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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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Gulf Oil Spill still affects US birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 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

Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Jul 25, 2014. 1 Reply

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Neonicotinoids kill songbirds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 11, 2014. 1 Reply

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular PesticidesResearch from the Netherlands…Continue

Tags: bird mortality, neonicotinoids

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2012 at 11:56pm

Steph, you are more than welcome; sorry I didn't think of it. 

Comment by Steph S. on October 21, 2012 at 11:38pm
I just love the Pileated Woodpecker Joan. Really happy when I spot them. I appreciate you posting your bird picture here - thank you!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2012 at 10:58pm


Morning Earth Healing Images 10.22.2012

morning.earth@earthlink.net

"The prescence of the pileated woodpecker

overwhelms all else in my eyes.
He is the alpha bird I see,
a young male, whose ululating cry
rings out without an open beak.
How intense his eye, how pupil wide.
How profound his drumming spear
that names his realm
and hollows out my yearning ear."
~ John Caddy

Comment by Steph S. on October 16, 2012 at 6:54pm

I really love your pictures of the birds Sentient
Here's a Goldfinch

Comment by Steph S. on October 16, 2012 at 6:52pm

http://www.wbu.com/
Wild Birds Unlimited Link

Comment by Steph S. on October 16, 2012 at 6:51pm

I saw your question about bird seed. I get mine from Wild Birds Unlimited - do you have a store near you?

 

http://clayton.wbu.com/content/show/9353

Comment by Steph S. on October 16, 2012 at 6:42pm

Wow Sentient - what beautiful pictures! Trying to play catch up.

They do look like House Finches - let me look at my Sibley Bird guide to make sure of the species.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2012 at 6:10pm

Sentient, these are so beautiful! And in your own back yard. Jeez, I am full of envy! I love my sparrows and chickadees and crows and an occasional woodpecker. But these are just stellar! Just look at those pretty colors and shapes. Very nice. 

Comment by Daniel W on October 16, 2012 at 6:00pm

Outside my window.  I'm no expert.  From the web these look like housefinches.  They love the nyger seed feeder.

This pic is via a little point and shoot camera, through a window that's not all that clean.  I have a hanging plant in the window so they don't fly into the glass.

Comment by Daniel W on October 15, 2012 at 9:40am

Any thoughts on feeding birds for the winter?  I've been using commercial seed mix.  Then I read, some of the mixes have junk seed like red millet, but white millet is OK.  I also buy black sunflower seed and thistle.  

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Maybe next year I'll grow the sunflowers, but for the time being have to buy them. 

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I've been buying suet cakes.  It would be nice to make my own but as a vegetarian I don't want to buy animal fat.  Not imposing on the birds, just not wanting animal fat in my pots and pans and kitchen.  Some articles say Crisco is a substitute, but others say Crisco isn't "natural".  I don't buy the "natural" argument - how many birds in "nature" are eating cows and pigs?  But, I don't want to do harm. 

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Anyway, I'm thinking about getting some vegetable shortening.  If I can find coconut oil I might go for that, assuming not too expensive. Any info on whether I'm helping vs. harming the birds, using those products?

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Getting a lot of the following birds at the feeder.  Pics from wikipedia commons, my camera is too cheap to get good shots.

 

Stellar Jay

Chicadee

house finch

And multiple others I haven't identified yet.

 

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