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Bird nests from my yard

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Petey the Puffin tells the future

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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

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Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

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Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

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'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds

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Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are…Continue

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

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Studies have shown for some time now that endocrine disrupting substances from…Continue

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 5:06pm

Angel Wing or Slipped Wing

I have not heard of this condition. Interesting deformity, and terrible for wild birds who do not have protection. Do you plan to keep them as a permanent resident, or are there places, such as families or parks who want non-flying geese? 

My neighbor across the street has a duck, she makes diapers for her, and lets her in the house. She loves my back yard because I have so many things she likes to eat ... especially likes to sit on the Wooly Thyme. I keep a tin bushel basket with fresh water for her and she likes to climbs in. Her name is "Fritz" ... don't ask me why!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 4:57pm

Dominic, I understand about bread. Is there any seed not good for wildlife? Have you seen any research on GMO seeds in bird feeds? I haven't paid any attention, and I assume GMO is as bad for raising seeds as for raising corn for seeds. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 3:55pm

I agree Mindy.  That blue is an excellent color.  I like it in flowers also.

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 12:12am

Wow - Booklover and Ruth - those are great -thanks.

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 13, 2013 at 5:53pm

I have three rescued Canadian Geese with angel wing.  It prevents them from flying.  Yes, bread is the worst thing to feed wildlife.  There are quality feeds and grain mixes which would be fine, but bread is a waste of time and nutrition.

Comment by Patricia on May 13, 2013 at 5:17pm

Beautiful shade of blue isn't it? A favorite of mine!

Comment by booklover on May 13, 2013 at 5:00pm

Indigo Bunting.  I just love this color found in nature!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2013 at 11:44pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:43pm

That would make a good discussion topic Dominic.

Parakeet versus Budgie. I actually hear them referred to as Parakeet here. I do also see the term Budgie.

Here's a good link on the topic.

http://www.talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=2618

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 7, 2013 at 6:43pm

Actually budgerigar or budgie is correct.  In the US, we do call them parakeets, but parakeets belong to a whole family of hook bill birds. The larger English Budgie, is the same bird but bred to be a half size bigger.  We do call those budgies.  It is a little confusing, but we should really call them budgies.

 

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