Birding, Birders and all things Birds


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!

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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


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

Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

Started by Steph S. May 21. 0 Replies

Hypersonic drones, flying armored cars, space planes — these are the kinds…Continue

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

Started by Steph S. May 8. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Barry Miller on March 20, 2013 at 7:39pm

I took these two shots of Bald Eagles in Beaumont Texas today. Near a city park called Tyrrell Park. I was about 160 yards away with a 300mm lens. I hope to get back out there and find a better vantage point with out bothering them.


Comment by Steph S. on March 19, 2013 at 11:33am

Scripps's Murrelet

Comment by booklover on March 19, 2013 at 9:55am

Thanks for the information Dominic!  I love to learn, and I did not know some of that!~ Melinda

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 5:38pm

Dominic thanks very much for clarifying the taxonomy on chickens. Yes, you are correct that many people that aren't in biology or raising chickens do not know the difference in the species. And thanks so much for the links too. : )

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 18, 2013 at 4:45pm

To clarify, all roosters are chickens, but not all chickens are roosters. Commonly, we think of roosters as males and chickens as females, and I use those terms as well.  But, in reality roosters are males, hens are females, and they are all chickens. Just like people do not realize that there are peahens and peacocks, which are peafowl, or that their are guinea hens and guinea roosters, which are all guinea fowl.  Just as many of us keep dogs, but the dog is the male and the bitch is the female.  So the chicken store and the chicken catchers were equal opportunity providers, the store being the preferred entity.

I'm glad to hear that they are protected.  Those of us who live in the country, do not hear our roosters anymore.  It is background noise.  It is much more pleasant than a constant barking dog or a leaf blower.  I consider it the song of the rooster and I also love the peacock call.

Peacock calls

Rooster crow off

Comment by booklover on March 18, 2013 at 4:11pm

I was just there in Key West last week Dominic, and we were told by a tour-guide that the roosters were protected by law.  She didn't mention the chickens.  I hope that that is correct, and that they are all protected, but I just took her at her word.  She drove one of the trams.  Steph, we were getting coffee to go (in the dark) on the day we left,and we heard a rooster, and we were like "we know! we know! we're up already!" lol ~ Melinda

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2013 at 10:51am

What a wonderful story booklover. Sounds like a wonderful sight to see.

I bet no one needs an alarm clock. : )

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 18, 2013 at 10:16am

I'm a huge poultry lover and half of mine are rescues.  I thought that they were treated as a nuisance and that chicken catchers were sent out to catch them on a regular basis.  I read that many would be tame, walk around people, accept food, but would take off when they saw the chicken catcher.  I met an artist from the Keys who volunteered time in the Chicken Store (which no longer exists) which sold items to help the poultry.  If they are now protected by law, I'm happy to hear it.

Comment by booklover on March 18, 2013 at 8:07am

Yep!  The roosters just strut all over town.  We had to stop our car in the middle of the road while a chicken and her chicks crossed!  SO CUTE!  The roosters are protected by law, and their colors are gorgeous!  You can hear them crowing all over!

Also, pigeons just swoop into the outdoor, and semi-outdoor restaurants!  They just walk around eating what people drop.  A seagull swooped down and stole a french-fry from my niece as she sat on a lounge-chair by the pool, lol.

Comment by Steph S. on March 17, 2013 at 9:28pm

Ruth, Tony and Booklover - those are wonderful pictures. They stopped the motion. Very nice.

So the Roosters just walk around town?


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