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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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Bird-Safe Wind Power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 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

Gulf Oil Spill still affects US birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 31. 0 Replies

Nearly five years after the Gulf Oil Spill, BP is still denying it's impact on wildlife. A National Wildlife Federation report cites 20 species still significantly affected. Migrating birds spread the toxins.The National Wildlife Federation’s report…Continue

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Why are snowy owls moving so far from their Arctic home? And where can I spot one?

Started by Steph S. Jan 4. 0 Replies

A snowy owl surveys photographer Conrad Kuiper from atop…Continue

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Migrating shorebirds that travel to Australia from Siberia are under serious threat from development, which is destroying the vital feeding grounds they rely on during the epic journey.Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology…Continue

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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.

Comment by Steph S. on September 6, 2012 at 11:29am

Hey Joan - I'm from Central Texas and I don't wish to move from here.

Austin, TX is a great city and I love the Texas coast (and all the wonderful birds and wildlife and parks) and I have everything I want here. So I am satisfied.

Are you planting any food choices for the birds? I have many berries and I have tons of birds visit my yard. I also have Purple Martin houses and a bird bath and hummingbird plants.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2012 at 11:12am

Western Scrub JayWestern Scrub Jay is such a pretty bird. Are they as mischievous as the common jay? I am trying my best to attract in more species, even as I enjoy the few varieties that do come to my feeders and water. I invite suggestions. I use bird songs taken from the internet so, besides the ever present sparrows and starlings, I have hummers, a very few goldfinch, and chickadees.  Have not seen a bluebird since I was a child. 

Living in Washington, DC and central and western Texas, we had all kinds of species come for treats. I don't have any desire to move back to any of those places.  

 

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