Birding, Birders and all things Birds


Birding, Birders and all things Birds

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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 Lillie on September 6, 2012 at 8:32pm

Joan, I have been told it takes a trumpet vine 5 years to bloom.

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 5:56pm

Oh wow! Lots of lovely pictures posted here today!

I love the Texas Bluebonnets Tony - much appreciated!

Thanks for the Sandhill Crane picture Joan - very cool!

Oh and Joan your Bluebonnets are lovely too. I really love the mix of colors in the photo.

How wonderful to see all these beautiful photos!

Right booklover, maybe they have peanuts on the bird airline - very cute! : )

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 6, 2012 at 1:10pm

Those are beautiful, Joan.

As long as the wildflowers are indigenous, I think it would work, and be beautiful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 1:01pm

I wonder if we could do the same things as Lady Bird did when she was First Lady, arrange to have wildflower seeds scattered along roads? I'll have to think about local wildflowers that tolerate our hot summers and cold winters. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 12:59pm

Tony, that shot of bluebonnets really stirred memories of central Texas. If I remember correctly, Indian paintbrush or Prairie fire was  propagated through Lady Birds' influence. It is so pretty. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 12:42pm

I had no idea birds provided such travel arrangements. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 12:34pm

Oh yes! I have a trumpet vine and it has never bloomed ... I may have given it too much nitrogen fertilizer. Yes, I use composted steer there. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 6, 2012 at 12:21pm

Thanks for the invite, Steph. Love the Jay. A common Blue Jay landed outside the kitchen window this morning on a bush. I stood real still and admired him for about 15 sec. before he took off. Great!

Joan, you mentioned the Bluebonnets. This is a picture my friend Kelly took, don't know where or when exactly but in East Texas. I'm with Steph. I like living here in Texas. But I grew up my entire life in the south, I'm kinda used to the heat. A taste of things to come, according to the christians. Hahahaha, lol. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 12:01pm

Good morning, Steph, I understand your enjoyment of Austin, beautiful countryside, lots of birds, and all kinds of wildlife, some friendly and others not so. I lived at Ft. Hood for two years and we did a lot of camping and I especially enjoyed Port Aransas and the wildlife refuge. I also lived at Ft. Sam and William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso. Texas was too hot for my preference, but then, I was born and spent most of my youth in the Spokane area. Very definite change of seasons with all the colors. We don't have the Bluebonnets of Texas fame and I wonder if we had a Lady Bird in our midst if we might have such roadside sights. 

Yes, I chose almost every plant in my garden to attract birds, butterflies and wildlife. The perimeter is planted in trees and shrubs to provide cover, the feeding station is fenced to protect feeding birds from cats and raccoons, I fill water dishes with fresh water daily, birdhouses surround the garden, but I prefer birds build their own nests so I don't have to clean them.  Hummers and sparrows seem most satisfied. CD bird songs seem to attract in others, but not in great numbers. 

Thanks for responding so quickly. By-the-way, your Trumpet vine is beautiful!

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 11:30am

I have Trumpet Flowers in my yard and they are great for attracting hummingbirds.


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