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Birdology by Sy Montgomery (Delanceyplace.com)

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 Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 7:18pm

I'm glad to know we shouldn't feed bread to ducks, geese, and swans. I'll remember that and inform others when appropriate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 5:06pm

Angel Wing or Slipped Wing

I have not heard of this condition. Interesting deformity, and terrible for wild birds who do not have protection. Do you plan to keep them as a permanent resident, or are there places, such as families or parks who want non-flying geese? 

My neighbor across the street has a duck, she makes diapers for her, and lets her in the house. She loves my back yard because I have so many things she likes to eat ... especially likes to sit on the Wooly Thyme. I keep a tin bushel basket with fresh water for her and she likes to climbs in. Her name is "Fritz" ... don't ask me why!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 4:57pm

Dominic, I understand about bread. Is there any seed not good for wildlife? Have you seen any research on GMO seeds in bird feeds? I haven't paid any attention, and I assume GMO is as bad for raising seeds as for raising corn for seeds. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 3:55pm

I agree Mindy.  That blue is an excellent color.  I like it in flowers also.

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 12:12am

Wow - Booklover and Ruth - those are great -thanks.

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 13, 2013 at 5:53pm

I have three rescued Canadian Geese with angel wing.  It prevents them from flying.  Yes, bread is the worst thing to feed wildlife.  There are quality feeds and grain mixes which would be fine, but bread is a waste of time and nutrition.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2013 at 11:44pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:43pm

That would make a good discussion topic Dominic.

Parakeet versus Budgie. I actually hear them referred to as Parakeet here. I do also see the term Budgie.

Here's a good link on the topic.

http://www.talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=2618

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 7, 2013 at 6:43pm

Actually budgerigar or budgie is correct.  In the US, we do call them parakeets, but parakeets belong to a whole family of hook bill birds. The larger English Budgie, is the same bird but bred to be a half size bigger.  We do call those budgies.  It is a little confusing, but we should really call them budgies.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:47pm

I suspect they're called budgies in most of the UK and UK affiliated countries.

 

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