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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Birdology by Sy Montgomery (

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan May 25. 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. 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

Bird Window Strikes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 3, 2016. 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

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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.

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2012 at 11:15am

Amazing colors on that Pigeon.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:26am

But I enjoy spending my time with you all.

You're the best!

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:26am

Yes, Dallas the Internet is addicting - I admit.

It is time consuming.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 10:25am

Wow - what lovely photos. I will also add them to my collection.

Thank all of you! Sure do appreciate it.

The Red-Legged Honeycreeper is so stunning. Dallas all those colorful bird photos are so wonderful. Bird of Paradise - really colorful.

Tony the Pink-necked Green Pigeon is so colorful.

Wow so impressed.

Thanks again.

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2012 at 10:16am

Mea culpa, my friend. :)


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