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]
posted by punkrockrat
on Apr 21, 2007 -
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]
posted by agropyron
on Feb 14, 2007 -
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]
posted by ElectricBlue
on Feb 1, 2007 -
Attention penguin mavens. Something about "March of the Penguins" ain't right. [more inside]
posted by yclipse
on Jul 28, 2006 -
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.
posted by mpemulis
on May 22, 2006 -
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?
posted by Hands of Manos
on May 18, 2006 -
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 -
How do I get a bird to stop sitting on my side mirrors and shitting all over my car? [more inside]
posted by mathowie
on Apr 6, 2006 -
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]
posted by neustile
on Mar 3, 2006 -
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]
posted by bubukaba
on Feb 8, 2006 -
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?
posted by agropyron
on Nov 18, 2005 -
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.
posted by jam_pony
on Nov 4, 2005 -
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]
posted by Kickstart70
on Sep 10, 2005 -
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]
posted by jdroth
on Aug 11, 2005 -
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]
posted by baltimore
on Jul 24, 2005 -
Got a parakeet recently, and for the past few days he's been hovering over his water bowl at all times, going to the bathroom in it. [more inside]
posted by jimmy
on Jun 10, 2005 -
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 -
A pair of swans are nesting on the river near my flat, is there anything I could do which might help them and their cygnets to survive? Any food I could provide, etc or would I be helping them best by just staying well away?
posted by biffa
on Apr 18, 2005 -
Could you give me any ideas for ridding my horse barn of English Sparrows. Their population has reached plague proportion. They have driven away the barn swallows, phoebes and robins that used to nest in the barn. we would prefer a live trap as we would like to keep our native birds and bats, but we are frustrated enough with the sparrows’ mess, that we wouldn't be fussy about what traps we set during the winter.
posted by Daddest
on Mar 8, 2005 -
Birdfilter 2: A tree on our street provides nesting and perching for the neighborhood doves. The daily crap deposited on my car is unbelievable. I may try the owl (though it sounds goofy), but are there other ideas? (The previous owners nearly cut the tree down, which I refuse to do.)
posted by davebug
on Sep 12, 2004 -
Birdfilter: So some local birds have decided to make my fire escape into their main hang-out, which is fine, but it's starting to look a little grotesque out there. Any recommendations for cleaning this stuff up, beyond hot water and a wire brush? Something that is environmentally kosher is preferred...
posted by lilboo
on Jul 21, 2004 -
Read any good field guides for bird watching in the North East U.S. lately? [more inside]
posted by dchase
on Jul 8, 2004 -
Why do woodpeckers peck at things other than trees? I have one that constantly pecks at my window, and it is incredibly annoying. I thought that woodpeckers peck to find/store food, but there clearly isn't anywhere to store food in the glass of my window, so does it just love to peck things? So far it hasn't done any damage to the window, but i'm a little worried it might break through the glass one of these days. Most importantly, how do I get rid of it? Yelling/throwing things at the window scares it away temporarily, but it always comes back.
posted by rorycberger
on Jun 8, 2004 -
I'm trying to remember the name of a certain "Mod Era" item: it was a set of mobiles consisting of colored plastic birds with stickered eyes which dangled from metal springs.
And no, I'm not asking for your old set, I just wanna know what they're called.
posted by Smart Dalek
on Mar 3, 2004 -