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2014-01-19 11:17:17 AM  
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2014-01-19 12:19:01 PM  
Big deal, I saw more than 750 birds walking home from work Friday. Of course, they were all crows doing their tree-raping swarm-crapping thing.

Oh, you meant 750 different types of birds. Carry on.
 
2014-01-19 01:42:35 PM  
One fine morning while on a field trip, our professor got us up at the crack of dawn to go birding. He was a fanatical birder and so we went with him, just in case he saw something cool. Couldn't find an interesting bird anywhere, even though we were in some great habitat. When we went back to camp, we found the guys who hadn't gone for the walk sitting around on logs, hung-over, feeding 30 or 40 birds with camp debris. They said, "hey, Dr. R, here's all your birds!" He didn't think it was very funny.

No, actually he did--he had a good sense of humor. Until the day he thought someone had stolen his $1200 binoculars......
 
2014-01-19 01:43:25 PM  
That movie sucked.  Except Rashida Jones, who is adorable.
 
2014-01-19 01:47:47 PM  
And I don't care.
 
2014-01-19 01:50:45 PM  
The pony ran, he jumped and pitched,
And tumbled massa in the ditch;
He died, and the jury wondered why --
The verdict was the blue tail fly.

Jimmy crack corn and I don't care,
Jimmy crack corn and I don't care,
Jimmy crack corn and I don't care,
My massa's gone away.
 
2014-01-19 01:50:51 PM  

cryinoutloud: One fine morning while on a field trip, our professor got us up at the crack of dawn to go birding. He was a fanatical birder and so we went with him, just in case he saw something cool. Couldn't find an interesting bird anywhere, even though we were in some great habitat. When we went back to camp, we found the guys who hadn't gone for the walk sitting around on logs, hung-over, feeding 30 or 40 birds with camp debris. They said, "hey, Dr. R, here's all your birds!" He didn't think it was very funny.

No, actually he did--he had a good sense of humor. Until the day he thought someone had stolen his $1200 binoculars......


Dove, junco, house finch, gold finch, house sparrow, downy woodpecker, blue jay, crow, grackle, starling, red-winged blackbird (fark those guys), red-tailed hawk, cardinal, black-capped chickadee. I see these on a regular basis just putting out feed on my balcony.

This clearly does not count birds like robins that prefer to feed on worms on the ground, etc.

Birding is fun, but if you really want to see birds then learn what they like to eat and put it out for them. This year we are going to put out some grape jelly and watch for orioles as well as the other regulars we love to see.

/The red-tailed hawk likes to eat birds.
 
2014-01-19 01:51:06 PM  
I care. That's some folks dream of a lifetime. But the man is right; watching birds in your own backyard is rewarding, too. And I don't care about a bird count.just the idea of travel and search and meeting people...and seeing great birds in their habitat. But you'd rather spend you days telling people what women you would "hit" on some computer web site. As if. So there.
 
2014-01-19 01:52:14 PM  
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2014-01-19 01:53:10 PM  
But did he spot a Norwegian blue?
 
2014-01-19 01:57:42 PM  

Schmerd1948: I care. That's some folks dream of a lifetime. But the man is right; watching birds in your own backyard is rewarding, too. And I don't care about a bird count.just the idea of travel and search and meeting people...and seeing great birds in their habitat. But you'd rather spend you days telling people what women you would "hit" on some computer web site. As if. So there.


Just in case you're referring to my comment, this is what I was referring to.
 
2014-01-19 01:58:09 PM  
750, you say? Were they tightly grouped?

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-19 02:04:34 PM  
Tippi Hedren unavailable for comment.

today's her birthday
 
2014-01-19 02:04:47 PM  
Some birds are easier to identify than others.

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2014-01-19 02:12:11 PM  
I like birds and all, but I don't quite get the thrill of saying, "I saw that one, and that one, and that one...."

I'd rather find habitats and track those throughout a season -- document nesting areas, track success and predators, environmental variables, new species in and out of the area, population fluctuations, etc.

Otherwise, you just learn that wildlife exists. I want to see how it's working.
 
2014-01-19 02:14:47 PM  
Wow, someone really needs to get laid
 
2014-01-19 02:15:53 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-19 02:17:42 PM  
Starter kit.

dominiquecameron.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-19 02:20:11 PM  
Hmmmm, my favorite bird to watch? Has to be the Large Double Breasted White Tailed Mattress Thrasher.

/pics from "naturalists", please.
 
v15
2014-01-19 02:21:00 PM  
If jimmy cracked corn and no one cares then why does he keep doing it??
 
2014-01-19 02:23:36 PM  
"What's so special about birds? Look at all these passenger pigeons we saw just today."

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2014-01-19 02:27:59 PM  

cryinoutloud: "What's so special about birds? Look at all these passenger pigeons we saw just today."

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That looks like a pile of buffalo bones to me.  Note dude at top holding skull.
 
2014-01-19 02:29:08 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
  I prefer to do my bird watching old school style like Audobon did.
 
2014-01-19 02:30:15 PM  
Why is a white dude singing a slave song?
 
2014-01-19 02:36:37 PM  
Twitcher problems
 
2014-01-19 02:43:43 PM  
I saw what I believe was an Ivory Billed Woodpecker several years ago while camping with my son's By Scout troop. It landed on the side of a tree stump about 10 yards away from me. I took a picture with a disposable camera. We never took the camera in to get it developed. It wasn't until months later that I looked in a bird book and realized that it wasn't a Pileated Woodpecker. When it landed on that stump it was on the side facing me completely vertical. I'm sure I saw a large amount of white towards its tail, and it seemed to be 2 feet long from the tip of its tail to it's beak. If that camera ever surfaces while we're cleaning out junk, I may be the one to prove that bird isn't extinct.
 
2014-01-19 02:45:38 PM  

v15: If jimmy cracked corn and no one cares then why does he keep doing it??


Because take that you stupid corn.
 
2014-01-19 02:47:23 PM  
i253.photobucket.comSpotted AND shagged twice that many birds this year, yeah baby yeah!
 
2014-01-19 03:08:21 PM  

skinink: And I don't care.


Came for this.
 
2014-01-19 03:10:40 PM  

Oldiron_79: But did he spot a Norwegian blue?


Beautiful Plumage!
 
2014-01-19 03:14:41 PM  
Rich people problems .
 
2014-01-19 03:17:41 PM  
Not one "Big Year" pic im disappointed
 
2014-01-19 03:26:49 PM  
Eyeing little girls with bad intent?

www.dustygroove.com
 
2014-01-19 03:38:25 PM  

cryinoutloud: "What's so special about birds? Look at all these passenger pigeons we saw just today."

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 456x360]


s9.postimg.org
 
2014-01-19 03:41:54 PM  
Not a single joke about being spotted in return.
 
2014-01-19 03:55:56 PM  
I bet none of the 750 birds were this one. I took this pic in the middle of nowhere in Suriname. I've no idea what the hell it is. It looks like a cross between a flamingo and a chicken.

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-19 03:58:24 PM  

Pyynk: Eyeing little girls with bad intent?

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Came looking for this, leaving satisfied...
 
2014-01-19 04:09:30 PM  

itsaidwhat: Hmmmm, my favorite bird to watch? Has to be the Large Double Breasted White Tailed Mattress Thrasher.

/pics from "naturalists", please.


Straddle-legged stump jumper.
 
2014-01-19 04:10:38 PM  
Day_Old_Dutchie:
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Pidgeon? Pidgin? Pigeon? It's anyone's guess.
 
2014-01-19 04:25:20 PM  

doosh: I bet none of the 750 birds were this one. I took this pic in the middle of nowhere in Suriname. I've no idea what the hell it is. It looks like a cross between a flamingo and a chicken.

[img.fark.net image 850x651]


Did it taste like a cross between a flamingo and a chicken?
 
2014-01-19 05:42:02 PM  
cdn2.holytaco.com
 
2014-01-19 06:19:38 PM  

doosh: I bet none of the 750 birds were this one. I took this pic in the middle of nowhere in Suriname. I've no idea what the hell it is. It looks like a cross between a flamingo and a chicken.

[img.fark.net image 850x651]


I wish I could help you but all I can guess is that it's some type of egret or heron.  In any case, you may want to try the Birds of Surinam web site.
 
2014-01-19 08:01:34 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: cryinoutloud: "What's so special about birds? Look at all these passenger pigeons we saw just today."
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That looks like a pile of buffalo bones to me.  Note dude at top holding skull.


Huh. It was on a page about passenger pigeons. The internet lies. Ok here's some people blowing away lots of passenger pigeons.

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MarkEC: If that camera ever surfaces while we're cleaning out junk, I may be the one to prove that bird isn't extinct.


Well, it's probably dead now. Thanks a lot.

/No, really, if you ever find that picture, please post it for everyone.  No, send it to Cornell. They'll get RIGHT back to you.
 
2014-01-19 08:05:48 PM  
Too busy finding more to comment:

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2014-01-19 08:19:13 PM  

MarkEC: I saw what I believe was an Ivory Billed Woodpecker several years ago while camping with my son's By Scout troop. It landed on the side of a tree stump about 10 yards away from me. I took a picture with a disposable camera. We never took the camera in to get it developed. It wasn't until months later that I looked in a bird book and realized that it wasn't a Pileated Woodpecker. When it landed on that stump it was on the side facing me completely vertical. I'm sure I saw a large amount of white towards its tail, and it seemed to be 2 feet long from the tip of its tail to it's beak. If that camera ever surfaces while we're cleaning out junk, I may be the one to prove that bird isn't extinct.


That would be sweet.
 
2014-01-19 09:40:23 PM  
Here, pidgey, pidgey, pidgey...

i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-01-19 11:30:16 PM  
"A lot of people think, 'Oh, gosh, if you've got the money and the time, you just do it,' "

Nope.  The people I know would say, "Oh, gosh, if you've got the money and the time, you'd do something interesting"
 
2014-01-20 12:53:39 AM  
I would like to think I'm a live and let live kind of guy, but twitchers make me just a little bit stabby.
 
2014-01-20 10:14:51 AM  
He should make an illustrated book about them.
 
2014-01-20 05:37:09 PM  

doosh: I bet none of the 750 birds were this one. I took this pic in the middle of nowhere in Suriname. I've no idea what the hell it is. It looks like a cross between a flamingo and a chicken.

[img.fark.net image 850x651]


It looks like some kind of Gallinule  . But I'm not sure which one .
 
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