Spring is raging in Portugal: the air is choking with pollen and musk and every flower, insect, bird and mammal is happily and successfully shouting "Fuck me now!". Meanwhile, a loving couple of dark blue-and-white barn swallows have taken a fancy to the air conditioner in my study, in our new house in Sintra. [more inside]
I'm looking for a big beautiful coffee table book about birds, wetlands or nature or similar ...preferably with lots of pictures and less text. It's a gift. Any suggestions? [more inside]
last minute panic costume: going as woman from The Birds need to find some fake birds to buy in Toronto. . . any chance someone has a line on these? tried the dollar store, but no luck. thank you!!
For getting shots of far-away animals, is it better to have a 9MP camera with a 10X zoom or a 14MP camera with a 5X zoom? [more inside]
Another mostly forgotten book recollection begging to be brought into the light. [more inside]
Why do you never see dead birds in the city? I live in the city and close to water. My surroundings are full of ducks, swans, pigeons (yich) and gulls. Yet I never see one dead, except maybe if it was run over by a car. Why is that? Is there some secret bird cemetery they go to to die? Surely the gutters should be full of dead pigeons or something. God knows there's enough of them around. Or are they eaten by insects in record time? Disclaimer: I do not have an actual wish to see dead birds. I've just been wondering about this since forever.
BirdFilter: Looking out over Watt's Cove in Tenants Harbor, Maine I keep seeing a flock of small birds flying back and forth. They look to be brownish in color but then! They briefly flash silver at the slightest change in direction. Any ideas?
I want to diversify the population hanging out at my urban birdfeeder. House sparrows, pigeons and starlings are beginning to irritate me. [more inside]
Please help me identify this bird in Washington State (nocturnal). I didn't see it, but I heard it. It was a long screech, starting at a low pitch, and ending at a high pitch. The screech lasted a full second or so. There was one right in front of my house, and another in the backyard. If it helps for region, I'm out in Snohomish where there's tons of pine trees around.
Can anyone here identify these (apparent) birds of prey? The photograph was taken in Salem Massachusetts, but more than one mile away from any saltwater shore. [more inside]
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]
Why are some birds less scared than other birds? [more inside]
I work in a pretty large office building, and while walking the bi-level lobby floors I always hear trapped birds chirping and see them hopping around... [more inside]
First-time bird owner, wants something that is relatively easy to maintain, and has a pleasant song. [more inside]
Please help me identify the species of duck that I saw last week in North Carolina. [more inside]
How do the birds know that my birdfeeder now has better seed? [more inside]
Is there anything that I can do to keep birds from flying into my office windows? [more inside]
Please help me identify the birds I've been seeing paddling around Boston Harbor/Dorchester Bay these past few weeks. Snow white feathers on the back, dark otherwise. Don't know if it's some sort of duck or goose. [more inside]
What kind of bird was this? I found my cat playing with it, so if you're a bird lover, even though you may be able to help, you may want to stop reading here. [more inside]
I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
Can you please identify and/or link me to a black & white flash animation of black birds marching and flying in repeated ranks... [more inside]
please help me identify this beautiful feather... [more inside]
Help me attract birds to my balcony [more inside]
Are birds getting dumber? [more inside]
I need single word name for bird training. It needs to be either more generic than falconry or if it exists, more specifically, it's related to the art of training homing pigeons (often mistaken as carrier pigeons).
Antique Print Restoration: I have 6 or 7 original c. 1860 Gould humming bird prints. These are large (14" x x21" +/-) hand-colored lithographs. In wonderful condition EXCEPT there is slight black "text transfer" visible on the print. This sometimes happens to antique prints when there was no tissue-guard to separate the print from the text on the opposite facing page. [more inside]
How are dead baby birds showing up in parts of my yard with no trees? [more inside]
What is the physiology of bird sounds? [more inside]
These two birds insist on building a nest on my porch. Thus, my cats are freaking out. How can I get these birds to take a hike? More detail inside, this isn't as easy as it sounds! [more inside]
Is there a one-way reflective material for windows that doesn't reduce outbound visibility? I'm trying to help my cats sit on the windowsill without scaring the birds away from the feeder. [more inside]
My roommate recently saw a "Fresh" music video on VH1 that she really liked. Now, she wants to see it again but can't remember what it was called. All she has is a vague memory of a pink bird crushing on the video's singer. Help? [more inside]
What can I do with a dead bird (beyond outright disposal)? [more inside]
Bats in the belfry? No, birds in the walls. How long do I have to wait before we seal up the hole? [more inside]
What kind of bird is this? [more inside]
Pigeons begone! How do I keep pigeons off my ledge? [more inside]
Attention penguin mavens. Something about "March of the Penguins" ain't right. [more inside]
What do I do with a baby bird in my backyard? [more inside]
In the past two weeks a bird (let's call him Stan) has developed a weird attachment to the rear view mirrors on our car. (The car is parked outside.) At all hours of the day Stan can be found sitting on the side of one of the mirrors pecking furiously. He seems to prefer one side mirror more than the other but doesn't really care too much. I'd really like to discourage little Stan from his behavior because he might scratch up the mirror and he's pooping all over the doors. [more inside]
There is a hawk's nest in the lot next to our house with babies in it. They are about to clear cut the land to put yet another crappy built house there (all in the name of "money"). Is there anything that can be done to save that nest?
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?
Can I hook a camera (meant for security) to a computer to take pics? [more inside]
How do I get a bird to stop sitting on my side mirrors and shitting all over my car? [more inside]
The family bird hates me, help! [more inside]
Moved into a new place and was awoken the first morning by a starling that had nested in my wall, coming in through an old dryer vent that's no longer in service. I could hear it tweeting and warbling and generally making a huge racket right next to my bed at 6 a.m. I can't fully see all the way down the vent duct. I covered it up after he left (he was watching me from a nearby tree) but am paranoid I've locked some of his egg-children in there. [more inside]
Why does my bird always try to bite me? [more inside]
Why are there so many book publishers that have birds in their names or their logos? Is there a historical explanation? Is there any explanation? [more inside]
So I found a still-live bird trapped under the wheel of a car. It's now in my bathroom... [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?
Can someone tell me the name of this TV movie? There are some spoilers here if you haven't seen this, but there's no other way to try to identify it. [more inside]
Can/do fish species and bird species interbreed? Not fish-and-bird together, just to be clear. I'm not insane, thanks very much. :) [more inside]