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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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Go fish! Ancient birds evolved specialist diving adaptations

Started by Steph S. May 26. 0 Replies

Date:May 22, 2015Source:Taylor & FrancisSummary:A new study of…Continue

These birds provide their own drum beat

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 23. 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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 5:39pm

Dallas, I am not aware of using "shall" correctly or incorrectly. Please help me understand. 

Sentient, I looked up the Bird Count for Spokane County and couldn't find the names of the ones I could remember seeing. A nice new hobby. 

Steph, you have great influence and offer a lovely spirit that refreshes, through your birds, and cats pictures. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2012 at 5:25pm

Joan, I think a lot are there.  I don't know if there is a bird census - Steph probably knows.  

I'm sure we've had a big impact on their numbers and types.  Insecticides, habitat destruction, suburbs with broad lawns and loss of meadows marshes and woods....  I would expect to see them gone.

I like to think feeding them supports their numbers.  That too, should require evidence.  There are lots and lots handing around my feeders.  Jays, chickadees, finches, sparrows, doves, and some I don't know how to identify.

There could be a couple of parakeets in the area, since mine escaped.  My guess is they won't survive.

I've had a few herons in the yard due to a koi pond.  Also, the geese migrate past here twice yearly.  And hummingbirds in the yard.

There are hawks overhead at the Battleground place.  So there must be prey.  I hope it's mice and voles and deer they are eating.  Just kidding about the deer.

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

Dallad and Sentient, these bird photos just blow me away. Can those colors be real? 

What have we done to our birds? I used to see blue birds as a child and never as an adult. I used to have several finches, titmouse, and a couple of others I can't remember now. Thirty+ years ago I sat in my back yard and watched quite a large variety in my lilac bushes. I hadn't even noticed they are no longer coming. 

Next summer I shall keep a bird journal. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2012 at 4:36pm

European Jays are Midwives of the Forest Trees.

I thought squirrels were responsible.  In fact, that's the one forgiveness I have for squirrels.  

Every autumn the average jay plants 5,000 acorns to retrieve as food in the winter.

One blue jay was recorded to plant 100,000 beech nuts in one month.

And only retrieves 1/4 of the planted seeds.   So apparently the Jays plant a lot of tree seeds.  So I don't mind the Jays in my bird feeder.  It's a "thank you."

I don't know if the local jays plant tree seeds.

Most of the Jays here are Stellers Jays.  Blue with black head and black crest.  I also see Western Scrub Jays.   Both love black oil sunflower seeds and suet cakes.  I've also made suet cakes using 1/2 peanut butter and 1/2 crisco mixed with bird seed mix. They like that, too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2012 at 11:15am

Amazing colors on that Pigeon.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:26am

But I enjoy spending my time with you all.

You're the best!

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:26am

Yes, Dallas the Internet is addicting - I admit.

It is time consuming.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:25am

Wow - what lovely photos. I will also add them to my collection.

Thank all of you! Sure do appreciate it.

The Red-Legged Honeycreeper is so stunning. Dallas all those colorful bird photos are so wonderful. Bird of Paradise - really colorful.

Tony the Pink-necked Green Pigeon is so colorful.

Wow so impressed.

Thanks again.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2012 at 10:16am

Mea culpa, my friend. :)

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2012 at 10:10am

Dallas they are all beautiful, but that purple bird is stunning! Absoloutely blew me away! Thanks for the post. By the way, I'm taking them for my collection.

 

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