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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High-flying birds recruited for meteorology

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Oct 16. 1 Reply

Weather watching may soon be for the birds.Monitoring the flight…Continue

Arranged Bird Marriages Are Less Successful Than True Love

Started by Steph S. Sep 17. 0 Replies

Love ConnectionZebra finches have a lot in common with human couples: They…Continue

Songbird habitat affects reproduction, survival

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 28. 2 Replies

A University of Montana professor who studies birds around the…Continue

Little Tern's air miles equal two and a half times round the world

Started by Steph S. Aug 10. 0 Replies

Wildlife conservationists studying rare Little Terns nesting…Continue

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

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Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:58pm

Thank you Dallas on your explanation of word choice. It's very important when writing.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:55pm
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 5:52pm

Thank you so much Joan for the most wonderful compliment. It means so much to me.

I'm so glad you are all here to share your wisdom with others.

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!


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