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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 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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