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Bird-Safe Wind Power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 1 Reply

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

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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

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

These birds provide their own drum beat

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 23. 1 Reply

Listen closely to a Java sparrow sing: Interspersed among the notes…Continue

Bird flu found at 4 more Iowa farms with 2M chickens

Started by Steph S. Apr 27. 0 Replies

Some sad news today about the bird flu virus.State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more northwest Iowa poultry farms with more than 2 million chickens.The Iowa Department of Agriculture announced Monday there were probable…Continue

Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

Started by Steph S. Apr 13. 0 Replies

A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers.U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a…Continue

Gulf Oil Spill still affects US birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 31. 0 Replies

Nearly five years after the Gulf Oil Spill, BP is still denying it's impact on wildlife. A National Wildlife Federation report cites 20 species still significantly affected. Migrating birds spread the toxins.The National Wildlife Federation’s report…Continue

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Why are snowy owls moving so far from their Arctic home? And where can I spot one?

Started by Steph S. Jan 4. 0 Replies

A snowy owl surveys photographer Conrad Kuiper from atop…Continue

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Migrating shorebirds that travel to Australia from Siberia are under serious threat from development, which is destroying the vital feeding grounds they rely on during the epic journey.Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 1:48pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 1:46pm

Went to the river again today and got some pictures of the white ducks.  Poor quality pictures, but I think they're good enough to identify them.

I cannot find them on the internet.  I'm wondering if they are some kind of domesticated Mallard or a Mallard cross of some kind.  I've not seen any except in a group of Mallards.  Anyway, here's some of the pictures I took:

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 12:47pm

It's also nice for going just as slow as I want while looking for something (like ducks in the river), without wobbling all over the place.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 30, 2012 at 12:42pm

Yes, booklover, I love my recumbent trike.  I haven't ridden a regular bike for about 12 years because they were hurting my hands and rear no matter how much padding I tried.  This recumbent feels almost like riding in an easy-chair.  No more pain :)

They also go just as fast as a regular bike or faster, because you sit down low and more or less reclining so there is less wind resistance.  Going uphill they are slower, but going down, faster.  They can also slide in the gravel without tipping over and you can stop and enjoy the view or whatever without getting off.  Just sitting in the comfortable seat.

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 9:34pm

Hey Tony! Your welcome.

And thanks Sentient.

That's OK Spud - we will figure out what ducks they are.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 29, 2012 at 9:32pm

They are all great, but I love the Bufflehead! Such magnificent birds. Thanks fpr posting them, Steph.

Comment by Daniel W on November 29, 2012 at 9:14pm

love the King Eider.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 6:34pm

I've been to that part of the river about 4 times before, always in the summer, and don't remember seeing a male Mallard or a white duck before.  Today, there were also female Mallards, but I don't know if those were what I've seen in the summer.  I seem to remember the summer ducks being non-colorful.  Sorry, I'm just starting to pay attention.

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 6:33pm

Would love to see a pic of the bird Spud. Then we will know the species for sure.


Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 6:28pm

Thanks Steph.  I found the Bufflehead photos earlier and thought for a minute that might be them, however, my memory tells me the ducks I saw had white heads.  Of course, my memory is not always accurate. That's why I plan on riding down there again in a couple of days with my camera (If the weather is not too miserable).


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