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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 Wednesday

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Concentrated Solar Ravages Birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 2 Replies

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-airI'm a solar power enthusiast, but this turns my stomach. We need a different approach.IVANPAH…Continue

Tags: mortality, bird, , concentrated, solar, arrays"

Climate Change and blood-sucking eye worms

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 16. 1 Reply

Climate Change raises the frequency of heavy rainfall events. If the sudden crash of quail in Texas in 2010 is a symptom of how deluges impact wild birds, we are in trouble.…Continue

Tags: quail, blood-sucking eye worms

Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by BarbaraSATX Jul 25. 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

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

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Comment by Steph S. on August 9, 2012 at 10:03pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2012 at 2:03am

Steph, that would be great. Is there anything one can do to protect other birds, other than make holes smaller in birdhouses? I have tried to not attract birds to birdhouses, even though I collect them for their whimsey, and I have a lot of shrubs and trees where they nest. I hate it when I see an egg laying on the ground under the Spruce, never even having a chance to hatch. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 11:40pm
Joan the Brown-headed Cowbird and Starlings will lay eggs in other nests. There are other parasitic birds as well. I will make a discussion on it. I enjoyed the topic in my Ornithology classes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 11:08pm

Lillie, do I understand correctly that they lay eggs in other birds' nests? 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 8:28pm
Yes I see them with livestock a lot here.
Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 8:28pm
Yeah I know - I still think they are a beautiful bird though.
Comment by Lillie on July 30, 2012 at 8:16pm

Starlings are not native to the Americas and are considered to be invasive competing with native birds for food and nesting sites.  They were introduced to New York in 1890-91 as part of an effort to have all birds mentioned in Shakespeare's Plays in the US.  By the 1940's they had spread to all US states and into Canada and Mexico.  It is thought there are now over one million birds in the US alone.  They tend to feed with livestock and have been known to spread diseases between animals.   The English Sparrow has a similar history.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2012 at 10:54am

La vie des oiseaux_Le Chardonneret

I don't use this audio in the garden, but it provides helpful information. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 29, 2012 at 10:47am

Thanks so much Joan for the audio.

European Starling

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2012 at 9:44am

Chardonneret : la Compilation la plus longue et compléte des meille...

This audio brings in goldfinch every time I play it in my garden. 

 

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