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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 Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:47pm

I suspect they're called budgies in most of the UK and UK affiliated countries.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:22pm

By the way, when I looked for budgie on Wiki, I found-out they are budgerigars.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:20pm

Dominic, when I first saw your picture of a half-sider budgie, I thought "budgie", then wondered why I thought that instead of parakeet, which is what they are usually called in the US.

I seem to remember first being aware of budgies while spending 2 years in Scotland.  I saw them everywhere.  I don't see them much in the US.  If I remember right, the Scottish call them budgies, while people in the US call them parakeets.

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:52am

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:52am

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:51am

Scissor-Tail Flycatcher

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:50am

Dominic that is a beautiful parakeet.

Thank you all for the posts. I love coming here to see the lovely birds.

Makes my day.

Comment by Tony Carroll on May 6, 2013 at 10:46pm

Yes, that was it! Thanks Steph. Was beautiful to see in person.

Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2013 at 10:37pm

Killdeer

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 5, 2013 at 7:36pm

The half-sider is actually not a true variety. The trait is not genetically inherited. Rather, it is a congenital condition. Visually, this budgie is split vertically, with the appearance and color of two distinct varieties appearing in splotches or sections divided by the vertical center line. I believe that this is a condition called tetragametic chimerism in which fraternal twin zygotes fuse at a very early stage in the womb, forming one individual with the tissues and DNA of both twins. 

 

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