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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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Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 26. 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. 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. 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. 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 BarbaraSATX Jul 25. 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

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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.

Comment by A Former Member on November 11, 2012 at 5:19pm

Joan, I love the fact that you used "shall" correctly in a sentence. : ) 

And it's the same thing with insects. When I was a child I remember chasing grasshoppers and trying to catch fire flies in a jar. Now you almost never seen insects any more, except cockroaches and spiders and bees. Seldom do I see pill bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, fireflies, German beetles, stink bugs, or tree hoppers. 

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. 

 

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