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Heron ID

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

Please plan my Costa Rica itinerary for me.

Hey, I'm going to Costa Rica December 5th to 19th this year. I am in over my head as far as planning where I will go and stay. Can you help me? I'd like to get reservations all set, and I have no idea what I am doing. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Aug 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Tips for learning birdsongs?

The birds are back in town, and I wake up early enough to hear their songs before the traffic drowns them out. I'm no birder--I don't think I can identify any bird by its call, and only the five most "identifiable" birds by sight (and I'm probably wrong). What apps (iOS) and websites do you recommend to learn bird songs? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Apr 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Birding in Bonn? (with special emphasis on Corvids)

I will be in Germany, primarily Bonn and surrounding areas, from April 13 - 27. I am more of a bird enthusiast than a REAL birder, and particularly love Corvids. I remember from visits years ago that the local crows in the Rhine region seemed a lot gruffer than the ones we have in Seattle - they seemed to be saying "Ach! Ach!" Wondering what varieties of crows are most prevalent in the Bonn / Cologne region. I also would love to see "Nebelkraehe," which my sister said she has seen in Berlin. Are they seen in Bonn as well? If weather permits, we'll be doing a lot of woodland walking, so if anyone has any particular spots to recommend, as well as particular birds I should be on the lookout for, I would greatly appreciate it. One wonderful thing about travel is that even the most common yard birds are hopelessly exotic to me, so I just can't lose. ;)
posted by dorgla on Apr 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Is this a good time to see migrating birds in Milwaukee? If so, where?

I’m heading to the Milwaukee airport tomorrow, but my flight isn’t till the evening. Somewhere I read about a spot by Lake Michigan that was a good place to see migrating birds. Now I can’t find that article. Is this even the right time of year? If so, where should I go?
posted by Hoenikker on Mar 14, 2014 - 5 answers

So, I met this chap in the Bahamas...

Can you help me identify this pigeon? Seen on Paradise Island, the Bahamas. [more inside]
posted by shoesfullofdust on Mar 8, 2013 - 3 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

Wait, they MIGRATE too?! This is impossible.

Mefi birdwatchers, i need help! I'm looking for the most authoritative and comprehensive book(s) on the indigenous birds of Arkansas. Bonus points if it's fancy and the kind of thing you could put on your lap while sitting on the porch and bird watching. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Dec 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for bird guides to Asia.

I'm in Japan and looking for the best bird guides for the whole of South-East Asia. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Birding in/around Rio Branco

Going to Rio Branco, Acre state, Brazil next month. Looking to do some birding, and soliciting suggestions/tips. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Aug 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Really, I want only the Not-So-Great Binoculars

Binoculars for watching birds on my feeder? What magnification is most appropriate for 30 feet? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone on May 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Birding in Malawi

What's the best field guide on birds for Malawi? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Mar 11, 2010 - 1 answer

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife?

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife? My yard is full of weeds. It looks awful. We're having an awful time getting rid of the weeds because there are just too many to manually pull each out. So my husband wants to use a "Weed and Feed" or some similar weed killer on our entire lawn to kill the weeds, then start seeding grass. [more inside]
posted by feeshbitZ on Mar 14, 2009 - 32 answers

Bird Filter - What kind of raptor was that?

While on a walk in the dunes yesterday, I saw what was clearly a raptor, but not one I had seen before. It had a rust-colored breast with dark wings and a dark tail. It was smaller-bodied than a red-tailed hawk and the tail was on the long, slender side. I did not see any bar markings, and it did not appear to be a Cooper's Hawk or a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and that's the extent of my area hawk knowledge. Some sort of falcon, perhaps? [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian on Jan 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Birders, bring a novice into the fold!

Birders: I need your help! Yes, I have a guide. Yes, binoculars. Yes, I wander around heavily wooded areas with my fingers twisted in knots, hoping to see a measly robin so I can feel like mine is a life not wasted. Now help me be better! [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Jul 14, 2008 - 12 answers

Birding Gurus: Was that really a Carolina Wren?

A wren or not a wren, that is the question.... [more inside]
posted by longdaysjourney on Jun 22, 2008 - 8 answers

Good camera equipment for nature photography?

What sort of setup do I need for decent nature photography? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg on Dec 18, 2007 - 13 answers

What bird is making this song?

I hear a bird from my apartment all morning and well in to the evening. Its call is three notes, in a minor key, descending in pitch. In fact, those three notes sound almost EXACTLY like the first three guitar notes of the Black Crowes' song "Remedy." I can't see the bird. Any help?
posted by trey on Apr 16, 2006 - 20 answers

What are some good books about birds?

What are some good books about birds? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Aug 2, 2005 - 9 answers

What kind of (swimming) bird is this?

So my wife and I are walking in the park in SW Oregon, and there in the creek is a little starling-lookin' bird on a rock. Brown-black, no markings. The bird jumps in the water, and swims upstream under the water, looking perfectly natural. It came up with a little twig or something, then did it again, and again. It was swimming for distances of 3 to 6 feet. What kind of bird was this?
posted by everichon on Apr 20, 2005 - 10 answers

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