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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 Tony Carroll on September 6, 2012 at 12:21pm

Thanks for the invite, Steph. Love the Jay. A common Blue Jay landed outside the kitchen window this morning on a bush. I stood real still and admired him for about 15 sec. before he took off. Great!

Joan, you mentioned the Bluebonnets. This is a picture my friend Kelly took, don't know where or when exactly but in East Texas. I'm with Steph. I like living here in Texas. But I grew up my entire life in the south, I'm kinda used to the heat. A taste of things to come, according to the christians. Hahahaha, lol. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 12:01pm

Good morning, Steph, I understand your enjoyment of Austin, beautiful countryside, lots of birds, and all kinds of wildlife, some friendly and others not so. I lived at Ft. Hood for two years and we did a lot of camping and I especially enjoyed Port Aransas and the wildlife refuge. I also lived at Ft. Sam and William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso. Texas was too hot for my preference, but then, I was born and spent most of my youth in the Spokane area. Very definite change of seasons with all the colors. We don't have the Bluebonnets of Texas fame and I wonder if we had a Lady Bird in our midst if we might have such roadside sights. 

Yes, I chose almost every plant in my garden to attract birds, butterflies and wildlife. The perimeter is planted in trees and shrubs to provide cover, the feeding station is fenced to protect feeding birds from cats and raccoons, I fill water dishes with fresh water daily, birdhouses surround the garden, but I prefer birds build their own nests so I don't have to clean them.  Hummers and sparrows seem most satisfied. CD bird songs seem to attract in others, but not in great numbers. 

Thanks for responding so quickly. By-the-way, your Trumpet vine is beautiful!

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 11:30am

I have Trumpet Flowers in my yard and they are great for attracting hummingbirds.

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 11:29am

Hey Joan - I'm from Central Texas and I don't wish to move from here.

Austin, TX is a great city and I love the Texas coast (and all the wonderful birds and wildlife and parks) and I have everything I want here. So I am satisfied.

Are you planting any food choices for the birds? I have many berries and I have tons of birds visit my yard. I also have Purple Martin houses and a bird bath and hummingbird plants.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 11:12am

Western Scrub JayWestern Scrub Jay is such a pretty bird. Are they as mischievous as the common jay? I am trying my best to attract in more species, even as I enjoy the few varieties that do come to my feeders and water. I invite suggestions. I use bird songs taken from the internet so, besides the ever present sparrows and starlings, I have hummers, a very few goldfinch, and chickadees.  Have not seen a bluebird since I was a child. 

Living in Washington, DC and central and western Texas, we had all kinds of species come for treats. I don't have any desire to move back to any of those places.  

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 10:44am

Tony welcome to the group!

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 10:19am

Western Scrub Jay

Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2012 at 11:50pm
Love the kitty Joan! Thank you! Sleep well tonight and pleasant dreams.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 3, 2012 at 11:46pm

Another day of great photos, jokes and comments. Good night everyone. 

Comment by Steph S. on September 3, 2012 at 10:27pm

 

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