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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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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 Steph S. on August 9, 2012 at 10:03pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2012 at 2:03am

Steph, that would be great. Is there anything one can do to protect other birds, other than make holes smaller in birdhouses? I have tried to not attract birds to birdhouses, even though I collect them for their whimsey, and I have a lot of shrubs and trees where they nest. I hate it when I see an egg laying on the ground under the Spruce, never even having a chance to hatch. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 11:40pm
Joan the Brown-headed Cowbird and Starlings will lay eggs in other nests. There are other parasitic birds as well. I will make a discussion on it. I enjoyed the topic in my Ornithology classes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 30, 2012 at 11:08pm

Lillie, do I understand correctly that they lay eggs in other birds' nests? 

Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 8:28pm
Yes I see them with livestock a lot here.
Comment by Steph S. on July 30, 2012 at 8:28pm
Yeah I know - I still think they are a beautiful bird though.
Comment by Lillie on July 30, 2012 at 8:16pm

Starlings are not native to the Americas and are considered to be invasive competing with native birds for food and nesting sites.  They were introduced to New York in 1890-91 as part of an effort to have all birds mentioned in Shakespeare's Plays in the US.  By the 1940's they had spread to all US states and into Canada and Mexico.  It is thought there are now over one million birds in the US alone.  They tend to feed with livestock and have been known to spread diseases between animals.   The English Sparrow has a similar history.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2012 at 10:54am

La vie des oiseaux_Le Chardonneret

I don't use this audio in the garden, but it provides helpful information. 

Comment by Steph S. on July 29, 2012 at 10:47am

Thanks so much Joan for the audio.

European Starling

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2012 at 9:44am

Chardonneret : la Compilation la plus longue et compléte des meille...

This audio brings in goldfinch every time I play it in my garden. 

 

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