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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 BarbaraSATX 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 Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 12:34pm

Oh yes! I have a trumpet vine and it has never bloomed ... I may have given it too much nitrogen fertilizer. Yes, I use composted steer there. 

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. 

 

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