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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
Members: 32
Latest Activity: Apr 11

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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

Add Your Voice to Protect the Red Knot from Extinction

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Liz E Nov 26, 2013. 1 Reply

The Red Knot has one of the most impressive migrations in the…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on November 2, 2012 at 5:38pm

Booklover I love that owl picture. It's very sweet.

Thank you so much for posting it.

Comment by Steph S. on November 2, 2012 at 5:38pm

Thanks Joan- I just took a look at your album Beautiful pictures of the flocking birds and their formations.

Cedar Waxwing

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2012 at 2:13pm

http://www.atheistnexus.org/photo/albums/flocking-birds

This is my album "Flocking birds". Let's see if this works. 

Comment by booklover on November 1, 2012 at 7:09pm

I didn't either Joan.  Come to think of it, I have only seen owls alone in pictures.  Hmmmmm.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2012 at 4:44pm

Sentient, that is an interesting bird, very handsome. Looking at videos and reading about them, they are a bird I hope I never have to defend myself. Also looked up other birds on that site and had a most interesting few minutes watching Cassowaries, secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), and I understand Steph's interest in birds. These do look and act pre-historic. 

Booklover, these owls look so affectionate, I didn't realize they are social birds. 

Comment by booklover on November 1, 2012 at 1:38pm

Found this on FB and thought it was sweet.

Comment by Steph S. on November 1, 2012 at 11:16am

Wonderful posts of videos and pics of the Hoatzin. That is so very interesting. Appreciate it Sentient. And yes, they do remind you of the dinosaurs evolving into birds.

Many thanks.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 1, 2012 at 9:08am

google pics of Hoatzin. Maybe wishful thinking on my part - they remind me a bit of dinosaurs evolving into birds.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 1, 2012 at 9:02am

Saw description of this bird on a bird blog and wanted to share.  This pic from wikipedia

Hoatzin. description in wikipedia. The Hoatzin is the only member of its species, genus, and family. It lives on leaves, and like ruminant mammals (cows sheep goats deer) obtains nutrition from a foregut fermentation. "

. No satisfying evolutionary hypothesis has been proposed, and the situation has become worse with the availability of DNA sequence data. On first hatching, huatzin have claws on their thumb and first finger, which enable them to climb tree branches.

They don't fly well, but humans and animals aare repulsed by the hoatzin's odor, so they appear relatively safe from predation.

Comment by Steph S. on October 31, 2012 at 9:28pm
A Bald Eagle - wow Lillie that is so wonderful! Happy you got to see that bird.
 

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