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even Jonathan Franzen thinks so

g@bbneb (gabbneb), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 15:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Project Puffin

gabbneb (gabbneb), Wednesday, 24 August 2005 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

http://frontiernet.net/~azweiner/bb.jpg

M@TT PUFFIN, Wednesday, 24 August 2005 19:00 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/ivory/

youn, Friday, 26 August 2005 01:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Next time I download pix from my camera, I have a couple from the hummingbird feeder on my office window. (Camera was set up 3 feet from feeder.)

Rock Hardy (Rock Hardy), Friday, 26 August 2005 01:15 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

http://www.missico.com/personal/tidbits/images/mad_bluebird_large.jpg

Laurel, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 22:06 (thirteen years ago) link

even Jonathan Franzen thinks so

self-lol

gabbneb, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 22:13 (thirteen years ago) link

is youn still searching for the ivory-billed woodpecker?

gabbneb, Wednesday, 23 January 2008 22:14 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

Wow guyz there was a wren just sitting on the bin outside the window. I don't remember the last time I saw one of those.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

Reed Bunting in my folks garden the other day.

Handsome chap.

http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/img.asp?i=photos/birdguide/reed-buntings.jpg

Jarlrmai, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

bloody bird image hotlinking prevention

http://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/reedbunting_male_300_tcm9-142425.jpg

Jarlrmai, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:15 (twelve years ago) link

thanks RSPB.

Jarlrmai, Monday, 31 March 2008 16:15 (twelve years ago) link

We have a big climbing jasmine that is breaking down its puny trellis -- I was going to trim the vines and shore it up with a new trellis, but a robin started a nest in it last Saturday and now I don't want to disturb it. The nest is only 5' off the ground, so I'll be able to get pics of the nest and eggs and babies as spring and summer progress.

Rock Hardy, Monday, 31 March 2008 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

three months pass...

like 15 minutes ago i was in a garage lights dimmed listening to music chilling and then there is a significant buzz next to my left shoulider ! i check and get the fear for a sec thinking it's a giant water bug about to bite me but it was an exhausted hummingbird , that managed to cling on some box and sort of passed out. a piece of string twirled around its beak, i could pull on it to free it and it wouldn't wake up n.e.way turns out it was pecking on a chunk of sticky stuff around one of it's foot, was obsessed by it. i wrapped it up in a piece of clothe and cleaned it with a tweezer. put it outside it managed to take off but took off straight up all confused feeling caught up under the roof of a porch. idk it landed , i took it up and put it in great wide open space and it took off in a similar way, sort of straight up til i lost sight of it. now i wonder if i should have done things differently to optimize it's chances of survival. not that it matters much, they are not close to being extinct i guess, but I'm under the impression there is a possibility it got high enough, got exhausted again and sort of fell to a critical injury and end up dying. hm. good luck little dude , u got me involved! http://i.pbase.com/o6/16/585616/1/74204871.6hvWOxlQ.birdhummingbirdgreen8237.jpg

Sébastien, Sunday, 20 July 2008 03:10 (twelve years ago) link

a surprise cute little memento mori, that i could have done without, but it's sort of always like that , with that sot of thing yeh

Sébastien, Sunday, 20 July 2008 03:17 (twelve years ago) link

I was happy to see the hummingbirds come around this year anyway even though I didn't put out feeders for them.

Rock Hardy, Sunday, 20 July 2008 03:28 (twelve years ago) link

hey look at those birds

gabbneb, Sunday, 20 July 2008 03:52 (twelve years ago) link

yo YOC representin', i ain't forgotten u guys

Just got offed, Sunday, 20 July 2008 10:12 (twelve years ago) link

four months pass...

Did you just say he contacts you through a fucking bird?

What particular species... of bird?

very very serious (gabbneb), Monday, 15 December 2008 03:31 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

picturesofbirdsstealingicecream.com

f f murray abraham (G00blar), Sunday, 8 March 2009 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

loooooooooooooooooooooooooool

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Sunday, 8 March 2009 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

i fucking love gulls

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Sunday, 8 March 2009 17:43 (eleven years ago) link

That's kind of horrifying for me. I'm sort of scared of birds. :-(

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Sunday, 8 March 2009 17:44 (eleven years ago) link

Herring Gulls are just so garrulously kickass and obnoxious in a sort of totally awesome way

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Sunday, 8 March 2009 17:48 (eleven years ago) link

They all scare me.

Best gull story ever is that one time when they were little my friends Kevin and Jef where swimming in the ocean and Jef picked his nose and smeared it on Kevin and then ate the rest. Kevin was so grossed out that he puked right then and there in the ocean immediately after which a seagull flew down and ate the puke. True story.

Lesson? Gulls eat vomit and are therefore gross. My friends are gross too but also v v awesome.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Sunday, 8 March 2009 17:55 (eleven years ago) link

All seabirds (and indeed most birds) eat vomit. When adults feed their young, they do so at first largely through regurgitation.

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Sunday, 8 March 2009 17:59 (eleven years ago) link

What a delightful conversation!

they probably drink corporate water (country matters), Sunday, 8 March 2009 18:00 (eleven years ago) link

Scary! But yes, great caption.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Sunday, 8 March 2009 18:27 (eleven years ago) link

The url reminds me of the Zoolander speech - no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied along the way, just so long so you can make a name for yourself as an investigatory journalist, no matter how many friends you lose or people you leave dead and bloodied and dying along the way...

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 8 March 2009 18:35 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

A robin is nesting in an archway thing in my parents' backyard:

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c287/expatrica/P5090114.jpg

a sweet ballet dancer (ENBB), Sunday, 10 May 2009 03:23 (eleven years ago) link

So blue!

Enemy Insects (NickB), Sunday, 10 May 2009 20:26 (eleven years ago) link

What sort of robin? A real robin or yr silly "American robin" which is actually a thrush?

sorry for british (country matters), Sunday, 10 May 2009 20:30 (eleven years ago) link

x-post Aren't they awesome? I got a bunch of cool pics. I keep trying to get one of the mama but she flies away when I get within 3 ft of the nest. :-(

LJ - I don't know, I guess an American one? One of the brown and orange ones.

a sweet ballet dancer (ENBB), Monday, 11 May 2009 01:26 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/content/images/2005/01/13/2005_feature_bird_watching_robin_gallery_470x300.jpg

'real' robin. I'm sure it will be this, the american robin is also brown and orange but larger.

They're nosey little birds, and will get very close to you if you're minding your own business. I think you getting close to their nest is not a great idea. I'm always greeted with friendly robins when I'm out fishing, stealing my maggots.

camping in wales once, i was awoken to a robin that had hopped into our tent.

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Monday, 11 May 2009 10:04 (eleven years ago) link

We have Blackbirds nesting in our garden and they have lovely blue eggs too. I imagine it's a "don't eat me" message to other animals. Not that it stops the bastid squirrels who will eat anything.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 11 May 2009 10:13 (eleven years ago) link

Thrush eggs are speckled blue incidentally so these are mos' def' robins.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 11 May 2009 10:15 (eleven years ago) link

Ste is right about the noseyness too, as soon as we start gardening they'll come hopping along and sneak any worms dug up. They get bullied by the sparrows in our garden but they can mostly hold their own.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 11 May 2009 10:17 (eleven years ago) link

i think i still immediately think of christmas when i see robins, from when i was a kid and seeing them on christmas cards all the time.

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Monday, 11 May 2009 10:20 (eleven years ago) link

xp, yeah i think they stick to the same 'zone' more than most other birds, so when other birds enter their territory they can become very defensive.

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Monday, 11 May 2009 10:23 (eleven years ago) link

The UK Robin is limited to Europe, you don't get them in North America. Those are definitely American Robin eggs too, ours lay 5 or 6 little pale brown jobs.

Enemy Insects (NickB), Monday, 11 May 2009 10:28 (eleven years ago) link

new garden has Coal Tits nesting in a box on a Scots pine

Jarlrmai, Monday, 11 May 2009 10:31 (eleven years ago) link

The robins in our garden are being very charming at the moment. One of them, presumably the male, keeps coming to the feeder to get a sunflower seed, then flying up to a nearby branch to feed it to his mate as a sort of little love offering.

x-post - we've got blue tits, kind of apprehensive about the chicks first few days 'in the wild' what with all the cats round our way (the furry bastards).

Enemy Insects (NickB), Monday, 11 May 2009 10:34 (eleven years ago) link

I don't know if it's the cool weather this week or what, but the hummingbirds in my yard are having a super freakout dance party.

WilliamC, Sunday, 20 July 2014 21:15 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Mine are too!

Anyway, today I've become smitten with little brown head parrots. Does anyone have a pet bird? Are they terrible to deal with? I'm not going to run out and buy one on a whim because they're about $600-700, but asking out of curiosity.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:12 (six years ago) link

my sister in law had an eclectus parrot for about 10 years

I swear unless you talk directly to it for 8 hours a day, all it will do is scream that you're not paying attention to it. I wouldn't have lasted more than a week, I dunno how she managed 10 years. So much screaming. And she gave it a lot of attention!

Though she was GORGEOUS - beautiful deep crimson with bright blue swatches here and there, so amazing that those colors can exist on something in nature like that.

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:00 (six years ago) link

small birds are more manageable, I'm sure

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:01 (six years ago) link

One of my friends about 15 years ago had a parakeet and it was pretty rad. Just flew around the apartment and would eat food out of your hair, preferably after you had buried it a little bit.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:15 (six years ago) link

I think it's probably better to have two birds instead of one so they don't get lonely, right? Might help with the attention issue.

polyphonic, Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:19 (six years ago) link

That makes sense. It's weird to think of birds getting lonely and being super needy, but I guess it happens when you keep an animal capable of flight inside a house.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 September 2014 21:25 (six years ago) link

Parakeets are awesome, happy little goofballs.

VegGrrl otm re anything resembling a parrot, they are psycho and live for 100 years, they are FOREVER and can srsly put the hurt on you sonically and psychologically. At least a regrettable tattoo just sits quietly there on your flesh for the rest of your life and doesn't shriek and shit and attract roaches and prevent you from moving.

I live with two small parrots; my wife got them ages ago when she was a teenager. We have one other bird, a wild starling who was a lost hapless fledgling in a warehouse. Keeping him alive was a huge task, my wife spent a month feeding him on the end of a chopstick every 30 minutes. But he rules. Affectionate, mischievous, a mimic who makes 100s of interesting sounds at manageable decibel levels and crazy word salad phrases like 'jussst make ssssnake payments'. He shits A LOT though so his cage is high maintenance and yknow the couch gets strafed pretty hard. And he is a bird so he is psycho but I love him. Starlings and pigeons are the only wild birds it is legal to keep in the us iirc.

Gar Tooth (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 18 September 2014 23:16 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA0tP-p7m40

polyphonic, Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:20 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

First swifts of the year in W12 today

koogs, Thursday, 7 May 2015 21:30 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

The RSPB is currently embroiled in a high-profile row with former cricketer Sir Ian Botham, who owns a grouse moor on the North York Moors and fronts You Forgot the Birds, a campaign accusing the RSPB of obsessing over birds of prey to the detriment of other species. After public comments by the RSPB following the disappearance of three hen harriers from the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire in April , Botham’s lawyers sent the RSPB a letter threatening possible legal action against the charity.

You Forgot the Birds and other organisations representing grouse moor owners want the government to introduce a system of “brood management” whereby eggs are removed from some hen harrier nests on grouse moors, chicks are reared in captivity and then released into lowland areas, reducing hen harriers’ predation of grouse. But the RSPB is blocking attempts to introduce such a system, arguing that the grouse industry must first prove it is not breaking the law and persecuting the birds.

Protecting small birds by shooting them, nice one Beefy

Frank 4ad (NickB), Tuesday, 2 June 2015 21:49 (five years ago) link

like a big beautiful EDL metaphor

the discussions, the slanging matches, the banter, the lot (imago), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 09:23 (five years ago) link

I had this very persistently noisy Blackbird visitor all of last week, then since Saturday it hasn't turned up :(
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFR-azBialE

xelab, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 19:35 (five years ago) link

an alarm call but i do love that sound. reminds me of walking along hedgerows on a summer evening

irl friend of the geir (NickB), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 21:21 (five years ago) link

yeah that is the sound of evening

the discussions, the slanging matches, the banter, the lot (imago), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 21:25 (five years ago) link

they're not terribly good at the old relaxing before bedtime thing

irl friend of the geir (NickB), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 21:29 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

damn i had been sitting on my porch and noticed a nest build atop a lampbox fixture its prob like 50 ft away and had just seen for the first time clearly the bird nesting there (robin i think) and i went inside to do some laundry etc for idk like 20 mins?? and came back out and the nest was GONE

ther are some bushes in my line of vision to below it & i walked over sorta near it & did see a broken eggshell & mess but didnt see the nest really anywhere…i guess it mustve fallen? it was a lil precarious and the spot is right above a door idk and i saw the robin come back to the lampbox & like sit like it was trying to nest looking confused omg this is the saddest shit ever

johnny crunch, Thursday, 2 July 2015 20:33 (five years ago) link

Ugh noooooo

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 2 July 2015 22:24 (five years ago) link

Idiot!

rahrah avis (imago), Thursday, 2 July 2015 22:24 (five years ago) link

j/k poor fucker

rahrah avis (imago), Thursday, 2 July 2015 22:25 (five years ago) link

had me googling are birds conscious idk jurys still out maybe

johnny crunch, Thursday, 2 July 2015 22:40 (five years ago) link

new symbioses: the next stage of avian evolution

rahrah avis (imago), Friday, 3 July 2015 12:09 (five years ago) link

seven months pass...

woodpecker outside the house is really going to town on a tree. don't kill it, woody!

https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpl1/v/t1.0-9/12717797_10154536310207137_2092846437496941064_n.jpg?oh=dd3536b942503cc308dc9f9c9a79e918&oe=57651410

scott seward, Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:14 (four years ago) link

hey imago:

https://twitter.com/Rutland_InFocus/status/701017120759480320

François Pitchforkian (NickB), Saturday, 20 February 2016 20:39 (four years ago) link

ty that is superlative

although my favourite aspect of it is the twitter handle

odysseus (imago), Saturday, 20 February 2016 21:22 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/emvgfx/live/c8xp5v

^ Springwatch birdcams. red kites, grey wagtails, swallows, wrens nests...

koogs, Monday, 12 June 2017 14:54 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

bloke stood under a tree on the way to work with a falconry glove on, looking up forlornely. didn't see the actual bird.

(this was white city, the trees in question are often full of parakeets when i'm leaving in the evening, perhaps this was for that. i know they use a raptor in paddington station to scare away the pigeons)

koogs, Friday, 13 October 2017 08:16 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Look how still this kingfisher keeps it head while hunting, incredible! #Winterwatch pic.twitter.com/QW8saez9Qo

— BBC Springwatch (@BBCSpringwatch) January 28, 2018

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:33 (two years ago) link

That's great. We all know that itching feeling that can occur when you're trying to intently focus on something specific (at 0:37)

willem, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:45 (two years ago) link

Absolutely :)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:58 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Had a redwing in front of house today. Never seen one before.

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 2 March 2018 10:04 (two years ago) link

Red-tailed hawk in the park the other day. Not sure whether Pale Male.

Moo Vaughn, Saturday, 3 March 2018 02:07 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Sunbathing crow.

koogs, Friday, 1 June 2018 20:48 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

recently a Goose in Florida had a friend die and has taken to destroying windows, attacking children at buses and hanging out with quote unquote lawless ducks

Ross, Tuesday, 7 August 2018 15:46 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I guess yesterday was International Vulture Awareness Day and i thought this tweet salute to the bearded vulture deserves its own recognition. “I am the MOST METAL culture because my diet is mostly bones” must be a lyric somewhere.

Vultures are amazing, and very important. Did you know: vultures are often a "dead end" for many common diseases spread by carrion? Rabies, botulism, anthrax, & more can't survive a vulture's digestion! #IVAD #VultureAwarenessDay #InternationalVultureAwarenessDay #LoveVultures pic.twitter.com/vi2jjOyXkj

— Jennifer Miller (@Nambroth) September 1, 2018

Hunt3r, Monday, 3 September 2018 16:16 (two years ago) link

you say vulture i say culture

Hunt3r, Monday, 3 September 2018 16:20 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

First swifts of the year in w12 yesterday. That's easily two weeks later than usual. Plus I've only seen two at any given time.

koogs, Monday, 20 May 2019 18:11 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

verified barred warbler sighted around the outskirts of sheerness. feels quite exciting. i'll probably alert the rspb

imago, Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:46 (one year ago) link

even Jonathan Franzen thinks so

self-lol

― gabbneb, Wednesday, January 23, 2008

pvmic

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:52 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

I finally refilled the backyard feeder and we have a newcomer to this yard, a male rose-breasted grosbeak.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Friday, 24 April 2020 14:48 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Yes it's real. pic.twitter.com/GxRESJeJFv

— Bobbie Hineman (@HinemanBobbie) May 17, 2020

and my bird

j., Monday, 18 May 2020 16:41 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...

one of the ravens has left the tower (they are still quorate though). but someone posted this video in response and i've bever heard a raven before.

We are so sad to hear this; we loved Merlina and always looked out for her when we visited. Here she is in 2019 in conversation with Jubilee. Wherever you might be, sleep well, petal. xx pic.twitter.com/fzOAebrsiy

— 𝒪𝓉𝓈𝒾 𝒲𝑜𝓁𝒻 🐺 (@otsiwolf) January 13, 2021

koogs, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:07 (one week ago) link

they have a vast vocal range. there's at least one youtuber who has chatz with theirs

imago, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:14 (one week ago) link

Had a redwing in front of house today. Never seen one before.

― Grandpont Genie, Friday, March 2, 2018 10:04 AM (two years ago) bookmarkflaglink

Saw one in the park the other day, ditto.

ledge, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:02 (six days ago) link


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