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Need recommendations for a Bird Identification book.

I am hoping to find the US equivalent to the Australian "What Bird is That?" book and my google fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Nov 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Can you help identify this weird, yet apparently friendly bird?

A few friends of mine live in Somerville, MA, which is right outside of Boston. For the past few weeks, a bird has been repeatedly showing up on their porch and, apparently, making friends with them. [more inside]
posted by Riptor on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

What to do about cat semi-killing birds?

A young cat that I took in in in an emergency situation, expecting to be able to rehome her quickly, is turning out to be a skilled bird hunter, which is really stressing me out. The thing is, she doesn't kill them, just seems to incapacitate them so that they can't walk or fly. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Jul 12, 2014 - 27 answers

Birdfeeder for 34th floor apartment?

We live on the 34th floor of an apartment with no balcony (there's an air-con ledge I suppose, but ours is generally inaccessible) near a patch of green with lots of birds. Eagles and ospreys and the like fly by outside our windows often. Our windows have permanent grilles because of the curious toddler. We'd love to have a birdfeeder attached very firmly (no suction cups) to our window grilles on the outside. Is this possible and would it work in attracting birds? What are the problems in apartment birdfeeders?
posted by viggorlijah on Jul 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Bird ID

Need help i.d.ing the most likely name for a bird I saw in Singapore, on Sentosa Island. Unfortunately, I have no pics. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Hummingbirds are Go

Why won't hummingbirds come to our backyard? [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Removal/rescue of bird's nest under the eaves of my back patio

I'm not sure how to attach a picture of if I can. Our association is saying it's not their responsibility to remove it. I don't know if the bird/eggs in the nest are dead or alive. The big bird hovering over the nest hasn't moved in a week. There are daily bird droppings directly under the nest on our back patio. I'm an animal lover. I don't want those birds/eggs killed. Who can I call in Orange County, California to help me with me with this? I did a Google search but couldn't find anything for this particular situation. Any ideas? Thanks much. Sincerely, htm
posted by htm on Jun 2, 2014 - 24 answers

How to long until robin fledglings will leave?

I love wild birds and am lucky enough to have several types of wild bird nesting in my backyard this season. First to leave the nest was a fledgling robin, some research has informed me that unlike many other fledglings which seem to get up and out of the back yard quickly robins stay fledgling for a while, running around the ground hiding and being fed and trained in the ways of being a robin by their parents but I can't find any info for how long it will be at this stage. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Jun 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Outside entertainment for Kitties but No bird feeders allowed

My little indoor cat used to LOVE watching the birds visit the bird feeder in the garden at our old house. We recently moved house and unfortunately the same bird feeder has become an issue... we have a green belt behind our new place and the bird feeder, well, it's attracting rats! [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on May 21, 2014 - 20 answers

What kind of birds are these and how do I take care of them?

My husband brought home a couple of baby birds that his friend found in his yard after they fell out of their nest. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on May 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Seeking interesting videos about birds and pirates for sickbed viewing

My stepdad is ill and has some non-fun things coming up (surgery and chemo). I'd like to send him light, interesting videos or picture-heavy articles about his interests, mostly exotic birds and pirates. Can you suggest some? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Apr 23, 2014 - 9 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

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

A flash cartoon. I saw it. I know I did.

I give up. I saw a flash cartoon. Maybe, what, ten years ago? There was a miniature king. Birds. Talking birds? It was dream-like. The sound sparse and excellent. I remember the thing being theme-wise pretty dark. I've since looked high and low and have not been able to find it. Any ideas?
posted by Time To Sharpen Our Knives on Dec 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I buy these parakeet/small animal chews in bulk?

My budgies love love love these chew toys and are about to chew their way through a third of these, made from the same stuff. But at $10 a piece, it's getting a little ridiculous. That first link says they're made of yucca -- is there somewhere I can either buy these toys in bulk, or just get ahold of tons of the raw (dried) material and cut it up myself?
posted by fiercecupcake on Nov 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Birds! What are they good for?

My loving husband gave me a pair of birds. I was able to quickly google how to take care of them, and am doing fine in that regard, but am wondering: how do bird people enjoy them? Bonus question: how do I get my cats to not want to eat them? [more inside]
posted by corb on Oct 14, 2013 - 32 answers

What happens to bird feces when sanitized, but still physically present?

Ok probably sounds disgusting, but I just have a theoretical interest in this ever since I moved to my new apt with a balcony frequent by the flying rat kind. I don't have time in the morning but I frequently spray some bleach water solution on the pigeon feces to scrape off later, and then I was wondering what chemically happens to the feces (or well, anything organic that contains pathogens and bacteria) when soaked in bleach. Are the soaked feces on the railing theoretically "clean" and sanitized? What happens??? What is left over? I don't intend to leave them there, just curious. BTW: any tips to keep pigeons away while at it? We covered all the balcony railings in reflective tape. It looks like a camp, silver palace now, but they still like it.
posted by ahtlast93 on Sep 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Please tell me what kind of bird I saw

Please name this bird I photographed in the English Lake District in July 2013. I'm no ornithologist, and online bird identification tools don't come up with anything close. Mostly light coloured, black wings, black patch over the eye, reddish patch on breast. Maybe 20cm tall. Photo here: http://imgur.com/HjpPSPr. Thanks in advance!
posted by samj on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 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

Texas bird identification

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

Baby bird fell out of nest.

I noticed a baby seagull running up and down the sidewalk outside my flat. It's not able to fly and the mommy seagull is flying above it, but has apparently stopped feeding it. Should I pick up the bird and move it to a park? (I'm in the middle of the city.) I've always been told that touching a baby bird will leave a human scent on it and the mother will abandon it? Is this true?
posted by three blind mice on Jun 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me identify this piece of art.

We recently found this piece of art, a bronze plaque, at a table sale. It looks like something created by a known artist, their name is on the tip of my brain, but I'm drawing a blank. Does it ring any bells with any of you? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 17, 2013 - 6 answers

What birds were these?

I live in the Western NC mountains. Early this morning I saw a line of birds flying very high, ( they looked like a ribbon of dots), and fast, from south to north. The formation was strikingly beautiful as they were following in a wavering line rather than the typical V formation. What species did I see?
posted by haikuku on Mar 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Birds and Battlefields

Mixing military history and natural history, I'm looking for information regarding bird behavior during wartime. An example: would one hear bird songs on the battlefield during pauses in fighting? [more inside]
posted by josephtate on Mar 12, 2013 - 13 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

Anywhere to see tropical birds in New York City Area?

My 10-year-old nephew lives in Cranford, NJ and really likes tropical birds. My wife and I said for Christmas we'd take him to the zoo hopefully to see some birds and really the only research I had done was to confirm the Prospect Park Zoo (which is the same thing as the Brooklyn Zoo??) was open in the winter, but when I look at the site there's not much mention of tropical birds. Is there anything better in the area?
posted by theNeutral on Jan 3, 2013 - 13 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

Where Have All Bird Corpses Gone?

Why don't I see more dead birds? [more inside]
posted by notyou on Dec 14, 2012 - 17 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

The Birds: Australian style

How long after baby birds leave the nest until the parent birds stop being arseholes? Is there any way to convey the message, "move along now, no loitering" to a bunch of currawongs? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Nov 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Harbingers of doom or bringers of light?

What are some great myths about animals? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Aug 31, 2012 - 13 answers

Who owned this feather?

What bird used to own this feather? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Aug 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Canary x Goldfinch mules for Newbies

My girlfriend wants to get a canary x goldfinch mule... what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jun 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Any Great Games To Play With/Against My Daughter on Two Android OS Devices?

My 8yo daughter (in a few weeks) and I love playing Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds and other games on Android. We play them on my Xoom, Kindle Fire, and HTC Thunderbolt (phone). Are there any good games like these (not first person shooters, please. She's 8 and we're Quaker) that would allow us to play against o with each other, one on the Xoom and the other on the Kindle?
posted by nathanrudy on Jun 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Too many birds, and too many bird problems.

Name that bird! And also need some suggestions for keeping birds out of the pet food/water dishes. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Jun 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Has a copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America ever survived a flood by floating?

Has a copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America ever survived a flood by floating? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on May 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Bird tattoo

I am getting a tattoo of two birds on my back to cover up some old tattoos that I no longer like. I am looking for bird species inspiration. Ideally these will be some sort of plumed birds, but please link me/give me a species name of any birds that you find to be particularly beautiful. Thanks!
posted by corn_bread on May 17, 2012 - 27 answers

Songs with birds chirping

Help me find indie music with the sound of birds chirping in the background. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on May 8, 2012 - 33 answers

Birds in a Treeless City

Looking for information about birds in Asia that were discovered making nests out of pieces of hardare, because there were no trees left. [more inside]
posted by space cat on Apr 11, 2012 - 3 answers

Wild bird or lost pet?

Help! Is this bird potentially a lost pet? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Jan 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Doc Buzzard is hangin' around...

What the heck are all these birds of prey doing? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jan 5, 2012 - 9 answers

New Year's Bird

I think we found a parakeet in our backyard. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 1, 2012 - 22 answers

Fowl play

Any advice on catching a guinea fowl? This is a small-turkey-sized, semi-flighted bird that really, really doesn't want to be caught. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Dec 25, 2011 - 16 answers

Why do birds migrate?

Why do birds migrate to the Arctic and Antarctic? [more inside]
posted by selenized on Nov 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Just don't say "rods".

I have a backyard nocturnal UFC (Unidentified Flying Creature) What am I seeing? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Nov 14, 2011 - 20 answers

It turns out the owls are pretty much exactly what they seem

I need to know how to set up a wireless, night-vision enabled, motion detecting camera for the purposes of spying. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 23, 2011 - 15 answers

What does a pigeon look like?

I got curious about this after reading a blog article on pigeons and face recognition. What colors does a pigeon see in other pigeons? I see pigeons with white, black, and grey bands and patches, sometimes with iridescence in the neck. The wikipedia entry for bird vision says they have pentachromatic vision. [more inside]
posted by bleary on Jul 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Pet problems at home.

I just moved in with my boyfriend, and as it turns out he's very easily annoyed by my pets. I'm looking for suggestions on how to moderate the tension so that both he and my little creatures can coexist without murdering each other. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Jul 8, 2011 - 23 answers

insert [seagulls crying] here!

Why are there birdcalls looping in my neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by amestar_runner on Jun 11, 2011 - 18 answers

"Hummingbird Ceasefire Zone" will be my rock band's first album title

Why do hummingbirds get along at this particular feeder and not at others? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 7, 2011 - 6 answers

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