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Come for dinner, little birdies...but not that way.

I would like to hang some bird feeders in my yard but our next door neighbors have 2 semi feral outdoor cats. Is there a way to feed the birdies without presenting the cats with a moveable feast? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Oct 18, 2016 - 6 answers

Bird in bathroom. Should not be there. How to fix?

There is a bird. Some type of finch. It flew into my washroom via the open louvered vent adjacent to the shower. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas on Sep 11, 2016 - 11 answers

Ugandan Sad Trombone Bird

On a recent trip to Uganda, we heard a really interesting bird song (insect song?) that I simply haven't been able to identify. The best way I can describe it is something like the sad trombone sound but with a very electronic sound to it. How can I find out what type of bird made this sound? [more inside]
posted by icebourg on Aug 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Found a Cockatiel- Now what?

How do I care for a cockatiel while searching for his owners. [more inside]
posted by superior julie on Jul 31, 2016 - 19 answers

Bird words

I am looking for bird-related words. Feel free to get as tangential as you like. I'm particularly interested in colloquial names for birds like chickie, robin redbreast, etc.; names of birds in literature/art/film/song; words describing things birds do like chirp, warble, soar, etc. Pretty bird-related words in other languages are good too. But there may be entire categories of bird-related words that I'm not thinking of. Thank you!
posted by HotToddy on Jun 11, 2016 - 33 answers

Bird ID Question--small black birds with brown heads

These little birds show up every day and hang out on my wife's car. It's really cute. I can't identify them though. I am in Wisconsin. Here's a quick video of them in action. It includes one of them trilling right near the middle.
posted by Slinga on May 28, 2016 - 4 answers

App about birds?

Hi friends! I like birds but know nothing about them. Is there an app that has information about birds that I might see so I can identify them, and maybe keep track of the ones I see? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Mar 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Giving up pet because I'm pregnant

I'm 4ish months pregnant - yay! But partner thinks we need to give up our pet cockatiel because we won't be able to care for him and give him enough care and attention when baby arrives. Also, feather dust and bird poop do not mix well with babies! I do agree, but am finding the idea hard. Does anyone have any happy stories of having given up their pet for adoption and it all being ok? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome on Feb 15, 2016 - 31 answers

Identify these bird parts?

My wife found a bird wing and breastbone in the woods near our house. Can you figure out what they are and what might have happened to them? (photo warnings: BIRD GORE!) [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Raptor ID requested

I saw this raptor ripping up its prey right outside my window the other day. I'm pretty sure I've seen it hanging around the neighborhood. Can anyone ID it? Video is here.
posted by Slinga on Jan 18, 2016 - 8 answers

How to cope with retirement?

My workaholic father retired recently. He was completely and passionately devoted to his profession (Medicine) for over 42 years. In all the time that he worked, 12 to 14 hours a day, he developed practically no hobbies or interests apart from his work. I hardly remember him watching a movie or reading a book (outside of work) or socialising (and on the occasion that he HAD to, it was a chore). In fact, it was hard to keep him away from the Hospital where he worked, even on Sundays. As one can imagine, retirement has been a hard transition for him, although, of course, he had been anticipating this change for a very long time. [more inside]
posted by synapse2512 on Dec 19, 2015 - 14 answers

A bird in the...fireplace?

How do w help reunite a stuck bird with the out of doors? [more inside]
posted by SobaFett on Nov 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Heron ID

Can anyone identify this specific species of heron?
posted by sindark on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Name that bird!

Can anyone help me identify a white chested bird that may be an eagle with brownish wings? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Sep 30, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I birb?

I am becoming a bird nerd, and am looking for ways to learn more! But there is SO MUCH, please help me find some good resources. [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Sep 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Any advice for helping an injured bird

When we got home from work Mr. Fence found an injured wood pigeon fluttering about. Have put it in a cardboard box for now, but can't get through to any animal rescues at the moment. Any advice for how not to kill it overnight? [more inside]
posted by Fence on Sep 17, 2015 - 8 answers

What Bird Is This?

I've heard this bird ever since childhood, but have never been able to identify it. [more inside]
posted by Jangatroo on Jun 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Art filter: looks like a mediaeval engraving, probably not though.

So, saw this and I'm sure I recognise it, but can't remember what it is. It's a black and white engraving style print, of a person in an elaborate bird mask which covers their shoulders (similar to a plague doctor mask but more elaborate). They have a person over their knee almost as if spanking them and they are reaching back to drive a dagger through their foot. Any ideas?
posted by Dext on May 30, 2015 - 4 answers

What kind of bird is this? (Photo within)

I need help identifying this bird. A fried took the photo while traveling in Texas a few days ago. The bird was seen in the urban area of Dallas, TX. Thanks!
posted by amf on May 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Backyard birds and the feeding thereof

My backyard birds seem to enjoy spilled dogfood just fine, but what if I wanted to level up? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Mar 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Please identify this bird.

Sorry no pics, but it was so distinctive that I'm hoping you guys can help me. I'm in Portland, OR, and saw it last week in a large park. It was a perching bird, about 6", and was either on the ground flipping over leaves or perching about eye-level in the small trees. It let me get quite close, and seemed more curious than wary. [more inside]
posted by Specklet on Mar 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Mystery Forest Animal Sound

Can you tell me what animal is making this sound in the forest in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by cda on Mar 6, 2015 - 2 answers

What is this bird call?

What is the bird call at the end of this Bendito Machine video (at 4:36)? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Feb 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Can birds fog up windows/mirrors?

Imagine a large bird like an ostrich. Could its breath fog up a window? We are watching Jurassic Park and wondering if the raptors' breath could fog up the window in the kitchen door.
posted by curious nu on Dec 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Nature-filter: What is this (bird?) call?

At my mother's house in central Indiana and she's been hearing this sound from the woods, all night, for several weeks. Who can identify this? http://clyp.it/rfyfb33n (@ 0:01 and 0:014)
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on Aug 10, 2014 - 3 answers

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

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