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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 Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 6:06pm

Dallas, I had no idea. I like British comedy and they always use shall and shant and they sound kind of cool. Now I know. 

I shall start a bird journal next year. 

I will take my pills tonight. 

Makes good sense. Thanks. 

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 6:00pm

Roseate Spoonbill

Lovely coastal bird.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:58pm

Thank you Dallas on your explanation of word choice. It's very important when writing.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:55pm
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:52pm

Thank you so much Joan for the most wonderful compliment. It means so much to me.

I'm so glad you are all here to share your wisdom with others.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:51pm

Hi Sentient - there are bird counts and bird surveys and census.

Here's a webpage link for you.

http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/birds/bbc.html

Many books online on bird census techniques.

Mostly textbooks - similar to the ones I used in grad school.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 5:39pm

Dallas, I am not aware of using "shall" correctly or incorrectly. Please help me understand. 

Sentient, I looked up the Bird Count for Spokane County and couldn't find the names of the ones I could remember seeing. A nice new hobby. 

Steph, you have great influence and offer a lovely spirit that refreshes, through your birds, and cats pictures. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2012 at 5:25pm

Joan, I think a lot are there.  I don't know if there is a bird census - Steph probably knows.  

I'm sure we've had a big impact on their numbers and types.  Insecticides, habitat destruction, suburbs with broad lawns and loss of meadows marshes and woods....  I would expect to see them gone.

I like to think feeding them supports their numbers.  That too, should require evidence.  There are lots and lots handing around my feeders.  Jays, chickadees, finches, sparrows, doves, and some I don't know how to identify.

There could be a couple of parakeets in the area, since mine escaped.  My guess is they won't survive.

I've had a few herons in the yard due to a koi pond.  Also, the geese migrate past here twice yearly.  And hummingbirds in the yard.

There are hawks overhead at the Battleground place.  So there must be prey.  I hope it's mice and voles and deer they are eating.  Just kidding about the deer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 5:16pm

Dallad and Sentient, these bird photos just blow me away. Can those colors be real? 

What have we done to our birds? I used to see blue birds as a child and never as an adult. I used to have several finches, titmouse, and a couple of others I can't remember now. Thirty+ years ago I sat in my back yard and watched quite a large variety in my lilac bushes. I hadn't even noticed they are no longer coming. 

Next summer I shall keep a bird journal. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2012 at 4:36pm

European Jays are Midwives of the Forest Trees.

I thought squirrels were responsible.  In fact, that's the one forgiveness I have for squirrels.  

Every autumn the average jay plants 5,000 acorns to retrieve as food in the winter.

One blue jay was recorded to plant 100,000 beech nuts in one month.

And only retrieves 1/4 of the planted seeds.   So apparently the Jays plant a lot of tree seeds.  So I don't mind the Jays in my bird feeder.  It's a "thank you."

I don't know if the local jays plant tree seeds.

Most of the Jays here are Stellers Jays.  Blue with black head and black crest.  I also see Western Scrub Jays.   Both love black oil sunflower seeds and suet cakes.  I've also made suet cakes using 1/2 peanut butter and 1/2 crisco mixed with bird seed mix. They like that, too.

 

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