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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!

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Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 26. 1 Reply

Migrating shorebirds that travel to Australia from Siberia are under serious threat from development, which is destroying the vital feeding grounds they rely on during the epic journey.Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology…Continue

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S. Sep 26. 0 Replies

Migrating shorebirds that travel to Australia from Siberia are under serious threat from development, which is destroying the vital feeding grounds they rely on during the epic journey.Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology…Continue

Concentrated Solar Ravages Birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 25. 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 Barbara Livingston 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

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Comment by Steph S. on August 24, 2012 at 5:24pm

Hi ya Dave! Welcome to the group!

Comment by Steph S. on August 23, 2012 at 2:17pm
Thanks for the link! I appreciate it!
All of you have such wonderful stories to share.
Comment by Tammy S on August 23, 2012 at 2:06pm

Okay is that a Patagonian named Paulie you have there? That is too funny, I loved that movie and one of my oldest friends has a Patagonian named Pablo who is a HUGE mimic, he makes zipper sounds, sucking on straw sounds, water dropplets which drove her husband crazy after they first got the bird, thinking he had a leak or had left a faucet dripping. That crazy bird, I fell totally in love with him but man are they shrill when they want to be! I don't think he ever met a sound he didn't like!

 

Love all the babies! Thanks so much for sharing the link! I really enjoyed that.

Comment by Tammy S on August 23, 2012 at 7:26am

Raynebird you've found an ally here, I no longer breed for the same reasons I ran across so many other breeders when I worked in a local pet store that bred birds in the same nasty, horrible manner that the infamous puppy mills are run, unfortunately they don't seem to hold the same stature as dogs and cats for some reason and you can't get a focus on those breeders, I'm guessing it's because it's a little harder and overall more expensive to house exotic birds, so it would likely be a harder sale to get resuce homes for them. 

My Francine was abused by her former owner's unruly children and to this day despises children, she actually agresses upon any that come near her. I tried raising my child around her and having her near me when handling Francine but still she never accepted her and would bite and charge any time I put her down in the room until Shanell was in her 20's, now she's indifferent toward her, but she's never been interested in too many people other than my husband and I, of course I'm no trainer and I've probably managed to spoil her and make her even more anti-social, rather than rehabilitate her, it's more likely that she has us trained.

 

I should definitely learn some of the tactics though, I rescued and managed to place a cockatoo a while back but Ms. Francine learned some VERY naughty behaviors from that bird that I'm still trying to undo. Lesson learned, never rehome a parrot for someone in a domestically abusive relationship, poor bird was mad as a hatter.

 

I tried to look at the photobucket link you posted but it's not public.

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 8:50pm

Hi Lillie!

Yes, when I look through the binoculars the markings do look like jewels - so beautiful. Blue Jays are one of my favorite birds. Of course I have a long list of birds - I think I like all of them.

I would love to see more of your bird pictures Tammy.

I'll post more of mine too.

I just love looking at bird pictures.

Comment by Lillie on August 20, 2012 at 8:47pm

Steph, have you noticed the white marks on the Blue Jay's wings look like jewels when seen through binoculars?

Comment by Tammy S on August 20, 2012 at 8:09pm

Mom was so mad with us for so long for teaching her birds 'bad bad things'! LOL We need more birdy pics, I need to try to get my girls for ya, I have 3 ravens who hang out on the deck with me pretty regularly, a hawk drops by occasionally and I have the pesky little starlings always stealing my dog food! The ravens do too but they don't make deposits all over the deck so I don't mind them as much. We stained the deck blue this year to match the roof and they've decided they like a little 'white' polkadot pattern on it!

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 4:33pm

Tammy that was a really funny story you shared about your birds. Made me laugh.

Thanks!

Comment by Steph S. on August 20, 2012 at 12:44pm

Yes, my Mom has been taking care of birds since she was little.

She took care of chickens on the ranch when she was growing up. My Grandfather grew up on a ranch/farm.

He used to tell us stories of waking up at the crack of dawn to go and milk cows and do the chores.

I would love to see more picture of your lovely Francine Tammy.

Very beautiful bird.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful day.

Comment by Tammy S on August 20, 2012 at 8:07am

When Ms. Francine is not pissy because she's going through a molt, I will try to take some better pics. I still have to sneak up on her if she's out of the cage with that particular camera, something about it sets her off, it must be the whirring noise it makes because she wasn't like this with the old SLR...

 

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