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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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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 0 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

What songbirds tell us about how we learn

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 11. 1 Reply

When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your…Continue

Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old history of remarkable change is far from complete

Started by Steph S. Apr 9. 0 Replies

The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree -- reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species -- tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study also helps…Continue

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 2 Replies

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

Massive seabird mortality reported in Atlantic

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 7. 1 Reply

March 2014: Following the severe storms of the last three months, more…Continue

A Bird Flies South, and It’s News

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 7. 2 Replies

DUXBURY, Mass. — The snowy owl seemed almost complacent, showing the…Continue

Disinfect bird feeders twice monthly

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 10. 5 Replies

Studying the evolution of virulence in bird disease, researchers discovered that virulence increases once a disease is established in an area. They suggest that evolution toward virulence is assisted by easy transmission around bird feeders.Bird…Continue

Tags: disfinfect bird feeders, avian disease virulence

Human Expansion Is Leaving Osprey of Canaries Cornered

Started by Steph S. Nov 29, 2013. 0 Replies

Nov. 21, 2013 — A team of scientists from the GOHNIC Association in the…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on October 16, 2012 at 6:51pm

I saw your question about bird seed. I get mine from Wild Birds Unlimited - do you have a store near you?

 

http://clayton.wbu.com/content/show/9353

Comment by Steph S. on October 16, 2012 at 6:42pm

Wow Sentient - what beautiful pictures! Trying to play catch up.

They do look like House Finches - let me look at my Sibley Bird guide to make sure of the species.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2012 at 6:10pm

Sentient, these are so beautiful! And in your own back yard. Jeez, I am full of envy! I love my sparrows and chickadees and crows and an occasional woodpecker. But these are just stellar! Just look at those pretty colors and shapes. Very nice. 

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.

 

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