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Location: Austin, TX
Members: 35
Latest Activity: Jul 11

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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

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

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Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 6:00pm

Roseate Spoonbill

Lovely coastal bird.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:58pm

Thank you Dallas on your explanation of word choice. It's very important when writing.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:55pm
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:52pm

Thank you so much Joan for the most wonderful compliment. It means so much to me.

I'm so glad you are all here to share your wisdom with others.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:51pm

Hi Sentient - there are bird counts and bird surveys and census.

Here's a webpage link for you.

http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/birds/bbc.html

Many books online on bird census techniques.

Mostly textbooks - similar to the ones I used in grad school.

Comment by A Former Member on November 11, 2012 at 5:49pm

Well, you used shall correctly depending on how seriously you intend on keeping a bird journal next year. 

If you are only thinking of doing it, or thinking it would be nice to do it, then shall is appropriate. But if you are going to do it, without fail, then shall would be inappropriate. You would need to use will instead. 

Shall is usually used for something in the distant future, whereas will is more immediate. Shall also makes less of a commitment; it does not imply certainty.

For example, if you forget to take your Rx pills in the morning, you would say to yourself, "tomorrow I will remember to take my pills," but you would not say to yourself, "tomorrow I shall remember to take my pills," because in actually you must take your Rx pills. Shall would not imply an imperative like will would. 

Does that make sense?

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 A Former Member on November 11, 2012 at 5:33pm

But all I feed is black sunflower seed.

Comment by A Former Member on November 11, 2012 at 5:30pm

All I get are sparrows, grackles  pigeons, mockingbirds, and crows or ravens (big-ass black birds anyhow). Occasionally a mourning dove.

Comment by Sentient Biped 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.

 

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