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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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Bird flu found at 4 more Iowa farms with 2M chickens

Started by Steph S. Apr 27. 0 Replies

Some sad news today about the bird flu virus.State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more northwest Iowa poultry farms with more than 2 million chickens.The Iowa Department of Agriculture announced Monday there were probable…Continue

Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

Started by Steph S. Apr 13. 0 Replies

A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers.U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a…Continue

Gulf Oil Spill still affects US birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 31. 0 Replies

Nearly five years after the Gulf Oil Spill, BP is still denying it's impact on wildlife. A National Wildlife Federation report cites 20 species still significantly affected. Migrating birds spread the toxins.The National Wildlife Federation’s report…Continue

Tags: BP oil spill

Why are snowy owls moving so far from their Arctic home? And where can I spot one?

Started by Steph S. Jan 4. 0 Replies

A snowy owl surveys photographer Conrad Kuiper from atop…Continue

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 26, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 1 Reply

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Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 8:31pm

Thank you for the Northern Yellow Bat pictures - appreciate it Dominic.

Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 8:30pm

Black Hawk

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 11, 2013 at 8:25pm

Please forgive my there for their.  It was a Northern Yellow Bat.

Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 8:22pm

Great Blue Heron

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 11, 2013 at 8:19pm

All my birds are individuals, just like any other creature.  With some animals, there behaviors and personalities are too subtle for us to notice or interpret, unless we have taken the time to understand them.  In the 6 yrs that I have lived at my current and last house, I have had three bats get into my house on separate occasions. The last time it happened, I took pictures before releasing it.  I have been warned to be very careful, in case of rabies, which of course i am. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 8:19pm

Barry thanks so much for the Yellow-crowned Night Heron pictures!

Comment by Barry Miller on March 11, 2013 at 8:09pm

Well I accidently split the text in a funny place. The yard man was not beating on her. lol

Comment by Barry Miller on March 11, 2013 at 8:02pm

My 84 year old mother had a nest of these in her front yard. The man cutting her yard ran up and started beating on her door. When she answered the door, he frantically began telling her that eagles were chasing him in her front yard.Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Comment by Steph S. on March 11, 2013 at 4:49pm

Love those aviary pictures Dominic - beautiful stunning birds that you have. They are very unique looking birds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2013 at 2:57pm

I am just amazed at all the diversity and beauty shown in these photos. 

Dominic, your Jcobian Pigeons look regal. Do they have different personalities?

Tony, again you bring us stunning photos; The peacocks are so pretty, even as they are grey. Designs and fractal patterns exist, even with few colors; lovely grays and blues.  I wonder if Zebra Finch occurs in nature or if they are bred? 

Much as I love bats in my garden, I really don't like their looks; this one is particularly un-beautiful ... in a way. 

Swinhoes Pheasant offer pretty patterns of design and color. I wonder how that came to be? 

The Flying Duck orchid ... now that is a treasure. Do you know where it originated? 

I watched Puffins in Ireland and that is exactly how they look when they fly from the Atlantic Ocean to their perches on steep rock cliffs of Skelig Michael. Here is a video I Googled:

A Journey to Skellig Michael During Puffin Season

I had no camera in those days, however, this tells of a magical journey to an island I visited while tracking down ancient circles of the goddesses. Puffin have no fear of people, and i could sit among a group and watch, close up. 

When Christianity arrived in Ireland, the old Celtic practitioners were put to death, their sites destroyed, and many present sites are transformed into Roman Catholic sites. 

 

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