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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
Members: 35
Latest Activity: on Friday

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Neonicotinoids kill songbirds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Friday. 1 Reply

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular PesticidesResearch from the Netherlands…Continue

Tags: bird mortality, neonicotinoids

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

Started by Steph S. May 21. 0 Replies

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

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

Started by Steph S. May 8. 0 Replies

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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2012 at 3:24am

An amazing bird, Tony! Where in the world is it from? 

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 7, 2012 at 12:23pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 1:07pm

Spud, that is interesting; I hadn't thought about bugs and spiders. Maybe there is something to it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 11:09am

and also spot bugs and spiders easier.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 11:08am

Joan, that's interesting that the birds didn't take the blue threads.  Maybe they're like me and like white so they can tell when things are getting dirty :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 11:16pm

I'm glad birds find butts beneficial, so if they use them for nesting material is there some other product that helps keep lice down and nests warm? Would dried nicotiana leaves work?  

My old lawn furniture fabric started to split and birds came and harvested not only threads from the fabric but also stuffing. We found bird nests all over the place, including in my dryer vent, where birds had white threads and white stuffing in tidy little nests. They didn't take the blue threads. The nests were really quite pretty and I kept some of the material to hang under a branch of the Colorado Blue Spruce that they could continue to harvest. It is all gone now. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 7:28pm

Thanks for the link to the article about Urban birds Idaho.

Thanks for the link to the video Patricia about the crow feeding pets.

Wonderful stuff!

Comment by A Former Member on December 5, 2012 at 6:59pm

That's cute. 

Comment by Patricia on December 5, 2012 at 4:37pm
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2012 at 1:16pm

Urban birds have learned to use cigarette butts to deter parasites and warm nests:  http://news.discovery.com/animals/birds-are-building-nests-out-of-c...

 

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