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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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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 December 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Thank you Booklover - glad you like the picture.

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Ovenbird

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2012 at 9:48am

Paradise Flycatcher

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 5:02pm

Thanks for the tip Dallas.  I'll try it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:49pm

We have a snifter of snow sticking to sidewalks and streets; expect a couple more inches in the next few days. I am all cozy in my office with a nice cup of coffee, Dave's Killer Bread topped with hummus and even more seeds that I roast. Just a perfect day filled with winter-type activities, like reading, writing, puttering at house chores. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 10, 2012 at 6:27am

Cold outside today and windy.

How's everyone?

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 11:05pm

Yes, thanks Melinda for starting the wonderful discussion with your photo on the term murmuration. Learning is fun.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2012 at 10:34pm

Dallas, the video you suggested for us was titled, 

amazing starlings murmuration (full HD) -www.keepturningleft.co.uk

I very much like the music, Pachelbel's Canon in D.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2012 at 10:12pm

This has been a great adventure into the lives and flights of starlings and all the factors that are involved in their behaviors. Nature, with all its complexities, constantly amazes me. With all the colors, shapes, personalities in the avian world alone could keep one occupied for a lifetime. 

Dallas, thanks for the great wealth of information you supplied, and the introduction of the new word, "murmuration". A real keeper. Your paragraph about models of flocking behavior seems it would fit when trying to get a group of people on board for a project:

"Basic models of flocking behavior are controlled by three simple rules:

  1. Separation - avoid crowding neighbors (short range repulsion)
  2. Alignment - steer towards average heading of neighbors
  3. Cohesion - steer towards average position of neighbors (long range attraction)

Tony, the "congress of baboons" fits perfectly. Maybe we can laugh a little more as we try to influence votes of our representatives. Perhaps ribbing them a bit when they make a "bad" call. Like, we can write to them saying, "I realize you are a congress of baboons but .... ". Well, that probably wouldn't get us anywhere, but it might keep us from getting so up-tight about their absurdities. 

Melinda, see what you started with your wonderful photo of "murmuration" of starling photo! A delightful adventure. Thanks. 

Comment by Steph S. on December 9, 2012 at 10:09pm

Joan, Dallas and Tony thanks for all the wonderful posts.

Been busy - so I got behind.

Thanks! Very much appreciated.

 

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