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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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These birds provide their own drum beat

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 1 Reply

Listen closely to a Java sparrow sing: Interspersed among the notes…Continue

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

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Comment by Tony Carroll on December 7, 2012 at 12:23pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 1:07pm

Spud, that is interesting; I hadn't thought about bugs and spiders. Maybe there is something to it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 11:09am

and also spot bugs and spiders easier.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 11:08am

Joan, that's interesting that the birds didn't take the blue threads.  Maybe they're like me and like white so they can tell when things are getting dirty :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 11:16pm

I'm glad birds find butts beneficial, so if they use them for nesting material is there some other product that helps keep lice down and nests warm? Would dried nicotiana leaves work?  

My old lawn furniture fabric started to split and birds came and harvested not only threads from the fabric but also stuffing. We found bird nests all over the place, including in my dryer vent, where birds had white threads and white stuffing in tidy little nests. They didn't take the blue threads. The nests were really quite pretty and I kept some of the material to hang under a branch of the Colorado Blue Spruce that they could continue to harvest. It is all gone now. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 5, 2012 at 7:28pm

Thanks for the link to the article about Urban birds Idaho.

Thanks for the link to the video Patricia about the crow feeding pets.

Wonderful stuff!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2012 at 1:16pm

Urban birds have learned to use cigarette butts to deter parasites and warm nests:  http://news.discovery.com/animals/birds-are-building-nests-out-of-c...

Comment by Steph S. on December 3, 2012 at 9:31pm

Oh WOW Patricia!!! What a beautiful albino hummingbird.

I have never seen one!

So happy you posted this for us.

Thanks!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2012 at 7:13pm

Patricia, I really enjoy your photos of the albino hummingbird. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2012 at 4:36pm

That's a beautiful albino hummingbird Patricia.

 

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