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Location: Austin, TX
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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday. 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 March 19, 2013 at 11:33am

Scripps's Murrelet

Comment by booklover on March 19, 2013 at 9:55am

Thanks for the information Dominic!  I love to learn, and I did not know some of that!~ Melinda

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 5:38pm

Dominic thanks very much for clarifying the taxonomy on chickens. Yes, you are correct that many people that aren't in biology or raising chickens do not know the difference in the species. And thanks so much for the links too. : )

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 18, 2013 at 4:45pm

To clarify, all roosters are chickens, but not all chickens are roosters. Commonly, we think of roosters as males and chickens as females, and I use those terms as well.  But, in reality roosters are males, hens are females, and they are all chickens. Just like people do not realize that there are peahens and peacocks, which are peafowl, or that their are guinea hens and guinea roosters, which are all guinea fowl.  Just as many of us keep dogs, but the dog is the male and the bitch is the female.  So the chicken store and the chicken catchers were equal opportunity providers, the store being the preferred entity.

I'm glad to hear that they are protected.  Those of us who live in the country, do not hear our roosters anymore.  It is background noise.  It is much more pleasant than a constant barking dog or a leaf blower.  I consider it the song of the rooster and I also love the peacock call.

Peacock calls

Rooster crow off

Comment by booklover on March 18, 2013 at 4:11pm

I was just there in Key West last week Dominic, and we were told by a tour-guide that the roosters were protected by law.  She didn't mention the chickens.  I hope that that is correct, and that they are all protected, but I just took her at her word.  She drove one of the trams.  Steph, we were getting coffee to go (in the dark) on the day we left,and we heard a rooster, and we were like "we know! we know! we're up already!" lol ~ Melinda

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:51am

What a wonderful story booklover. Sounds like a wonderful sight to see.

I bet no one needs an alarm clock. : )

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 18, 2013 at 10:16am

I'm a huge poultry lover and half of mine are rescues.  I thought that they were treated as a nuisance and that chicken catchers were sent out to catch them on a regular basis.  I read that many would be tame, walk around people, accept food, but would take off when they saw the chicken catcher.  I met an artist from the Keys who volunteered time in the Chicken Store (which no longer exists) which sold items to help the poultry.  If they are now protected by law, I'm happy to hear it.

Comment by booklover on March 18, 2013 at 8:07am

Yep!  The roosters just strut all over town.  We had to stop our car in the middle of the road while a chicken and her chicks crossed!  SO CUTE!  The roosters are protected by law, and their colors are gorgeous!  You can hear them crowing all over!

Also, pigeons just swoop into the outdoor, and semi-outdoor restaurants!  They just walk around eating what people drop.  A seagull swooped down and stole a french-fry from my niece as she sat on a lounge-chair by the pool, lol.

Comment by Steph S. on March 17, 2013 at 9:28pm

Ruth, Tony and Booklover - those are wonderful pictures. They stopped the motion. Very nice.

So the Roosters just walk around town?

Comment by booklover on March 16, 2013 at 7:14pm

Cool photo Tony!Here is one of the many roosters that roam all over Key West. They are so pretty!  I've been home 2 days, and I want to go back already!!!

 

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