Birding, Birders and all things Birds


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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Firehawk Raptors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 13. 0 Replies

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on FireMany birds, like crows, are smart.…Continue

Tags: birds spreading fire

Birdology by Sy Montgomery (

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan May 25, 2017. 1 Reply

This morning's vignette from Delanceyplace struck me as being worthy of mention here ... so here I am, mentioning it!  Enjoy. ===================== Birds are the only wild animals most people see every day. No matter where we live, birds live with…Continue

Tags: dinosaurs, birds

Climate Change favors ornament decrease

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jan 25, 2017. 1 Reply

Those delightful extravagant male ornaments such as bright color and showy plumes are likely to disappear due to selective pressure from the changing climate.…Continue

Tags: birds lose beauty, fancy male plumage

Crows carry objects with sticks

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29, 2016. 0 Replies

Crows are first animals spotted using tools to carry objectsNew Caledonian crows ... have been filmed inserting…Continue

Tags: use stick to carry object, tool use, New Caldonian crows

Wonders of the World, Birds

Started by Joan Denoo May 10, 2016. 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

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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 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).

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 6:13pm

Black and White Ringed-billed Duck

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 6:12pm

Common Goldeneye - maybe

Comment by Steph S. on November 29, 2012 at 6:11pm

Bufflehead maybe?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 6:07pm

Steph, I also had that thought.  Maybe the photo caught the lizard just before it was swallowed.

The white ducks with the black backs were lazily swimming in the slow-flowing, small river that runs through Pocatello at an area that has lots of trees on both sides.  There is a paved path near the river that a fair amount of people walk and ride on, even at this time of year.   The white ducks seemed to be mingling with the Mallards.


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