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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -