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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: 3 hours ago

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Neonicotinoids kill songbirds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 3 hours ago. 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 A Former Member on November 11, 2012 at 5:19pm

Joan, I love the fact that you used "shall" correctly in a sentence. : ) 

And it's the same thing with insects. When I was a child I remember chasing grasshoppers and trying to catch fire flies in a jar. Now you almost never seen insects any more, except cockroaches and spiders and bees. Seldom do I see pill bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, fireflies, German beetles, stink bugs, or tree hoppers. 

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

Dallad and Sentient, these bird photos just blow me away. Can those colors be real? 

What have we done to our birds? I used to see blue birds as a child and never as an adult. I used to have several finches, titmouse, and a couple of others I can't remember now. Thirty+ years ago I sat in my back yard and watched quite a large variety in my lilac bushes. I hadn't even noticed they are no longer coming. 

Next summer I shall keep a bird journal. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 11, 2012 at 4:36pm

European Jays are Midwives of the Forest Trees.

I thought squirrels were responsible.  In fact, that's the one forgiveness I have for squirrels.  

Every autumn the average jay plants 5,000 acorns to retrieve as food in the winter.

One blue jay was recorded to plant 100,000 beech nuts in one month.

And only retrieves 1/4 of the planted seeds.   So apparently the Jays plant a lot of tree seeds.  So I don't mind the Jays in my bird feeder.  It's a "thank you."

I don't know if the local jays plant tree seeds.

Most of the Jays here are Stellers Jays.  Blue with black head and black crest.  I also see Western Scrub Jays.   Both love black oil sunflower seeds and suet cakes.  I've also made suet cakes using 1/2 peanut butter and 1/2 crisco mixed with bird seed mix. They like that, too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2012 at 11:15am

Amazing colors on that Pigeon.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:26am

But I enjoy spending my time with you all.

You're the best!

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:26am

Yes, Dallas the Internet is addicting - I admit.

It is time consuming.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:25am

Wow - what lovely photos. I will also add them to my collection.

Thank all of you! Sure do appreciate it.

The Red-Legged Honeycreeper is so stunning. Dallas all those colorful bird photos are so wonderful. Bird of Paradise - really colorful.

Tony the Pink-necked Green Pigeon is so colorful.

Wow so impressed.

Thanks again.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2012 at 10:16am

Mea culpa, my friend. :)

Comment by A Former Member on November 11, 2012 at 10:12am

You're as bad as me. : ) 

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2012 at 10:10am

Dallas they are all beautiful, but that purple bird is stunning! Absoloutely blew me away! Thanks for the post. By the way, I'm taking them for my collection.

 

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