/r/Ornithology

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Welcome to Ornithology, a subreddit dedicated to the scientific study of wild birds.

This is a place to discuss wild birds in a scientific context — their biology, ecology, evolution, behavior, and more.

Welcome to Ornithology, a subreddit dedicated to the scientific study of wild birds.

This is a place to discuss wild birds in a scientific context — their biology, ecology, evolution, behavior, and more.


RULES:

  1. No posts about pet birds.

  2. No posts or comments supporting harming birds.

  3. Keep comments and posts civil and non-toxic.

For bird ID posts: r/whatsthisbird.


Everything you need to know about:

Avian Biology


Other Bird Subreddits:

/r/BirdPics

/r/Birding

/r/BirdsofPrey

/r/WhatsThisBird


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Fledgling Blue Jay Not Using Its Legs

This morning we found a fledgling blue jay in our yard on its side crying. It did eventually upright itself but is not on its legs or moving around. It is not hopping or walking; its remaining in the same position and spot in the yard.

We get blue jays fledging in our yard annually so we're used to seeing them but they are typically moving around a lot more. Should it be standing on its legs or is this alright?

https://preview.redd.it/884yy6y8rp9d1.jpg?width=2000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c409fefa735866d845693b40672eebf594c653d1

https://preview.redd.it/so1yehx8rp9d1.jpg?width=2000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e9c1de45aadb307aa9546ae475ffbe29d52d288f

https://preview.redd.it/9dwewkx8rp9d1.jpg?width=2000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=af9c23ce7eb404eceb402bf43b63c09f34fc558a

11 Comments
2024/06/30
13:51 UTC

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Sand martin wall not being used

I would like some advice on our sand martin wall which was installed in 2016. We have had sand martins spotted entering the wall but none have ever nested.

It is approx 15 meters away from the waters edge and and several meters above the water line. Which I think is too far away. We used to have a rope 2 meters above the edge of the water line for them to perch on but the posts have rotted, and I'm wondering whether it is worth the effort redoing this rope?

Any advice is welcome!

2 Comments
2024/06/30
12:10 UTC

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Is there a strong hypothesis as to why Northern Mockingbirds make songs from other birds calls or sounds around their environments?

As a nature lover in Brooklyn NY I happen to love Northern Mockingbirds. I've heard so many different mixes of interesting bird calls, strung together at 2 am as if I were in an aviary. Those lovely birds will remind me of how many different birds I might encounter were I to take some time to look. But they also remind me of different sounds around my neighborhood. The various car alarms, door closing, police sirens I have heard so many different sounds coming from these birds. It is incredible how versatile they can be.

I have my own, likely silly, ideas as to why they make the sounds they do. But have ther been any scientific studies as to WHY the Mockingbirds do what they do?

2 Comments
2024/06/30
06:08 UTC

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bird subreddit recommendations?

when i joined this sub i wanted to see cool birds but i keep just getting people accidentally kidnapping fledgelings or trying to take care of mangled birds. im in r/politebirbs and r/PicsOfUnusualBirds but id like more recommendations of cool bird subs, i just left r/ whatisthisbird because like 99% of posts are just kidnapped fledgelings or baby birds
sorry if this isnt allowed but id like some suggestions if yall got any

4 Comments
2024/06/30
03:26 UTC

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This bird was in my pool for hours.

Idk how it got in and then wasn’t able to fly out, but it’s soaked, was covered in beetles (i took them all off) and is living but won’t or can’t fly away.

What do I do?

Just leave it somewhere?

13 Comments
2024/06/30
00:44 UTC

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When will the Dickcissel stop singing?

I have a Dickcissel somewhere near my house. I haven’t located where they’re roosting. But they sing. All. Damn. Day. I mean, 7 am to 7 pm, nonstop. Don’t you need to eat or something? Doesn’t your voice get tired?

I’m assuming it’s breeding season and they’re doing it as a mating call, BUT WHEN DOES IT END??

I’ve scoured google and no one is talking about the endless singing. I hear it in my dreams!

So, anyone know if this singing is seasonal (upper Midwest)? Google told me they don’t roost in the same place year to year, but I’m whining about this year.

Thanks!

4 Comments
2024/06/29
21:30 UTC

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Injured Bird

Hey everyone! We have a couple of small birds that have been nesting above our patio. Today I found one of them under a chair chirping but unable to fly away. I left a VM for my local wildlife center, but is there anything to do in the meantime? The other bird is now gaurding their nest and his injured friend, they seem so stressed :( Any advice is appreciated!

4 Comments
2024/06/29
21:28 UTC

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Angel Wing?

We observed these Canadian Geese in Nashville, Tn. We’ve heard about the angel wing disease, but we’ve never seen it in person. Does this goose have angel wing, or is he just injured?

1 Comment
2024/06/29
20:31 UTC

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Hummingbird built a nest in hot Texas sun. Will the chicks survive?

It around 100F outside. Anything I can do to help? I put a water bowl in the backyard but she doesnt drink from it.

It’s too hot outside. Is it normal for her to build a nest in direct sunlight?

15 Comments
2024/06/29
19:54 UTC

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Black eye Gannet

I went to Bempton Cliffs (UK) the other day and saw this Gannet with a black iris, apparently it's an avian flu survivor! Super cool.

1 Comment
2024/06/29
19:42 UTC

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Mourning Dove who stays on ground?

Hello everyone!

I have a mourning dove who seems to be hanging around in my garden at the front of the house.

He CAN fly. He seems healthy, bright-eyed, aware etc.

What's odd is that he has been there for at least 3 days and spends his days walking around the garden. He will move from one side to the other depending on the Sun.

He allows us to get within a foot or two before walking away at a quick pace. He does go under my porch on occasion.

I'm curious as to why he would hang out in my garden. It's not great for hiding and there isn't fruit or vegetables (although I read that they are seed eaters?).

To be clear he's not flying in and out of the garden, he has moved in and seems content to be on the ground.

8 Comments
2024/06/29
19:20 UTC

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Seeking Nest ID Resources

2 Comments
2024/06/29
18:10 UTC

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Can birds feel happiness?

If so then what is a happy bird like?

31 Comments
2024/06/29
17:10 UTC

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American Robin fledgling predators- what animal would kill them in this way?

Unsure if this is the correct sub, so apologies if not. I had 4 baby robins nesting, 3 of them left around Monday-Wednesday.

The one in the photo was the runt, picture was taken a couple hours before he left the nest. Unfortunately, this morning I saw his head and maybe 2 feathers nearby. I feel so bad for the little guy and I’m assuming he left his nest in the evening hours (Photo taken at 7:00 PM). Just want to know what could’ve killed him in this way :(

5 Comments
2024/06/29
16:41 UTC

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Motionless hummingbird on same perch for a day

My wife found a hummingbird seemingly motionless on a perch in the garden yesterday. I suggested to leave it alone as the best course of action. When she checked today, fully 24 hours later, it's still there, hasn't moved at all (apparently). Any ideas as to what's going on? What should we do? I thought hummingbirds had to eat every few hours or they die (probably a myth I guess). It's breathing is very slow.

https://preview.redd.it/zw3xxfveij9d1.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=bd04e556a7a840e815170f95d5cd283e787845c1

8 Comments
2024/06/29
16:27 UTC

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Could Brown Headed Cowbirds Be Helpful Against Invasive Species?

I've noticed an increase in Brown Headed Cowbirds in Illinois. Since they're brood parasites that tend to target smaller songbirds, I Was wondering if they could actually help manage the invasive House Sparrow population? Not as in purposefully using them that way, but just naturally.

7 Comments
2024/06/29
16:22 UTC

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Any guesses on what type of bird this is?

5 Comments
2024/06/29
15:49 UTC

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Magpie running around on balcony and sunroom and making sounds waking me up, what is the motive?

I woke up today because I heard a magpies call pretty loudly, which confused me because all my windows were closed. It wouldn't stop. So when I got up to check I saw that I had the door to my conservatory/winter garden (it's just some empty room with windows, nothing inside) open and the magpie was running into that room and was loud, then ran on the balcony and continued to call. When it spotted me it flew away.

I never had this happen and the bird was alone. Why was it running inside the room, then outside of the balcony and back inside calling loudly? I'm probably totally overthinking this but I never had this happen.

https://youtu.be/y4pbkXIQyyg?t=4

This call but for like 5 minutes non-stop before I got up and my presence spooked it away.

9 Comments
2024/06/29
15:26 UTC

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Bird Identification

Any idea what bird makes this unique sound? I have been trying to figure it out for weeks. Thanks in advance!

3 Comments
2024/06/29
15:07 UTC

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Careers with Ecology Degree

Hello,

I'm not really sure how to word this post, as this is mostly just a sudden thought more than anything. For context, I've recently graduated with my AS in Biology and am going for my BS in Ecology. I plan to find an ecological career in the ornithology field, though I'm going with the flow in terms of a specific position. I've recently just gotten rejected from an ecological internship, which made me reconsider my major (albeit in the moment), and if it might be better to switch over to a general Biology major, mostly for more access for more jobs. To add to this, I've been working at a rehabilitative raptor center for about 9-ish months, so I have some (albeit less than a year's worth at this time) experience with rehabilitative work at least. If I'm going for a job within the ornithology field, which areas would be recommended to get into with an Ecology BS? I'm starting in the Fall semester so I have some time, but I don't want to feel like I'm regretting getting into an Ecology major instead of a Biology major. I also know that many Ecology jobs don't pay really well, and many well paying ones require a Master's, so I've taken that into consideration.

2 Comments
2024/06/29
03:51 UTC

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