Birding, Birders and all things Birds


Birding, Birders and all things Birds

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High-flying birds recruited for meteorology

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Oct 16. 1 Reply

Weather watching may soon be for the birds.Monitoring the flight…Continue

Arranged Bird Marriages Are Less Successful Than True Love

Started by Steph S. Sep 17. 0 Replies

Love ConnectionZebra finches have a lot in common with human couples: They…Continue

Songbird habitat affects reproduction, survival

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 28. 2 Replies

A University of Montana professor who studies birds around the…Continue

Little Tern's air miles equal two and a half times round the world

Started by Steph S. Aug 10. 0 Replies

Wildlife conservationists studying rare Little Terns nesting…Continue

Global seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent in past 60 years say researchers

Started by Steph S. Jul 23. 0 Replies

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have revealed…Continue

Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 16. 3 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

Seabirds may navigate by scent

Started by Steph S. Jul 15. 0 Replies

Seabirds called shearwaters manage to navigate across long stretches of…Continue

Bird-Safe Wind Power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 30. 1 Reply

Chaska company designs wind turbine of the futureBird proof wind energy that harvests works in low wind, what a…Continue

Tags: bird safe, wind energy, SheerWind's INVELOX technology

Male peacocks keep eyes low when checking out competition

Started by Steph S. Jun 16. 0 Replies

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Eye-tracking cameras show that peacocks checking out…Continue

Go fish! Ancient birds evolved specialist diving adaptations

Started by Steph S. May 26. 0 Replies

Date:May 22, 2015Source:Taylor & FrancisSummary:A new study of…Continue

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

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.  


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


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. 


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?


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


house finch

And multiple others I haven't identified yet.

Comment by Steph S. on October 15, 2012 at 6:26am

I had an idea and made some other groups (Dr. Seuss) fits in the Animation group I made ( I know there are some Dr. Seuss fans here)

and then

I just had to do a Muppets group

And I had to do a Tim Burton group

So hope you might want to join

Comment by Steph S. on October 12, 2012 at 3:56pm
Love that funny Raven cartoon booklover! The Raven by Poe is one of my favorites. I just love Edgar Allan Poe! Thank you!
Comment by Steph S. on October 10, 2012 at 12:13pm
Thank you Sentient and Joan for your wonderful links! I can't wait to check them out.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 11:15am

Birds of Paradise Evolved

Collection of bird photos evolved in New Guinea. Their stunning colors and forms delight the viewer.


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