my favorite bird

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Nov 19
My favorite bird is the Hummingbird. They left at the end of September and I have to wait until the end of May for them to come back. Luckily I have two Brome feeders to keep me entertained until then.

Your Favorite Bird

My favorite bird is the Eurasian Bullfinch. I guess you can compare it to the Northern Cardinal: a brightly-colored bird against a white wintery background. Here is an example of one of the many Christmas cards I grew up with.

Project feederwatch reminder.

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Nov 06
Just reminding everyone that project feederwatch starts in a few days. Get signed up at: . $18 Non-Cornell Lab member. $15 Cornell Lab member. That’s: .

Who are you?

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Aug 15
While I was out on the lake I saw these birds while I was feeding a family of mallards. There was 5 of them circling over me because they wanted food, but I don’t know what kind of bird they are they are. Do you???

Flower Eater!

Aug 08
Something keeps pulling the bee guard flowers off my hummingbird feeder and chewing them up. Does anyone know what’s doing this?

Where to donate your old clothes

Here are just a few charitable organizations you can donate your old stuff to:  

BBN 2-18 – Project Feederwatch, Using Field Guides and Regulating Your House Temperature

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Feb 14
View the entire episode here. Tatsiana talks to Dr. Emma Grieg about the history of Cornell’s Project Feederwatch, Dr. Bird gives a few tips about using Field Guides, Keeping yoour house between certain temperatures can save a lot of energy, and some birds really don’t like tennis! Backyard Feeding Tatsiana Interviews Dr. Emma Grieg about Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology Project Feederwatch Ask Dr. Bird Dr. Bird is still in Baja, but gives us some tips

Feeding my Carolina Wren buddies.

Gets pretty cold here in Jersey and my wren buddies needed some good nourishment, so I thought live mealworm would be good. I guessed right. ARVE Error: Mode: lazyload is invalid or not supported. Note that you will need the Pro Addon activated for modes other than normal.

New Themes for the Photo Contest!

So we thought it’d be fun if you could propose future themes for our Weekly Photo Contest. We will leave this Forum open for the next month or so (until January 20th), then we will pick 15 themes out of the ones you’ve suggested. After that we’ll ask you to vote on the 8 you like the most. So put your thinking cap on!

7 Continents, 7 Birds!

Here’s a little quiz we are running on our Facebook page. Now I’m curious to see if you know which continent each of these birds lives on. Have you ever seen any of them?

BBN 2-04 Privet Berries and Waxwings, Kestrels Eating Seafood and Use Less Plastic Bags

  Brome Bird Book: The Common Swift Stays Aloft for 10 Months New Nestboxes Helping the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo Around The World Rainbow Lorikeets Benefit from Meat in Their Diet Migratory Birds Rescued from Chinese Restaurants Birds In Government Pakistan Aims to Preserve Habitat for the Macqueen’s Bustard Dr. Allen Armitage is back – talking about privet berries and how they attract Waxwings. Dr. Bird is in Germany giving a paper on drones and answers

This weeks show

When you present your reusable cup at certain coffee houses (Tims comes to mind) not only do you help the environment, you receive a cash discount (10 cents at Tims) on your favourite cuppa joe. Those interested in bird migration over open sea should pick up a copy of ‘Songbird Journeys: Four Season in the Lives of Migratory Birds’ by Miyoko Chu. Miyoko is with the ‎Cornell Lab of Ornithology. One of my favourite books

Domestic Parrot out in the Wild!

I have a question for you. My daughter’s neighbor found a large parrot in their yard. We assume it was a pet that escaped from its home. The parrot has been hanging around their yard for over a month. It’s feeding off their wild bird feeders and using the bird bath. They would like to capture the parrot before the weather gets colder. We believe it’s living in a large tree on their property. We

Fall migration surprise visitors

Sep 30
With migration well under way, I thought it would be fun to talk about surprise birds that come and visit our yards during this time. I am in Michigan, and yesterday, suddenly a young red-breasted Grosbeak showed up at my feeder. This clearly has to be a migrant because I haven’t seen any Grosbeaks for more than a month now, and I had quite a few in the summer. Earlier in September, I also had

What’s your choice?

So, will it be Picture 1 or Picture 2? Pick your Winner! One vote per person, please!

What’s My Name?

George Dick took this beautiful picture, but he is not sure which bird it is. What do you think?

Woodpecker sleeping in nest box – should I keep it up for winter?

Sep 01
Hi, everyone. I have a pole mounted and baffled two-hole nest box in my front yard that has not been occupied by a breeding bird this year (it was the first year). There is a camera installed in there, so I can see what is going on. Lately, in the evenings I noticed some commotion in there, but could not see what exactly it was, the camera angle did not fit. I thought maybe a

Double Clutching

This has been a strange season here in Houston. I blamed the strange wet weather we had during the breeding season for a bad hatch with the exception of Woodpeckers. Then we got lots of the usual baby birds late in the season with the exception of Robins and Mockingbirds. Now I’m seeing large numbers of fledgling Cardinals and Blue Jays. Do these 2 species lay a second clutch each year or is this some

Lisa Cavanary: Bluebird eggs, day 20 and no hatching. Are there visible signs to tell what is happening?

Hello, everyone 🙂 So this summer, I was a bluebird host for the first time in my life. The couple in my yard has successfully raised two clutches, with five fledglings the first and six in the second time around, and it was a delight to see it all going down. I have a nestbox camera, so I can see what is going on in the box, which is very exciting. Once we cleaned the

Cowbirds by Steve Swearingen

For the past week, I’ve been watching a female Cardinal working her tail feathers off feeding a baby female Brown-headed Cowbird. This is the first time I have ever witnessed this parasitic behavior in person. She is quite capable of feeding herself as I have seen her do so but prefers to be waited on. I have attached several pictures of the little beggar in action and would like to hear from others on similar

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