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The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. —Jon Hammond If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. —Douglas Adams Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. —Rabindranath Tagore I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance. —E. E. Cummings I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. —D.H. Lawrence Be like the bird that, pausing in [&hellip

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Quotes about birds… Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. —Langston Hughes A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird? —Unknown Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. —Victor Hugo I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will . . . —Charlotte Bronte It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight [&hellip

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We really enjoy our hummingbirds! They are sooooo cute, so small and sweet. They twitter about so elegantly and watch us curiously as we watch them. The females are not the least bit afraid of us. The males watch us a little closer and will fly away if they get too nervous. But they will come back within minutes without reserve. They often stick around for several minutes, resting their wings—sipping away at the nectar or simply watching the other birds fly in and out. Sometimes they get a little cranky with other hummingbirds that approach. Sometimes they do not mind. I guess it is a matter of family. Here are some interesting bits of legend, folklore, myth or trivia about the hummingbird… The Pueblo [&hellip

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Yesterday, we posted a list of ten things you can do to bring the birdies to you. Here are some more tips for the indoor bird lovers. Order a bird related magazine such as Bird Watcher’s Digest. Join the Audubon Society or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Watch live bird cams at Bird Cinema or at the Internet Bird Collection. Join social networks for bird lovers such as Nerd Birders where you can discuss birds, see or share photographs and stories plus message or chat with fellow bird lovers. Visit this website often for new ideas. Do you have your own ideas or suggestions? E-mail them to us—we’d be happy to post them

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If you cannot leave your house because of illness or some other circumstance—do not fret! You can still enjoy the birds. All you need is a window, the internet and perhaps the help of some camera-wielding friends. Here are ten  things you can do to bring the birds to you: Order a bird feeder or two and some food from an online store like Birds-Out-Back or Duncraft and have it delivered to you. I recommend a tube feeder and a hummingbird feeder to start — the birds will find them relatively quickly and they bring the most birds. They are also easy to maintain. You can also get deck mounts, porch or wall brackets etc. for easier placement—whatever you need. Ask a family member, friend [&hellip

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Well, well, well… I am more than a little excited to present the newest bird fun… bird music. I have gathered 44 songs about birds or with bird titles and now I am sharing them with you! On the left side of the page you should see a little blue music player and if you click on the button in the middle—it will play a wide selection of birdy music! The very last song is an ENTIRE HOUR of actual birds chirping and singing away! =) I added a playlist so you can get some or all of them for yourselves too. How nice am I? =) If you happen to have a favorite birdy song that is not on my list please e-mail me [&hellip

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Ever wondered what it was like to fly like a bird? Play Fly Like a Bird 2 (free online game) and find out. Here are a couple screen shots of the game. As you can see from my Zero score—I fly as well as I drive. Maybe you will do better than me… let me know. =) I would love to know your scores—and possibly some flying tips

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Having had a good experience with Birds Out Back I decided to order two new birdhouses from them as well. Coppertop Hanging Wren House Score: (five out of five) Review: This house is adorable! It is small birds like chickadees and wrens. I wanted it for my little chickadees. How fun. =) The house has a thick cedar scent adding to its charm. It is small—the perfect size for apartments or those wanting to save space. Their is no perch which helps keep predatory birds such as the House Sparrow away. This protects the smaller birds. The coppertop is a great, pretty way to protect the birdhouse from the elements without reflecting sunlight in harsh manners. It is well constructed with thick, durable hanging wire [&hellip

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We have a previous post about the Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens), the most common woodpecker in North America, but we did not give a lot of information in it. Since then we have seen this woodpecker many times at our feeders and would love to share a bit more about them, including some excellent photographs we took this weekend. The Downy Woodpecker is black and white with dots along the wings, two white bandit stripes on the face and some red on the back the male’s head. Although, that description could be applied to a few woodpeckers—the hairy woodpecker, the red-cockaded woodpecker, the yellow-bellied sapsucker etc. You can distinguish the Downy Woodpecker from others by its size. While not the smallest woodpecker in the WORLD—that [&hellip

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Rhinoceros Auklet, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR Originally uploaded by chuqui This photograph was taken by Chuqui on flickr at the , Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon. The Rhinoceros Auklet is not very well known but it is considered, by some, to be part of the puffin family. They are debating on whether they should rename it the Rhinoceros Puffin since it is so closely related to the puffin family. Is a puffin a puffin by any other name? Apparently. This puffin has many names: Cerorhinca monocerata, the Rhino Auklet, the Horn-billed Puffin or the Unicorn Puffin. (I think I prefer the latter but I’ll try to use all of them to get us accustomed to them all.) This cute little bird gets its [&hellip

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