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ID these Eastern US birds of prey?

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]
posted by The Confessor on Jul 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Birders, bring a novice into the fold!

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 - 12 answers

Scared bird herd (flock)

Why are some birds less scared than other birds? [more inside]
posted by djstig on Jun 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Does anyone know of any resources/suggestions on getting trapped birds out of office buildings?

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]
posted by BlackStrapMolasses on May 23, 2008 - 1 answer

Is a canary for me?

First-time bird owner, wants something that is relatively easy to maintain, and has a pleasant song. [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Apr 27, 2008 - 10 answers

What species of duck is this?

Please help me identify the species of duck that I saw last week in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound on Mar 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Come here, birds, I want to feed you!

How do the birds know that my birdfeeder now has better seed? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Feb 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Poor dumb birds.

Is there anything that I can do to keep birds from flying into my office windows? [more inside]
posted by amro on Jan 4, 2008 - 12 answers

migratory bird ID

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]
posted by otio on Nov 7, 2007 - 6 answers

What kind of bird was this?

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]
posted by mzurer on Nov 3, 2007 - 10 answers

I am looking for gardening experiments

I am looking for gardening experiments [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Please help find this animation.

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]
posted by SamFrancisco on Aug 22, 2007 - 5 answers

help me identify this talisman!

please help me identify this beautiful feather... [more inside]
posted by seeka on Aug 17, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me attract birds to my balcony

Help me attract birds to my balcony [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Aug 13, 2007 - 8 answers

It can't just be my car, what's going on with the birds?

Are birds getting dumber? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Jun 25, 2007 - 19 answers

Single word name for bird training.

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).
posted by Davidissimo on Jun 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Antique Print Restoration: removing text transfer

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]
posted by toucano on Jun 11, 2007 - 2 answers

How did the birds get there?

How are dead baby birds showing up in parts of my yard with no trees? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on May 31, 2007 - 13 answers

Birds that burble, cluck and coo.

What is the physiology of bird sounds? [more inside]
posted by Listener on May 1, 2007 - 7 answers

Birds on my porch make the cats FREAK!

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 - 15 answers

One-way mirrored birdfeeder reflective window material stuff!

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 - 14 answers

Lookit the little birdie...

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 - 1 answer

What can I do with a dead bird?

What can I do with a dead bird (beyond outright disposal)? [more inside]
posted by bookley on Jan 23, 2007 - 23 answers

Birds nesting in our walls - help

Bats in the belfry? No, birds in the walls. How long do I have to wait before we seal up the hole? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Jan 21, 2007 - 4 answers

What kind of bird is this?

What kind of bird is this? [more inside]
posted by dweingart on Sep 23, 2006 - 9 answers

How to Keep Pigeons Away?

Pigeons begone! How do I keep pigeons off my ledge? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 22, 2006 - 24 answers

Penguin movie inconsistency

Attention penguin mavens. Something about "March of the Penguins" ain't right. [more inside]
posted by yclipse on Jul 28, 2006 - 6 answers

querying the bird brain

What do I do with a baby bird in my backyard? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jun 30, 2006 - 14 answers

Scaring away a bird?

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]
posted by mpemulis on May 22, 2006 - 11 answers

Save TEH baby HAWKS!

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 - 18 answers

What bird is making this song?

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 - 20 answers

How to hook wireless cam to laptop for pics?

Can I hook a camera (meant for security) to a computer to take pics? [more inside]
posted by thinds66 on Apr 8, 2006 - 7 answers

How can I stop a bird from playing on my car and leaving its crap all over?

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 - 31 answers

For the birds

The family bird hates me, help! [more inside]
posted by viachicago on Mar 20, 2006 - 13 answers

Hello, Starling.

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 - 10 answers

My bird bites me

Why does my bird always try to bite me? [more inside]
posted by joshuak on Feb 20, 2006 - 15 answers

Books and Birds

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 - 22 answers

Injured bird... help!

So I found a still-live bird trapped under the wheel of a car. It's now in my bathroom... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 3, 2005 - 17 answers

Where do the birds go when it rains?

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 - 9 answers

Can someone tell me the name of this TV movie?

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]
posted by jam_pony on Nov 4, 2005 - 14 answers

tions and ligers and birdfish, oh my!

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 - 18 answers

Strange birds

I want to prepare a Russian-Doll Roast. [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Sep 8, 2005 - 23 answers

How can an amateur photographer make good photographs of birds?

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 - 5 answers

What are some good books about birds?

What are some good books about birds? [more inside]
posted by miniape on Aug 2, 2005 - 9 answers

How can I save baby birds from being flushed down the downspout?

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 - 15 answers

No dog? You bastards!

Does anyone know of any stellar bird breeders in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Specklet on Jun 16, 2005 - 9 answers

bird shitting in water bowl (coprophiliac?)

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 - 5 answers

Take thy beak from out my cover, and take thy form from off my pool

How do I keep birds off my pool's solar cover? [more inside]
posted by deshead on May 12, 2005 - 6 answers

What kind of (swimming) bird is this?

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 - 10 answers

Feeding swans

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 - 9 answers

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