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  • amorfati601070amorfati601070 Posts: 1,024Member Member Posts: 1,024Member Member
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    Yes. I love to bird watch. I am the Bird Whisperer. An emu walked up to me one day. I live in southern California. I guess he was lost. That was my proudest moment. Here is my emu friend. i2hrszmy6d0a.jpg

    Are you familiar with the Cassowary? If there is better evidence that the Dinos are closely related to birds...
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  • amorfati601070amorfati601070 Posts: 1,024Member Member Posts: 1,024Member Member
    Bird watching during day but switch to Bat watching at night. Yes I know they’re basically flying rodents but they’re adorable.

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    Hooolyyy shiiit. Get a load of this guy.

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  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    Bird watching during day but switch to Bat watching at night. Yes I know they’re basically flying rodents but they’re adorable.

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    Hooolyyy shiiit. Get a load of this guy.

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    Oh please don't let that guy live near me. I would need years of counseling if I ever came upon that thing.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    shaf238 wrote: »
    Bird is also slang for women in the UK. I happen to know a few bird watchers, yes.

    I didn't know that was current. I thought it was limited to the Roger Daltry/Eric Clapton generation. It's good to learn that it's classic, timeless slang.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    Yes, hello 😁

    Hi Birdlover.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    Yes. I love to bird watch. I am the Bird Whisperer. An emu walked up to me one day. I live in southern California. I guess he was lost. That was my proudest moment. Here is my emu friend. i2hrszmy6d0a.jpg

    You're making me want to move to California just to pick up one of these things hitch hiking. This is, like, prehistoric.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    Vikka_V wrote: »
    Owls are super cool, think I've only seen 2. My moms house borders conservation property and I saw one in a tree one day, and one killing something in the snow another time.

    When I lived (in another place) there were a lot of ravens, to me they looked like fat crows. I think they may be my favourite because of their mimicry, it was so interesting to hear.

    Ravens are so Edgar Allen Poe. Admittedly I wouldn't know the difference between one and a crow, but the mimicry angle is way interesting. They must be quite intelligent.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    ythannah wrote: »
    I love watching birds. Not in the traditional sense where some people watch to spot certain birds, I just like to look at them.

    In my old house I had a dormer window in my bedroom that was over the roof of the back porch and birds used to like to hang out there. I'd sit in the window and watch them do their thing, it was very relaxing. They were just sparrows, nothing exotic.

    I've had a pileated woodpecker in my back yard. There are great blue herons in the river where I sometimes walk the dogs.

    Our office used to be in a heritage building that was getting exterior restoration done so there was scaffolding up the side where my window was. Pigeons would hang out there a lot. One day we could hear some scuffling outside the window and thought two of the pigeons were fighting. Upon closer inspection, they were mating. :D

    I'm with you on this. Watching birds out a window put things in better perspective for me. After watching for 10 minutes or so it makes a lot of whatever was causing me anxiety seem silly.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    I don’t watch the birds as much as they watch me when I’m running by :D

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    Hawk, great blue heron and a photobombing hummingbird.

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    Huge turkey vulture.

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    Cobra chickens!!! :D

    I love the chutzpah of the photo bombing hummingbird. And the others are also noteworthy. Kind of out of a Hitchcock movie.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    I also went on an Owl Prowl last year and heard baby screech owls hooting. Recently saw a road runner. Love love love birds.

    Hah! I thought Road Runners were fictional cartoon characters!
  • k8eekinsk8eekins Posts: 1,745Member Member Posts: 1,745Member Member
    newmeadow wrote: »
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    I also went on an Owl Prowl last year and heard baby screech owls hooting. Recently saw a road runner. Love love love birds.

    Hah! I thought Road Runners were fictional cartoon characters!

    Good morning @newmeadow Love your new topic. These birds are real. Saw my first ones about 5 years ago. They are quite tiny and they'd use the road just as they would on those cartoon shows.
  • newmeadownewmeadow Posts: 1,328Member Member Posts: 1,328Member Member
    k8eekins wrote: »
    newmeadow wrote: »
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    I also went on an Owl Prowl last year and heard baby screech owls hooting. Recently saw a road runner. Love love love birds.

    Hah! I thought Road Runners were fictional cartoon characters!

    Good morning @newmeadow Love your new topic. These birds are real. Saw my first ones about 5 years ago. They are quite tiny and they'd use the road just as they would on those cartoon shows.

    This sounds like a Western Coast/Southwest thing. Adorable.
  • CoffeeAndContourCoffeeAndContour Posts: 772Member Member Posts: 772Member Member
    newmeadow wrote: »
    I live right by some of the original protected lands, and so there are always birds flying about. I don’t birdwatch with binoculars, but my son and I make plenty of bird feeders and hang them about our lawn to watch all the birds come in. He seems to really enjoy it, as do I, mostly. In large flocks they can freak me out little though. I don’t consider it an “old people thing”, I’m sure I do plenty that’s considered old, and mostly I think people should just do what they enjoy.

    Fun memories. My Brownie troupe used collect pine cones and then spread peanut butter on them, coat them with seeds and hand them on strings by the window as bird feeders.

    I’ll try that! Thanks for the idea :)
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Posts: 2,803Member Member Posts: 2,803Member Member
    I don’t watch the birds as much as they watch me when I’m running by :D

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    Hawk, great blue heron and a photobombing hummingbird.

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    Huge turkey vulture.

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    Cobra chickens!!! :D

    Love this!
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Posts: 2,803Member Member Posts: 2,803Member Member
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    Yes. I love to bird watch. I am the Bird Whisperer. An emu walked up to me one day. I live in southern California. I guess he was lost. That was my proudest moment. Here is my emu friend. i2hrszmy6d0a.jpg

    Are you familiar with the Cassowary? If there is better evidence that the Dinos are closely related to birds...
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    Yes and I completely agree. They are fluffy dinos.
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Posts: 2,803Member Member Posts: 2,803Member Member
    newmeadow wrote: »
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    I also went on an Owl Prowl last year and heard baby screech owls hooting. Recently saw a road runner. Love love love birds.

    Hah! I thought Road Runners were fictional cartoon characters!

    Here is the one I saw recently. He was smaller than you would expect.

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  • nooshi713nooshi713 Posts: 2,803Member Member Posts: 2,803Member Member
    newmeadow wrote: »
    nooshi713 wrote: »
    Yes. I love to bird watch. I am the Bird Whisperer. An emu walked up to me one day. I live in southern California. I guess he was lost. That was my proudest moment. Here is my emu friend. i2hrszmy6d0a.jpg

    You're making me want to move to California just to pick up one of these things hitch hiking. This is, like, prehistoric.

    It was crazy. They are obviously not native to here but we have a lot of farms where I live. He must have escaped. But what are the odds he walked up to MY car?! I was talking about this emu for days. Everyone was saying: "well you are the bird lady"....

    :)
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Posts: 2,803Member Member Posts: 2,803Member Member
    Bird watching during day but switch to Bat watching at night. Yes I know they’re basically flying rodents but they’re adorable.

    wmfbt5osh437.jpeg

    pj6dwadin9jv.jpeg

    dlh9wio2kpp5.jpeg

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    Hooolyyy shiiit. Get a load of this guy.

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    Hes kind of cute.
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