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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 (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 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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