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Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by BarbaraSATX on Friday. 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

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

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

Started by Steph S. Apr 29. 0 Replies

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

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 28. 1 Reply

The population of blue-footed…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2012 at 6:08am

Hi Joan - yes I was thinking of posting that article in a discussion, as I saw that one too. 

I will look into that question you asked me. I am sure there is research on it.

Thanks for the article about recycling butts into nests.

Hope everyone is doing good today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 9:20pm

Bird Louse Study Shows How Evolution Sometimes Repeats Itself

Study: Cigarette Butts Help Birds Fight Parasites

"smart birds: recycling butts into nests

YES, BIRDS USE the usual twigs, grasses, and feathers. But apparently they use cigarette butts, too—or so scientists at Scotland’s St. Andrews University have reported after studying house finch and house sparrow nests in Mexico City. Why the used butts, which averaged 10 per nest? Seems the cellulose is just right for insulation and comfort, and chemicals present in them including residual nicotine, a powerful insecticide, help keep things pest-free.  Whoever coined the expression “birdbrain” to mean not a big thinker had it all wrong. Smarty-birds. (Via the BBC.)"

smart birds: recycling butts into nests

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 9:12pm
Steph, while reading one of your comments, I ran across this piece telling of common lice species with common birds. I remember the article where birds pick cig.butts off the ground and use them for nest lining; the researchers suggested they were good de-lousers.
I wonder if one could put tobacco, burned or raw, into nest building material for the birds to use when making their nests. What are your thoughts on this?
Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 3:59pm

Beautiful hummingbird Patricia. So colorful.

Comment by booklover on December 16, 2012 at 3:56pm

I agree with Joan!  Thanks Patricia and Steph!  So nice to look at these beautiful birds. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 3:32pm

These bird photos astound me! Such diversity! Thanks Patricia and  Steph.

Comment by Patricia on December 16, 2012 at 1:58pm

Such colorful beauty!!!!

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:43am

Barred Owl

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Thank you Booklover - glad you like the picture.

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Ovenbird

 

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