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?
Can anyone identify this bird found in North Carolina? [more inside]
Name that bird of prey! (Photo #1, Photo #2). Seen today in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, near the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains (Hollywood Hills).
Bird-watching books and gadgets for a bird-loving (but novice) 70 year old man? [more inside]
How can I convince the local robins to nest in my trees? [more inside]
Sometime around '93-95, when I was living in Plymouth, NC, my elementary school class took a field trip to a bird farm. I would love to track down the place where I went. [more inside]
What are these black birds that took over my yard today? [more inside]
Looking for avian resources -- vets, toy stores, etc -- in SoCal! [more inside]
How do the birds know that my birdfeeder now has better seed? [more inside]
How are dead baby birds showing up in parts of my yard with no trees? [more inside]
Pigeons begone! How do I keep pigeons off my ledge? [more inside]
BirdFeederFilter: When it's gloomy and rainy, I don't see any birds at my birdfeeder for days on end. Then as soon as it's sunny, they're all over the place. What gives? What do they do on rainy days, just forage near their nest? Don't birds gotta eat when it rains?
I have a Nikon d70 (and an n80) and several lenses, the longest of which zooms to 200mm. I have a remote for the d70 (and a cable-release for the n80). I have a mediocre tripod. My yard is filled with birds. What do I need to know to optimize my chance at great bird photos? Is it merely a matter of patience and luck? Does anyone here have experience with bird photography? [more inside]
What's the worst place to build your nest and lay your eggs? Above a downspout seems to me a pretty bad choice. [more inside]