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!

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Feb 27

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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 Steph S. on December 18, 2012 at 10:50am

Anh143 welcome to the group!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 17, 2012 at 3:07pm

AWESOME! Absolutely beautiful! How can we be so hard on Earth when she gives us so much? 

Perhaps the tide has turned with all the weather changes, loss of ice, rising sea levels, social structures stretched to the maximum, perhaps we will begin to focus on what is healthy when in opposition to what is profitable. 

Thanks Tony and to each one of you who share such beauty with us. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 8:57am

Parakeet preening and cleaning.

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2012 at 7:47am

Joan I am still researching - found this so far. Very good question.

I appreciate it. I enjoy looking things up and learning.

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2012 at 7:45am

What a beautiful bird Tony!


Appreciate you posting your bird pictures.

I enjoy looking at them.

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 17, 2012 at 7:38am

Gorgeous bird.

Comment by Steph S. on December 17, 2012 at 6:08am

Hi Joan - yes I was thinking of posting that article in a discussion, as I saw that one too. 

I will look into that question you asked me. I am sure there is research on it.

Thanks for the article about recycling butts into nests.

Hope everyone is doing good today.

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.


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