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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: 35
Latest Activity: 15 hours ago

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Concentrated Solar Ravages Birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 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

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

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Comment by Steph S. on November 2, 2012 at 5:39pm

Killdeer

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.

 

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