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!

Location: Austin, TX
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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 0 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

What songbirds tell us about how we learn

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 11. 1 Reply

When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your…Continue

Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old history of remarkable change is far from complete

Started by Steph S. Apr 9. 0 Replies

The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree -- reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species -- tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study also helps…Continue

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 2 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Massive seabird mortality reported in Atlantic

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 7. 1 Reply

March 2014: Following the severe storms of the last three months, more…Continue

A Bird Flies South, and It’s News

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 7. 2 Replies

DUXBURY, Mass. — The snowy owl seemed almost complacent, showing the…Continue

Disinfect bird feeders twice monthly

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 10. 5 Replies

Studying the evolution of virulence in bird disease, researchers discovered that virulence increases once a disease is established in an area. They suggest that evolution toward virulence is assisted by easy transmission around bird feeders.Bird…Continue

Tags: disfinfect bird feeders, avian disease virulence

Human Expansion Is Leaving Osprey of Canaries Cornered

Started by Steph S. Nov 29, 2013. 0 Replies

Nov. 21, 2013 — A team of scientists from the GOHNIC Association in the…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 12:47pm

It's also nice for going just as slow as I want while looking for something (like ducks in the river), without wobbling all over the place.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 12:42pm

Yes, booklover, I love my recumbent trike.  I haven't ridden a regular bike for about 12 years because they were hurting my hands and rear no matter how much padding I tried.  This recumbent feels almost like riding in an easy-chair.  No more pain :)

They also go just as fast as a regular bike or faster, because you sit down low and more or less reclining so there is less wind resistance.  Going uphill they are slower, but going down, faster.  They can also slide in the gravel without tipping over and you can stop and enjoy the view or whatever without getting off.  Just sitting in the comfortable seat.

Comment by booklover on November 30, 2012 at 8:07am

Spud, a recumbent trike, how cool!  I always think it looks fun when I see people riding them!

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 9:34pm

Hey Tony! Your welcome.

And thanks Sentient.

That's OK Spud - we will figure out what ducks they are.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 29, 2012 at 9:32pm

They are all great, but I love the Bufflehead! Such magnificent birds. Thanks fpr posting them, Steph.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 29, 2012 at 9:14pm

love the King Eider.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 6:34pm

I've been to that part of the river about 4 times before, always in the summer, and don't remember seeing a male Mallard or a white duck before.  Today, there were also female Mallards, but I don't know if those were what I've seen in the summer.  I seem to remember the summer ducks being non-colorful.  Sorry, I'm just starting to pay attention.

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 6:33pm

Would love to see a pic of the bird Spud. Then we will know the species for sure.


Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 6:28pm

Thanks Steph.  I found the Bufflehead photos earlier and thought for a minute that might be them, however, my memory tells me the ducks I saw had white heads.  Of course, my memory is not always accurate. That's why I plan on riding down there again in a couple of days with my camera (If the weather is not too miserable).

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 6:13pm

Black and White Ringed-billed Duck


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