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