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Global seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent in past 60 years say researchers

Started by Steph S. Jul 23. 0 Replies

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have revealed…Continue

Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 16. 3 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Seabirds may navigate by scent

Started by Steph S. Jul 15. 0 Replies

Seabirds called shearwaters manage to navigate across long stretches of…Continue

Bird-Safe Wind Power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 30. 1 Reply

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

Tags: bird safe, wind energy, SheerWind's INVELOX technology

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

Started by Steph S. May 26. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 9:20pm

Bird Louse Study Shows How Evolution Sometimes Repeats Itself

Study: Cigarette Butts Help Birds Fight Parasites

"smart birds: recycling butts into nests

YES, BIRDS USE the usual twigs, grasses, and feathers. But apparently they use cigarette butts, too—or so scientists at Scotland’s St. Andrews University have reported after studying house finch and house sparrow nests in Mexico City. Why the used butts, which averaged 10 per nest? Seems the cellulose is just right for insulation and comfort, and chemicals present in them including residual nicotine, a powerful insecticide, help keep things pest-free.  Whoever coined the expression “birdbrain” to mean not a big thinker had it all wrong. Smarty-birds. (Via the BBC.)"

smart birds: recycling butts into nests

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 9:12pm
Steph, while reading one of your comments, I ran across this piece telling of common lice species with common birds. I remember the article where birds pick cig.butts off the ground and use them for nest lining; the researchers suggested they were good de-lousers.
I wonder if one could put tobacco, burned or raw, into nest building material for the birds to use when making their nests. What are your thoughts on this?
Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 3:59pm

Beautiful hummingbird Patricia. So colorful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2012 at 3:32pm

These bird photos astound me! Such diversity! Thanks Patricia and  Steph.

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:43am

Barred Owl

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Thank you Booklover - glad you like the picture.

Comment by Steph S. on December 16, 2012 at 10:29am

Ovenbird

Comment by Steph S. on December 13, 2012 at 9:48am

Paradise Flycatcher

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 10, 2012 at 5:02pm

Thanks for the tip Dallas.  I'll try it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2012 at 3:49pm

We have a snifter of snow sticking to sidewalks and streets; expect a couple more inches in the next few days. I am all cozy in my office with a nice cup of coffee, Dave's Killer Bread topped with hummus and even more seeds that I roast. Just a perfect day filled with winter-type activities, like reading, writing, puttering at house chores. 

 

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