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Please identify this bird

My spouse went surfing and found this bird bobbing on the waves. There seemed to be something wrong with the bird so he took it home. Here's another pic. The bird is very passive and doesn't move much, so we're guessing it's either ill, injured or exhausted. What bird is this? And what should we do with it? We're in Holland. [more inside]
posted by sively on Jun 22, 2014 - 7 answers

A mysterious bird is taunting me with its song.

I live in a wooded suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, so we have a great variety of birds all year long, especially during the warmer months. I keep hearing one bird song outside my window that I can't quite pinpoint. It's a "whee-oooh (high-low-ascending), ooooh (descending)" sound. A recording of my impression is attached, as it's a been a bit hard for me to get a recording of the mysterious bird alone. [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on May 21, 2014 - 5 answers

I'm a bird! I'm a bird! I'm a bird!... but what kind?

The birdsong in question! This is a bird in southeast Portland, OR. We've never caught a definite glimpse of it, so I cannot give any details on size/color/et cetera. This is its main song (although it was singing kind of short this day); it cycles this for an hour or more. It varies slightly at some point, but then comes back.
posted by curious nu on Apr 14, 2014 - 8 answers

A dove has been perched on my recycling can for hours, in the rain.

There's a dove perched on my recycling can outside my backdoor. He's been there for hours, sitting in the rain. He keeps trying to get in the house, but I have cats. It seems like it's someone's pet, he's very big and pretty, completely white. What do I do? His wet little head is breaking my heart.
posted by Katine on Mar 19, 2014 - 15 answers

What plant is this?

This flicker is sitting on a plant. What is it? Here's where the bird may be found.
posted by Listener on Mar 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for info about a gold pendant from Israel

My friend has inherited a gold pendant from a recently passed mother-in-law and she was hoping to learn some more about it. Do any MeFite's know what the story might be behind this pendant? Where it's from, what it might say or represent? [more info and link to photo inside] [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jan 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Christmas goose problems!

I have a beautiful, just shot wild goose! Except I didn't expect to receive a wild rather than tame goose, and I have no bacon or other fat to cover it in. How can I cook this without turning it into leather? Help? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Getting rid of The Birds...

A bird couple (pigeons, apparently) have set up shop in the corner of my balcony and I have tried various and relatively humane methods in an attempt to drive them away. They've barely reacted. What are my next courses of action? [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Dec 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Book and movie name

What is the name of the book and movie about a simple-minded, poor man who lived with his mother, carried a pet bird with him and gets innocently involved in an social uprising? I think he discovered gold near the beginning and his clothes are tattered.
posted by mcbeitz on Nov 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me find this Christmas decoration!

I found a 9" painted clay/ceramic bird Christmas statue at thrift store in the Milwaukee area, and it's so fantastic that I another one. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything on Google so far. Can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Oct 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Little hummingbird...you're not that strong!

A hummingbird is trapped in my garage...and it seems to be a pretty stubborn one. The real problem is that we have a fixed skylight-type window that it constantly tries to fly out of - it won't go any other way. We opened the other window and the garage doors, but it's just so darn stubborn! [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Looking for a higher-res version of this pic of a bird w/ babies

My wife loves this picture, which I've seen on various social sites, and I'd like to get a nice hard-copy print of it matted for her birthday. Can anyone help source it? My google-fu is failing me.
posted by Roach on Sep 8, 2013 - 7 answers

How does the mother bird know which baby bird to feed next?

Little daughter and I were watching a birds' nest this morning where four little sparrows were getting fed by their mom (or maybe dad?) Each time the mother bird came back, all four sparrows would screech and open their mouths wide and the mother would give one of them some food. My question is: how does the mother ensure that each chick gets enough food? I can think of at least two theories: 1. The adult bird has enough working memory to know who got the last bit of food, or even who's gone the longest without food; or 2. Hungrier chicks screech louder and the adult bird gives food to the loudest screecher. Do we know which of these is right, or whether the real answer is something else entirely?
posted by escabeche on Aug 16, 2013 - 8 answers

What was this juvenile bird I saw land this morning on the Sunset Strip?

This morning I saw a strange sight - an unusual looking juvenile bird landed twice on the median of the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. He seemed lost and unaware of the danger he was in during rush hour morning traffic. Description inside.... What was he?? [more inside]
posted by jbenben on Jul 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Texas bird identification

Can you help me identify this baby bird? [more inside]
posted by mokin on Jun 26, 2013 - 4 answers

What birds are these?

Today I heard some birds I don't ever recall hearing before. Can you tell me what they are? I'm specifically puzzled by the fainter "bloop-bloop" calls you can hear at like 12 and 18 seconds. These birds were the size of eagles and looked kind of like giant ravens, from what I could see. I live in central Massachusetts. (Please excuse the breathing--I was halfway up a steep hill on my bike when I stopped to record this!)
posted by Camofrog on May 31, 2013 - 14 answers

Embarrassing evidence?

Is there a name, poetical or scientific, for the outline left behind when a bird collides with a window? I have this vague remembering of there being such a word, but I can't find it online.
posted by RollingGreens on Feb 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Please help me identify this noisy bird

Woke up to this bird squawking in my backyard in north central Texas. Obviously the video quality is not great, but can anybody help me identify it based on its call? Mississippi Kite? Hawk? And do they eat kitties? For perspective, its on top of a 30ft bald cypress tree. It appears to be at least 18-24 inches from head to tail.
posted by punkfloyd on Jan 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Birders: Do you think this is a common mynah? Kabul, Afghanistan.

Birders: I can't decide if this is a common mynah. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Jan 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Does any language lack a word for beak?

Which languages, if any, have the same word for "beak" and "mouth"? Or: which languages lack a specific word for referring only to a "beak" (aka the hard, pointy, front end of a bird)?
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me ID a bird!

Can anyone identify this bird found in North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Dec 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Oh birds!

So we're unexpectedly in receipt of a pet bird. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by wierdo on Nov 28, 2012 - 31 answers

Can you identify this bird?

I'd like to identify this bird. Can you help? It was perched last week in woods southwest of Boston. [more inside]
posted by cribcage on Nov 24, 2012 - 6 answers

My own personal bird alarm clock-- isn't nature beautiful?

How can I stop this stupid cardinal from repeatedly throwing himself at my bedroom window? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Nov 8, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I get a wild bird out of my home?

There's a wild parrot in my house, how can I get him outside? [more inside]
posted by Greener Backyards on Nov 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Birds and windows don't mix

Calling fellow MeFi birders! What is this little fellow that hit my window? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 28, 2012 - 4 answers

What Bird Did I See?

Need help identifying a bird I saw today. I was driving along Jordan Lake, near Chapel Hill, NC. A large bird flying over the lake folded its wings in slightly, and glided down, in a slight partial spiral, to the lake surface and grabbed a fish. I'd guess I was about 200 feet away. I've seen eagles and osprey at the lake. This bird was that size, with a very large wingspan. Coloring: Appeared black; may have been dark brown. Markings: White on the trailing underside of the wings, at least one-half the width of the wing, beginning at the body and continuing approx. 80 percent of the way to the wing tip. I didn't notice any other markings.
posted by justcorbly on Aug 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Need help identify bird tweet

Can you identify what bird is making this tweet? [MP3 audio] [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Aug 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Please help me identify this bird.

Can you help me identify this hawk-like bird? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

If he would poop somewhere else it wouldn't be a problem.

Did a pigeon adopt our car? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Aug 2, 2012 - 9 answers

A pin that might be a little too sharp to wear on an airplane now

Can you help identify this old airline pin? It's an angular bird with a curved beak and blue markings on the tail, about the size of a normal airline "wings" pin, probably from the 1960s or earlier. [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade on Jul 9, 2012 - 7 answers

And the voice of the dove WILL EXPLODE YOUR EARDRUMS

What bird did I just see harrassing a squirrel in my Toronto backyard? (Sorry, I couldn't get a camera in time so I have just a verbal description, no picture). [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Jun 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Who is T.J. Ecklebird?

What kind of baby bird did we find in our backyard? Will it be OK? Are we doing the best thing for it by leaving it alone? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto on May 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Birdcaller ID

Trying to identify a (possibly migrating) bird by its call, which sounded like CHEE-fo-TEE-TEE. I heard it in southwest Pennsylvania in April. My attempt at mimicking the call is inside. [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow on May 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Who taught him to say 'I'm gonna put my evil inside you'?

My parrot needs some new material. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Apr 25, 2012 - 26 answers

Human Flight: from small working model in footage to life size model?

After seeing the Human Bird Wings video (doesn't matter if it's real or not), I thought about this TED Talk again. Are there any 3D programs/motion-capturing software that can map out that bird and its motion from the talk and convert a 3D model out of it? Then all you would have to do is scale it to human size and build it offline right?
posted by querty on Mar 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Shootout at the Not-So-OK Corral.

Is an employer allowed to have pest control people in a grocery store, after hours, carrying bb guns and trying to shoot a trapped bird, while night shift employees are working? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Feb 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Surprisingly filling.

Where did I read/hear about this in the last few months: Charles de Gaulle's last meal, which included a tiny bird eaten whole. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jan 27, 2012 - 10 answers

What Bird Might This Be?

Can you identify this bird? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Dec 21, 2011 - 20 answers

Little bird, how do I care for you?

We are planning to get a couple of pet finches and I have a few questions: (1) what do people to use the line the bird cage if they don't get a newspaper at their house? (2) If I leave food and water, how long can finches be left home alone? a long weekend? a week-long trip? until the food runs out? and (3) is there any difference except color between the different common breeds for pet finches?
posted by metahawk on Dec 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Birds of peace? Not always.

I work at an animal shelter and someone gave us white doves. There's a mom, dad, and son. Originally the son was very young and his feathers weren't grown in, so we kept them together. Now he is a young adult and both he & his dad are doing the "bow & coo" aggressive stance at each other. Should I separate him from his parents? I know doves shouldn't be alone, but they are getting territorial at this point, so what should we do?
posted by ktoad on Nov 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Bird suffering, need help!

A bird just crashed into my window and is in obvious distress and we're not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly on Oct 14, 2011 - 31 answers

Flamethrower is not an option, however alluring the thought at 2 am.

How can I scare away the crow who squawks in the middle of the night in the tree outside my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Oct 12, 2011 - 19 answers

It looked a bit like the kind that flies like a boomerang

Can anybody help identify this bird? [more inside]
posted by Flashman on Oct 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Alas, poor little bird! We did not know it well at all.

Identify this dead bird, please! It is a wee, greenish-yellow little thing that we assumed was a female goldfinch, but on closer inspection, maybe isn't? [more inside]
posted by hegemone on Oct 5, 2011 - 13 answers

I am looking for an exhaustive list of bird names

I am looking for an exhaustive list of bird names [more inside]
posted by wooh on Sep 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Why are there constantly dead pigeons on one particular street in my city?

Why are there constantly dead pigeons on one particular street in my city? [more inside]
posted by coondognd on Jul 21, 2011 - 18 answers

How can I help birds discover my new bird feeder?

How can I get birds to 'discover' the new bird feeder? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What bird can I hear?

Every night I hear this bird call outside my house at sunset. Do you know what it is? [more inside]
posted by billtron on May 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Can you identify this breed of bird and guinea pig?

Can anyone identify this bird with its chick and does anyone know the breed of this guinea pig? Both were photographed in the UK, but the bird was at a reserve that has birds from all over the world. I believe the guinea pig is a recognised UK breed.
posted by Quillcards on May 21, 2011 - 5 answers

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