Birding, Birders and all things Birds

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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!

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Latest Activity: May 22

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Wonders of the World, Birds

Started by Joan Denoo May 10. 0 Replies

Another gift from Angelica. It just takes my breath away to realize the great diversity that comes about by natural selection. No need for the god hypothesis.   Continue

Bird Window Strikes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 3. 1 Reply

Urge nearby cities to dim high-rise lights during bird migration season....the average high-rise is responsible for 700 to 1,000 bird deaths a…Continue

Tags: high-rises kill birds, lights out programs, bird window collisions

Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 10. 0 Replies

Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight"Losing the ability to fly gave ancient penguins their unique locomotion style. But leaving the sky behind…Continue

How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly

Started by Joan Denoo Feb 18. 0 Replies

How to Make Your Yard Bird-FriendlyI am moving from an urban setting, to deep in the forest in NE Washington state. I have no idea what to expect and what plants to provide for…Continue

Massive Bird Die-Off Puzzles Alaska Scientists

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 3. 1 Reply

Thousands of dead seabirds have washed up on…Continue

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

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 22. 2 Replies

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

High-flying birds recruited for meteorology

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Oct 16, 2015. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Steph S. on April 2, 2013 at 9:06pm

Oh I love that Patricia! Thanks so much for the video.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 9:22pm

My mom says that I was imitating the dog before I learned to talk.  I have always had many animals and I started to collect more when I was forced into retirement.  The problem is that most of my income goes into taking care of them.  You learn how to feed high quality but to pay lower prices.  You learn how to make and re[pair things yourself.  The dogs do not care if their toys are cartoon characters or $1 plush toys from the dollar store.  I like the cartoon characters. I also feed raw to my dogs and cats.  I have a volunteer who collects veggies that are being discarded from the flea market and brings them once or twice a week.  That helps stretch the feed and goes to the chickens, other poultry and the tortoises.  The rabbits, guinea pigs and prairie dogs have pellets and grain, but every night I collect a wheel barrel full of wild grasses for them.  My goats have pellets and hay, but I collect Brazilian pepper limbs for them every evening.  And of course, I live in an unincorporated area, on an acre and one half.  So my neighbors nor the county have anything to say, and my neighbors like the animals anyway.  This was my dream and I'm living it.  Sure I would like more income so that I wouldn't have to  worry about the bills, but like many people, I'm doing my best.

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 6:28pm
Beautiful dogs and cats Dominic - thanks so very much for sharing.
Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 6:01pm

Those terrible looking eyes are just the camera and do not actually look like that, as seen in one particular picture.  In the others, Concetta is squinting in the sun.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 5:59pm

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 5:48pm

This is me and one of my six dogs, Pearl.  I adopted her within this year, along with a pug.beagle mix, from a different home.  Sometimes fosters just stay here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 4:34pm

Oh yes, Dominic, I know the feeling of working in the earth with all it contains, wiping my dirty hands on my jeans and grabbing a bite here and there. The garden does have hazards, and a wise gardener knows that. My doctor makes sure I have a tetanus shot on a regular basis.

With your natural setting, do very many children visit it and you? A garden is a good way to attract in the curious and questioning. You have a greater risk doing that with all the crimes against children; however, parents and children make it even a more valuable place to show people how nature thrives and works.

Oh! I wish I could take a meander through your place and have a good visit.  Well, you share so generously with us, I feel like I know where to go to see the fowl. 

I like your new avatar! Is he/she a part of your family?

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 3:57pm

I can tell you Joan, as a retired educator, that education has been reduced to text book learning and standardized tests.  With both parents working and the lack of family time, along with the isolation of technology, youths are missing out on so much.  Where are the vacant lots, small strips of woods, and ponds that we used to explore, even in NYC?  Everything is a strip mall or has been fenced in for "safety" reasons.  When I walked through an agriculture exhibit, I inhale the smells of animals and hay, and I'm disturbed by the comments of people who are so conditioned to a sanitary electronic existence. It seems to be a tragedy for some to have to experience excrement or any displays of animal sexuality.  Believe me   I take at lest a couple showers a day and I understand the necesity for cleanliness, but as a gardener and animal keep, if I get a little chicken manure on my hands, I don't run off for the soap and boiling water.  I will wipe it off, possible wash it off with the hose, finish my task and then wash my hands properly, trying to remember not to stick my fingers in my mouth.  We call it the "natural" world, and yet it is sadly foreign to so many.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 3:39pm

This site is a treasure and one that soothes and relaxes, even as we face big challenges of living. Little refreshing visits here throughout the day puts a spring in my step. Dominic, your story of you as a boy with your father in NYC tells of important things beyond textbooks and formal learning. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:37am

Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

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