Birding, Birders and all things Birds

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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: 32
Latest Activity: Apr 11

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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

Add Your Voice to Protect the Red Knot from Extinction

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Liz E Nov 26, 2013. 1 Reply

The Red Knot has one of the most impressive migrations in the…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2012 at 7:45am

What a beautiful bird Tony!

Awesome.

Appreciate you posting your bird pictures.

I enjoy looking at them.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 7:38am

Gorgeous bird.

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2012 at 6:08am

Hi Joan - yes I was thinking of posting that article in a discussion, as I saw that one too. 

I will look into that question you asked me. I am sure there is research on it.

Thanks for the article about recycling butts into nests.

Hope everyone is doing good today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 9:20pm

Bird Louse Study Shows How Evolution Sometimes Repeats Itself

Study: Cigarette Butts Help Birds Fight Parasites

"smart birds: recycling butts into nests

YES, BIRDS USE the usual twigs, grasses, and feathers. But apparently they use cigarette butts, too—or so scientists at Scotland’s St. Andrews University have reported after studying house finch and house sparrow nests in Mexico City. Why the used butts, which averaged 10 per nest? Seems the cellulose is just right for insulation and comfort, and chemicals present in them including residual nicotine, a powerful insecticide, help keep things pest-free.  Whoever coined the expression “birdbrain” to mean not a big thinker had it all wrong. Smarty-birds. (Via the BBC.)"

smart birds: recycling butts into nests

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 9:12pm
Steph, while reading one of your comments, I ran across this piece telling of common lice species with common birds. I remember the article where birds pick cig.butts off the ground and use them for nest lining; the researchers suggested they were good de-lousers.
I wonder if one could put tobacco, burned or raw, into nest building material for the birds to use when making their nests. What are your thoughts on this?
Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 3:59pm

Beautiful hummingbird Patricia. So colorful.

Comment by booklover on December 16, 2012 at 3:56pm

I agree with Joan!  Thanks Patricia and Steph!  So nice to look at these beautiful birds. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 3:32pm

These bird photos astound me! Such diversity! Thanks Patricia and  Steph.

Comment by Patricia on December 16, 2012 at 1:58pm

Such colorful beauty!!!!

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:43am

Barred Owl

 

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