!
Yeah - hehe - must have been tired when I posted that - it's funny! At least I'm laughing!
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